United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

We are women with a purpose who:

  • Equip Leaders
  • Organize for Growth
  • Educate to Transform
  • Serve and Advocate
  • Foster Spiritual Growth

The UMW at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church has a long history of active small groups called Circles. These groups are open to all women and welcome visitors and new members. You may also participate in UMW in Action, taking part in specific mission projects without joining a Circle.

Some of our ministry efforts include the Blanket Ministry; Buddy Bag Ministry; Box Top Drive to support academic programs for Alpharetta Methodist’s Preschool; Secret Santa Shop to benefit the United Methodist Children’s Home; Dress for Success; plus Easter lily and Christmas poinsettia sales.

Read more about UMW mission and ministry projects.


UMW Circles

The UMW at Alpharetta Methodist has a long history of active small groups, called Circles. These groups are open to all women, and every Circle welcomes new members.

Women's Circles



Members: Women with grown children and grandchildren
Third Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Bagley House
Contact: Sandy Kirkpatrick (770-378-5764) or Holly Hunter (404-861-5925)

Ministry focus is AFUMC’s Blanket Ministry and various local missions

Day Lilies

Members: Women age 50 and above.
First Thursdays, 10 a.m., member homes
Contact: Dot Carver (770-205-6217)

Mission focus is MUST Ministries and local and international mission teams.

Morning Glories

Morning Glories Circle

Members: Women ages 40 and up.
First Fridays, 10 a.m., Bagley House
Contact: Debbie Wheeler (678-234-9912)

Mission focus is Christmas poinsettias and Easter lily sales, Dream Weavers, Dress for Success and other area missions.

Upward Bound

Members: All ages. Most members have college-age children and grandchildren.
Third Thursdays (September through May), 9:30 a.m., Bagley House
Contact: Bobbie Causey (609-238-9178)

Mission focuses are hygiene kits for Alpharetta Methodist mission teams, hats and scarves for the homeless, and Jesse’s House (a shelter for displaced young women).

Important Dates

Alpharetta Methodist UMW Circle Calendar:

May 31: UMW Sunday
March 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Mission Study
December 4, 6-8 p.m.: Banquet (St. James UMC)

Social Action Emphasis (Foster Care Support Foundation):

Jan. 29-Feb. 2: Prom-A-Palooza Collection
February 16: Prom-A-Palooza Set Up 1-4
February 18: Prom-A-Palooza Event

AROS District UMW Calendar (All are invited.):

February 17, 9:30 a.m.: Presidents Brunch (St. James UMC)
March 3, 9 a.m.: Social Action/Lenten Time Apart (Birmingham UMC)
October 27, 9 a.m.: Annual Meeting (Mt. Carmel UMC)

North Georgia Conference UMW Calendar (All are invited.):

March 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Faith, Fun and Everyone (Bethany UMC, Smyrna)
June 13, 7-8 a.m.: UMW Breakfast (Classic Center, Athens)
July 27-28 (all day): Mission u (GA Baptist Con. Conf. Center, Toccoa)
October 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Annual Meeting (Rome 1st UMC)