United Methodist Women



"The organized unit of the 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."


UMW is over 135 years old and has over a million women as members. These members span our nation and the globe, all working to bring mission and ministry to women and children. United Methodist women engage in prayer and study to deepen their faith and to listen for God's call as his hands and feet in the world. They contribute their funds towards mission work, and they engage in hands-on mission work.

We also have a vibrant and challenging reading program that covers a wide array of interests and insights into your spiritual life.  Check out all the options here.


Click here for information about the world-wide nature of our United Methodist Women. 

Our current activities are also featured in our weekly bulletin, as well as The Link newsletter.

UMW Circles at Lancaster United Methodist Church

Rachel Circle 2nd Thursday at 10 a.m
Friendship Circle 3rd Monday at 7 p.m.
Miriam Circle 3rd Saturday at 10 a.m
Crafty Ladies Interest Group 3rd Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Old-Fashioned Sing-along Interest Group 3rd Monday at Lancaster Health Care Center
Prayers and Squares Quilt Ministry & Interest Group every Tuesday 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room

For more information on United Methodist Women, contact Susan Reyes at 940-4441.

Check out our Women's Ministry group page on Facebook!

Prayers and Squares

What is a Prayer Quilt?

Can you touch a prayer?

Can you pull it close and feel its comfort?

You can if it's part of a prayer quilt.


The idea behind these quilts is simple, yet powerful. A heavy thread is used to take stitches through the quilt layers, and the ends are left free to be tied with a square knot. As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is offered for someone in special need - someone who has asked us to pray for them.

The quilt is then given to that person. What makes each quilt so special is not the pattern, color or workmanship, but the fact that prayer is symbolically tied into each one. These comforters are a statement of faith, and a testimony to our belief in God and in the power of prayer.

The Prayer Quilt Ministry, called "Prayers & Squares" began in 1992 at Hope United Methodist Church in Rancho Bernardo, California. Since then, the ministry has expanded to include chapters in Lutheran, Methodist, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Catholic, Episcopal and non-denominational churches across the country.

Through Prayers & Squares, thousands of quilts have been distributed, each a special gift of love.  They have been made for sick babies, for cancer and AIDS patients, for adults and children facing surgery or difficult family situations - for many reasons, but each for someone in special need of prayer.

To learn more about how you can help with or support this ministry simply call our office at 661.942.0419 and you will be contacted by one of our Prayers and Squares leaders.

United Methodist Women Handbook, 2013-2016