A Reading Program for All

Join in on our

Reading Program today!

E-Books, Children, Faith life, Bible Study,

Heroic stories, "Make a difference", and more! 

(Be sure to register the books from the program that you’ve read at:


Our Reading Program encourages everyone to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of reviewed books. 

It offers an excellent opportunity to deepen your spirituality, strengthen your understanding of the Bible, discover ways to help others and to broaden your understanding of mission work.

You can even explore the Reading Program selections via web and purchase online.

Susan Reyes is our current "librarian" and she would love to talk to you about all the great books in our library and on our book cart!

          Contact her at 661-941-0419 or email her.

The Reading Program Leads to Action!

For over 140 years, members of United Methodist Women and predecessor organizations have been involved in mission that includes prayer, study and action. The Reading Program is a study opportunity, but it should also lead to action. 

Find a Reading Progam Plan:
         There are four plans to choose from

About the Books   (Full list found here)

Every year, the Women's Division recommends a diverse range of books to broaden exposure to a variety of concepts. Books are organized into 5 categories:

The books vary in level of difficulty, type of print, and in suitability for study or discussion. To make it easy for you to find them, a variety of other books are in separate categories:

Bonus Books!!! - count for two!

When you see the small circled "B" near a book’s title in the Reading Program catalog, it is a bonus book. Bonus books count as two books -  either as two books in one category or as one book in each of two categories.

For UMW members:

     Promoting the Reading Program
     in Local & District Units

  • Join the Reading Program group through UMWOnline.
  •        or contact Susan Reyes at Lancaster UMC  (661-942-0419)
  • Form an action team to take action on an issue addressed in one or more books.
  • Start a reading group of adults and/or children or youth.
  • Present book reviews of Reading Program books at United Methodist Women unit and circle meetings and on the Reading Program online community.
  • Take Reading Program books and Response magazine to retirement and nursing homes and read regularly to residents.
  • Inform parents, grandparents and others with children and youth that books for children and youth are available through the Reading Program.
  • Let pastors, church leaders and Sunday school teachers know of the books available through the Reading Program.
  • Highlight large print books to include a wider variety of readers.
  • Honor those who participate in the Reading program; present Reading Program certificates (PDF) to those who complete plans.
  • Show special recognition to units or individuals who complete Plans III and IV.
  • Develop displays to encourage book sales, especially around holiday seasons.

     Use our library at church or purchase books here.


   Shop with a purpose!

Purchase books from:

               (or call 1-800-305-9857)

     • Amazon.com (Kindle)
     • BarnesandNobel.com (Nook)

by using a NEW SERVICE
that directs a potion
of what you would normally pay
back to
Lancaster United Methodist Church!