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              Small Groups

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42


John Wesley believed that Christians are always moving to perfection in faith. As part of that journey, Wesley believed that small groups were essential.

United Methodist Women

Ongoing Meetings

Many of our members choose to participate also in smaller groups, which are called “circles,” where they socialize together and continue their mission of support, education and service to the local church, to the larger community, and to world beyond.

Women of all ages are welcome to participate. Meetings for most of the circles happen during the daytime, but there is also an active circle in the evening, for working women.  We have something for everyone!

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


The UMW meets for monthly general meetings, usually for an educational program and a meal.  In addition, many of our members meet in regular intervals in small groups that we call “Circles.”

United Methodist Women is a fellowship of women whose purpose is to know God, to be His Hands and Feet, and to develop a creative, supportive fellowship. This group of women meets monthly for fellowship and fun. They also have fund raisers such as the annual Yard Sale in June to raise money so they can contribute to several local projects, to mission projects around the state and to missions globally..

If you are interested in being a part of a mission oriented organization that was founded 140 years ago by a handful of women who recognized the necessity for the medical and educational needs of women and children around the world, United Methodist Women is for you and we welcome you.

United Methodist Women unit is comprised of multiple small groups or “circles” that vary in size from six to over twenty members. Each small group meets monthly to engage in work toward the United Methodist Women purpose.  Meetings generally include devotionals, response moment sharing, a program, prayer calendar and concerns, mission planning/activities, support and fellowship.  We are organized to support local and worldwide mission.  

Women members of Leesburg United Methodist Church are not “automatically” members of United Methodist Women and members of the United Methodist Women are not required to be members of the United Methodist Church.    Membership in the Leesburg United Methodist Women is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong, and to participate in support of the purpose.

Consider visiting one of our small group meetings.  The meeting times are listed below. To email the circle chair with information requests, please click on the circle name below.

Beulah N. Johnston Circle, 2nd Monday @ 1 pm

Hannah's Sisters Circle, 3rd Wednesday @ 6:30 pm

Kathryn Eye Circle, 2nd Tuesday @ 10:30 am

Sunshine Circle, 3rd Monday @ 7 pm

Susanna Wesley Circle, 2nd Monday @ 7 pm

The activities in recent years include a spiritual growth retreat, volunteering to assemble food packages at the local Food Bank, missions classes at Central Methodist University, breakfast with United Methodist Men, and more.

Members of the United Methodist Women meet monthly in small groups called circles for learning, fellowship, service activities, Bible study and book studies. Circle members develop close relationships with each other, praying for and nurturing each other. All ages welcome!

Women may also be general members. These women, though not in a particular circle, support UMW by making a pledge and helping with overall activities. If you're interested in becoming a general member, please contact.

Helping Hands Sunday School Class 

This traditional Bible study class consists of senior men and women. They use the "Adult Bible Studies" series prepared by the United Methodist Church. This excellent series uses Bible themes to help us think about family, church and community. Donna Horniacek, Leader; Meets in Room 200C just off the Sanctuary (Pastor’s old office).

Young at Heart (55+)

This active group of seniors meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at noon. Members go on trips to local points of interest, have guest speakers, dine out, or excercise, just to name a few of the recent activities on their agenda. Contact Earl Renshaw at (618) 534-5619 for more information about this fun and busy group.

Faithful Friends Sunday School Class

A women's class that meets on Sunday mornings at 10:10 am. Join us for study and discussion of Christian books and scripture studies relevant to women. Upper Level - Room 204.

Women of all ages welcome!

MUMC Mom's Group

A group of mothers typically in their 20's and 30's who join together to read and discuss Christian books and scripture-based studies and apply them to life. The group completes several books or studies each year and meets weekly or every other week during that time, typically on a weeknight evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Childcare is provided. Past studies include So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore, What's It Like to Be Married to Me by Linda Dillow, and Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst, among others.

Annual Women's Prayer Breakfast

Held every year on the first Saturday in May, women of all ages come together for a time of fellowship, inspiration and great food! Great speakers, music, conversation, and prayer emphasis combine to create an annual event that all women look forward to! For more information, contact Rosie Wece at

Women's Ministry Opportunities

Periodically throughout the year, emails are sent out with a variety of women's ministry opportunities. These include events such as the Southern Illinois Women's Connection luncheons at Kokopelli Restaurant in Marion, the annual FOOTSTEPS women's discipleship conference by Eagle House Ministries at Shawnee Community College, other special seminars, and more.

Please contact Rosie Wece at if you would like to be added to this email list.

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