United Methodist Women Organized for Mission
Preparation: Obtain candles for each of the new and continuing UMW officers. Whether a member or not, everyone in the gathering should have a copy of this installation service. Get current financial information from "Where the Money Goes" packet.1 Be sure to get the name of each officer and the office to which they have been elected.
(Call those to be installed to the front by name and office)
Leader: You are elected leaders of our local United Methodist Women. It is a great missional responsibility. You are inheritors before you are leaders.
Officers: We celebrate the accomplishments of all those who have worked for our unit in the past years. We also remember the hard times and the success stories of our foremothers.
All United Methodist Women: We are here to celebrate and witness as women organized for mission.
Leader: As elected leaders of the local United Methodist Women, you become part of the local leadership of more than 25,000 local units in our country.
Officers: We celebrate our connectional system. We honor the trust and stewardship entrusted to us through our offices.
All UMW: The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God.
Leader: Your pledge to service and pledge to mission link you, as a local United Methodist Woman, with more than 50,000 congregations around the world.
Officers: We celebrate the global sisterhood and brotherhood made possible through mission. A light set upon a hill cannot be hidden.
All UMW: Those who experience freedom as whole persons through Christ cannot hide their light under a bushel.
Leader: We are here to celebrate and witness the United Methodist Women’s historical commitment for over 130 years to ministry with women and children and youth.
Officers: We offer our ministry to enable missional support to women, children, and youth.
All UMW: We will strive to develop a creative, supportive fellowship to undergird our historical commitment to our ministry with women, children, and youth.
Leader: God of mission calls us to a renewed discipleship as followers of Christ.
Officers: We pledge ourselves to renewed discipleship as followers of Christ.
All UMW: We pledge ourselves to renewed discipleship in Christ to expand concepts of mission through the global ministries of the church.
Leader: As a token of your commitment to the Purpose of the United Methodist Women, please light your candles from this lighted candle.
(Give a flame to the first person in the line, who passes it to the next, and on down the line)
Leader: As you light your candles, I am reminded of the awesome commitment and support of the United Methodist Women to mission. Women give ____ cents each second to support mission through the Women’s Division, in this country and around the world; $____ for one minute; $____ for five minutes; $____ for one hour; $____ for one day; $____ for this year.* We affirm this major contribution of yours to mission here and around the world, Let your candles, your lights so shine before men, women, children, and youth that they may glorify God.
Officers & All UMW: We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Leader: May the God of our foremothers who sustains us in this mission continue to bless you, keep you, and nudge you to greater possibilities. Amen.
*Please refer to the most recent "Minute for Mission" fact sheet on the Financial Resources page.