UMW Additional Resources

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Reading Program: The purpose of the Reading Program is to become informed, to understand, and to be motivated for participation in God’s mission today and to become aware of who one is and what one can do through self-understanding.  Books are divided into five categories: Education for Missions; Nurturing for Community; Social Action; Spiritual growth; and Leadership Development.

Mission Studies: In order to expand our concepts of mission and prepare for faithful living and action, we present two mission studies each year, usually held one in the spring and one in the fall. The topics are spiritual growth, Geographic and topical issue. 

National UMW website 

UMW Circles

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Faith Circle
Faith Circle meets in members homes at 9:30 AM from September through May. We choose projects during the year. Two annual projects are making Valentine favors for Meals on Wheels recipients and choosing local women's or children's groups to assist through donations at Christmas. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month. 

Harmony Circle
Harmony Circle is a close knit circle that includes women of all ages. We meet in homes and take turns presenting programs which are related to the purpose of UMW. Each month we bring items for Peaceful Paths, a domestic abuse center for women and children.

Joy Circle
The Joy Circle is a lively, friendly, generous group of women who are actively engaged and committed to church and community services.  We support Food4Kids as our special mission project, and meet on the second Tuesday of each month in members’ homes.  Join us!  We like to talk, we like to listen, and happily welcome visitors and new members.

Peace Circle
Members meet the second Tuesday of the month September through June at 10:00 am in members’ homes. Our Special Mission Projects are Grace Marketplace and SWAG (South West Advocacy Group). 

Sunshine Circle
Sunshine Circle is scheduled for working women and meets less frequently on Sunday afternoons throughout the year from 3:00-5:00 pm in the church atrium and/or in the chapel. You will find a supportive network of friends, spiritual growth opportunities through a reading program, presentations and discussions. The mission focus is Her Hope, the HOH transitional prison ministry for women. Special programs include a Prayer Walk, a docent-led UF Art Gallery tour & lunch, plus - a Love in Action Christmas Gathering. The number of meetings is eight.

Supportive Group
Members in this group are currently unable to attend regular meetings of UMW. They support the work of the United Methodist Women with a pledge and limited participation in programs and projects. They receive a yearbook, the Link, and other mailings.

Trinity Circle
From September - May, the Trinity Circle meets the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am in the homes of our members. We support each other and share our faith and fellowship through prayer, programs and music. Gainesville Community Ministries and the Nursing Home Ministries are the focus of our local mission giving.

Village Circle
Village Circle meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am in the Learning Center, Towers Building. The first meeting was held in March, 2013. The charming Village residents are spiritually led and interact with dynamic programs. The Village Circle members join the Sunshine Circle for teh Christmas Gathering for Her Hope in Trinity's Atrium.

Adult Classes

Below are our current offerings, separated by discipleship pathways. A discipleship pathway will help you belong, become and make a difference as disciples of Christ.  While you will rarely follow the path in a straight line, this guide will help you get started.  Wherever you are right now, the important thing is to keep following Jesus down the path.We like to include a variety of different classes and courses throughout the year. Questions or suggestions? Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we are happy to help!   

Exploring: 

Are you a Newcomer? Do you have limited time and can't do a class with commitment? Check out one of our exploring your faith classes. 

      Getting Started:

      Are you looking for a short-term class? Try one of our short-term bible study or low-commitment Sunday School classes

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        The Circle Maker

        The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson is a 4 week study of praying circles around your biggest dreams and greatest fears.

        • Leader: June Masters
        • Sundays, August 25 - September 15
        • 2:00 - 3:30 PM
        • Room E203
        • Class materials: 10 (available at the bookstore or on the first day of class)

        Register Now

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      Going Deeper:

      Interested in a longer-term, relationship-focused group? Check out our long-term Bible Studies and Sunday School classes.

          Centering:

          Interested in spiritual mentorship, leadership and learning how to encourage others in discipleship? Sign up for one of our discipleship accountability groups.

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            Holy Yoga Worship Flow

            Holy Yoga is a Christ-centered, non-traditional worship experience that is open to all! This contemplative encounter draws upon the ancient practices of movement and meditation to develop a greater sense of God's grace and presence at work in our lives. Science has proven that regular Yoga practice reduces the effects of stress while stretching and strengthening our bodies, leading to greater well-being. So grab your mat (or borrow one of ours), dress comfortably, and join us for an hour as we experience the joy of worshiping Christ with Pointe of Grace yoga instructor, Franny Long. Beginners are welcome! Namaste! For questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Holy Yoga on Tuesday, October 22 will be in Room 227 of the Education Building from 8:30-9:30 am (instead of the Youth Building) and will be available at the same time every Tuesday until November 12.

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            Pace of Grace

            Beginning and intermediate walking/running groups that meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 7:45-8:45. We gather at the Welcome Center and begin with a short devotion, prayer, warm-up, then break into groups or individually run/walk on Trinity's beautiful campus. All levels are welcome! No registration is necessary, come and bring a friend! For additional information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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            Exercise Class for those with Chronic Pain

            This class is for those who find their lives limited by pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia or other reasons. It will be a combination of yoga, stretching, strength-building and balance exercises that will help participants live with less pain. Mary Jo will show participants very basic to more advanced movements that can lead to more pain-free and productive lives. Bring a small towel, water bottle, and yoga mat. Wear comfortable clothing and a positive attitude! For more information, contact Mary Jo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

            • Tuesdays and Thursdays
            • 11 am - 12pm
            • Youth Building
            • Led by Mary Jo Banken (a certified exercise leader with 25+ years experience who also has fibromyalgia and arthritis)

            No cost or registration needed.

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            Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life

            Do you have a desire to grow in your spiritual walk? Marjorie Thompson’s classic book, Soul Feast has been described as follows: “Soul Feast is a book for seekers who wish to explore the riches of Christian spirituality. Marjorie Thompson offers a framework for understanding and nurturing classic spiritual disciplines such as prayer, fasting, spiritual reading, self-examination, worship and hospitality.”

            • Leaders: Ann Abbott & Stan Beckerdite
            • Wednesday, August 21 - September 25
            • 6:30 - 8:00 PM
            • Room: E221
            • Class materials: 18

            Register Now

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          UMW Outreach Projects

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          Her Hope: Her Hope provides transitional housing for women leaving the correctional system.  In a Christian setting, women have the opportunity to re-establish themselves in the community and the world of work.  Trinity UMW provides financial support as well as the basic supplies for daily living. 

          Human Trafficking: This committee was formed in 2012 as a concern for the growing problem of human trafficking in our world, including our county. Members work to educate, spread awareness, to end this all-too-prevalent form of modern-day slavery and help with resources for victims and survivors. In 2013, committee members, along with others in the community, helped form and now serve on the Alachua County Coalition Against Human Trafficking (ACCAHT).

          Dorcas Group: The group takes its name and stated purpose from the Biblical reference in Acts 9:36-43.  Members respond to expressed community needs for items which are knitted, crocheted and sewn.  Some of the items provided include: prayer shawls and throws walker totes, cancer caps/hats, baby caps and blankets, and winter caps for the homeless. This group is temporarily not meeting.

          Mommy Reads:  The United Methodist Women sponsor ministry visits to Lowell Women’s Prison so mothers can read and record books for their children.  After recording, the books and MP3 players are mailed to the children. We currently visit the prison four times a year. If you are interested in helping, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (352-373-9469).                     

          United Methodist Women (UMW)

          The United Methodist Women (UMW) is a global organization of over 800,000 who trace their beginnings to a rainy day in the year 1869 outside the Tremont Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston. The women who assembled that day founded the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society and succeeded in raising funds to send two female missionaries - one a doctor and the other a teacher -to India to assist the women of that country. This enterprising tradition of service was the forerunner of today’s United Methodist Women.

          The purpose of the UMW is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

          Currently, the Trinity UMW has over 120 members, who actively pursue the tradition of service inspired by Jesus Christ. Trinity’s UMW is a 5 star unit of the North Central District of the UMW, providing funds to District and Conference missions. Small groups are one of our major components; we have seven circles meeting monthly to socialize and share concerns, joys, religious education, fellowship and fun. In addition, each month we provide a general meeting highlighting a scheduled speaker with information on missions or local charitable organizations. Refreshments are provided and everyone is always welcome. Educational, fellowship and spiritual opportunities are available to UMW members through our local unit, the District and Conference meetings with numerous gatherings throughout the year. Check the Florida Conference website for upcoming events and registration information.

          Download the UMW Brochure

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          Shannon Rosselle, Comptroller (416.3003)

          Altar Flower Dedications

          flowerdedicationWould you like to put flowers in the Worship Center on a Sunday morning? To reserve a date in honor or memory of someone or to the Glory of God, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (352-416-3016). Altar flowers cost $30 per arrangement.