What is cultivate?
The purpose of Cultivate is to create a sense of belonging for women of our church and community where we can grow in our faith, prayer life and friendships through studying God's word, serving his people and shepherding one another along life's journey. In conjunction with UMW, Cultivate strives to provide multiple opportunities for women to gather and develop meaningful relationships as they draw even closer to Christ.
Through small group Bible and book studies, service projects and social gatherings, Cultivate hopes to create safe spaces to discuss and learn how to deal with the struggles of everyday life, the joys and heartaches that come with each stage of life and offer women the chance to encourage each other, be vulnerable with one another and develop more Christian friendships and support systems that are multi-generational. We hope you join us!
CURRENT Women's SMALL GROUPS:
Empty Nest, Full Life:
How to Thrive After Your Kids Leave Home
Led by: Amy Thigpen
Location: The home of Amy Thigpen (north of the river)
Time: Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Date: September 13th – October 18th
Jill Savage, an empty-nest veteran, offers wisdom for the murky waters ahead. If you’re like most empty-nest moms, you’re caught between grief and delight. You’re full of questions, loose ends, hopes, and regrets. Empty nesting can be a disorienting time, but it can also be the best time of your life. We will spend our weekly time together in conversation about the chapter and short video that you can read and experience at your own convenience throughout the week. The hope is that the mixture of independent study and in-person conversation with friends will be an experience that helps all of us navigate the empty-nest together. Email Amy to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Significant: Six Ordinary Women,
One Extraordinary God
Led by: Terri Boman
Location: The home of Terri Boman
Time: Mondays at 6:00 p.m.
Date: September 12th-October 17th
How can you walk by faith in the face of uncertainty? There’s a big difference between living a life trusting in the fake stability of the world and living a life of significance with an unshakeable God. We’ve all gotten the wind knocked out of our sails, but it’s time to keep sailing. In this study, you will learn from scripture how to-Dig in your heels with tenacity when you feel like giving up.-Worship instead of worry when life throws you curve balls.-Quit living skin-deep by cultivating the inner beauty of trust in God. Come along with blogger, pastor’s wife, and author Rachel Risner for this timely six-week journey. Walk alongside real women of the Bible through their struggles and successes, and discover how to become a woman of significance. Contact Terri at email@example.com.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women is an organized unit of women of all ages whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ and to develop a creative, supportive fellowship through small groups within the unit.
Close to one million members across the United States are committed to mission with emphasis on women, children, and youth. Nationally, members raise about $20 million a year for missions in the U.S. and in over one hundred countries in the world. Locally, UMW gives $10,000 + to social service agencies such as Meals on Wheels, A Woman's Place, West Alabama Food Bank, Tuscaloosa Children's Center, Arts'n Autism, and Caring Days.
There is opportunity for spiritual growth, prayer, study, development of leadership and nurturing skills, and fellowship. The local unit of UMW is divided into small groups called Circles, most of which meet once a month except during the summer. Four times a year all members meet together for a program.
Membership in the United Methodist Church is not a requirement to be a member of United Methodist Women.
All proceeds go to local missions such as Youth for Christ, Arts n Autism, Food Bank, etc.