PURPOSE

As individuals called to discipleship to grow in knowledge and experience of God through Jesus Christ, committed to support the mission of the church, and, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are challenged to help one another engage in ministry and action, and grow and respond in faith to God’s redemptive plan for the church, the society and the world.

HISTORY

The Women’s Missionary Society is an organization rooted in African Methodism as far back as 1787.  Sarah Allen was the first woman missionary in the A.M.E. church.  Her first missionary project was to look after the physical condition of the preachers that Richard Allen sent out on the field.  Many of them returned in very poor physical condition, and Sarah Allen organized the women to mend their clothes and provide hot nourishing meals when they came to make their reports.

THE STRUCTURE

The Women’s Missionary Society is not a club in the local church.  It is part of a connectional organization, which functions through commissions.  The Commissions are as follows:

1. Commission on Administration

2. Commission on Christian Social Action

3. Commission on Mission Education and Interpretation

4. Commission on Membership and Recruitment

Official attire – white with a touch of blue

   

Levels of the Women’s Missionary Society

  • Connectional – Episcopal Districts
  • Episcopal District – Specific Conferences within a district
  • Conference – Churches within an Annual Conference Division
    • Area – churches within a geographical area of a Conference
  • Local – Organized society in a local church

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WMS UNITS

#1 Ruth Butler
Bernice Neely Convening Chairperson
Meets on 2nd Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

#2 Winnie Lumpkin Unit
Peggy Graham, Chairperson
Meets on 1st Sunday, 12:15 p.m.

#3 Biddy Mason Unit
Sue Beidleman, Chairperson
Meets on 3rd Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

#4 Fitzgerald-Simpson Unit
Lois Wood, Chairperson
Meets on 4th Sunday, 12:15 p.m.

#5 Bernadine Murray Unit
Tanisha Thomas-Blank, Chairperson
Meets on 2nd Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

Dues:  Seniors 65 and older - $125 annual
All others - $150 annual



PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

  • 2012 Monthly Food Give-Away (see dates)
  • Bi-Annual Hunger Walk
  • Bi-Annual Debutantes and Masters
  • Handy Simmons Scholarship
  • King/Drew Oasis Clinic Lunch
  • Longwood Convalescent Visit
  • Mini Twelve-Step Shelter Visit
  • Lumpkin Angels
  • Westside Convalescent Home
 
 

YOUNG PEOPLE’S AND CHILDREN’S DIVISION
OF THE WOMEN’S MISSIONARY SOCIETY
(YPD)

This organization is under the auspices of the Women’s Missionary Society and is designed to specialize in training young people for leadership in the missionary program of the AME Church.

The Women’s Missionary Society is responsible to minister to our youth, meet their needs where they are and encourage them to develop their relationship with God:

1. Provide meaningful youth programs

2. Encourage full participation in the total mission program

3. Enhance their knowledge of the Holy Scriptures and African Methodist Episcopal Church

4. Provide leadership opportunities

5.   Foster spiritual and academic achievement

   
           
   

Mission Statement:
“We are called to strengthen our faith and sent
to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ by
service and witness in the world.”

Marye E. Barnett, President
   
           
       
 

SARAH ALLEN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY SOCIETY, FIRST AME CHURCH, Los Angeles
Marye E. Barnett, President – 323-294-1423
Rev. John J. Hunter, Pastor

2010-2011 TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
(Click Here for PDF version)

2011 – 2012 TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF EVENTS/ACTIVITIES


DATE

EVENT/ACTIVITY

November 12, 2011

SARAH ALLEN WMS QURTERLY MEETING, 10:00 A.M., Plaza

December 10, 2011

SCCWMS Budget and Finance Mtg. 9:00a.m., New Philadelphia AME.

December 17, 2011

L A North Area Meeting, 9:00a.m., St. James AME

January 14, 2012

SCCWMS/YPD Leadership Training, 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m., Bethel AME, LA

January 21, 2012

SCCWMS Winter Institute/Executive Board, 9:00a.m., St. Paul San Bernadino

January 25 – 28, 2012

Connectional WMS Executive Board Mtg., Birmingham, AL

February 12, 2012

Founders Day – First AME, Los Angeles

February 18, 2012

L A North Area Mtg., 9:00a.m., Brookins LA

March 7 – 9, 2012

5th District Mid-Year Meeting, Los Angeles

March 17 or 31, 2012

SARAH ALLEN WMS ANNUAL BREAKFAST/QUARTERLY MTG., 9:00a.m.

March 25, 2012

SARAH ALLEN WMS ANNUAL DAY 8:00a.m. and 10:00a.m.

May 3-5, 2012

Los Angeles District Conference

May 19, 2012

LA North Area Meeting, 9:00a.m., First AME, Los Angeles

June 16, 2012

SCC 5K Walk and Health Expo

June 23, 2012

Debutantes and Masters for Christ

June 27 – July 4, 2012

49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference, Nashville, TN

July 29, 2012

SARAH ALLEN WMS HANDY SIMMONS SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON, 3:00p.m.

August 4, 2012

SARAH ALLEN WMS QUARTERLY MTG, 10:00a.m., Plaza

August 18, 2012

SCCWMS Summer Institute, San Diego

September 15, 2012

SCCWMS Commission/Executive Board Meeting, 9:00a.m. Parks Chapel,
San Fernando

September 29, 2012

SARAH ALLEN WMS LUAU FUNDRAISING EVENT

October 6, 2012

Church Women United Annual Luncheon

October 13, 2012

SARAH ALLEN WMS QUARTERLY MTG. 9:00a.m., Plaza

October 16-17, 2012

SCC Annual Convention – New Philadelphia AME

October 15 – 21, 2012

SCC Annual Conference – New Philadelphia AME

October 22, 2012

WMS Planning Meeting – New Philadelphia AME

October 22-23, 2012

Bishop’s Planning Meeting – New Philadelphia AME

 

 

SARAH ALLEN WMS ONGOING PROJECTS:

  1. HIV/AIDS Oasis Clinic Visit and Lunch, 2nd Monday of each month, 1807 E. 120th Street, LA
  2. Food Pantry Distribution, 4th Saturday of each month, 7:00a.m., (except November/December)

UNIT MEETINGS:

  • Ruth Butler Unit, 2nd Wednesday, 11:00a.m. – 12:00noon, Plaza, Bernice Neely, Chairwoman
  • Winnie Lumpkin Unit, 1st Sunday 12:15p.m., Sarah’s House, Peggy Graham, Chairwoman
  • Biddy Mason Unit, 1st Saturday 10:00a.m., Sarah’s House, Sue Beidleman, Chairwoman
  • Fitzgerald-Simpson Unit, 4th Sunday 12:15p.m., Sarah’s House, Lois Wood, Chairwoman
  • Bernadine Murray Unit, 2nd Saturday, 9:00a.m., Sarah’s House, Sandra Baker-Bolden, Chairwoman
  • Young People’s and Children’s Division, 1st Sunday, 12Noon, Allen House, Adrienne Toussant, Director