Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) is a self-financing volunteer-run charity within the Methodist Church in Britain.
As Christian women we are open to working with all and welcome women of all denominations and none to participate in our activities. At many events men are also welcome to join us. We work ecumenically but value our identity and place as Methodist women within the wider sisterhood of the World Federation of Methodist & Uniting Church Women, of which MWiB forms the British Unit.
Our aims are three-fold:
~ to bring women together, encouraging one another to know Christ and to make him known, as Methodist women and as part of the wider Church in the world;
~ to encourage, resource and train women members of the Methodist Church, equipping them to participate more fully in the wider church and in society;
~ to connect women in Britain with women overseas, working in partnership with others to raise awareness of and act upon issues of social justice around the world.
We do this by:
~ providing fellowship and training events, including the annual residential conference, pilgrimage opportunities, and one-day events;
~ producing print and online resources and publications, for worship and spiritual growth, and for advocating and providing information on issues of social concern;
~ highlighting areas of need and raising funds or providing other goods or services to support partners and agencies working to alleviate poverty and injustice.
The MWiB Forum acts as the Trustees and the main decision-making body of the charity, and outside of Forum meetings the work of MWiB is taken forward by an Executive team of five women. How it Works: find out more about our structure and constitution, and the ethos behind our name, below.
MWiB works closely with the wider Methodist Church, particularly the Global Relationships Team, and is a full member of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals form the basis of our work, activities, events and projects, and everything we do is encompassed within four areas:
~ Creative Spirituality ~
~ World Church Focus ~
~ Global Social Justice ~
~ Resourcing and Enabling ~
Whenever possible MWiB seeks to work in partnership with other organisations whose work is in line with our own aims and purposes, and we are currently working particularly closely with All We Can (Methodist Relief and Development), Touchstone, Methodist Heritage, and twelvebaskets.
The aims and activities of Methodist Women in Britain are summed up in our mission statement:
For women, for justice, for Christ