Our Women’s Missionary Union has the special task of providing missions’ education for all ages as we lead the church to pray, teach, give, and go. Through age level education curriculum such as our magazines, through missions’ offering promotions, through our own personal study of missions, we are challenged to continue the legacy started in 1871 when WMU was organized. We are a vital part of reaching and loving a lost world.( Our monthly meetings are on first Wednesday in the month or via e-mail.)
The various missions endorsed by our WMU and presented to the church are enormous. Since our budget dces not fund Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, World Hunger, NC Missions Offering, and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, WMU challenges our church to give to these World Missions. We also supplement these offerings through our WMU Mission Suppers.
Our WMU currently has four groups or “circles” as it was previously called. The Morning Prayer Group includes ladies who are less mobile than desired. Their prayers are conducted via telephone as the facilitator keeps the ladies informed of requests.
The Current Missions Group has many local ministries such as visiting the shut-in members, studying missions, and their major project, Operation Christmas Child. This group is responsible for promoting and conducting the collection of Christmas Shoe Box gifts for Samaritan’s Purse to distribute worldwide. They work all year collecting items, preparing boxes, conducting fundraisers for OCC, and keeping us informed. Many of these ladies go to the Boone warehouse to help process shoe boxes in November. Through their encouragement and promotion, our church averaged over 500 shoe box gifts each year for the past 3 years. (Their meeting is the 2nd Monday of each month.)
The Mission Action Group is comprised of ladies who enjoy sharing good books. It is a round table discussion atmosphere where a speaker shares a review of a Christian book which, hopefully, will inspire others to read it. They also promote missions of the church and individual groups, especially in visitation, fundraisers, offerings, etc. (Their meeting is 4th Monday of each month if possible.)
The Women for CHRIST Bible Study & Missions is our newest group. Their membership is made up of ladies from age 18 – 100 who are interested in intense Bible Study and Missions. They meet on the first and third Monday of each month.
One very vital ministry of the WMU is providing a meal for a bereaved family of our church. We have four active groups who voluntarily bring their assigned food item to make up a basic menu which will serve 35-40 people. This is a wonderful outreach ministry to provide compassion during this difficult time. This meal can be served in our fellowship hall, thereby giving the family the opportunity to visit, relax, and we do the work.
Our WMU endorses and promotes other opportunities for our church to become involved in missions. Some of them are: Prison Ministry, Backpack for Kids through Rotary Club, Camp Joy, Caring Hearts Pregnancy Center, Christian Crisis Center, Disaster Relief Urgent Needs, Global Missions, Habitat for Humanity, NC Baptist Children’s Homes, Recycling SS Literature, Safe Harbor Women’s Rescue Mission, summer mission trips, and much more. Whatever the mission may be, Antioch women are busy.