United Church Women

Updated 26 January 2019


To unite all women of the congregation for the total mission of the Church and to provide a medium through which they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian Witness, Study, Fellowship and Service.


Since its beginning, UCW units throughout Canada have contributed over $105,000,000 to the Mission and Service Fund. In 2018 Edith Rankin’s UCW contributed $1500.00 to the M&S Fund.

Who qualifies as a Charter Member of the UCW throughout Canada

Any woman, who was in agreement with the purpose of the United Church Women and who was willing to contribute her prayers, gifts and services for the work of the church in the world and who was a member of any United Church women’s group (i.e. WMS, WA, Ladies’ Aid, Women’s Federation, Mission Circle) at midnight, December 31, 1961.

2017 marked the 55th Anniversary of the UCW in Canada.  The theme and logo, “Celebrating Spirit” recognized the spirit of the women involved with UCW groups since 1962. Nowhere has this spirit been more alive than here at Edith Rankin Memorial United Church. To this day, an amazing group of UCW women continue to follow in the footsteps of our charter members by joining together “in Christian witness, study, fellowship and service”.

Who Can Belong?

All women of the congregation are welcome at any unit or general meeting. If you wish further information on the life and work of the United Church Women, please contact our Membership Convener, Barb O’Neill at 384 8143, or our President, Margaret Merkley at 532-8490.


Meetings and Events for 2019

Installation Service:                                                 Sunday, January 27, 2019

Executive Meetings:

  • Tuesday, February 19th at 9:30 in the library This meeting will start with the Financial Meeting that all UCW members are invited to attend. (Discussion about disbursements for 2018 surplus.)
  • Tuesday, September 3rd at 9:30 in the library

General Meetings

Spring Meeting                                                        Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Meeting                                                  Tuesday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m.


Four Winds UCW AGM at Riverside, Yarker          Wednesday, April 3rd

UCW Church Service                                             Sunday, April 28th (Unit 7)

Classics                                                                  Sunday, May 5th

Planning Meeting for Mostly Apple                         Monday, May 13th, 1:30 p.m.

Mostly Apple                                                           Fall (Exact Date TBA)

Artisans’ Bazaar                                                     Saturday, November 9th

Rock and Roll Dance                                             Saturday, November 23rd, 7:00 p.m.


Reports Due

Deadline for submission to Treasurer                     Monday, December 9th

Deadline for submission to Annual Report             Monday, December 9th


President Margaret Merkley 613 389 8490
Vice-President Vacant  
Past Pres / Nom Jan Rubino 613 389 4243
Secretary Karen Saulnier 613 389 4790
Treasurer Annie Dickson 613 384 4564
Finance Betty Jean Kippen 613 389 1674
Literature Joan Martin 613 389 2689
Membership Barb O’Neill 613 384 8143
Social Contact Penny Steele 613 544 3916
Mostly Apple Charlotte Jones
Karen Saulnier
613 384 6557
613 389 4790
 Bazaar Contact: Luncheon Marg Aitken
Penny Steele
613 929 2504
613 544 3916 
Bazaar Contact: Artisans Jean Barna
Jan Rubino
613 389 1714
613 389 4243
Classics Party Ruth Pettis 613 634-0741
Prayer Shawl Ministry Jan Rubino 613 389-4243
Nominations Chair Jan Rubino 613 389-4243
Unit 1 Barb O’Neill  613 384 8143 1st Wed afternoon.
Unit 2   Gail Hanley 613 354 6378 1st Wed evening.
Unit 7 Sheryl Baker 613 389 1888
Bonnie Hazell 613 389 3198
4th Mon, 1 p.m. at the church
Unit 8 Charlotte Jones  613 384 6557
Edie Raymond  613 389 1364
2nd Tue evening, in homes





















Use our contact form to send a message to the UCW.


Our United Church Women is made up of 4 units.  All of the units meet on a monthly basis, either in members’ homes or at the church.  In addition to the regular unit meetings, there are 2 general UCW meetings each year and a financial meeting in February that all members are invited to attend.

Following is a description of the units and their special interests.  New members are always welcome and encouraged!

Unit 1:

Unit 1 has members of varying ages. They meet in the afternoon at the church on the first Wednesday of each month. Their programs consist of invited guest speakers on various areas of interest and concern. In the past year, they made generous contributions of goods and money to Dawn House, the ERMUC Benevolent Fund, the Snowsuit  Fund, Christmas Hampers to both the Salvation Army and the Amherstview Lions Club,   and to Warm Accessories for the arrival of a new Syrian Family. What is most valued by the members is the warmth of friendship and fellowship they share while carrying out the UCW Purpose.

Unit 2: 

Unit 2 meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month but in the evening and in members’ homes.  Their major fundraiser is making and selling frozen meat pies. In the Fall. As well, they make Christmas sacks for the congregation to fill.  They wish to thank all who took stockings, filled them to overflowing and brought them back! They are distributed throughout the community and truly appreciated by the children and teens who receive them. 

They like to organize interesting programs for their meetings that reflect their interests and creativity.  Each month they have fun together, supporting each other and an outreach focus.

Unit 7:   

Unit 7, the Mary Martha Unit, meets in the Friendship Room and Lower Hall on the 4th Monday each month at 1:00 from January to May and September to November. Many of our ladies have known, cared for, and worked with each other for over 60 years. We are faith filled souls who enjoy each other’s company and opportunity to share God’s love. We welcome visitors and new members to our unit.

Members take turns offering brief devotions, simple, interesting programs with refreshments after. Each month we make donations in goods and money to designated charities in Kingston.

Our bus trip in 2017 took us to Cobourg for Guys and Dolls and a tour of the County.

Unit 8:

Unit 8, an active unit with good programs and great fellowship,  meet on the second Tuesday of each month in members’ homes.  Visitors and new members are always welcome. 

Meetings start with the reading of the UCW Purpose, and they are guided by the pledge to Christian witness, study, fellowship, and service. 

They had a variety of Programs in 2018, incorporating many local resources. These included the Rev. Dr. Wayne Soble whose talk on “Looking Back” was appreciated by all, a Movie night showing 20th Century Women, a fun drumming experience with Carolyn May, the resources available for seniors presented by Donna Bell who also shared how she came to be in her current job, a slide show of the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge presented by Craig and Ruth Pettis, Ashley Blay from Hearing Life who discussed hearing loss, and a Memory Item sharing experience led by Donna Stoness.  We have dinner meetings in June and December.

Unit 8 looked after the lunch room for the Artisan’s Bazaar and organized an Elvis Presley Dance in November. Their Outreach project this year was Almost Home.

Use our contact form to send a message to the UCW.


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