United Church Women

Updated 2 February, 2020


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.

President Margaret Merkley 613 532 8490
Vice-President Vacant  
Secretary Karen Saulnier 613 389 4790
Treasurer Janet Dubblestein 613 549 6777
Nominations Jan Rubino 613 389 4243
Finance Kathy Rogers 613 634 0528
Membership Barb O’Neill 613 384 8143
Artisans Bazaar    
     Luncheon Marg Aitken
Penny Steele
613 389 6498
613 544 3916
     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
Unit 1 Barb O’Neill  613 384 8143 1st Wed afternoon, 1:30 at the church
Unit 2 Gail Hanley 613 354 6378 1st Wed, 7 p.m. in members’ homes     
Unit 7 Sheryl Baker 613 389 1888 4th Mon, 2 p.m. at the church
Unit 8 Charlotte Jones  613 384 6557   Edie Raymond  613 389 1364 2nd Tue 7 p.m., in homes or at church





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

Meetings and Events for 2020

Executive Meetings:
      Tuesday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. (Starts with Finance Meeting)
      Tuesday, September 8, 9:30 a.m., Library

General Meetings: (Lower Hall)
      Spring: Tuesday, May 5, 1:30 p.m.
      Christmas: Tuesday, December 1, 1:30 p.m.

UCW Church Service:
      Sunday, April 19, 10:00 a.m.                    Guest Speaker – Dorinda Vollmer

Classics Party
       Sunday, May 3rd 

Mostly Apple:
       Thursday/Friday September 17th/18th  (tentative)

Artisans’ Bazaar
       Saturday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Reports Due
Deadline for submission to Treasurer                     Monday, December 9th
Deadline for submission to Annual Report            Monday, December 9th


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 at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of the month in members’ homes. Their major fundraiser is making and selling frozen meat pies.  In the Fall 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 to Collins Bay Public School and Bayridge  Learning Centre. 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 2019 took us to a theatre performance at the Brockville Art Centre with interesting stops along the way.

Unit 8:

Unit 8, an active unit with good programs and great fellowship, meets on the second Tuesday of each month in members’ homes.  Visitors and new members are always welcome. A  team plans the yearly program schedule that includes local speakers, reflective discussions, a cottage outing and a Christmas dinner with carol sing. Their major fund raiser for 2019 was a fifties dance in November and organizing the lunch room for the Artisan’s bazaar.  Their Outreach project this year was Almost Home and the Alzheimer’s Society. 

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

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