United Church Women

Updated 31 January, 2021


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.

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  2nd Tue 7 p.m., in homes or at church









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

General UCW Meetings and Activities for 2021

Executive Meetings:

       Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.

       Tuesday, September 8, 9:30 a.m.

General Meetings:

       Spring: Tuesday, May 5, 1:30 p.m.

       Christmas: Tuesday, December 1, 1:30 p.m.

World Day of Prayer:

        Friday, March 5th

UCW Church Service:

       Sunday, April 11, 10:00 a.m.

Artisans’ Bazaar (or alternative event)

       Sat., November 27th (tentative)

All Regional Events: TBA and forwarded as they happen

Reports Due
Deadline for submission to Treasurer                     Monday, December 6th
Deadline for submission to Annual Report              Monday, December 6th 



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.

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

Unit 1:

During COVID restrictions, members have started a telephone tree with each member calling two members in order, to check in and relay information.  Their outreach contributions were to the Salvation Army Food Bank and the Amherstview Lions’ Club food drive. What is most valued by the members in this unit is the warmth of friendship and the fellowship they share while carrying out the UCW Purpose.

Unit 2:  

This unit continues to meet the first Wednesday of the month on Ring Central for the foreseeable future…..rather than in members’ homes.  Rather than distributing the traditional Santa Sacks this year, they collected money from the congregation so that gift cards could be purchased and given out by the Bayridge Learning Centre, as they saw fit.  The gift cards were for places like Wendy’s, McDonalds, No Frills, Tim’s.  They were awed by the response of the congregation as over $3000.00 was collected.  They want to say a heartfelt thanks for everyone’s generosity in helping to make this outreach project, that is near and dear to the heart of Unit 2, so incredibly successful during COVID-19. They also took part in the ‘no bake, bake sale’…to raise money for the UCW in lieu of a bazaar. 

They are happy that Michelle & Joyce have been able to join us in fellowship.  As they become more skilled with the technology, they hope to have a few speakers join us, virtually, in 2021.  They are thankful to have our Rhonda Kerr navigate the virtual route for them.  They continue to have a Caring & Sharing time each meeting so that they can stay connected and be supportive of one another. They recognize birthdays and anniversaries, and generally, have fun….while still focusing on what they can do for the church and the wider community.

Unit 7:    

The Mary Martha Unit, meets on the 4th Monday each month at 1:00 p.m. from January to May and September to November. They are faith-filled souls who enjoy each other’s company and the opportunity to share God’s love. They always are happy to welcome visitors and new members to their unit. Devotions are uplifting, programs interesting and refreshments tasty. Each month we make donations in goods and money to designated charities in Kingston. During COVID-19 they have been meeting via RingCentral but are looking forward to being together in person again as soon as possible.

Unit 8:

They are an active unit with good programs and great fellowship.  They meet on the second Tuesday evening of each month in members’ homes.  Visitors and new members are especially welcome. A team plans the yearly program schedule that includes local speakers, reflective discussions, a cottage outing and a Christmas dinner with carol sing. During COVID-19 we will continue to meet virtually via Ring Central.

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

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