Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Frederick women widen circle for teenage members (Frederick-First UMC )


A Frederick group attends a teen spiritual growth event in Dallas.

Frederick-First UMC is reaching more young people for Christ through its United Methodist Women’s ministry. The Isabella UMW Circle has begun "Baby Bellas," a ministry with teenage girls.

The women of Isabella Circle host monthly breakfasts with the teens, sharing in food, fellowship, and prayer. Each Baby Bella also is matched with an Isabella for mentoring and prayer. The mentoring ranges from cards and emails of encouragement to birthday gifts.

The combined group, 10 adults and 20 teens, even traveled to Dallas recently for the Revolve Tour. Revolve is a large gathering of teen girls and is designed to encourage them in their spiritual growth. Costs for the trip were underwritten by fundraising activities throughout the year.

"It is an exciting ministry that our church provides," said Pastor Eric Snyder. "It is neat seeing so many young women take interest in making a difference in the lives of our girls."

Sixth-grader Bailey Howard, a part of the Baby Bellas, said, "I really like how we learn about God. We got a new devotional book that we read together every month. They make it fun to learn about God. It is awesome!"

Jill Biggs, of the Isabella Circle, described, "We felt a need for the new generation of women in our UMW ministry to reach out to the teen girls in our church. A lot of us are also mothers of those teens, so it seemed a natural way for us to develop our ministry. The Baby Bella ministry has brought the girls and adults together, making them realize we all have something in common as Christians."

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