Who We Are

Atlantic Baptist Women has a rich heritage of demonstrating the love of God to others throughout the world. Our roots began in 1870 when Hannah Maria Norris formed local women’s groups to support her mission to Burma. Today we consist of women’s groups throughout Atlantic Canada. We not only support others in mission by prayer and finances, we also engage in mission both locally and globally. 

Vision Statement

Impacting the world for Christ

Mission Statement

Partnering to serve Christ in communities at home and around the world - learning and growing together.

Partnering:  ABW partners with ministries within Canada and globally through Canadian Baptist Ministries.

Serving:  ABW desires to serve Christ by caring for others and by being generous with compassion and support.

Learning: ABW continues to learn about God’s goodness and grace through the Bible, God’s Word.  Workshops, mission projects and events are opportunities to discover and respond to the needs within our communities and our world.

Growing:  ABW nutures faith and knowledge through worshipping God and engaging in mission. 

Who We Are

Atlantic Baptist Women are women of all ages with a desire to follow Jesus.  Atlantic Baptist Women are growing in their relationship with Him through prayer, Bible study and participation in local and global mission opportunities.  


We are part of a worldwide network.  Atlantic Baptist Women (UBWMU) is one of the seventeen Baptist women's organizations that make up the Baptist Women of North America (BWNA).   

BWNA is one of the seven continental unions that make up Baptist World Alliance Women (BWAW). 


We unite with Baptist women around the world by participating in the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer, held on the first Monday in November each year.


BWNA organizes an assembly, open to all the Baptist women in North America, every five years. 

  • United Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union – incorporated 1907

  • Atlantic Baptist Women - registered 2017

We endeavour to:

  • Learn from one another through intergenerational groups.

  • Reach out to our communities.

  • Encourage those who are involved in mission and ministry.

  • Grow in leadership abilities.

  • Discover and use our spiritual gifts.

  • Lead children's ministries.

  • Read suggested books.

  • Participate in short-term mission trips.

  • Join together annually at interMISSION to experience worship, learning, and fellowship.


This organization traces its roots back to 1870 when Miss Hannah Maria Norris of Canso, Nova Scotia, applied to the Maritime Baptist Foreign Mission Board as a candidate for appointment to Burma. This board did not have the funds available for her passage and support. She purchased a ticket to sail to Boston, intending to apply to the American Baptist Foreign Mission Board. Before she sailed, Maria was advised to appeal to the women of the Baptist churches. On June 18, 1870, Maria began to engage the women by asking for their support. “Will you row with me?” was her request. 

During the summer of 1870, she organized a Women’s Missionary Society in her home church, and soon had organized twenty-two societies in Nova Scotia and eleven in New Brunswick—the first of their kind in the world. The women rallied behind the cause!  Maria’s mission became their mission.  Many supported her with the financial resources they received from selling the eggs and butter from their farms. Maria sailed for Burma on September 21, 1870, with enough money to pay for her travel and one year’s living expenses! This was the beginning of the United Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union and continues today as Atlantic Baptist Women. 

We are involved in both local & global mission

Impacting Globally

Partnering with Canadian Baptist Ministries which has global field staff on five continents. 

Impacting Locally

Partnering with several ministry programs and projects within the Atlantic Provinces​

  • Summer ministries: 

       Daily Vacation Bible School & Grants for Camps

Click here for the WMS, ABW group or Elective Annual Report Form

Click here for the ABW Reads! Questionnaire

Click here for Little Lights and Global Adventures Annual Report Form

Click here for Bulletin Cover


Christ is central, and Atlantic Baptist Women serve others with a heart of compassion. The colour purple stands for the Lordship of Jesus Christ, our King, and green reminds us that we are constantly growing both in our relationship with Christ and in opportunities to serve others. The joined lettering of our logo symbolizes our commitment to partnering: to one another in local groups; to the larger ABW organization of women’s groups; with local and global ministries; and, with Baptist sisters around the globe. “Impacting the World for Christ” is the ABW vision statement.

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