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What to Expect at Bethel United Methodist Church

At Bethel United Methodist Church, we want you to be able to experience the friendly people, enjoyable atmosphere, encouraging messages, and great music that are a part of Bethel UMC.  And we know that your first time at a church, any church, brings up some questions.  Here is a quick look at what you can expect:

What time should I get there?

We offer two styles of worship services: a traditional worship service begins at 9:00 am and a contemporary worship service begins at 11:00 am. In between the services, we offer Sunday School Adult study opportunities or a chance to mingle with others with coffee and donuts.

Where should I park?

We have a large parking lot with handicap parking places at each entrance. The first entrance is located near our Sanctuary on the east side of the building that is perfect for those attending the traditional service at 9:00am.  The parking lot extends to the north for our other entrance to the Family Life Center where our contemporary worship is held at 11:00am.

What should I wear?
While most people who attend choose to dress a little nicer than when doing the grocery shopping, when you worship with us, you will see everything from suits and ties to jeans. We really just want you to be comfortable and spend time with us. Still not sure? Start with business casual and you will fit right in.

What should I expect?

There is no need to feel nervous about visiting our church.  Our worship services include prayers both silent and spoken; affirmations of faith; testimonies of God's grace; readings of Scripture, either in unison or responsive; the singing of hymns both old and new; and the proclamation and exposition of the Scriptures (the sermon).  Most United Methodist churches celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of the month, though many offer it each week for those who wish to receive it. We also include baptisms, confessions of faith, dedication of missionaries or other servants, welcoming new members, and farewells to those leaving our fellowship. The music at the traditional service follows traditional hymns in the Methodist hymnals provided, and features the organ, piano and/or the choir and includes congregational singing. 

Our contemporary service is based around more modern music which at times can be loud and joyful; at other times, it is softer and more reflective. The band is a mixture of vocalists, guitars, keyboards and drums. We encourage people to sing along.  We utilize large video screens for words to music and biblical passages for you to follow.

We take the teachings of the Bible and turn them into challenges for daily living; challenges that will lead you to a deeper understanding and relationship with God. After each service, coffee and donuts are available for you to enjoy and meet new people.

What is available for my kids?

Families with children are always welcome in worship. Children’s bulletins, puzzles, and books are all available. We also offer special children’s worship activities. We implement a Safe Sanctuary policy that ensures your children are in a safe learning environment while providing some fun and excitement. We offer passionate children/youth ministers and dedicated volunteers to provide a warm, loving and safe environment for the following groups:

CHILD CARE (birth through age 5) is available on Sunday mornings during the services and Sunday school in Room 15.

SUNDAY SCHOOL classes for children meet year round from 10:00-11:00.

            Preschool (ages 3/4) in Room 12.

            Early Elementary (Kindergarten – 3rd grade) in Room 7.

            Older Elementary (4th- 6th grade) in Room 5.

CHILDREN'S MOMENTS are offered early in the second worship service.

Children may then leave for CHILDREN’S CHURCH.  Children age 5 through 5th grade are invited to join us to experience their own special church service.

Be sure to check out our Safe Sanctuary policy.

What do you believe?

We believe that we are here to bring glory to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We passionately desire to worship Jesus Christ, to instruct and encourage Christians to become like Christ and to share our savior and Lord with the world.

I would like to get involved. How do I do that?

The best way to get involved here at Bethel United Methodist Church is to join an adult Bible study class or volunteer to serve on a ministries team. There are many opportunities here to develop Christian friendships and be an active part of the surrounding community.

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  • Witness
  • Outreach