Devoted to having an open door, open minds and open hearts, Bethel United Methodist Church…More congregants blend history with contemporary activities, Bible studies and missionary work.
Since 1924, church members have hosted an annual chicken dinner and crafts boutique during autumn. Additionally, they also host an annual auction with various themes. Their outreach support goes local organizations, such as Circle of Concern, and globally toward the Chonguene United Methodist Church in Mozambique, Africa.
Preschool children are taught lessons in Bethel's Nursery through the Cokesbury Methodist learning series. Bethel's Nursery is open each Sunday morning for the 9am and 10:30am services. Staffing is provided by a paid worker and a youth volunteer.
BYG Time (Bethel Youth Group, Teens Imitating Messiah's Example) is a program designed for teenagers in grades 6-12. The Rock Stars program gives a forum to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade for singing and performing.
Various adult leaders take turns being liturgists during the month.
Operating as a Christ-centered community, Living Word UMC blends a broad range of traditional spiritual topics and…More contemporary interests. Originally founded as Ellisville United Methodist Church in 1962, the congregation relocated to Wildwood in 2008 to build a new campus, expand outreach efforts and to accommodate the need for more space.
Many ministry and small group programs are conducted throughout the year for children, youths and adults. The pastors respond to a 24/7 on-call system to meet personal needs. Celebration Arts at Living Word takes on many forms, including vocal, instrument and drama.
An Early Childhood Center, complete with play ground, also is located in its own portion of the building. This is for children 15 months to 6 years of age.
Missionary work includes entities such as Circle of Concern, Festival of Sharing, Henderson Settlement, Epworth Children and Family Services, Kingdom House and Heifer Arks. Living Word supports two pastors in Mozambique and a sister church in Magumbane.
BRIDGES (Busy Retirees Involved Doing God's Exciting Service) is a group of persons aged 50 or older who anchor activities from this church.
Living Word's lead pastor often conducts trips and tours of the Holy Land in Israel.
Weekly sermons also are offered online. Living Word hosts the annual simulcast of the Willow Creek Leadership Summit. Additionally, the church serves as a meeting site to many community organizations. They are recognized by the Igniting Ministry Team at United Methodist Communications as an official "Welcoming Congregation."