There are always OPPORTUNITIES To Serve with God’s people!
Here are some of our current mission & outreach ministries!
Room in the Inn (coordinated by The United Methodist Men, December through March each year) Be a RITI Volunteer! Families, church groups, and other organizations can volunteer.
We’re using Signup.com to organize our upcoming activity. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
You select a date and then presses the green SignUp bar. All you need is an email address (or they can sign in with Facebook). No need to have a Signup account. Choose your spots and tell us what you plan to do in the comments field (e.g.drive, innkeeper, serve a meal)
Signup.com will send you an automated confirmation and a reminder two days before your date to serve. It’s easy! Note: Signup.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact the church office to be contacted about “RITI.”
Here are the links to the detailed information about the various ways you can volunteer:
Volunteers Providing Meals:
Volunteers to be the Primary Host and/or InnKeepers:
Room in the Inn (Room in the Inn webpage) is a ministry to persons who are experiencing homelessness in Nashville, coordinated by the Campus for Human Development. Bellevue UMC has been involved with this ministry along with many other Nashville area congregations since its inception. Bellevue UMC offers transportation, housing, meals, and showers for up to 12 men every Saturday night from December through March as part of the Room in the Inn program. Church members are encouraged to participate by driving our Room in the Inn guests to and from our church, providing meals, serving as “innkeepers” (must be a minimum of two men above the age of 21 spend the night), and providing cleanup assistance the next morning. Community organizations, families, and our sister churches in the community can also sign up to serve!
Book Drive for the “Last Minute Toy Store” (coordinated by several ministries at BUMC, late October through mid-December) Bellevue UMC coordinates the collection and distribution of over 6000 books at the “Last Minute Toy Store” to ensure that children who live in disadvantaged settings receive a new book for Christmas. There are many opportunities to serve; picking up donated books, sorting books, organizing a book drive at your place of business, donating new books, and much more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-646-4146. For more information about The Toy Store, go to www.lastminutetoystore.com.
Angel Tree (coordinated by the BUMC Outreach Committee, December) We provide gifts for five families each year who are working towards wholeness at the Safe Haven family shelter. Our tree goes up in the Welcome Center in late November each year.
Last Minute Toy Store Support (coordinated by the BUMC Outreach Committee, December) The “Last Minute Toy Store”, is a county-wide mission program for families in underserved communities. Many persons volunteer each year at the “Last Minute Toy Store,” helping to organize gifts, clean up the area, and carry gifts to the participants’ cars as needed. Watch for information each December for the current year weblink to sign up to volunteer.
Be the Church: Changing Hearts in Tanzania (Lent season emphasis, year round)
Becoming a missionary partner is more than a financial covenant; it is a promise to pray for the ministry and the people of Tanzania. “I have spent my whole life in the church…and I remember the first time I accepted God’s love for me as one of his children,” Eric Soard. “However, I think the most important time was when God asked me to share his love with others….”Faith for me is something that must have a real impact on the world around me and how I interact with that world.”
As he matured, Eric felt God’s “call for my life, a call to serve others.” Eric is a United Methodist missionary filled with a passion to share the love of Christ with people of Tanzania. Eric and his wife Liz are assigned as United Methodist missionaries in Tanzania as church planters and discipleship trainers. We are blessed to be in a Covenant Relationship Partnership with Eric Soard. Each year we set a goal for our Lenten Offering to continue our Covenant Partner relationship with him.
Community Care Fellowship (coordinated by the BUMC Outreach Committee, third Sunday emphasis, year round)
The Community Care Fellowship (CCF) is a service ministry to homeless persons and residents in the East Nashville community. CCF provides showers and meals for homeless persons four days per week. We support CCF financially through special offerings and collections of supplies when the need arises. We are also in ministry with the CCF program by preparing and serving the noontime meal on the third Sunday every month. The monthly noontime meal is underwritten by the church’s annual budget.
Two hundred “to go” meals are delivered to Nancy Webb Kelly UMC (511 South 8th Street, off of Shelby Avenue.) We are always looking for new folks to be a part of this mission by transporting meals to Nancy Webb Kelly UMC. Contact the office (email@example.com) if you want to volunteer! The A.D.D. class has undertaken the organization of this ministry on behalf of BUMC. The meals can usually be transported in 1 or 2 vehicles depending on the size of the vehicle. It takes about an hour and a half round trip. The meals are ready to be loaded for delivery around 11:15-11:30 a.m. in the CLC. (ccfnashville.org .)
Bellevue Food Bank (coordinated by the BUMC Outreach Committee, year round)
This community-based ministry is housed in our facility but is supported by many churches within the Bellevue area. Each Tuesday, (6-7:30 p.m.) persons needing food come to the food bank to receive bags of groceries. The food bank provides support to over 400 persons on a monthly basis. The food bank serves recipients in the following zip codes: 37205, 37209, 37221, and 37143. If you need further information or would like to donate to the Bellevue Community Food Bank, call the church office at 646-4146. Food Bank Donations are accepted Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Appointments are preferred for large donation deliveries.
- Please check all donations for expiration dates prior to your donation – an expiration date approximately one year ahead is preferred. Think about a family of 4 – what kinds of food would the children enjoy eating? What kind of food does a Senior Citizen living alone or a couple need that is shelf stable
- Plan ahead! Watch for “buy one get one free” sales at your grocery for basic foods and use coupons to get more for your donation dollars.
- The largest size may not be the best – think about what your family typically buys. What do you consider necessities for your pantry?
- Please don’t empty out your own pantry and donate those items that YOU won’t eat unless the items are on the basic list of donations.
Here’s a basic list of suggested donations: Cereal Peanut butter (and jelly) but not combined in one jar, Macaroni and cheese, Canned meats (chicken, Spam, Vienna sausages, tuna), Canned Beef Stew, Chicken and Dumplings, etc., Canned pasta and sauce/meat, Pasta sauces and dried pasta, Canned Soups, Canned beans (pinto, great northern, black-eyed peas, black beans, baked beans, etc), Canned vegetables (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, greens, green beans, carrot, beets, potatoes, corn, mushrooms, etc.), Potato “flakes” (instant mashed potatoes), rice, and “Stove Top” stuffing, pasta/noodle based side dishes, Baking products (mixes for rolls, instant breads that need minimal extra ingredients to cook, cornbread mixes, etc), Sugar, Cooking oil, Evaporated milk, Jello gelatin and puddings (snack cups), Crackers, Select beverages: Juice, Koolaid, Tea, coffee, juice boxes (for school lunches), Baby diapers (sizes 3-4-5-6) and baby wipes, detergent.
Sanctuary Teddy Bears (coordinated by the BUMC Worship Committee, year round)
We collect new, 8-10 inch, “nonseasonal themed” stuffed animals year round in our sanctuary. Bring them any Sunday and leave them in the pews. They are hugged, prayed for and blessed by the children and congregation during worship. The stuffed animals are delivered to local missions to be given to children who need a special friend to hug and hold during difficult times in their lives.
COMMON THREADS – Crocheted & Knitted Items for Mission (coordinated by the BUMC Outreach Committee, year round)
The Common Threads Ministry of BUMC invites the community and congregation to help make items to give to others in our community. Dishcloths for Food Bank families, baby blankets for premies, prayer shawls for those who need to be “wrapped” in prayer, helmet liners for soldiers and so much more! Patterns are available from members of the group or bring your own. Stop by the City Limits Café (Old Harding Pike) on any Sunday afternoon from 2:30-4:00 p.m. with your needles and yarn in hand to join the group.
TRUNK OR TREAT (coordinated by the BUMC Outreach Committee, October 31 each year)
Calling children of all ages to a safe place to enjoy the fun of Halloween. Adults come in costume with a decorated “trunk” and candy or such to hand out as our neighbors come to visit us. Spread the word among your friends and join us!
Project Transformation (coordinated by a cross-function team of Outreach Committee, UMM, & UMW, late spring through July each year)
Project Transformation is a summer-long program with the goal of increasing the reading skills of children and youth in underserved communities. The program is a ministry of the Tennessee Annual Conference. College students from across the United States apply, interview, and are chosen to be Mission Interns for the summer. The young adult missionaries lead the ministry of recreation, reading, character building, and faith development at several sites around Davidson County. BUMC supports this mission as a Partner Church by budgeting for the mission fee, collecting books and supplies, providing at least 2 meals for the Mission Intern teams, providing volunteers to read to the children, and praying for the mission interns and the participants for the entire program.
Bellevue Community Programs
Bellevue UMC hosts a variety of programs to enhance the life of the community surrounding the church. These include programs such as:
Blessing of the Animals – providing an opportunity to collect food for the local Humane Society, to recognize the important role our pets play in our lives, and to meet and greet neighbors. (Outreach, early October)
Trunk or Treat – providing a safe place for the children in the community surrounding the church to come and collect Halloween treats and for their families to meet and greet each other. (Outreach, late October)
Wheels for Meals – a fun car show, craft show, auction, and lunch offered to the community. Proceeds from a wide variety of corporate sponsors as well as the auction and lunch support the Bellevue Food Bank, Project Transformation, Horses and Heroes Healing, and other mission projects in the community. (Men’s group, early May)
Backpack and School Supplies – we gather supplies, backpacks, and funds to purchase school uniforms to be distributed to the four schools in the MNPS Hillwood Cluster. (Women’s group, late July)
BUMC also supports individual members who serve as Missionaries in a variety of settings throughout the United Methodist connection:
Veteran’s Support DID YOU SERVE IN THE United States Armed Forces? If so, join our Veterans’ group every fourth Saturday at 8:00 a.m. for an hour of breakfast conversation. The Veteran’s Group of BUMC serves in the community in a variety of ways working to provide homeless Vets education about services that are available for them. They also collect household items for the Thrift Store that supports homeless Veteran programs.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Our congregation is an active supporter and advocate for mission work and ministries performed by United Methodist Committee on Relief. Members have participated in disaster preparedness training offered through UMCOR. Our church supports the One Great Hour of Sharing offering each year and contributes toward second-mile giving to UMCOR advance offerings.
Environmental Ministries Bellevue UMC has covenanted to take care of God’s creation. Members are active in many different ways in supporting fair trade and preserving our environment. Our church continues to develop ways that allow us to be greener through our ongoing ministries and daily operations. We recycle our bulletins and church paper. Everyone – discover the Bellevue Community Recycle Center by I-40!