Are you searching for deeper community within Belle Meade UMC?
Home Groups of 8-14 people are intended to create community in a smaller, more personal setting. Ideally, you will meet 2x a month in a fellow church member's home to share a meal, participate in a bible study, pray, and enjoy fellowship! Childcare will be available for some groups. Approved childcare workers from BMUMC will take care of the children in a separate room in the host home. Fill out the form below and let us know your availability!
SUNDAY SCHOOL Classes
Sunday School classes offer a weekly small group where life is shared and spiritual growth happens. We invite you to join us from 9:15 to 10:15 AM each Sunday. Adult Sunday School classes meet on the first and second floors of the Administrative building on the church campus. If you need more information about a Sunday School class contact Rev. Sam McGlothlin, email@example.com.
Connections (Young Adults) - Room 220
We are in our early 30s - 40s. We enjoy study, discussion & application of Christianity to every day life. Some members are single and some are married. All want to put their faith in action and live as Christ would have us live. Any and all visitors are welcome!
This Month: Studying Living by the Five by Jim and Jennifer Cowart led by class members
WOW - Room 211
"Women of the Word" comprised of women of all ages exploring topics and books of interest in a Biblical context.
This Month: Studying I Bought a House on Gratitude Street by J. Ellsworth Kalas led by class members
FIDELIS - Room 217
We are 50's to mid 60’s. We have some couples and some single people. We tend to be a class of teachers in that we teach our own lessons. We enjoy fellowship at class parties and have been eating breakfast out together on 5th Sundays. We've done a lot of J. Ellsworth Kallas and Adam Hamilton books. We also study books of the bible using the commentary series in our room.
This Month: Studying “Set Apart - Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings” led by Kinny Cosner
Upper Room - Room 219
With members mid-50s to over 80, the Upper Room Sunday School class is made up of a core group of long time members which has been enhanced by numerous new members in recent years. Our primary focus is Bible Study, but other focuses include: community and social issues and current and historical events, especially as they relate to Christianity. As a group, we support Church related needs as well as those outside our community. We create social gatherings such as our annual Christmas and summer parties, Ladies Lunch, and outings to Nashville Sounds baseball games. Fellowship and support of one another are key reasons to join. We love new members.
This Month: Dr. Chuck Lukehart teaching
Logos - Room 216
We are 45 and up but all adults are welcome. Logos studies the Bible with contemporary application in order to claim a promise from God for each member. There is a strong emphasis on prayer, discipleship and glorifying God. The class setting is casual encouraging open discussion and interaction. This group typically alternates Bible study with study of books by various authors over the course of a year. They also make time for regular fellowship time/activities outside of class, and support a variety of mission projects each year.
This Month: Learning from He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado led by class members
Shepherd’s Class - The Lounge
Group study and scholarly discussion led by former pastor Dr. J. David Miller. Primary emphasis on Biblical passages, parables and the imperfect heroes God chose to grow and lead His flock. This class believes in the power of prayer, desires a deep relationship with Christ Jesus and welcomes opportunities to be an active witness outside our walls. While we care deeply and passionately for our own older generation, our mission efforts focus on the children and youth of this church and the world. All opinions are welcome.
This Month: Studying the Book of Colossians led by J. David Miller
Triple S - Room 121
We are a mix of 50s-70s who are married, widowed, divorced, and never married. We study the Sunday Sermon Scripture (which is where we got our name). Activities include periodically going to lunch on Sundays & parties. We participate in RITI, volunteer for VBS and Freedom School, & collect for various mission needs.
This Month: Studying the Sunday Sermon Scripture led by David Drummel, Brad Childs, Judy Wooldridge and E.V. King
Oxford - Room 123
We are a mix of 60s-70s. We enjoy Bible study of theological and current topics. Led by class members and outside leaders.
This Month: Studying the Book of Ecclesiastes led by Ernest Heard
Trinity Bible - Room 125
Drawing from a variety of materials, the class focuses on Old and New Testament scriptures, Christian theology and Church history. Using a combination of presentations, discussion and videos, the class seeks to discern God’s timeless and universal revelations of spiritual truths from the perspective of Christian tradition. Occasionally, other religious traditions are studied with an eye to how they may inform the Christian Faith. The class may especially appeal to single or married adults of any age who are interested in studying the Bible and Christianity in their cultural and historical settings.
This Month: Studying the Book of Ecclesiastes led by Ernest Heard
Faith in action - Room 218
We are adults of all ages eager to put our faith into action. The United Methodist tradition has always seen holiness as personal and social. As such, we discuss the intersection of social issues and faith, seeking what our Christ-centered response should be as members of the body. We discuss different topics for 6-8 weeks at a time. For each topic, we read articles/books or watch films to educate ourselves. We invite speakers to help with education, often with varying perspectives on the issue. We also invite someone experiencing the social issue to share their personal narrative. Finally, we take action, which varies based on the topic. All perspectives and opinions are welcome!
This Month: We will resume meeting in August around the topic of Mass Incarceration. We are preparing by reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.
MOSAICS Older Adult MINISTRY
Who we are: We are people in our 60s-80s who love God and enjoy growing in faith and friendship together. All ages are welcome to participate in our activities!
Calendar of Events 2018:
- Sunday, February 18: "Here’s Love" Dinner and Music hosted by the Youth Group. 5:00-6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. No charge. Email Jenny Streams at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up!
- Friday, February 23: Coffee & Classics at the Nashville Symphony.
- Thursday, March 15: Cheekwood in House at 11:30 AM. Email Jan Todd, email@example.com, for more information and to schedule lunch. Lunch scheduling is required.
- Thursday, April 19: Elephant Sanctuary in House at 11:30 AM. Lunch scheduling required. For questions or more information, email Jan Todd, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Friday, May 18: Mystery Lunch out of town. Time will be announced closer to date. To sign up for bus transportation, email Jan Todd, email@example.com.
- Thursday, June 21: Moonlight & Memories Musical in House at 11:30 AM. Lunch scheduling is required. For more information, email Jan Todd, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- September: History of Country Music in House. Lunch scheduling required. More information will be provided closer to date. email Jan Todd, email@example.com with any questions.
- October 27: Baxter TN Train Trip. More information will be provided closer to date. See January Minutes for more details.
- November: TBD
- December: Christmas Lunch at Scarritt Bennett Center. More information will be provided closer to date.
Register for events by signing up in the administrative lobby or by emailing Jan Todd, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONGOING SMALL GROUPS
Throughout the year, several groups form and meet for study, spiritual growth, fellowship, and service. Some ongoing study groups include:
- Tuesday Night Bible Study: Kinny Cosner is teaching a new class starting Tuesday, June 5 for 7 weeks - Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More by Melissa Spoelstra. By exploring Numbers we can come to identify the reasons for our complaining, learn contentment while being authentic about the difficulties of life, accept short-term hardship in light of the greater good of God’s ultimate deliverance, recognize the relationship between complaining and worry, and discover how to realign with God’s character and promises. Participant guides may be made available for $13.50 by contacting Laura McAlister Zabaski: email@example.com. Kinny has a lifelong association with BMUMC. He helped organize and has taught the mid-week Bible Study for 15 years. Kinny has a JD from the University of Tennessee and a PhD from Vanderbilt University. He served as a lawyer for 35 years and taught English at VU for for 20 years.
- Women's Book Club: Tuesday at 12:15 in the library. This group selects books for study and discussion, frequently focusing on spiritual practices. Contact Judy Wooldridge, firstname.lastname@example.org, to get involved.
- Women's Friday Bible Study: This group meets at 10:00 am on Fridays throughout the year and studies scripture, often guided by specific study materials by various authors. Contact Betty McAlister, email@example.com, to get involved.
united methodist women
United Methodist Women is a creative, supportive fellowship that aims to expand concepts of mission through participation in global ministries of the church, especially those concerning women, youth and children.
The local Belle Meade UMW meets in small groups called circles and these include:
- AGAPE - Every 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 AM in the church lounge.
- MIRIAM - A cyber-circle that corresponds through email & gathers as needed.
- TABITHA - Every 3rd Monday at 6:00 PM at various sites.
- TOMA DACHI - Every 1st Tuesday at 2:00 PM in the church lounge.
Belle Meade UMW also hosts three general meetings annually where women from all circles come together for fellowship, luncheon and programs regarding mission opportunities. Women visitors are welcome to come, enjoy the meal and fellowship, and learn about what we do as United Methodist Women. To learn more about United Methodist Women, checkout the UMW website. If you are interested in joining a circle, please contact Lynn Kauffman, firstname.lastname@example.org.