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Joyful Noise Choir

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Joyful Noise Choir is offered for children in Kindergarten-5th Grade on Wednesday Nights from 6:15-7:00. We have two break out choirs that meet together for the first part of the evening and then combine to practice together. K-1st Grade enjoys a marching band, musical games, stickers, prizes for attendance and (of course!) singing! This choir offers a great introduction to music for our younger kids in a fun and developmentally appropriate way.  2nd-5th Grade focuses on the fundamentals of music and offers a space for understanding the complexity of music, solo singing and a deep engagement with the musical selections.  The choirs are led by Lynn Kauffman and Alana Griffith.

Contact: Alana Griffith,

The Belle Meade Choir

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

The Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:30 AM service and special services throughout the year. Our repertoire is broad, ranging from Renaissance to current-day composers. We rehearse vigorously, have fun consistently, and worship purposefully. We welcome you, whether you would like to join us long-term or for a shorter period of time. Note: strong music-reading is a plus, although not required; interested high school students are welcome. We rehearse Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 10:00 AM.

Contact: Nancy Reiser, 

children and youth

Family Faith Play, led by Rev. Gracie Dugan, will begin on Wednesday, Sept 19. This special 6 week class is for families of children birth-4 years and their caregivers/parents. During Family Faith Play we will engage the scripture together through games, music, conversation and play. This will be a great opportunity for parents to connect with their child in a deep way and to learn easy skills and tools to intentionally create opportunities for faith conversation at home. Whether your child is 3 months or 3 years, there are ways you can make faith conversation a part of your everyday interactions!  Join us to grow together with your child and have a blast while you do it! Contact Pastor Gracie if you have any questions,

Meet Gracie.

Family Faith Play

Sept 19 - Oct 24
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 227

connect groups

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Youth for all grades 6-12 is from 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Contact: Steve Stone,  

ADULT studies

Study on the book of Acts

Aug 22 - Nov 21
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 123


This class will use the Acts study guide from James E. Sargent’s series called “Genesis to Revelation:  A Comprehensive Verse-by-Verse Exploration of the Bible.” Please contact Laura Zabaski to order the book before the first class:     

This comprehensive study of the entire Book of Acts begins with the mission to the world and ends with Paul's journey to Rome. Some of the major ideas explored are: a Gospel that cannot be contained, divine initiative and human responsibility, the subtle work of the Holy Spirit, what holds us together, and the plight of theology in a cynical world. The meaning of the selected passages is made clear by considering such aspects as ancient customs, locations of places, and the meanings of words. The simple format makes the study easy to use. Includes maps and glossary with key pronunciation helps.

Meet Kinny:

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.

Grief Group 

Oct 10 - Nov 21
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 204

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Grief can be a difficult experience to process, especially without support. Because of this, have designed this group to provide a safe and welcoming environment for you to share your grief. Often, we find grief can come in waves and can be triggered by important dates, including holidays. Along with support, we hope to help each member develop skills to nurture and support them during these difficult times.

This group will be led by Chris O'Rear and Cara Lindell, the therapists of The Counseling Center at Belle Meade UMC. We will meet Wednesday nights from 6-7pm, October 10 - November 21 (excluding Halloween) in Room 204. Before registering, please make sure you can attend at least 5 out of the 6 meetings. Please register no later than September 24th. For some basic facts and myths about grief before we meet, click HERE.  

To read more about Chris, Cara, and the Counseling Center, click HERE.

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!

A Service of Hope
and healing  

Nov 28
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The holiday season is often filled with joy and gatherings with friends and family, but it is for this very reason that many often struggle.  For those whose families have caused them pain, for those who have lost a loved one, for those who live with depression or other mental health issues, the holiday season can be stressful, painful, and draining. We invite you to bring your loneliness, weariness, and heaviness into a quiet and safe space for lament, hope and healing. Join Pastor Sam, Chris O’Rear and Cara Lindell from the Counseling Center for a time of reflection, support, and affirmation.

OPen bible study

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 216

We are a group of men who have been meeting for years, but always welcome new people! We pick a book of the Bible and study it together. We will be studying Ephesians this Spring. Bring a Bible; no additional books required. 

Contact: Bruce Kauffman,

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!


6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 125

We gather after Wednesday Night Dinner to knit and crochet various items: prayer shawls, baby blankets and hats/scarves for Room in the Inn. We love to create a gift that provides warmth and strength to our congregation in a time of need or a time of joy.  What a blessing for everyone, those receiving and those creating. Bring your own materials and join us! 

Contact: Carol Cartwright, or Marsha Arnold,

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!

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