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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

connect groups

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Youth for all grades 6-12 is from 6:15-7:00 p.m. We will have an Art Connect Group during the month of March and a Woodworking Connect Group during the month of April.

Contact: Steve Stone,  

ADULT studies

Historical Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Aug 22 - Sept 26
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 121


Most everyone is aware of the conflict between the modern day Israelis and Palestinians, though many may wonder when the conflict began, how it started, and whether or not there is any reason to hope that the conflict can ultimately be resolved in a peaceful manner without further bloodshed.  Can the Palestinians and the Israelis live in harmony with each other, and will the government of Israel, as well as the Palestinian Authority, ever agree to a final settlement?  Also, will the larger Arab population of the Middle East, not to mention the government and people of Iran (which is a non-Arab state) ever accept such a settlement? This study will look at the historical context of the conflict and discuss current views on the questions above. This study should be approached with deep humility.  It should be thought of as a first step towards a beginning understanding of the problem in its historical context, rather than a concluding determination as to which factions may be ethically right or wrong. No preparatory work is required. If you have questions about the course, please contact Ernest Heart at

Meet Ernest:

Ernest is a long-time member of Belle Meade UMC and teaches in multiple capacities. He is the regular lecturer for the Trinity Sunday School Class. His credentials include: Ed.D., Vanderbilt University; M.A., Scarritt College; M.L.S., Peabody College; B.A., Centenary College. Ernest is a professor at Belmont and says this about his work: "Each time I enter the classroom I try to remind myself why I am teaching at Belmont.  As best I can, I seek to keep the following priorities uppermost in my mind and heart – to create a loving and safe environment within the classroom where students know that they are loved and can feel safe in expressing their ideas and opinions, in assurance that they will be heard, respected and appreciated. My second priority is to present subject content according to the course description, and to strive to do so in an exciting and challenging manner that will cause students to think, ponder, question, and articulate what they are learning. Thirdly, through tests, written assignments, and speaking opportunities I strive to empower students to take ownership of their learning."

*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!

"Do Well" Crown
Biblical Financial Study 

Aug 22 - Oct 24
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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“Do Well” is a biblically-based financial study. The Bible contains 2,350 verses dealing with money and possessions and applying this timeless wisdom is a key to financial success. Some topics covered include: stewardship, earning money, spending, saving, sharing, budgeting, investing, debt, and instilling sound values in children. This 10-week experience is fun, requires about 20 minutes of homework each day, and will teach practical and life-changing financial principles to help make successful decisions when it comes to matters of money and life.

Study materials include the "Do Well" study manual, a Money Map, and a book entitled “The Worst Financial Mistakes in the Bible – and how you can avoid them” by Chuck Bentley. Cost for these materials is $31.00. You can write a check to the church & Gracie Dugan will order your materials. You must register by Aug 6 in order to pick up your materials on Wed, Aug 15 and be prepared for the class.

Singles and couples are encouraged to participate. This is a course which is co-facilitated in which members actively engage and participate in each group session. Numbers are therefore limited to a total of 10 including the co-facilitators. If you have questions about the class, please contact Bill Baker at 404-357-2455 or

Meet Bill: 

Bill’s background is engineering, business, and finance. After spending six years as a financial advisor with Raymond James, Inc., he founded his own wealth management company in 1998.  He is recognized as a 5-Star Financial Advisor and one of 12 Advisors in the country to be featured in “The Trust Equation –the Savvy Investor’s Guide to Selecting a Financial Advisor”. He served as Chair, Planned Giving, for Wellstar Hospital System in Atlanta, and was active in the Estate Planning Council of North Georgia. 

When asked why he wants to teach this course, Bill said, "I was really enthused after taking this group study more than 15 years ago! The study and interaction shed a different perspective for me on life, living, money and stewardship in service to God. Money, property, and financial matters can get onerous and complicated. How we approach and deal with these matters, is important and integral to our success and happiness in daily living, and also to the legacy we leave. Many stories and lessons from biblical times apply today.  My reason for wanting to facilitate the study group is because I believe it’s very important, and it’s a fun way to share, learn, and make new friends. While there are 20 minutes of study each day, everyone actively contributes, there is no final exam, and a goal is that all will go away wealthier for the experience and better equipped to Do Well in life."

*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!

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.

Family Faith Play

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

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.

The Gospel of John 

Oct 3 - Oct 24
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 121

Join Rev. Sam McGlothlin for a 4 week Bible Study on the Gospel of John. Participants will read assigned passages each week for this discussion-based class. Of course, no one will be forced to talk! Please note, Pastor Sam must record one of these sessions for Ordination. More details to come!

Meet Sam. 

Discovering the history & meaning of Biblical
art, text, and place

Oct 3 - Oct 24
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

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Join Architect Kem Hinton for a 4 week series of presentations about the most revered pieces of art and architecture related to religion. 

Oct 3 - The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci - Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the most important artists in human history.  His stunning mural The Last Supper, located on a wall at the Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, has been admired, mistreated, nearly destroyed, restored, and reproduced more than any other artistic expression.  This presentation will shed light on the history, myths, interpretations, and misconceptions that surround this landmark artistic masterpiece.  

Oct 10 - The Temple Mount in Jerusalem - The Temple Mount is arguable the most sacred place on Earth. Revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this holy site has been the location of numerous structures including Solomon’s Temple, Herod’s Temple, and Hadrian’s pagan temple.  Today it is crowned with an Islamic shrine known as the Dome of the Rock.  Solomon’s glorious temple, destroyed in 500 BC, was the original permanent home for Moses’ sacred Ark of the Covenant, The presentation will examine the numerous, fascinating myths, legends, and archeological discoveries at this fascinating site in Jerusalem. 

Oct 17 - The Holy Grail - Long a mysterious object popular in ancient and contemporary literature, the Holy Grail has captured the imagination of both the secular and the religious.  In this presentation, an investigation is made of the origin of the cup from the Last Supper, from the earliest days up to today’s popular media.  Its most recent appearances included the Hollywood blockbusters Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade and The Di Vinci Code, yet the real story of this sacred vessel is more complicated and intriguing than previously imagined.  

Oct 24 - Where is the original Bible? - Just where is the original Bible?  And what was the original Bible?  Both the Old and New Testaments are part of the fundamentals of our religious traditions and beliefs.  Yet, one could ask about which versions of these testaments are correct, which are rooted in authenticity, and which are not.  And the differences between the various versions holds a fascinating history of interpretation, translation, and meaning, one discovered only by looking into the past and informing it with the latest literary research and discoveries.

Meet Kem:  Kem is an architect, LEED accredited professional, urban designer, author, historian, graphic designer, photographer, lecturer, and visual artist.  He received his professional education from the University of Tennessee, University of Pennsylvania, and Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  In 1984, he and Seab Tuck established Tuck-Hinton Architects, and there he has been responsible for award-winning projects including Vanderbilt University Admissions Building, Tennessee World War II Memorial, Civil Rights Room in Nashville Public Library, MTSU Sports Hall of Fame, Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Center, and Ingram Science Building at Montgomery Bell Academy.  Kem was the lead designer of the Tennessee Bicentennial Capitol Mall in Nashville, and he authored A Long Path: The Search for a Tennessee Bicentennial Landmark.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.

Kem is currently designing the new $95-million Tennessee State Library & Archives facility and a new memorial at War Memorial Plaza to honor Tennessean veterans involved in the Gulf War conflicts.  He is married to Marilyn, has a grown son T.J., and recently completed his LEED Platinum residence, a first in Williamson County.

Grief Group 

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

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!

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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