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Bethlehem First United Methodist Church
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Missions

We are committed to being the hands and feet of Christ within our community, our country, and around the world.  In Acts 1:8, Jesus says, "you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth," (NIV). At Bethlehem First UMC, we believe that as a Christ-centered church, moving outside the walls of the church is a non-negotiable. We seek to make Christ known through local (Jerusalem), regional (Judea and Samaria), and international missions (to the ends of the earth).

At Bethlehem First UMC, we believe that every member and every person who worships regularly with us should find one place to serve for at least one hour each month. This may include feeding the homeless, food distributions, and building houses - just to name a few.


STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN MISSIONS

Bethlehem First UMC has partnered with over 20 different missionaries and mission organizations in fulfilling our mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Through our partnerships, we serve as the hands and feet of Christ. If you are a missionary or mission organization interested in partnering with Bethlehem First UMC, please contact serve@bethlehemfirstumc.com to learn how you can partner with us.

Local Mission Partners

House of Bread Food Pantry   The name Bethlehem literally means “House of Bread”.  At BFUMC, we not only want to feed spiritually, but also physically by meeting the needs of hunger in our community.  House of Bread distributes food boxes on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9:30 -11:30 AM.  Donated food items are always welcomed and we encourage all to find an opportunity to serve during one of the distributions. 

Mechanics In Action is a ministry that provides transportation to those in need.  Donated vehicles are accepted, inspected, and repaired to be road safe.  The recipients are chosen through an application process. Donated vehicles are needed for this ministry. 

Barrow County Cooperative Benevolence Ministries is a Christian volunteer organization that helps those in need in Barrow County.  Monthly food distributions, food pantry, clothes closet and Church of the Month are some of the assistance they help with.

BFUMC & Bethlehem Elementary School Partners. Opportunities to mentor students, volunteers for school festivals, serve teachers and staff on teacher work days, clothing donations for emergency clothes closet, etc. 

Barrow Ministry Village partners with churches and community leaders in Barrow County to raise awareness, pray, and provide supplemental support for foster children and families in the Barrow community.  BMV also provides counselling support and hunger relief support.

Blood Drives  BFUMC hosts two blood drives a year.  Donations of blood are what make the American Red Cross the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. 

Northeast Georgia Homeless Veterans Shelter  The Northeast Georgia Homeless Veterans Shelter is an organization that offers transitional housing and a comprehensive array of support services to homeless Veterans and their families. Supportive services include vocational and career development, life shills training, counseling services, and help with obtaining veteran's benefits. These services allow our Veterans to transition back into the community as healthy productive citizens.

Peace Place, Inc. is a domestic violence program that serves survivors of family violence in Banks, Barrow & Jackson counties.  We offer emergency shelter, transitional & scattered site housing, outreach & legal advocacy, safety planning, educational presentations, & children's services. 

Come Alive Ministries is a pregnancy care center offering help and hope to women facing an unplanned pregnancy in the Barrow County area. We endeavor to equip women to take care of their children and make wise choices that save and improve the lives of many children every year. 

Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world. Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship.

Barrow County Family Connection   Band of Sisters partners with Barrow County Family Connection by supporting various programs and events that help children and families in our community. 

Back to School Bash    During July, school backpacks and school supplies are collected and donated to help families in need have the opportunity to receive school supplies for their children before the start of the school year.  Families are able receive the backpacks by attending the annual Back to School Bash in July.

Holiday Connection Before and during the Christmas season, toys and gifts are collected for local Barrow County families that are in need.  These toys and gifts are donated to the Holiday Connection store where needy parents are able to shop and select gifts for their children.  There are volunteer opportunities to help prepare the Holiday Store as well as serve during store hours. Sponsoring families in need is another opportunity to help local families during this time. 

Regional Mission Partners

Appalachian Trail Ministry, is a part of Nudge Ministries.  This ministry operates March 1 - April 15.  Alongside volunteers, hikers are assisted while on the trail in Georgia.  We serve the “Thru hiker” by providing them with water, food and drinks, a much-appreciated chair for a break and a 10×10 canopy for shelter from the sun or rain. 

Early Response Team (ERT) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence.  ERTs are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams. Under very specific guidelines, ERTs assist survivors, without causing further harm or being a burden to the affected community. ERTs require an invitation to travel to another district, conference, or jurisdiction.  Please contact the Serve Team if you are interested in training to become ERT certified and for more information.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. 

BFUMC plans 1-2 mission trips a year to serve at UMCOR Sager Brown.  At Sager Brown, you may work in the 48,000 sq. ft. depot receiving, sorting, packing, and shipping supplies for disaster relief around the world or be part of a community project, such as housing rehabilitation. You may be doing maintenance on the campus, or serving in the sewing room, or just helping as you are able. Your individual spiritual gifts and talents will be coordinated with the ever-changing weekly needs.

Sager Brown is located in Baldwin, Louisiana.  Spaces are limited, so please contact the Serve Team for more information.

GGC Wesley  BFUMC supports the Georgia Gwinnett College Wesley Foundation. The Wesley Foundation is a United Methodist campus student organization. Campus ministries are able to make an impact on student's lives, as well as the future health of the church.

Interfaith Hospitality Network is a nonprofit organization that provides temporary housing and comprehensive services to homeless children and their families. We enable a community response through a coalition of faith-based congregations who use their facilities and their organization's volunteers to provide shelter, transportation, food, and intensive support for the families. 

International Mission Partners

Todd & Pam Attaway, are missionaries with TMS Global. The Attaways served in Thailand for four years teaching English while building relationships to share the love of Christ. The Attaways are now serving in the US to help mobilize churches for missions and will also mentor missionaries before the go on the mission field.

Nudge Ministries. The main focus is on unreached people groups in Ghana. This includes those who are not yet followers of Christ and the unengaged (i.e. groups where there is no witness by a church or organization). The current focus is on the Wala people in the Upper West region of Ghana, West Africa.

Village of Hope. BFUMC partners with the Village of Hope Liberia's project to build a United Methodist Church in the village of Gbata in the district of Kokoya in Liberia. To donate
to Village of Hope please email liberiavoh@gmail.com

    Bethlehem First UMC
    709 Christmas Avenue
    Bethlehem, GA 30620

    Phone: 770-867-3727
    Fax: 770-867-3729

    Email: info@bethlehemfirstumc.com


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    SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
    Communion Service- 8:30 AM in the Prayer Chapel
    Contemporary Service- 9:30 AM
    Traditional Service- 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary
    11contemporary Modern Service- 11:05 AM in the Worship Center


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