What is your church like?
Well, first off, it isn’t our church! It is God’s church, and you are welcomed by the God who welcomes us all. We’d love to have you join us! Worship happens at 10 am every Sunday, and Sunday school classes for all ages meet at 9 am.
We’re an intergenerational church with a deep history and strong connection to our local community. We’ve been around here since 1797! Most of our members live right in Mount Washington or Shepherdsville. We have folks who have been here for over 50 years and some for just a few months. Some are experienced churchgoers and others brand new to the faith. You’ll have to come see for yourself, but fair warning: you are likely to feel at home here.
What is worship like at Bethel?
Worship is central to all that we do at Bethel. It’s where we share with our brothers and sisters in Christ and where we are fed, challenged, and equipped to be sent out to do the work of the church and to build the Kingdom. Worship happens at 10 am in the sanctuary every week. We have around 60 folks and our worship style is blended. We have an intergenerational choir that sings a range of music and have a variety of special music throughout the year. We sing hymns, share our praises and concerns, pray for each other and the world, and hear the Word preached.
(Oh, and in case you were wondering, we never do that weird thing that some churches do where they make new people stand and introduce themselves in front of God and everybody. It’s hard enough going somewhere new without having to worry about whether you’re going to have to do something so terrifying. So know we’re just grateful you’re here).
By the way, we generally celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month. Because a big part of our theology is the idea that all people are children of God, we celebrate an open table. That means that if you are here–no matter who you are or what you have done–God loves you. You have a place at God’s table, and you are invited to receive Communion.
Is there a place for my kids?
Because we believe that children learn to worship, we encourage children to worship with their families! We have nursery care for our youngest children and incorporate a children’s moment in our worship. We have youth dinner & Bible study on Sunday nights at 5pm and a Children’s Bible Study on Wednesdays at 6 pm.
Do you have Sunday School?
Yep. Christian education is important to all we do. Sunday school for all ages meets at 9:00am.
When should I arrive?
Our services start at 10 am with Sunday School at 9 am. We always have pastries or donuts with coffee available before Sunday School. We encourage folks to come early, get some coffee, and meet some folks.
What should I wear to worship?
Wear what you feel comfortable in! The dress at Bethel ranges from slacks and a button down and dresses all the way to jeans and a t-shirt. Come in your Sunday best or whatever you feel comfortable wearing.
Do I have to be a Christian to come to church at Bethel UMC?
No. Several among us are exploring faith for the first time, and we don’t check your credentials at the door! We hope Bethel is a safe place for you to explore matters of faith and life.
What does it mean to be United Methodist?
We have the best potlucks and, we think, pretty great theology. We talk a lot about grace around here, and we think that serving others is vitally important to our faith. You can learn more about what we believe by clicking here.
Have further questions? The pastor would love to talk to you more about Bethel. You can email at him at firstname.lastname@example.org, call the church office at (502) 538-8116, or use the contact form below!