Here at Bethel, we strive to be an active part of not just the Spartanburg community, but also the global community. This web page provides information on many of the outreach and mission opportunities we offer at Bethel United Methodist Church.
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Youth and Adult Mission
Bethel UMC Missions Committee teamed up with the Youth Group Mission team for a mission trip to Alajuela, Costa Rica July 14 – 21, 2018. Forty Bethel youth and adult mission team members worked with Rice & Beans Ministries (RABMIM), a United Methodist organization to build relationships and change lives for the glory of God. The team worked in several areas of service including:
- Teaching Bible School at Public Schools
- Painting school classrooms and offices
- Painting at a City Park
- Delivering hundreds of bags of Rice and Beans to poor families
- Praying with and for families and individuals in poor neighborhoods
- Worshiping at local Costa Rica churches
Hundreds of Costa Rica residents and our Bethel Mission Team Members plus families at home were blessed by this ministry and mission.
For more information about Rice & Beans Ministries please visit their website at https://www.rabmin.org/ or talk to one of our team members who served on the trip last summer.
Another trip may be planned for summer of 2019, so please check back often for updates!
2018 Mission Trip to Costa Rica
Comfort and Joy Blanket Ministry
This ministry is filled by members of the church. Not only do they make prayer blankets, but they work on other projects as well such as making Bible bags for the children of Sidewalk Hope.
Christmas in Action
Christmas in Action is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates the houses of people in need. This is a wonderful opportunity to help the community and strengthen our relationship with Christ and each other. We often serve as the host station for all the rebuilding teams. The “Rebuilding Days” are one day projects held twice a year in April and October. Our team is assigned a project that could involve painting, ramp building, plumbing, flooring, etc.
SPIHN (Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network)
SPIHN includes Spartanburg-area churches who provide temporary food and shelter for homeless families with children under the age of 18. Spartanburg area churches provide nighttime shelter for these families. We partner with St. James United Methodist Church four times a year for one week at a time. We serve dinner to the families on Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday night. We host the families during the day on Saturday with two people in two hour shifts from 11 am to 5 pm. This is a great Sunday School Class or family activity.
The Blood Connection
The Blood Connection is an organization that travels across the area allowing people to donate blood tot hose who are in need of a blood transfusion. The Blood Mobile visits Bethel once every eight weeks. Donations are taken in the Bloodmobile in our parking lot from 8:30 am till 11:30 am.
The Angel Tree through Salvation Army
The Angel Tree Program is an opportunity for us to provide joy at Christmas for children who would otherwise be left out. Each Christmas season, a tree is placed outside the sanctuary with Angel Tags identifying specific needs for deserving children in the Spartanburg area. Members of Bethel’s family may select a tag from the tree, purchase the listed gifts, and place them under the tree for delivery to these children.
We corporately and individually send and partner with missionaries in Guatemala, South Africa, Brazil and China. This partnership consists of prayer and monetary support.
Construction or Disaster Recovery Mission Trips
As needed, Bethel will send a relief team to an area recently struck by tragedy. Teams often partner with our BUMS student mission team.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is the humanitarian relief and development agency of The United Methodist Church. The non-profit organization is dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe, specifically through projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, and relief support. Financial support can be designated to this organization through Bethel.
We maintain an outreach mission to our home-bound members and seniors who have had to move away. We let them know they are missed and not forgotten by: visiting home-bound members, sending care cards, and hosting a veterans’ luncheon which is not just for seniors but is open for all. To help, you can volunteer to visit, give stamps or care cards (drop off at the office), or sending a care card on the first Sunday of each month – just pick a name and send a note.
Spartanburg Soup Kitchen
The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen feeds everyone who walks through the door, as well as providing mentoring, health counseling and other services. Each fourth Sunday in January, March, May, July, September and November, we prepare and serve lunch as well as cleanup.
Whenever a need arises, many adults volunteer to pitch in and help.