Welcome to Bellevue UMC
Welcome to Bellevue UMC
On behalf of the entire congregation, we want to welcome you into the fellowship of Christian believers known as Bellevue United Methodist Church. We are a community of persons who are seeking a deeper relationship with God, through the example of Jesus Christ, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is our hope that your relationship with God will be strengthened during your time at our church, and that our relationship as persons on a spiritual journey will be deep and meaningful.
Please feel free to call us if you have any questions about any of our ministries. We encourage you to stop by the church or to call us if you need to talk, to ask questions, or simply wish to come and sit in a quiet place to pray. We look forward to getting to know you better and hope that you will help us in this task.
May you experience God’s grace while you are a part of the ministry here at Bellevue UMC.
Find your way around our Church Building!
The Mission and Values Statement of Bellevue United Methodist Church:
We are a church dedicated to loving Christ and building a strong community of faith with our neighbors in Bellevue and beyond. We shall realize this vision by individually and collectively
- seeking to be disciples of Christ,
- being visible in the community through our faith and service, and using every person’s strengths and gift
8:30 a.m. – Chapel Praise & Prayer Service. Communion Service, except for the first Sunday of each month when we hold a Prayer Service.
- 8:45 a.m. – Sunday School–for all ages! Nursery care provided.
10:00 a.m. – Worship service, first Sunday of the month communion. Nursery care provided.
Worship at Bellevue UMC represents a “blended” worship experience. That means that the people gathered to worship God will sing together, pray together, and hear God’s Word proclaimed through readings from the Bible and a time of teaching or sharing.
On an average Sunday, you will either enter the church into the “Welcome Center” (through the doors under the portico) or into the “Narthex” at the rear of the worship area (often called “The Sanctuary”). There will be people there to greet you and help you find your way into the building. You will be handed a “bulletin” as you enter. This serves as a road map for the service and helps you to more fully participate. As you make your way into the sanctuary, know that you are feel free to sit where you feel most comfortable.
Children are very welcome at Bellevue UMC. Please ask an usher or greeter to help you find the nursery for your children for infants up to four-year-olds. There are also Worship Bags for children who remain with you during the service (See the Children’s Ministry pages for more information about children in worship and our nurseries.) There is a room we call the “The Lambs Room” with a restroom, changing table, and a toddler play area for families whose younger children need a place to freely move and make fun kid noises! Ask for the Listening device bag at the sound booth if you would like to hear the service. You can choose to use the ear bud so your child can calm down or use the small speaker so your child can enjoy listening to the service too. This enables parents to see and hear the service and keep an eye on their children. The Lambs Room is located in the Narthex area of the church. That is also the closest restroom to the Sanctuary in case your children need to visit a restroom during the service. Children in Kindergarten through Second grades have the opportunity to attend “W.O.W” (Wonders of Worship) after the children’s time. During W.O.W the children will have a lesson that corresponds to the scripture lesson used during worship. W.O.W is offered the second through fifth Sundays during September through May.
Prior to the start of the service, one of the worship leaders will share some announcements about happenings in the church. This is also a good time for you to complete the Registration Sheet found in the bulletin, which allows the church to have a record of your attendance and lets us have the opportunity to contact you later should you so desire. It also lets us know how you’d like to be involved in ministry with us. We all stand to “pass the peace,” a time when worship participants greet one another.
The service often starts with instrumental and choral music, called “The Prelude.” This selection offers you a time to center your heart on God, focusing your mind and preparing you to listen for God’s voice in the service. Following the prelude, we may pray or one of the worship leaders may lead the congregation in a prayer or a responsive “Call to Worship,” which asks God to be present in the service. These acts are followed by a congregational song (a hymn), often focused on praising God.
The service then usually moves from praising God and asking God to be present with us into the time of proclamation. This is done through a Bible reading, a special “children’s sermon” (where the children are asked to come to the front), some sort of special music, and a sermon, usually offered by one of the pastors.
The sermons vary in form and focus, but the goal generally is to help the scriptures come alive for folks, thinking about how they apply to our daily lives. Sermons at Bellevue United Methodist Church are almost always based in the Bible, with the pastor wrestling with what the Bible says to us today. They are recorded and are uploaded to the website each week.
Following the proclamation of God’s Word, the service moves toward our responses to God. One way we respond is through the sharing of joys and concerns on our Prayer Concern cards and having a special time of prayer for specific needs and blessings. We also respond through sharing what God has given us back to the ministries of the church through an offering. Don’t feel any pressure to give unless God is leading you to do so. Following the offering, the congregation stands and sings a “doxology” (a special song of praise) and our response continues as the pastors invite folks to consider how God’s Word has affected them. The congregation them sings a closing hymn, the pastor offers a “benediction” (a word of blessing for the week), and the service is over.
Music during the service is lead by our music leader and a choir of church members. If you like to sing and want to participate in worship, please let us know as we always want to involve as many folks as possible.
After the service, we hope you will feel comfortable to stick around a bit and get to know people. We like to think we are friendly, but often times it’s hard to get to know one another. Church is about God and worship, but it’s also about community and friendship, so we hope people really experience warmth and friendliness at Bellevue UMC.
It’s our tradition to celebrate the sacrament of communion in the 10:00 a.m. service on the first Sunday of the month. While defining the word “sacrament” would take too long here, you should know that communion is the time when we gather as a church to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection by eating bread and drinking wine (actually, grape juice, which is another story entirely.) After a prayer of Thanksgiving and the reciting of the Lord’s Prayer, you will be invited by our ushers to come forward and take part in the meal. The United Methodist Church believes in “open communion,” which means that all are invited to participate regardless of whether you are a member or not. We believe that God’s will be present with you in the meal even if you don’t fully understand the significance of the act. Because communion is so important to our faith community, a short communion service is offered on the remaining Sundays in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m.
That’s about it. We truly work toward making our services a place where God is present. We hope you will join us in seeking after God in worship.