One Building, Two Congregations
Belmont Mennonite Church (BMC):
We are a vibrant, welcoming, Anabaptist Christian congregation that includes many families with children and youth. We come from Elkhart, Goshen, and other surrounding areas. BMC has an average attendance of 130 on Sunday mornings. Phil Schmidt and Mandy Yoder serve as the pastoral team for Belmont Mennonite Church.
Join us for worship at 10:00 on Sunday mornings. We are worshipping in the gym at the time, where there is lots of room for individuals and family units to physically distance. We are also asking everyone to wear masks in the building. All are welcome to join us for worship either in-person or via livestream on YouTube.
Nurture hour is from 11 am to 12 pm. All children, youth, and adults are invited to participate.
Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship (BNF):
We are a smaller congregation, with a mission-heart for the neighborhoods of Elkhart. We have an average attendance of 35. BNF began in 1991 as a second service of BMC. Kevin Yoder serves as pastor for Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship.
BNF meets on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm. A nurture hour for youth and adults takes place at 5:00 pm. Worship is followed by a time of food and fellowship (currently happening outdoors). We are asking everyone to wear masks in the church building. All are welcome to join us in-person or via livestream on YouTube.
BNF will be at Camp Friedenswald the weekend of October 22, 23, and 24 for our annual Fall Retreat. There will be no evening worship at Belmont on Sunday, October 24.
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Race and White Privilege
All are welcome to participate in this group that focuses on issues of race, systemic racism, and white privilege. Meetings often involve guest speakers, dialogue amongst Belmonters, and other activities related to learning about and acting upon issues of race and white privilege.
Neighborhood Housing Initiative
An offshoot of Mission Commission, there is a group of Belmonters from both congregations that is exploring ways that Belmont can support our neighborhood and those in need of quality, affordable housing.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
A group of Belmonters knit shawls for the church and pray over them as they do so. Pastors then distribute these prayer shawls to congregants as needed during times of crisis, before surgery, etc.
A small group meets in Belmont’s community room every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am for coffee, food, and fellowship. This is open to both congregations and any guests they may invite.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
Belmont is involved with and very supportive of the annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale in Goshen. Every year we collect contributions for My Coins Count to be used to provide much needed drinking water to many parts of the world.
Children and Youth Ministries at BMC include:
Belmont Counseling Ministry
The purpose of the Belmont Counseling Ministry is to offer a Christian counseling service for individuals, couples, and families from both congregations and from the wider community as well. The focus of this ministry is to assist persons in their search for wholeness, healing, and reconciliation with God, self, and others with the support of a trained counselor.
BNF YOUTH STEWARDS:
A group of young persons, age 14 and up meet weekly prior to BNF worship for a time of supporting each other, learning money management skills, Bible study, and learning how to do church together.
Mary Beck Elementary School
Belmont has partnered with nearby Mary Beck Elementary School. BMC’s Mary Beck Committee leads a variety of efforts throughout the school year to provide support to the teachers and administration, to work one-on-one with students who need help with reading or other areas of learning, provide daily snacks for students, and assist with any other area of need.
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
AA meets every Friday evening at 7 pm at Belmont in a fellowship and support group for one another.
Everyone at BMC is invited to be part of a small group. These groups are intended to be: