Belmont Mennonite Church (BMC) began in 1929 when a group of people from Prairie Street Mennonite Church started a Sunday school in the Hudson-Sterling neighborhood of Elkhart. They rented a house on Moyer Ave, and the first classes were held on June 23, 1929. Soon more than 100 children and adults were participating, and larger facilities were needed. An abandoned church building from Harrison Township was purchased and moved in sections to the corner of Oxford, Ren, and Belmont Streets. Worship services began here, and in 1949 Belmont Mennonite Church became an independent congregation. We now meet one block west of the first church building at 925 Oxford Street.
This vibrant congregation consists of all ages, including many young families and children, a variety of occupations, and represents Elkhart, Goshen, and the surrounding areas. BMC has an average Sunday morning attendance of 130. Mandy Yoder and Phil Schmidt serve as the pastoral team.
All are welcome to join us for worship at 10:00 on Sunday mornings! We are currently masking and worshipping in the Belmont gym, where there is plenty of room for individuals and family units to space out.
You are also welcome to join us for nurture hour from 11 am – noon. Nurture hour for children, youth, and adults resumed in September.
Statement of Inclusion
We celebrate that everyone is created in God’s image and that people of every age, ability, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, socio-economic situation, gender identity, and citizenship status are welcome as full participants in the life of our congregation.
Our Vision Statement
We seek to be transformed by the Holy Spirit into the likeness of Jesus Christ. We commit ourselves to be channels of God’s grace and salvation, wisdom and power, love and peace, through challenging worship, nurturing fellowship, discipleship, and intentional ministry to those we regularly relate to, to the surrounding Belmont neighborhood, and to worldwide spiritual and physical need.
BMC Organizational Chart
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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: