Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship (BNF) began in 1991 as a second service of BMC. In 2006, following a season of restructuring, BNF became a separate congregation, but still united with BMC under the same organizational umbrella and sharing of facilities and support staff.
BNF meets on Sunday evenings, with nurture hour at 5:00 pm, worship at 6:00 pm, and a time of food and fellowship at 7:00 pm (currently happening outdoors).
BNF is a smaller congregation, with an average attendance of about 35, and with a mission-heart for the neighborhoods of Elkhart. Kevin Yoder serves as pastor.
Nurture Hour: 5:00 pm
Sunday Worship: 6:00 pm
Food & Fellowship: 7:00 pm
Kevin’s Office Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30 am
BNF is a diverse, biblically grounded family of Christ that gathers from various backgrounds on Sunday evenings, where everyone belongs.
BNF exists as a nontraditional safe-haven, where we 1) allow attenders to utilize their God-given talents in worship as equals, 2) meet human needs, 3) reach those with little or no church background, and 4) share the message of Jesus’ love, salvation, and discipleship.
Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship: Looking to our Future
The Steering Team has been discerning a plan for what the next five years (2021-2025) might look like. We have prayerfully considered how God might be leading us into embracing Jesus’ prayer for us to do God’s will and build God’s kingdom “on earth as in heaven”. We therefore propose the following outline for shaping our corporate worship, teaching, and action. We also recognize that this is in no way a final “set in stone” path for our journey together over the next years. We must always be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit to shape us as we journey with God into our future.
We invite each worshiper at BNF to participate as we consider God’s call for us to be Jesus’ hands and feet. Remember these are suggestions for being community over the next 5 years. Spring into action and feel free to add your ideas to the framework! All suggestions are welcome!
5-year journey of BNF
Scripture Focus: As Jesus’ followers we commit ourselves to respond faithfully to His last words to us: “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Theme Song: “Come walk with us the journey is long….”
Challenge: “Each one Bring one” If each person at BNF brought one new person each year, and even if we were only 50% effective we could grow from an attendance of 25 to 125 in 5 years!
2020 – 2021 – Receiving the power of the Holy Spirit. Teaching Genesis to Revelation and how it relates to life. We begin our 5 year journey by preaching through the Bible beginning in September and continuing through 2021. We will use “God’s Story, God’s Song” series from College Mennonite Church and videos (Bible Project).
Additional areas to consider:
Is there something missing or an idea you would like to add?
2022 – Witnessing in Jerusalem (our neighborhoods, Elkhart city)
How can we witness throughout the community?
2023 – Witnessing in Judea (IN-MI Menn. Conference, its members and missions)
How can we connect with the wider Christian community-outside of Elkhart?
2024 – Witnessing in Samaria (crossing ethnic and cultural divides)
How might we expand our vision for bridging these divisions?
2025 – Witnessing in the ends of the earth
Other ideas for enlarging our understanding of God’s Kingdom?
We welcome each person to come and walk with us on our BNF journey as we embrace God’s love.
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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: