Worship at BMC
An Understanding of Worship
at Belmont Mennonite Church
By Marlene Kropf
The body of Christ meets together to serve God through worship. The result of worship is that the body of Christ is built up and receives grace, direction, and empowerment from God through the Holy Spirit. In response, we commit ourselves, both as persons and as a group, to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ carrying out Christ’s mission in the world. As with any effective ministry, our worship and worship planning grow out of our relationship with Christ.
We desire to keep both the living Word (the presence of the risen Christ) and the written Word (scripture) as the center of our lives together. Together these become the organizing principle of each worship service.
Worship at Belmont follows the celebrative seasons of the church year which include Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Worship themes for the remainder of the year are generally determined by one of the pastors or the Worship Commission. Worship styles may vary, based on the theme.
You can find additional past services on our YouTube channel.
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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: