Coronavirus Response

At this critical time in the life of our community, nation and world, First United Methodist Church of Belmont is more committed than ever to living our mission, to be more like Jesus Christ for our community and beyond.  Above all, Jesus demonstrated love, giving life and healing to those around him.  As followers of Christ, we are called to love one another.  It is that love that has led us to heed the advice of our Bishop, Paul Leeland, as well as government officials and health experts and limit access to our campus.  Check back here for more information in the coming days about all the ways we’re continuing to be the church together.

 

Outdoor Worship

Sundays at 8:30

Beginning Sunday, June 7 at 8:30 we will be experimenting with outdoor worship.  You’re invited to join us in our parking lot.  Parking will be spaced for social distancing and worshippers are asked to bring lawn chairs remain near their vehicle.  All worshippers will be required to wear a mask.  Restrooms will not be available at this time.

Connect With Us Virtually

Worship Online

We are still the church!  We are offering live-streamed worship on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.  Archived broadcasts are being posted to our YouTube Channel.

Sunday School Online

Each Sunday at 9 a.m. our adults Sunday school classes participate in a combined Sunday School offering. through the ZOOM platform, led by teachers from several of our adult classes.  ALL are welcome!  Click here to join the class each Sunday.

To access our weekly lessons, click here. 

PASSWORD to meeting is 709919.

Bible Study

Beginning Monday, March 23 our pastor and staff will be offering short, 30-minute Bible study through the ZOOM platform from 12 to 12:30, Monday through Friday.  Click here to join the group each day.  The password for the Bible Study is 014209.

Resources

Daily Devotional Reflections

Our pastor and staff are sending devotions through the week.  You can subscribe by clicking here.

Family Resources – Talking with your children about the coronavirus

The CDC has released helpful information regarding how to talk with your children about the coronavirus.  Click here for guidance and suggestions to help your children.

PBS has offered information for talking with some of our youngest children and included videos from Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street and more to help them see familiar characters helping us be “germ busters”.  Click here for these resources.

Children’s Ministry Offerings

Emails are sent weekly with video Sunday school lessons for our K-2 class and preschoolers.  Be sure and check it out.  There are frequently familiar faces sharing the stories.  Mr. Sam emails parents directly each week with a Sunday school plan for families of children in 3rd-5th grade.

**If you are not currently receiving our communications, please email Kristen@fumcbelmont.org to be added to the distribution list.

Student Ministry

The student ministry team which consists of students and adult leaders have designed a plan using various media formats to help us stay connected as a community during these days of social distancing. Our students are meeting every Wednesday night at 7:30 on Zoom for a time to be together, play an online screen game, read scripture and have small group time. Click here to join us each Wednesday. During the school year many youth created devotions for our Instagram channel.  If you would like to view their amazing work you an watch those on our YouTube Channel.

Summer is HERE and we hope to be able to gather for fellowship while practicing physical distancing and utilizing all  CDC appropriate recommendations..  Youth will be having special movie and game nights on Sundays in addition to our Wednesday meetings on ZOOM.  In order to live into our mission we will be serving our church and community with our physical labor in doing needed yard work and outdoor home repair.

If you would like to check out everything we have offered in Youth Ministry CLICK HERE.

Assistance Agencies Resource Guide

For families of Gaston County Schools who are in need, a Gaston County Resource Guide of information about getting assistance has been created. While this guide was intended for families, the information within offers details for individuals about finding help with necessities during this time.

Boundaries While Social Distancing

The Reverend Shelton Davis, Clinical Director and Pastoral Psychotherapist with Sanctuary Counseling Group, has offered very helpful tips and guidance to help us manage the strain and stress of social distancing in these days.  Shelton’s office through the week, where she usually sees clients, is in our church, and we are grateful for her guidance and help.  To read her advice, click here.

News and Updates

Operation Sandwiches Returns

At the end of June we participated in our first Operation Sandwiches opportunity.  We collected over 1,000 sandwiches which were delivered to the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte.  Can we do it again!?!?  Help us feed our food insecure neighbors in Charlotte by preparing sandwiches at home and delivering them to the church.  We will then take them to Charlotte.  For specifics about making sandwiches and drop off, click here.