Belmont UMC welcomes new youth intern

Belmont UMC welcomes Emma Bushong to our Youth Ministry. Emma is a senior at Belmont University, working on her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance with a minor in Christian Leadership. She is an Austin, Texas, native but has been a full-time Nashvillian ever since her family moved here last year. Growing up, Emma spent many hours at her home church and has been greatly impacted by the love and care that was shown to her in those years. After she graduates, she hopes to go to seminary to further her education and begin her career working with young people in the church.

In her free time, Emma loves to watch bad indie movies and cook dinner for her friends (movie and recipe suggestions are always welcome!).


Belmont UMC’s Youth Ministry serves middle school and high school youth in the church with weekly programs and special events that foster friendships and encourage the deepening of faith. In our Wesleyan tradition, an emphasis is placed on missions, and we work to engage our local and global communities in Christian love and service.

Click here to view our 2019/2020 Belmont UMY schedule.

Anyone in grades 7-12 are invited and encouraged to come to any youth event.

Weekly Youth Programming

United Methodist Youth (UMY)
Sunday evenings, 5:30pm – 7pm
Gather for dinner, fellowship, service, and faith exploration on Sunday evenings.

Youth at Midweek at Belmont;
Wednesday nights, 6-7pm
Join us after dinner on Wednesday nights for discussions and fellowship over some competitive game-playing.

Wesley Ringers (youth handbell choir)
Sunday afternoons, 3:30-4:30pm
(grades 7-12) –
An intermediate teenage handbell ensemble. Some musical experience is required. They rehearse from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Sundays September-May.

Open Doors Singers (youth choir)
Sunday afternoons, 4:30-5:30pm
(grades 7-12)
This Youth Choir sings for 10:30 worship regularly. They also tour periodically and present musical concerts in the surrounding area. The group rehearses each Sunday afternoon 4:30-5:30 p.m. September-May.

Welcome from Youth Pastor, Darren Wright

There are lots of great things in life, but three in particular stand out to me on a day to day basis:

– I love Jesus. He has radically changed my life for the better.
– I love my wife. Her name is Leticia. She is awesome. Like Jesus, she has radically changed my life for the better.
– I love ministry with students. I can learn a ton from and be inspired by students who are filled with bigaspirations, resilience, hope, and desire to make the world a better place.

I’d love to connect and hear your story, so feel free to send me a message or give me a call so we can hang out!

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Upcoming events

Click here to access the Youth calendar.

Youth choirs

Click here for more information about Belmont UMC’s Music Ministry for youth.

Youth forms

Click here for Youth Registration.

Youth Health Information and Liability Release, revised April 2019

Belmont UMC Safe Sanctuary policy

Opportunities to partner with our youth

The Youth Ministry at Belmont UMC is gearing up for an exciting fall as the students are heading back to school. There are many great opportunities for you to get connected and make an impact in the lives of youth and the life of the church for generations to come. If are willing to serve in any of the areas listed below, contact Darren Wright, Youth Pastor, via e-mail or phone, 615-383-0832 ext. 26.

Sunday School Teachers (Sunday 9:15-10:15 AM)
There is currently a need for both Junior High and Senior High Sunday School teachers. Our goal is to teach each class in a team relationship. Sunday School teachers are supported with age-appropriate curriculum, training, and other partners in ministry. Teaching Sunday School is a weekly commitment.

United Methodist Youth (Sunday 5:30-7:15 PM)
Every Sunday night our students gather for fun, fellowship, small group lessons and worship. We need a few to assist with small groups and participate in the formation of our youth. Other opportunities on Sunday nights include helping with setup or leading games.

Wednesday Connection (Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM)

If you are interest in serving please click here to download and complete our background check form. Return the form to Darren Wright to begin serving within Belmont UMC’s Youth Ministry. We will be happy to discuss with you the possibilities for service that fit your gifts and talents.