Listed below are a few of Belmont’s Mission and Outreach ministries. If you would like to know how to get engaged in any of these, or learn more about them, please contact Jin Kim.
Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, opened in 1992, and aspires to become a world class university for leadership and development in Africa. The Mission of Africa University is to provide quality education within a Pan-African context through which persons can acquire general and professional knowledge and skills, grow in spiritual maturity, develop sound moral values, ethics and leadership qualities.
Bread for the World
Belmont UMC is a partner church of Bread For the World, a non-profit Christian advocacy program that promotes domestic and international hunger relief legislation. In 2012, over 100 Belmonters advocated congressional representatives to support hunger relief legislation with an Offering of Letters.
Room in the Inn
Each year, Belmont UMC hosts Room in the Inn, a Nashville area shelter and feeding ministry from November through March. Faith communities across the Nashville area share in this shelter ministry. Each Friday night of the Room in the Inn program, individuals, families, small groups, and/or Sunday school classes provide meals, laundry services, hospitality, and overnight shelter at the church for homeless men through Room in the Inn’s Campus for Human Development. To participate in this year’s Room in the Inn ministry, contact Jin Kim.
Mission in Malawi, Africa
For years, Belmont UMC has cultivated a missional relationship with the Provisional Conference of the United Methodist Church. Through the missional relationship, Belmonters have supported the building of United Methodist churches in Malawi, the development of bore holes and rural water access, agricultural development, laity training, and supported the growth of the Provisional Conference through numerous Volunteer in Mission Teams. Belmont UMC’s annual Christmas Miracle Offering has been a strong source of support for the United Methodist Church in Malawi. The United Methodist Women of Belmont also provide funding support for the nursery school coordinator for the Malawi United Methodist Church.
Through the leadership of Herb and Sue Mather and the Oliver family (former missionaries in Malawi), Belmont UMC continues to strengthen its relationship with Methodist churches, laity, and church leaders in areas such as Blantyre and Lilongwe. In 2013, the Belmont UMC Youth served in mission alongside young people in the United Methodist Church in Malawi.
Green Team / Creation Care
The Belmont United Methodist Church Creation Care Team is a group of individuals taking action within the church to actively stimulate change within the congregation and community to reduce our carbon footprint and take a more positive role in stewardship of the environment. For more information or to serve with this team, contact Jin Kim.
Brighter Days Tutoring at Edgehill UMC
Brighter Days is an after school tutoring program hosted at Edgehill UMC under the direction of Nancy Crutcher. After school tutoring sessions began Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Tutors are needed Monday through Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p. m. If you can read to a kindergartener, you have a contribution to make! If you would like to enroll a child, volunteer to tutor, make a contribution, or receive more information, please contact Ms. Nancy Crutcher at 615-254-7628, ext. 3.
Community Care Fellowship
Community Care Fellowship is a United Methodist ministry in East Nashville that serves the poor and those who are homeless by providing personal hygiene services, nutrition, education, socialization, personal counseling, advocacy and spiritual nurture. Sign up online to serve at Community Care Fellowship.
The Belmont Gardening Project began in 2012 through the Belmont UMC youth group’s efforts to cultivate and harvest fresh local produce to support the Nashville Food Project. The gardening project is hosted at the farm of Bill and Mary Ruth Lane. All the harvested food is donated to the Nashville Food Project and then prepared for distribution to homeless and underserved communities in Davidson County.
Give Ye Them To Eat
Give Ye Them to Eat is an integrated development ministry of the Methodist Church of Mexico, founded in 1977. GYTTE’s work in rural Mexican villages around Puebla and Tlancualpican focuses on Community and Family Health, Church and Faith Development, Community Development, Agricultural Development, Livestock Development, and cross cultural work and study programs. For more information, contact Jin Kim or Barbara Garcia. Click here for information about the January 2017 mission trip to Mexico.
Advocacy Ministry Team
The Belmont UMC Advocacy team raises individual and congregational awareness of justice issues including hunger relief, immigration policy, HIV/AIDS, interfaith dialogue, and the death penalty through education and service opportunities. For information or to serve with this ministry, contact Mike Engle.
Appalachia Service Project
Belmont UMC supports Appalachia Service Project through summer mission teams. Appalachia Service Project is a Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. The vision of ASP is that substandard housing in Central Appalachia will be eradicated through volunteer service and home rehabilitation. For more information, contact John Pearce.
Volunteers in Mission
Belmont UMC supports the missional work of the United Methodist global connection through short and long term Volunteer in Mission teams to Mexico, Malawi, Appalachia, and the Gulf Coast. For more information about United Methodist worldwide mission and disaster response, visit www.umvim.org or www.umcor.org.
Golden Triangle Fellowship Summer Scholars
Belmont UMC hosted a 2012 summer educational opportunity for student refugees from Burma. The program included professional instruction and volunteer tutoring in areas of reading and mathematics. Belmont’s 2011 Christmas Miracle Offering generously supported the Summer Scholars Program. There is an ongoing opportunity to serve as a math tutor-for more information, please contact Jin Kim.
Justice For Our Neighbors
JFON provides free, professional legal services to immigrants. This UMCOR program connects a national network of church-based, volunteer-led immigration clinics to asylum seekers and immigrants who need a helping hand to navigate the maze of rules and laws that affect their lives in the United States.
Project Transformation Tennessee is a United Methodist nonprofit organization based in Nashville that provides college-age young adults with leadership development and career exploration opportunities through the coordination and operation of free community-oriented programs for underserved children and youth.