Here are some of our most frequently asked questions, but if you have others, do not hesitate to contact Paul Purdue.
Q: I would like to have an event at Belmont United Methodist Church. How do I arrange that?
Q: I would like to have my wedding at Belmont UMC. Who do I contact?
Q: What are your regular worship times?
A: All are invited to our worship services and classes:
- 8:10 a.m. worship in the chapel each Sunday morning, including the celebration of Holy Communion. You can worship in person or online via Facebook live.
- 9:15 a.m. in classrooms throughout the church; adult and children’s Sunday School classes
- 10:30 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary. You can worship in person or online via Facebook live.
- 10:30 a.m. worship in the chapel for refugees from Burma and Thailand. The service is translated into Thai, Karen, and English.
Visit our Upcoming worship services page to learn more.
Q: If the church parking lot is full, where else can I park?
A: For available parking around the church on Sundays, see our Places to park in the village map.
Q: How can I find out more about the ministries of Belmont UMC?
A: Contact Heather Harriss.
Q: How can I become a member of Belmont United Methodist Church?
A: Contact Paul Purdue to set up an appointment. If you have been baptized in another Christian denomination, it is not necessary to be baptized again. We accept and believe in one baptism by water and the Spirit. Once you have your questions answered and complete a New Member Form, we will select a time during worship when you would like to join and be welcomed by the community.
Q: What are the steps for having our child baptized, or for being baptized as a youth or adult?
A: Contact Paul Purdue to make an appointment regarding your interest in baptism. He will gladly meet with you and take you through the steps of this holy sacrament.
Q: Do I have to be a member to receive Holy Communion?
A: No. In the United Methodist Church, we believe in an open table for communion where all are welcome. We believe that the sacrament of Holy Communion is an act of God’s grace extended to everyone.
Q: How can I set up a time to meet one of the pastors?
A: You may contact any of the pastoral staff by email or phone. Find email addresses and biographic information on our Staff page.
Q: Do you have a nursery during worship and Sunday school?
A: Yes. We provide childcare on Sunday mornings from 9:00-11:45am (or when the service ends) for children ages 6 weeks-two years. Contact Pastor Kate for more information.
Q: Do you offer childcare during church events?
A: Yes, if you need childcare for a church sponsored event at the church, contact Pastor Kate.
Q: Do you have a Safe Sanctuary policy?
A: Yes, the Belmont UMC Safe Sanctuary policy assists us in creating and providing a safe environment for our children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
Q: Are children welcome in worship?
A: Yes! We want children to know from the earliest age possible that they are beloved children of God and an important part of the worshiping community.
Q: How can I find a Sunday school class or small group to join?
A: We have classes for children, teens, and adults.
- Children: Contact Kate Fields, Director of Children’s Ministry and Discipleship or visit our Children’s Ministry page.
- Youth (teens): contact Emma Bushong or visit our Youth Ministry page.
- Adult or short-term small group studies: visit our Adult Sunday School page.
Q: How can I make a contribution to support the ministries of Belmont United Methodist Church?
A: Please visit our Give to Belmont UMC page for more information.
Q: Is your building accessible?
A: Belmont UMC is committed to making our church a comfortable, accessible place for everyone. We continue to work toward complete accessibility and currently offer
- Wheelchair accessible restrooms
- Entry ramps
- Elevators to upper and lower floors
- Assisted hearing devices
- Large-print Bibles, hymnals, and worship bulletins
- Handicap accessible parking spaces
Q: Where is the main entrance to your building?
A: The main entrance to the sanctuary is on Acklen Avenue, the side of the building with six columns. This entrance leads to the narthex which leads to the sanctuary. From Acklen Avenue, go up the concrete steps to a porch with five doors. Please enter. View or download our BUMC building map.
Q: Is Belmont UMC open at all times?
A: On Sundays, all doors are open until 10:45am. At 10:45 a.m. the following entrances are locked:
- Chapel entrance (three side-by-side doors up two steps on Acklen)
- 21st Avenue entrance to Thomasson Hall (up a few concrete steps onto a porch with columns)
- Sanctuary side doors
- The cul-de-sac (20th Avenue) entrances
If you arrive late, please look for signs on the locked doors directing you to accessible entrances that will remain open:
- 21st Avenue (the entrance with a handicap accessible door)
- The foyer entrance on Acklen Avenue (down a walkable alleyway between the buildings)
- The Iris Room entrance
The main entrance remains open after 10:45 on Sunday mornings.
During the week, enter our building through the Iris Room entrance. To reach this entrance, first go to the parking lot behind the church.
- Turn east off 21st Avenue South onto Acklen.
- Drive past Belmont on your right.
- Turn right onto 20th
- At the end of the block, turn right into the Belmont parking lot.
- Exit your car.
- At the end of the parking lot, turn right.
- Go down the stairs to the entrance.
Q: Can I take a tour of your facilities?
A: Absolutely. Contact Paul Purdue to schedule time for a tour so that you know where different ministries and services take place.
Thanks for your interest in Belmont United Methodist Church. We hope you found the information and contacts you need, but if you don’t, feel free to contact us.