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“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people” Matthew 4:19

                  We are beginning this New Year with a singular focus for the ministries at our church: To Make Disciples.  In this verse of Scripture from Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus calls his first disciples, and he relates to them where they were, as fishermen, to where they are going as fishers of people. Their work was to gather people to Jesus just as they used to gather fish to the boat. Jesus ends this Gospel by reminding the disciples of the new job title, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” The message has been with the church for thousands of years.

            So the mission has always been there, but how to make disciples has always been in constant change. I have been a pastor since 1994 and have seen an endless stream of programs and methodologies to make disciples, and the Christian Church remains in a state of decline in America. Then last July I attended a workshop where the speaker asked us clergy about making disciples. He even listed off programs that would change the church. Then he asked us to open our hymnals. Right there in the service of Baptism and Reception of New Members was a simple pledge: “As a member of this congregation will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?”

            He said the answer has always been in front of us, just as the Great Commission has always been in front of us. What would the church look like, he asked, if every member took these vows to heart? What if every member engaged in Spiritual Disciplines of prayer every day? What if every member attended worship every Sunday? What if every member tithed? What if every member engaged in the work of the church beyond the walls? What if every member was a witness to Jesus? He concluded by urging us to reclaim what it means to be a member of the church.

            I think, and Church Council agreed, that now is the time. Our Vision and Goals for the future have been written around these areas of commitment and I believe we, as a church, need to focus on these goals, these areas, and our personal walk with Christ in this new year. As much as the answers have been in front of us, the distractions of our culture continue to drive more people away from the church. Let us serve as a witness to a better way. Let us offer Christ. Let’s go fishing.

May God Bless our work in this New Year

 Pastor Ken

Valentine Bake Sale

You are invited to satisfy your sweet tooth and support the Connect Youth by shopping at the Valentine Bake Sale. We will be selling extra yummy goodies after both services and during fellowship time on February 9th.

Just think homemade goodies for your sweetie (or yourself) without all the work!

Bellamy Youth Group

The Bellamy Youth Group meets Sunday evening at 5 p.m. There are many varied activities planned for youth including Bible study, fellowship, recreation, spiritual retreats and mission outreach.

Our Youth Group is opened to all youth 6-12th grade. You do not need to be a member of Bellamy to attend, so friends are always welcomed! Games, snacks, mission opportunities, destination unknown, Bible study, friendship and learning and growing to be more like Christ is what you can expect to find!

Children's Ministry

    Children’s Church is offered at the 11:00 worship service, usually following the Children’s Chat. The children are taken to one of the classrooms where they enjoy a lesson, crafts and activities just for them.The nursery is open for both services and during Sunday School for all of your worship needs!

“KidPraise” is open to all children ages 3 years old through 5th grade

Our dates for Kid Praise for the winter are

January 19 from 12-2pm 

February 9th from 12-2pm

March 8th from 12-2pm

These dates and times are tentative to change depending on field trips and mission work!

This program will meet once a month (usually the second Sunday of the month) following the 11:00 worship service and conclude at 2:00 p.m. We will provide lunch, and then seperate into three age appropriate groups. These groups will meet separately for Bible lessons, music, crafts, games and fellowship, while families enjoy time to go to lunch or run errands. We are ready for volunteers who may assist in any capacity!

Ladies Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Gloucester Women’s Bible Study


 

Come study the book of John with us using the study guide written by John MacArthur.   Classes are held on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30. Women of all ages and denominations are welcome! 

The registration fee, which covers the cost of materials, is $20. Scholarships are available.  All women are welcome.  A children’s program will be offered with registration fee of $15 per child with maximum of $40 per family.  Checks can be made out to Gloucester Community Bible Study (GCBS).

Class Location:

Bellamy United Methodist Church

4870 Chestnut Fork Road

Gloucester, VA 23061

 

Contact Information:

 

Sandy McElfresh

Phone: 804-815-0530

Email: sandy.mcelfresh@gmail.com

Or

Melinda Phillips

Phone: 804-693-6202

Email: mephillips1@cox.net