The pastors, staff and people of Bethesda UMC welcome all to worship, grow, connect and serve with us! Sundays are the busiest day around here, but you'll find that there's something going on just about every day of the year! Click here to see our full Sunday ScheduleWant to learn more about what's happening here at BUMC? For a quick overview, we invite you to take a look at the online versions of our ministry brochures.  And of course, feel free to poke around our website, check out the December edition of our newsletter, The Messenger, or contact us at BethesdaUMC@washmorefeet.org to be added to our email list for all the up-to-date information about what's happening at our church. 



Advent at BUMC

We have a full schedule of in-person worship services and other special events for the Advent and Christmas season. All are welcome to join us. For those not able to be here in-person, we livestream our 11:00 am Sunday worship services every week.  Our 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm Christmas Eve services will also be available to view online, as will our Christmas Concert, which is taking place on Sunday, December 12th at 3:00 pm.  Livestreams can be viewed on our YouTube channel (BethesdaUMCMD).  Here's an overview of what's happening this month (full schedule):


+  Sunday Worship During Advent

11:00 am  Blended Worship (in-person & livestream)

7:00 pm    Evensong (in-person only): a reflective service that includes communion

                 We especially invite those who are struggling this Christmas season to join us on December 19th

                 for a Longest Night Evensong service.



+  Live Nativity: Sunday, December 5th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Visitors are invited to walk through our outdoor display of scenes from the Nativity story.  Come enjoy the Christmas lights; costumed characters; sheep, donkeys & other animals; live music and readings. Once you've strolled through the outdoor displays, you are welcome to come warm up in the Sanctuary while you listen to seasonal music performed by BUMC musicians. Free and open to the community.


+  Christmas Concert: Sunday, December 12th, 3:00 pm

Our Sanctuary will be filled with the sounds of Christmas as our Sanctuary Choir, Bethesda Bells, Capital Carillon, and organist, Chris Warrington, present a variety of seasonal music. It's the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Free and open to the community. 


+  Advent Study: Sundays at 10:00 am (December 5, 12, 19) 

Join us for a time of reflection with Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell, author of The Advent of God's Word: Listening for the Power of the Divine Whisper - A Daily Retreat and Devotion. Rev. Buckwell will be joining us on Zoom and you’re welcome to participate in-person in Room 207 or online. The book (not required, but recommended) is available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book formats. All are welcome!


+  Advent Devotional

Journey through the season of Advent with us as we prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ. This year's devotional includes reflections from BUMCers of all ages, as well as Sunday liturgies to use when you light your Advent candles and a midweek meditation.  Click here for a copy.


Christmas Eve

Celebrate the birth of Christ at one (or more!) of our Christmas Eve services. Each service will have a distinct flavor, but all will include carols and a time of candle lighting.  Note: seating in the Sanctuary may be limited due to COVID health and safety protocols. Additional overflow seating will be available in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall, where the service will be livestreamed onto our large screen. 


+  4:00 pm Family Service (in-person and livestream)

Our 4:00 pm service includes music led by the Praise Band and a special Children's Message. Childcare will be available.


+  7:00 pm Festival Service (in-person and livestream)

The music at our Festival Service is led by the Sanctuary Choir, Bethesda Bells, brass instruments and organ. 


+  11:00 pm Communion Service (in-person only)

Our 11:00 pm service has a more reflective tone and will include organ music and a string ensemble. Communion will be served.


We take your health and safety seriously: 

BUMC, under the guidance of our Re-Entry Team, has established a number of safety protocols designed to keep our congregants and staff healthy.  We want you to feel comfortable knowing that these measures are in place and being rigorously followed. We also continue to closely follow the health guidance from the CDC and our local health department as to the level of risk in our community for COVID-19 infection, especially as we see the rise of infections from the highly contagious Delta variant.  Where possible, we will continue to offer hybrid versions of activities for those who aren't ready or able to attend in-person. As always,  please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 


For Families        

Questions about our Children's Ministry? Contact Beth Reilly.

Nursery care is available on Sunday mornings in Room 105. Our nursery caregivers are fully vaccinated and ready to provide loving, safe care for your infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Children ages 2 and up are required to wear a mask.

Kids with Purpose is available for children in grades 1-3 during worship (kids leave following the Children's Message and return to their pew during the final hymn). Younger children are welcome to participate when accompanied by a parent.

Sunday School is back! Our classes meet from 10:00 - 10:45 am, in-person and online. Click here for all the details about our Sunday School classes, including classrooms and how to get Zoom links.



Racial Justice Ministry

BUMC’s Racial Justice Ministry is prayerfully working towards dismantling racism as a way of living out our faith in the liberating power of Christ. One of the ways our congregation has committed to that goal is by standing in peaceful witness alongside Old Georgetown Road every Sunday from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Bring your signs of support and come take a stand. We invite all to join us as we Listen, Learn, Act, and Advocate for racial justice.  Ready to get started? Check out the Racial Justice Resources that members of our congregation have found helpful in learning about these complex issues.