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 Schedule.


Our Ministries:

Want 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 October 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. 


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. 



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.



We are pleased to welcome BUMC's new lead pastor, Rev. Dr. HiRho Park, to our congregation.  Rev. HiRho comes to us from Huree University, the only Methodist-related school in Mongolia, where she served as the Vice President of International Relations and Advancement.  Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of Professional Development with the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry and also held a number of pastoral appointments in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the UMC. You can learn more about Rev. HiRho and her vision for BUMC here.



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.