Adult Ministry

Adult Sunday School Classes

All classes meet from 10 AM until 10:45 AM Sunday mornings.
Feel free to explore our wide variety of classes!

Sunshine Class               Ages 60-90          Room # 120
Christian Friendship        Ages 55-80          Room # 121
Adult Fellowship             Ages 55-75          Room # 205
Young at Heart               Ages 50-70          Room # 206
Open Door                     Ages 40-55          Room # 213
Active Disciples               Ages 30-45          Room # 204
Mustard Seeds                Ages 20-30          Room # 203      
Grow in God                  Ages 18-22          Room #207



United Methodist Women



United Methodist Women is a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

We are proud to be in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, Western North Carolina Conference, Greensboro District of UMW with the Arlene Stokes Circle.  

UMW is the official women’s organization of the UMC. Its membership is voluntary and open to all women committed to spreading the gospel through mission work. We invite you to join this creative, supportative fellowship of women of all ages, ethnicities, and economic, social, and educational backgrounds with the common goal of commitment.


UMW has grown from

  • Two missionaries in India to work in more than 80 countries
  • $300 to more than $18 million designated for mission
  • Six women gathering in Boston in 1869 to more than 10,000 women gathering in St Louis for Assembly 2010 

UMW are

  • Committed to channeling efforts and resources to provide for those in need
  • Organized to educate members about and for God’s mission
  • Equipped for mission through prayer and reflection, participation in mission activities, and study and exposure to new information that expands concepts of mission 

United Methodist Women knows all about the love of God, and is committed to showing and giving witness to that love in word and in deed. Join Us!


Bethlehem UMW Unit – Doris Reynolds, President

Meets 1st Monday of April, August & December (Newsletter Calendar)


Arlene Stokes Circle – Julia Willis, Pres 

Meets 4th Monday of the month @ 7:30PM (Newsletter Calendar)

For more information, contact the church office at 674-0155.



Arlene Stokes UMW Circle

Arlene Stokes is one of two circles in the Bethlehem UMW Unit. It was formed in 1961; named in honor of Arlene Stokes, wife of Rev. Charles Stokes, who pastored Bethlehem in 1944-1945, later returning to Korea to assume their missionary work. This group of ladies continues Arlene Stokes’ missionary vision by participating in UMCOR projects such as Layette, Health and School Kits, Adopt-a-Missionary at 
Brooks-Howell Home in Asheville and correspondence with a list of retired missionaries. They support UMW Mission Giving through

  • Individual Pledges to Mission
  • Gift to Mission & Gift in Memory donations
  • World Thank Offering collections
  • Special Mission Recognition donations honoring specific individuals


Monthly programs focus on current general issues, spiritual growth & geographic emphasis as outlined by Women’s Division, personal mission trip speakers, a summer cookout, Chrismon tree decorating at Advent. Participation in District and Conference events offer opportunities for fellowship, education and spiritual growth. Our mission efforts begin at our church doors and reach around the world.


Meetings: 4th Monday, 7:30PM, Church Fellowship Hall *               (* subject to change Newsletter Calendar)



Fellowship Groups


The Breakfast Club at BUMC meets the first Tuesday of every month at 8:00 AM at the
Backyard Grille
1314 Hwy 62 E
Climax, NC 27233

See Newsletter Calendar for upcoming meetings of the Breakfast Club.


Friendly Club Meets every 2nd Tuesday of each month (except for July) at 10:30am in the church fellowship hall. Each meeting contains a guest speaker or entertainer (or sometimes a field trip!) and wonderful food and fellowship. Please bring a covered dish to share and join us! 

See the Newsletter Calendar for meeting dates of the Friendly Club.  NO MEETING OF FRIENDLY CLUB IN JULY