Education & Fellowship

Sunday Morning Church School

Church School is available to people of all ages at North Bethesda United Methodist, meeting each Sunday morning from 11:30 to 12:30.

In addition to Children’s Sunday School, there are three adult classes including Bible Study. A nursery is available during Church School and Worship Service for children under the age of three years.
During worship, children ages three to third grade are welcome to attend PrimeTime Church School, a Christian Education and Activity time following the Children’s Moment during the worship service.

Church School Classes:

  • Book study on The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith, concerning lessons about God from the teachings of Jesus, highlighting what Jesus said about what God is like.
  • Current Events Class with class material emailed to the class on Thursday highlighting an event from the recent news with a brief explanation of the news and relevant Bible references.
  • Bible study class on the sermon lessons, focusing on the gospel of Mark.

UMYF (United Methodist Youth Fellowship)

The United Methodist Youth Fellowship program is open to youth in grades 7 through 12. The group meets weekly during the school year on Sunday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for dinner, followed by a program or outing. During the summer, the youth meet on a less regular schedule.
The youth participate in many aspects of our church family, including special worship services.

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Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible Camp takes place annually at the beginning of each Summer.  North Bethesda has taken a turn away from the commercial “canned” Bible School curriculums we have used in the past.  We are now designing our own camp, with the same fun format but with a community service, or missions, theme.
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OAKS (Older Adults in Kinship and Service)

The OAKS (Older Adults in Kinship and Service) is a very active group involved with the concerns and conditions of older adults in the congregation and community. The group meets most Wednesdays at 11:00am from September through May for fellowship, programs, outings and special events during the year, which include 2 yearly luncheons. See our weekly announcements bulletin insert for a schedule of upcoming OAKS events.
During Lent, the OAKS participate in lenten study with Pastor Jeff.
As part of our OAKS program, we now offer “Fitness for Eternity,” a special exercise program for Older Adults, led by Fred Foster of Fred Foster Fitness. Classes meet Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:45am to 11:00am in Johnson Hall, and cost $6 per session.

The NBUMC Library

The church library committee develops and maintains a collection of books and DVDs which are available to members for use in their spiritual journeys, as well as for their reading pleasure. 
The Collection
The adult collection features the Bible (including various translations and interpretations); Bible commentaries and study aids; church history; Christian life and development; devotionals; church administration; missions; Methodist beliefs and history; other denominations and religions; psychology and social sciences; biography.  A small fiction collection reflects spiritual subjects and themes. The Library Committee is open to suggestions for additions, which will be considered in line with the collection policy.
Internet Access
The collection may be searched online.  Visit the NBUMC Library page for more information.

Fine Arts Committee

The Fine Arts Committee supports dramatic and musical productions for the church. Recent presentations have included “Quilters,” “Dr. Seuss: Green Eggs & Ham and the Sneetches,” “Noah and the Arkettes,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” “The Messiah,” “Man and and God in a Bar,” “Crossing the Line,” “Butterfingers Angel” and an annual Maundy Thursday drama. The Fine Arts Committee also sponsors our Easter Sunrise Service.

For more information on productions, past and present, by our Fine Arts Committee, please visit our Fine Arts Events page.

For groups wanting to rent our equipment, please see link to “Rental Agreement.”

For theatrical groups wanting to rent our space, please see link to “Building Use for Theatrical Productions.”