Growing in Christ ~ Embracing Our World

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, once said there is no religion except for social religion. In this spirit, The United Methodist Church reaches out to establish peace and justice in our community and the world. As members of The United Methodist Church of Berea, we have committed ourselves to growing in Christ and embracing our world by living according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, sharing God’s love with those around us, and giving of our time and talents so that to others, we may be the example of Christ in the world.

Listed here are a few of the many programs through which our members have found a way to express their faith and love in service to others.

University Circle Community Lunch
West Side Community Center
Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)
Girl and Boy Scouts
United Methodist Commission on Relief (UMCOR)
Berea Community Meal

Current News & Opportunities to Join Us in Mission

Peace with Justice Sunday, June 11, 2017

Peace with Justice Sunday was created by the 1988 General Conference. Your offering allows The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through many programs in the United States and around the world.  Your contribution works in your conference and beyond.  50% remains with the annual conference for local peace with justice ministries while  50% goes to the General Board of Church and  Society for grants to U.S. and international special programs.

Peace with justice means many things.

  • When we talk about peace with justice, we focus on much more than the absence of war.
  • Peace with justice means striving to live and work with people around the world – both those who share our beliefs and those who do not.
  • It means advocating – speaking up – for others to free them from whatever prevents them from living full lives.
  • It means breaking down barriers so God’s children   everywhere have access to jobs, housing, education, food, clean water and health care.
  • e must do whatever we can to build a culture that welcomes economic equality, seeks peaceful resolutions, fights oppression and doesn’t pit one culture against another.

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Please consider giving generously on June 11, 2017 in support of Peace with Justice Sunday.


Youth Work Mission 2017

July 16-22, 25 youth and adults will participate in a work mission trip to Nashville, TN.  While there, the youth will be involved working with various agencies that work with the underserved in Nashville through soup kitchens, food banks, homeless shelters and in ministry with a kids’ camp.

They will partner in service with Second  Harvest, Safe Haven, Nashville Rescue Mission, Open Table, Dream   Center Nashville and The Little Pantry That Could.

They will also be involved in an immersion experience learning about the hungry and homeless of Nashville. This            immersion experience is through Open Table Nashville. Open Table is a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness.  (retrieved from 

The youth will also be exploring their denominational   connection with various UM General Boards/offices such as the General Board of Discipleship and General Board of Higher Education and Upper Room.

And of course, they WILL find the best BBQ in Nashville!!!!

Fundraising Update:

The cost of the work  mission trip is approximately $380/person/$9500 for the group.  To date, the youth have raised almost $3000 through there fundraising efforts.

The Psalm 150 fundraiser is ongoing.  See the rolling bulletin board in the Gathering Place if you would like to support our youth in this way.  Just take an envelope that shows a number that you are comfortable donating (from $1 to $150 dollars). Once you’ve placed your cash or check inside the envelope, place it the finance office mail box.

While no new requests are being taken, the youth are continuing to fulfill requests received for the “Rent-a-Crew” fundraiser.

The youth sent out “Stock” letters to family/friends mid-May, requesting “investments” in our trip.

Coming soon, the youth will be selling car magnets.  The magnets will say “UMCB” and include our website. They are $5 each.  Look for them starting the first Sunday in June.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting.