Bethany United Church of Christ

Embracing the Community

2952 Bethany Church Road, Claremont, NC  28610

email: bethanyuccclaremont@gmail.com

No Matter Who You Are Or Where You Are On Life's Journey...YOU ARE WELCOME HERE


Inclusive Statement

We are all one, unified in Jesus Christ, and we believe that we are called as Christians to be a Community of Peace and Justice. Therefore, in the Spirit, we the members of Bethany United Church of Christ declare ourselves to be an Inclusive Church, open and accepting of all people without qualification including persons of any race, sex, age, nationality, marital status, physical or mental ability, economic status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and open and accepting of all family units including traditional, single parent, divorced, never married, same-sex, parents of LGBT, bi-racial or multi-racial.

We affirm the worth and dignity of all persons, just as Christ accepted all people he encountered.   We believe that God's wondrous and inclusive love, Christ's church, and the Spirit's power are for all people, and that no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

We invite all who share in this vision to join us in the full life, membership, leadership, employment, and ministries of this Church as we strive to work for peace and justice for all of God's people. 



Outreach

Driven

GO OUTSIDE THE WALLS AND SERVE

We are excited to bring you some updates on our outreach projects. Without your support none of this would be possible. Thanks you again for allowing us to serve others.




ECCCM

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian (ECCCM) Ministry is located in Newton, NC about five miles from Bethany UCC. Years ago one of the minister from Bethany, Rev. Banks Shepherd, was instrumental in beginning this vital Catawba County ministry. The congregation continues to volunteer monthly, and they provide monetary and non-perishable items on a regular basis.


 

Linked In New Creative LINC Ministries

In cooperation with several other UCC churches and Unifour Christian Fellowship Church, Bethany UCC serves the community by volunteering at the Gift and Thrift store in Newton, NC. The LINC Gift and Thrift offers opportunity for community members to donate items and have them resold at a discounted price. The store is open to the public. LINC volunteers also participate in out-of-state and in-state mission trips and smaller household projects in the local area.

The newest ministry related to LINC ministries is in serve to foster and kinship care families in Catawba County. In conjunction with Catawba County Department of Social Services, the LINC churches are helping with children who can no longer stay in their homes. Bethany UCC is active in this “love of children” ministry.


Kinship and Foster Care


There are great needs in the kinship/foster care program in Catawba County. The members of Bethany UCC are eager to help children. The kinship/foster care program at Bethany is in its infancy. This winter our members collected coats for all ages of children. We are also part of a card ministry that remembers children on their birthdays. An important contribution from the Bethany congregation is our willingness to take care of children while their kinship/foster care parents are at training, or just need a break. With love for our community, we reach out with the hands and heart of Jesus.






Our Core Values

01)

WE BELIEVE IN THE TRIUNE GOD

Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

02)

WE BELIEVE THAT EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE AND VALUABLE

It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

03)

WE BELIEVE THAT THE UCC IS CALLED TO BE A PROPHETIC CHURCH

As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.



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