Brentwood United Methodist Church

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Welcome to Brentwood UMC

We are glad you are here! We would love to have you join us in worship in one of our various services. We offer worship services on Saturday and Sunday. These services range from traditional to blended.

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Service Times

Saturday Evening
6:00 pm Casual/traditional

Sunday Mornings

8:15 am Traditional/blended
9:45 am Contemporary
11:05 am Traditional

Directions

We are located at 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN.  We are directly across from the Brentwood Place Shopping Center, 1.5 miles south of Old Hickory Blvd.

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For Adults

We have many opportunities each week to help connect you with others. Whether that’s in a Sunday morning class, a small group, a short-term class, or a Disciple Bible Study group. 

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For Your Children

We have many opportunities each week to connect your preschoolers and elementary aged children with others and to grow their faith.

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For Your Teens

We have many ministry opportunities going on each week to help you connect with others, grow in your faith and use your gifts. If you are a new youth to BUMC in the 7th-12th grade, we hope you will join us on a Sunday night for worship, small groups, and youth choir.

Weekly ScheduleYouth Choirs

Neighbors

Last fall, the story of Mr. Fred Rogers led our Lead Team into a discussion about the Great Commandment, which is to love God and love your neighbor. It came up that the way to carry out the mission of disciple-making begins with being a good neighbor. But you can’t be a good neighbor if you don’t know your neighbor. During May & June 2019, we'll learn ways we can get to know our neighbors and better serve them. It will be an exciting time in the life of our church as we see what God will do in our lives!

Miss a week of the series? Check back here to listen to sermons!

THE CHALLENGES

For 8 weeks,  we will have weekly practical challenges to be more intentional neighbors in our community, for the glory of God! The challenges encourage ways for you to pray for, communicate with, and invite your neighbors into deeper community. You can get updates about all of the challenges every Monday by subscribing to the BUMC Field Guide. And be sure to visit the Neighbor Wall in the hallway by Haney Hall to mark your progress with the challenges! Email with stories you’d like to share.

WEEK OF May 5-11 

Scripture: Matthew 7:7-12

This week's challenge: Pray. Begin in prayer. If it helps, set a timer for 5 minutes and devote that time entirely to God. Ask God to help you see your geographic neighbors. Ask to remain open to receiving the blessings deep relationship with your neighbors will bring. Ask for the fortitude to engage with strangers and not shrink from the challenges that are sure to arise. To end your prayer time, simply be still and listen.

Ideas to complete this challenge -

  • Identify the immediate neighbors you wish to focus on for the next 8 weeks, then pray for the people of that area. This can be your:
    1. Street
    2. Apartment/retirement complex
    3. Work
    4. School
  • How neighborly are you? Take our 3-question quiz to find out!
WEEK OF MAY 12-18

Scripture: Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:1-4

This week's challenge: Communicate. This week have what might be a difficult conversation with your closest neighbors: your family. Ask if you are being a good neighbor to those who love you and be willing to hear the honest answer. Ask how you can be a better neighbor to them. Discuss what Paul’s words mean to you as a family.

Ideas to complete this challenge:

  1. Plan and host a family game night.
  2. Call that family member you’ve been avoiding.
  3. If you live alone, make a visit to a family member, friend, or church member who is not able to make it to church with you.
  4. If you live with roommates, consider completing this challenge with them.
WEEK OF MAY 19-25

Scripture: Matthew 22:34-40

This week’s challenge: Walk. This week take at least a day, preferably more (at different times of day), to walk your immediate neighborhood. This can be your street, or if your neighborhood is not conducive to walking, perhaps your downtown area. Pray for God to open your eyes. What do you see? Are there people out walking dogs or pushing strollers? Are there people working in their yards? Or is it quiet? Is everyone inside? What needs do you notice? Does anyone’s yard need trimming? Is there a parent wrangling kids into or out of car seats?  Does God direct your attention to anyone specifically? Simply notice what God shows you.

Ideas to complete this challenge:

  1. Plan a silent walk with your family or with friends. At the end of the walk, discuss what you saw. Notice how we all see different things.
  2. Take a journal with you as you go for a walk around the block. Jot down anything that stands out to you.
  3. If on your commute, you may see the same person on a particular corner with a sign asking for money or work. This week, ask them their name and introduce yourself. Then greet them every time you drive by. If you have time, listen to their story and get to know them.
WEEK OF MAY 26-June 1

Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48

This week’s challenge: Ask. This week, your challenge is to reach out and ask one of these people if you can pray for them and how. If this seems daunting, it can be as simple as explaining what we are doing here at the church. Try saying, “This may seem strange, but my church is doing a challenge to help us be better neighbors, and today I’m just here to ask if there’s anything I can pray about for you.” You’ll be surprised how many people will be touched that you asked, and it’s a great opportunity to shine Christ’s light for people who may not be used to seeing it.

Ideas to complete this challenge:

  1. Plan a meal at a local restaurant. Be intentional about asking your server how you can pray for them before you receive your food.
  2. As you check out, ask the grocery clerk how you can be in prayer for them or their family.
  3. Looking back at week 2, are you still not at peace with someone? If so, ask that person if there is something that you can pray about for them.
WEEK OF June 2-8

Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

This week’s challenge: Connect. This coming Sunday, BUMC has the privilege of hosting many of these refugee individuals and families in worship and in our classes. Your challenge is to make an intentional effort to connect with an individual or family this week.

Ideas to complete this challenge:

  1. Write a welcome letter to give to a refugee family on Sunday. Consider sharing a prayer for them in the letter.
  2. Invite a refugee or refugee family over for dinner at your home. Introduce them to a favorite board game.
  3. Host a refugee in your Sunday school class, then take them to lunch after church.
  4. Take a meal to a refugee family. Introduce them to your favorite American cuisine.
WEEK OF June 9-15

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

This week’s challenge: Give. You may call this “reverse hospitality.” According to Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements in their book The Simplest Way to Change the World, “Reverse hospitality is where you take something to your neighbor’s house to bless them. This can be delivering soup to your ill neighbor, providing a meal to a family who just brought home a newborn, or taking cookies to someone who just moved in down the street.” This week, you are challenged to give something to a neighbor.

Ideas to complete this challenge:

  1. Write a handwritten note introducing yourself and attach it to homemade cookies or store-bought candy. Knock on their door or leave it on the doorstep.
  2. Attach a note to a bag of un-popped popcorn and write, “Just “popped” over to say hi and get to know you better!” Be sure to leave your contact information so they can respond.
  3. Looking back at week 3, have you approached that person with the sign on the corner of your commute? They may appreciate some cookies or a gift card.
WEEK OF June 16-22

Scripture: James 1:27

This week’s challenge: Invite. This week, invite a neighbor over to your house. Don’t wait for them to cross your path. Actively invite them. This can be as informal as “Come over so I can show you the deck we just built.” It can be a simple invitation over for coffee or tea, or you can go all out and invite them over for dinner. Don’t feel pressure to do or say anything special. Just take time to get to know this neighbor God has put in front of you.

Ideas to complete this challenge:

  1. Pull a firepit out to your front yard. Grab a bag of marshmallows, some roasting sticks, and camp chairs. Invite all who walk by over for a toasted marshmallow!
  2. Host Taco Tuesday and invite your two closest next-door neighbors.
  3. Use a neighbor networking site like nextdoor.com to organize a pot-luck style gathering at your house.
  4. Come on y’all, this is Music City! Grab your guitar and have a good old fashion sing-a-long in the back yard under the stars.
WEEK OF June 23-29

Scripture: Mark 2:1-12

This week’s challenge: Dream. Get with your small group or grab a journal and reflect on this challenge.

  • What challenged you most?
  • What surprised you?
  • What worked well?
  • Where are your growing edges?
  • How can the church support you in this effort to becoming a better neighbor?
  • How will you stop at nothing to be the neighbor Christ calls you to be to those whom he places in front of you?
  • Create an action plan for implementing your dream.