Small Group Bible study is a major part of the life of the people of Bethia United Methodist Church.

It is the base of our understanding of God and our understanding of our salvation. Studying God’s Holy Word comes in many opportunities at Bethia.

All Sunday School Classes are held at 9:45 am every Sunday. A nursery is provided for ages 0-2. Children’s classes are divided by age group/grade.

The Pathfinder’s Class

Are you in your 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s? This class is designed for young adults and the issues that affect their daily lives, families, and careers. Topics include marriage, parenting, and general Old and New Testament learning. Fellowship, prayer, and God’s word are the focus of the time together. They are always looking for new students to contribute to a great conversation during class!

Foundations Class

The Foundations Class is about fellowship and sharing both praises and concerns. Using the Uniform Series International Bible Lessons that feature both Old and New Testament lessons, we enjoy a lively discussion of the lesson and how it applies to our lives today.

The Claud Bible Class

An adult class that uses the Uniform Series International Bible Lessons curriculum.

Sisters in Spirit Class

This class meets in the Bethia House and we is a women’s group that is doing a Women of Faith Series. We will be starting a 12-week study on Sunday, April 15 titled Living In Jesus. Members will be taking turns leading the class. We also do “field trips” on occasion like Christian Movies and Christian Concerts.

United Methodist Men

The United Methodist Men of Bethia is a group of men dedicated to the spiritual growth and health of all men of the Bethia Church family. The group meets on the third Tuesday night of each month at 6:00 pm in the SEED Hall for dinner, fellowship and a brief program. Each meeting features a devotional time and a short business and planning meeting.

Every male in the church family is a “member” of the BUMM and encouraged to attend any and all BUMM functions. Proceeds from fundraisers are used to fund ministry opportunities at Bethia, in the community, and in the world.

Annual activities include Brunswick Stew Sales, Christmas Tree sale,  work projects and Faith Night at the Diamond. Won’t you come join us??

United Methodist Women

(UMW) at Bethia exists as a local unit but is connected to the James River District, the Virginia conference, and the national policy-making body for UMW.  Our local unit at Bethia is comprised of two circles.  The Susanna Wesley circle, meets at 10:00 AM the second Tuesday of each month.

The Loretta Gruver circle meets the first Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm.  We meet as a combined unit on the third Tuesday.   All meetings are held in Room 10.  Major annual projects include providing Valentine care packages for sick and shut-ins, Mother/Daughter banquet, Fall Craft sale, and bake sales throughout the year.  Entire proceeds from fundraisers benefit mission projects.  We welcome any woman who would like to join us.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is an international ministry that was developed specifically for expanding the care that churches can provide to the congregation. When a church enrolls in Stephen Ministry, they are provided the training tools that enhance the spiritual gifts of those called and the framework to supervise the Stephen Ministers in Christian Caregiving. This type of lay ministry follows the teaching of Christ as he taught his followers to care for others. Stephen Ministers are trained to respond to the requests for care of individuals who are in need or in crisis. You do not need to be a member of the church to request a Stephen Minister.


The Walk to Emmaus is an enlightening 3-day journey with fellow Christian Believers. Participants experience in a fresh way the love of Christ through a retreat structure. Weekends are Thursday – Sunday nights and are same gender. EMMAUS offers TWO men’s and TWO women’s walks annually. Monthly Worship gatherings on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Bethia UMC. Brochures are found located in the information boards outside the Narthex and SEED Hall.

Richmond Emmaus also offers Chrysalis Flights which follow the same structure and are for youth and young adults ages 15-24.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Bethia Prayer Shawl Ministry began November 1, 2006, after Hearing about 2 graduates (Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo) of the 1998 Women’s Leadership Institute at the Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut from Dee McGonigle. Several ladies were interested and could knit and crochet prayer shawls.
Care and love if knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort. The BPSM meets every 1st and 3rd Monday from 10:00 a.m. till Noon.
The prayer shawl ministry has evolved to include baby blankets and pocket prayer crosses. Over 1500 prayer shawls and baby Blankets have been sent around the world and over 100 pocket prayer crosses have been blessed for the military and others. The shawls after being blessed by the congregation are placed in a glass cabinet for selection.

Open Arms Ministries

Our purpose is to provide meals and support to anyone who is going through difficult times— sickness, treatments, financial issues, loneliness, sadness, shut-ins,- you name it—we’re here to help each other “over the humps and bumps” that life so often throws in the road in front of us! Contact the Church Office for more information

Adult Music Ministry Opportunities


Wednesday Night Praise Team:  This is an informal group of “hummers and strummers” that lead the Wednesday night worship music.  Songs are a mixture of praise choruses and classics, and the group meets at 6:00 p.m. prior to worship to practice.  This group is led by Jeannie Fee and Ellen Stephenson.


Sunday 8:30 Praise Team:   This group of musicians and singers lead worship music at our 11:00 service.  Most of the music sung at this service is more contemporary, incorporating current hits on Christian radio, but also occasionally includes old standards.  T


Sanctuary Choir:       Anthems are of varying styles, from contemporary to classic, southern gospel to Christian rock, and everything in between.  This group also offers special music programs throughout the year, including Christmas and Palm Sunday.  The Sanctuary Choir is directed by Ellen Stephenson.


Belles of Bethia:      Musical styles are varied and diverse.  Reading music is a plus, but not required.  This group is directed by Ellen Stephenson.

See the Children and Youth Ministry pages for music ministry opportunities 

Other Ministries and Activities

Art Ministry

Grocery Ministry

Weekly Bible Studies

Sewing Ministry

Boy Scouts

AA | AL-On

Cub Scouts

Men’s Open Basketball Nights

Weekly Prayer Ministry

Girl Scouts

Men and Women’s Reunion Groups

Kairos Prison Ministry