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What are Downtown Communities?

Downtown Communities are groups of people united through Christian fellowship, spiritual growth, and witness to a particular mission. People connect naturally around similar interests, hobbies, and experiences. Downtown Communities facilitate friendships through these connections. Scroll down to view our full list of Downtown Communities. Each Downtown Community reflects our passions and where we hope to bring forth change.

Why Downtown Communities?

We value relationships, spiritual growth and service. Our groups meet throughout Bentonville and its surrounding cities at church, homes, and public areas. We are mission-driven in a manner that is both enjoyable and manageable. From the youngest to the young at heart, anyone can be involved if they have a passion for transformation.

When can I join a Downtown Community?

Find a Community and contact Rebecca Boggan to get connected.

Our Downtown Communities

Second Street Pantry Ministries

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Second Street Pantry was established as a community outreach program by just a few church members in 2011. Today, it serves hundreds of community residents facing food insecurity each and every month.We are groups of volunteers that serve within Second Street Food Pantry, Tuesday Night Dinner, and our Benevolence Fund ministries. For more information visit us HERE.
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Sprouts

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Sprouts is a ministry for parents with children 5 years and younger. We meet 3 Sundays a month at the church and the 3rd Sunday at Onyx Coffee Lab on the square at 10am. We offer a variety of activities to help families build a foundation for raising children in the faith. For more information contact: Karla Blakely at skblakely@sbcglobal.net or Jenn Russell at kj.russell@sbcglobal.net
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Youth

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Our Youth ministry is a place for teenagers, both Junior High and Senior High, to connect with one another in their faith journey. Learn more about us by visiting the YOUTH page of our website. Or contact Brooke Crumpler, Youth Director at brooke@fumcbentonville.org or Assistant Youth Director, DJ Wibbelsman at dj@fumcbentonville.org.
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Running & Hiking Groups

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Running Group meets:

Hiking Group meets:

The 3rd Saturday of every month at 8am in the church parking lot. The group hikes to a different location every month. Contact Brad Anderson with any questions HERE. Locations for our monthly hikes are posted in the bulletin and on facebook.

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New Connections

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Where those who are new to FUMC | Bentonville can connect with one another and build relationships. Contact Rebecca Boggan for more information.
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United Methodist Men

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Our men’s group meets every Tuesday morning at 6:45am for breakfast and Bible study. They are also actively involved in many facets of the church. Visit the United Methodist Men’s page on our website to learn more.
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Diversity Ministry

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Walking Together in Each Other's Shoes

Walking Together in Each Other’s Shoes is a collaborative effort between churches in the NWA area to start a movement by creating spaces to talk about race and diversity. Visit us on facebook at Walking Together In Each Other’s Shoes to learn more.
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Women’s Group

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We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. We have several circles for women of all ages. Learn more about us here
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Home Communion

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People who minister to the sick or homebound by sharing the communion meal with them.
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Art & Faith

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This group demonstrates their faith and their love for Christ through art. We are currently meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:30 pm in room 246 of the church. Please contact Vicki Roberts at 479-644-1789.
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TABLES

What are Downtown Tables?

Downtown Tables are about deep, transformational relationships. Within each Community, small groups called Tables meet to share joys and struggles, to learn and grow spiritually, and to become better followers of Jesus together.

Why Downtown Tables?

We are designed to live in connection with others who love and care for us. Downtown Tables cultivates authentic relationships and spiritual growth through mutual encouragement, study, prayer, accountability, and support.

When can I join a Downtown Table?

Just like our Downtown Communities, you are welcome to join a Downtown Table at any time. Contact Rebecca Boggan to get connected.

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Opportunities to Serve

The ministries of our church are able to occur because of the incredible passion and hard work of our volunteers. God calls us to serve others, faithfully administering his grace in many forms. Once a week, once a month, or even once a quarter, we have opportunities for you to get involved in ways that will create new relationships in your life, shape your character to look more like our Lord’s, and help to place a strong foundation within our church. Please contact Rev. Rebecca Boggan, Director of Discipleship if you’d like discuss the ministry area that is best aligned with your gifts and talents.

Hospitality Ministry

Greeters: Stationed by any of our front doors, parking lot (weather permitting) or Welcome Centers: These volunteers greet, help answer questions, provide information and give directions. This is a perfect opportunity for families to serve together.
11am Kitchen Clean-up. Very quietly help tidy up the kitchen
Contact Betsy Batey if interested:

Ushers and Communion Servers

Ushers and Communion Servers can serve in the service of their choice:
Ushers welcome folks as they come into worship. Hand out worship bulletins prior to the start of service. They also distribute sign-in pads and pass/collect the offering plates during service.
Communion Servers distribute communion in-service.
o For the 8:45am Contemporary Service
o Contact Connie and Brad Anderson: bradconnie@cox.net
o For the 11am Contemporary Service
o Sign up Here
o For the 9:45am Blended Service
o Sign up here to serve Communion
o Sign up here to serve as an Usher
o For the 11am Traditional Service
o Contact Rita Seckington

Altar Guild

Altar Guilds
• Prior to Sunday worship, this team helps prepare the Sanctuary and Hines Hall by adding oil to the candles, replenishing the offering envelopes, tidying/organizing the hymnals, etc.
• Contact the church office if interested. 479-273-2712.

Contemporary Service

Contemporary Service: 8:45am and 11am)
Praise Choir – Ages 10-99
Musicians/band players – Any instruments are welcome
Artists (any type for using art in worship and help with curating our worship space)
Contact Ken Weatherford at ken@fumcbentonville.org

Worship Operators – Sound, Projection and LiveStream

For All Services
Sound Board Operators: Monitor the sound system during services and are responsible for set up before and break down after. Sound board operators are occasionally work funerals and special services as well.
Livestream Operators: Monitor the livestream video system and broadcast. They are responsible for set up before and break down following Sunday morning services. Livestream operators occasionally work special services like Good Friday or Christmas Eve.
Projection Computer Operators: Control the slides and announcements during services. They are responsible for set up before and breakdown after. Projection computer operators occasionally work special services like Good Friday and Christmas Eve.
Contact Ken at Ken@fumcbentonville.org

Communications Ministry

• Graphic Designers
• Photographers
• Proofreaders
• Wordpress
• Video & Editing Skills
• Local Community & Press Contacts
Contact Maribel Vizcarra at maribel@fumcbentonville.org

Office Angels

Office Angels: Needed on Monday and Tuesdays (on a rotation every week) from 1pm – 4:30pm. Responsibilities include: Answering phones and greeting walk-ins. Cassandra will provide volunteers with general information and common questions/answers.
Bulletin Folders: We are always in need of bulletin folders on Fridays starting at 8:30am.
Contact Cassandra Blaylock at cassandra@fumcbentonville.org

Nursery Ministry

• Do you love children and enjoy being with them? We are in need of Sunday nursery workers from 8:30am- 12:15pm. Rotation basis.
Contact Ashley Rogers ashley@fumcbentonville.org

Children’s Ministry

Fun Packs: Fill Fun Packs each week in time for Worship
Substitute Sunday School Teachers: Lessons are already planned and ready for substitute teachers.
Children’s Worship Arts: Assistant Wednesday afternoons from 3-5pm. Helps to implement; no need to plan activities.
Graphic design/formatting of digital and printed info/flyers/handouts etc
Hospitality Volunteers: Specifically focused on families with children – wear a certain color name tag, hand out Sadie’s business card and any related information the family needs; introduce them to Sadie if possible, find them another family to sit with, or sit with them yourself.
Contact Sadie at sadie@fumcbentonville.org

Youth Ministry

Cooks: Needed on Sundays. Dinner starts at 5:30 and we need volunteers to bring meals already prepared (or prepared at church).
Kitchen Clean-up: Needed on Sundays. This can go along with cooking, but we need help cleaning the kitchen after meals. This is a quick job 5:30-6:15. If you are willing to cook and stay to serve and clean we would love to have you.
Sunday School: We need substitute teachers. If you are interested in connecting with our Sunday School classes, but don’t want to give up yours this is the place for you. You can even let us know if you prefer Jr. High or Sr. High. Most substitutes will be called upon last minute on Saturday evenings.
Sunday Nights: We need substitutes. Sunday Nights we have dinner and break into groups for devotionals or games. You are simply a chaperone, and participant in activity you do not have to lead activities.
Sunday Nights: We are looking for someone who can regularly lead a group. This would be making plans for the evening consisting of devotionals, games, activities or missions.
Trips: We are always in need of trip chaperones. Especially men. If you would be willing to spend a weekend or 4-5 days with us doing mission work or attending conferences this is the place for you.
Youth Room Organizers: This job is not working with youth, but helps prepare our space for each week. This would include keeping our closet, game room, and kitchen organized and making lists of items as we deplete supplies. If you would like to volunteer occasionally with a group of friends, or come weekly this would be of great help.
Contact BrookeCrumpler at brooke@fumcbentonville.org

Second Street Pantry Ministries

• Monday Morning Prep: Prepare grocery sacks and shelve groceries
o 9:30am – 11:30am
• Tuesday Greeting Shifts
o 8:30am – 10am
o 10am – 12pm
o 12pm – 2pm
o 2pm – 4pm
o 4pm – 6pm
• Tuesday Pantry Shifts (Prepare and distribute sacks)
o 11:30am – 2pm
o 2pm – 4pm
o 4pm – 6pm
• Tuesday Benevolence Interviewers
o 11:30am -2pm
• Tuesday Night Dinner cooks
o 1:30-4:30pm
• Tuesday Night Servers and Clean Up Crew
o 4:30pm-6pm
Email 2ndStreetPantry@gmail.com if interested

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Spiritual Gifts Assessment

“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so that we may help each other.”
1 Cor. 12:7

Yes! You have many God-given gifts. Let us help you develop those gifts. The Spiritual Gifts Assessment helps individuals identify their God-given gifts for living faithfully as Christian disciples. The process helps people understand the nature of spiritual gifts and ways to enhance the effectiveness of their gifts by linking together with others.

If you’re interested in learning more about your spiritual gifts, click here, for a Spiritual Gifts Assessment. Learn what gifts God has given you so you may use them to honor Him.

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Prayer Team

Our Intercessory Prayer Team will be happy to pray for you or for any prayer requests you may have.  If you’d like to send a prayer request or if you are interested in being part of our prayer team please email prayer@fumcbentonville.org or submit a prayer request through our Prayer Request page.

My Christian Path

I’ve read too many Christian books that are fluff! How about you? Are you ready for the good stuff, the books that will let God transform the way you see the world? Are you ready to dive into a seminary-level education without having leave your house? This is the curriculum for you! First of all, let me state that there is no such thing as self-guided Christianity.  God is guiding us even if we can’t yet sense God in any way. Secondly, God is calling us to live and study in community. This curriculum is most powerful when you have another person, or a group of people with whom to discuss what you are learning. However, God is also calling us to dedicate our lives to the divine relationship. And a powerful way to do so is to devote time every day to reading and studying about, and with God. That is the reason I created this curriculum for you. I am praying that God will fill you with a deep desire to see and to hear in ever new ways.

Rev. Eric Meyer

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