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

Active Retirees

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The Active Retirees group comes together to form friendships, community, and explore new ways to stay active. In the past the group has met for a potluck dinner, game night, an evening in the park and kayaking. We are a warm and welcoming group and look forward to meeting you at our next event.
 Upcoming events are posted at fumcbentonville.org under the Adult/Ministries tab.
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Sprouts

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Sprouts is where parents of young children connect with one another and build relationships. We offer a variety of activities to help families build a foundation for raising children in faith. These include parents’ night out, play dates, Sunday school classes, parenting resources, and more. Be sure to pick up the groups latest calendar of events outside of Hines Hall today!
To learn more about Sprouts, like our Facebook group: SPROUTS or contact Ashley Rogers at ashleyrogers444@gmail.com or Brenda Allison at brendamallison@gmail.com.
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Parents of Teens

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We are forming a NEW downtown community geared towards parents raising teens in the Christian faith. If you would like to meet other parents and build relationships as a family unit we’d love to get to know you. Our get togethers will consist of both small and large informal group gatherings.
 Contact Brooke Crumpler for more information at brooke@fumcbentonville.org
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Runners

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Running Group meets:

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Seedlings

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Seedlings is a brand NEW Downtown Community. The group will mimic the successful format of the Sprouts Downtown Community but will cater to parents and families of elementary aged kiddos. We are currently in the initial planning stage for this group and we’d love for you to join us.
 To learn more about Seedlings, contact Sadie at sadie@fumcbentonville.org.
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Hiking

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Hiking Group meets:

The 3rd Saturday of every month at 8:30am in the church parking lot. The group hikes to a different location every month. Contact Kevin Wilson with any questions HERE. Locations for our monthly hikes are posted in the bulletin and on facebook.

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Line Dancing

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The Line Dancing community meets every Friday in the upstairs youth area to dance, socialize, and just have plain ol’ fun. Come dance with us!
Fridays at 10am • Upstairs Youth Area
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Art & Faith

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Art & Faith is a Downtown Community open to anyone interested in learning how to express their faith through art. You do not have to be an artist or an expert. As a group, our goal is to explore what God is revealing to us and express it in art.
– The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month
–  6PM • Conference Room • Contact Suzanne Pratt at suzannepratt58@gmail.com.
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Mountain Biking

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The Mountain Biking group meets on Tuesdays at 6pm in the church parking lot from April – October. Contact DJ HERE for more information. 
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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.

 

SAFE SANCTUARY POLICY & VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

If you are volunteering with a child or youth please read our Safe Sanctuary Policy, which can be found HERE.   As part of the application process, the following forms will need to be completed and signed: Application (form l), Participation Covenant Statement (form ll), Authorization and Request for Criminal Background Check (form lll), Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement (form IV), Children & Youth Volunteer Reference Check (form V).

  • Hospitality Ministry
    • Welcome and greet on Sunday morning – Contact Connie Anderson HERE.
  • Ushers & Communion Servers
    • Contact Rebecca Boggan HERE
  • Altar Guild
    • Contact Rebecca Boggan HERE
  • Musicians & Singers – Contemporary Services
    • Contact Ken Weatherford HERE
  • Chancel Choir & Handbell Choir –  Traditional Service
    • Contact Dr. Ray Wheeler HERE
  • Worship Operators – Sound, Projection and LiveStream
    • Contact Ken Weatherford HERE
  • Communications Ministry
    • Help with graphic design, word press, social media, photography and proofreading.
    • Contact Maribel Vizcarra HERE
  • Church Office Help
    • Help with mailing, greeting visitors and answering phones.
    • Contact Roselle Williams HERE 
  • Nursery Ministry
    • Volunteer as a nursery worker on Sunday morning.
    • Contact Allison Earhart HERE
  • Children’s Ministry
    • Teach Sunday school, help behind the scenes, help with VBS and more.
    • Contact Sadie Wohlfahrt HERE
  • Youth Ministry
    • Teach Sunday school, attend events, and more.
    • Contact Brooke HERE
  • Second Street Pantry
    • Volunteer with the pantry, Tuesday Night Dinner, and/or Benevolence. Email HERE.
  • Mission Trips & Community Service 
    • Email Pastor Eric HERE

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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.

Prayer Team

Our Intercessory Prayer Team will be happy to pray 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 prayerteam@fumcbentonville.org.

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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