The goal of Missions & Outreach at Bethany UMC is to train and equip ordinary people to go and do extraordinary things in the name of Jesus so that all might see, hear and experience God’s love in tangible ways.

Missions Shopping Lists

This summer, while you're out and about, join us in supporting missions programs in Maryland and beyond. We've created handy shopping lists for you to take along. You can find these lists below as well as on the information wall in the foyer or at the Missions Central corner in Fellowship Hall. We have specific lists for the Honduras Mission Trip, At Jacobs Well, and Grassroots. Your support makes a difference!

IRC/Bethany Missions Team Partnership

Through the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Bethany United Methodist Church teams have set up over 30 homes for refugee families moving to the Baltimore area. Many people have asked questions about the program: Are the refugees "legal?, Can they get jobs right away?, How is one refugee family chosen over another?, How does the IRC assist with the transition to life in the USA?

Kyle Monsees, Community Engagement Coordinator at the IRC, came to Bethany to answer these questions and more. You may view the presentation below.

Volunteer Day at Bethany

Thanks to all who came out this past Saturday to help repair furniture, make blankets and potholders, cook, etc. We worked on projects that will help serve our mission partners. We got a lot done and had great fun working together:

Chili: 32 quarts. for residents of At Jacobs Well.
Dog Biscuits: 17 dozen plus baked. For Howard County Animal Shelter and Bethany’s favorite pets.
Fringe Blankets: 7, for the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore.
Greeting Cards: 83. All funds earned by the Card Ministry go to Mission programs. To date, This group has raised over $40,000.
Pillows: 8, for International Rescue Committee (IRC) "Welcome Home" households.
Potholders: 21, for IRC households.
Plants: about 200 cups of plants, for church members and IRC families to start a garden.
Chairs recovered: 3, for IRC households.
Repainted furniture: 3, for IRC households.
Cloth bags threaded: 75, for Honduras Medical Mission in November.
Welcome Home paintings: 18, for IRC households.
Blessing Bags: 60, for church members to give to homeless people they may meet on the street or parking lots.

We got a lot done and had great fun working together - you can view our work in action below!

Bethany Blesses those in Need in our Local Community

Welcome Home
Welcome Home

Bethany has set up four households for refugee families moving into our area. We acquired the furniture, linens, cleaning supplies, dishes, etc. through donations from the congregation. The families we served this year were from Columbia, Sudan and Syria. The welcome home effort is in conjunction with the International Refugee Committee.

Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together

In April 2023, Bethany volunteers worked on the home of a Howard County resident who needed some help. The crew completed a number of tasks to include plumbing, electrical, rebuilding a fence , replacing doors, and drywall repair. In addition to the work, we had a wonderful time getting to know the homeowner and working together. OUr project was coordinated with the Rebuilding Together of Howard County program.

Small Groups Serving Together
Small Groups Serving Together

Many of Bethany’s G.I.F.T (Growing in Faith Together) Groups are serving in the community as part of their walk together. Efforts include:

  • Collecting scarves and jewelry for the Jewels of Hope sale
  • Assembling hygiene kits for emergency care
  • Packing boxes at Operation Christmas Child
  • Serving and collecting items for asylum seekers in Washington, DC
  • Making cloth bags for medical missions
  • Week-long Appalachian Service Project
  • Rehabilitating living space for victims of human trafficking
  • Preparing meals for the Cold Weather Shelter
Responding to Emergencies
Responding to Emergencies

Bethany provided hygiene kits and flood buckets to those in crisis due to natural disasters or to asylum seekers or homeless persons.


Over the winter season, Bethany volunteers delivered potatoes to local soup kitchens in Baltimore and Wheaton. The potatoes were gleaned from farms in Maine and brought down to Maryland by the BW Conference United Methodist Men's group. We participated in four "Potato Drops" in 2023.


Bethany strives to provide hope and support to families, both locally and abroad. Whether through the provision of camperships or delivering a gift and a message of love to children on behalf of their parent in prison, Bethany seeks to surround families in crisis with caring, compassionate community.

Bethany Blesses Friends Overseas

Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger

It was a fun-filled, action-packed time at our annual Rise Against Hunger meal-packing event where we packed meals to be sent to hungry people all over the world. Thank you to the 50 volunteers who help pack 10,000 meals in under two hours!

Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child

Whether providing supplies for medical mission trips, supporting the lives of families in need via livestock donations, or packaging meals to help alleviate world hunger, Bethany is doing extraordinary things in the name of Jesus so that all might see, hear and experience God’s love in tangible ways.

Honduras Medical Mission

Read about Charlotte’s 20+ years of mission work in Honduras and her conviction to be part of the Honduras Humanitarian Mission team every year for 22 years.

Donations to UMCOR

Bethany has responded to catastrophes in the U.S. and around the world through donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Most recently Bethany provided funds to help people in Turkey and Syria after the February 2023 earthquake.


Not quite sure where to begin? Our team is ready to help! Fill out the form below and we will be in touch shortly to help you find some great options for getting involved.








In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16