BETHESDA UMC at Haw Creek Commons
Welcome, thank you for checking out our website and if you have any questions, please call me! Bethesda has a long tradition of being a community church in the neighborhood of Haw Creek and Asheville area. In the gift of being together; we are learning about God, God's love and grace for us. We gather just as we are, broken and yet Beloved of God.
Come join us for worship and let us know how we can make you feel at home and a part of the life and ministry of Bethesda.
Karen Doucette, Elder of UMC
With Bethesda's vision in mind, we strive to always be cognizant of what the needs are within our community, nation, and world, and ways in which we can be the hands and feet to meet those needs. Serving Opportunities such as: providing breakfast for our neighbors of Pritchard Park, response to natural disasters and support of UMCOR, and raising funds and awareness for Operation Christmas Child are ways we strive each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to the grace we extend to our community and neighbors.
Children are born with an innate sense of wonder and faith that is real and authentic. As teachers, we pray to bring to life Jesus' love, so that our children may especially know that they are beloved of God. In their curiosity we want to provide a space for them to ask questions both inside the church walls or outside in the garden huddled about God's creation. We would love for each child to find Bethesda as a safe and inviting place to Know God, Love God, and Serve God.
Safe Sanctuary is an overt expression in making congregations safe places where children, youth, and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith.
Bethesda UMC at Haw Creek Commons believes that scripture instructs us to care for the children brought into the church. These children may be regular attenders, or they may be the children of guests, grandchildren of our members, or others. Regardless of how these children come to us, we covenant to commit to their protection, and in doing so to represent God’s justice and mercy in the world.
As part of our commitment to care for, and protect, the minors, defined as anyone under the age of 18, as well as the vulnerable adults among us, we commit to the following:
Conduct a background check on each individual displaying interest in working within our Children and Youth Ministries
Ensure two adults working alongside the children will not only be at the minimum age of 18, but non related as well.
All volunteers and/or staff will be trained based on the Safe Sanctuary policies and procedures
One-on-one interactions with children and youth will be with an open door and visibility to all.
All classroom and office doors will have a window or visibility from hallway or remain open while occupied.
Windows will be kept free from adornment
In all of our ministries with children, youth, and vulnerable adults, this congregation is committed to demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ so that each child, youth and vulnerable adult will be “surrounded by steadfast love…established in the faith and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal." (Baptismal Covenant II, United Methodist Book of Worship, p.96).