Bethel United Methodist Church - Seymour

A House of God with A Place for All

The United Methodist Church:  Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors

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Safer at Home

Our closure is a preventive action against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This includes all activities on Church property.

Bishop Taylor and the Cabinet did not make this decision lightly. After consulting with experts and prayerful consideration, however, they chose the safety of their flock. 

We will return to regular in-person worship as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meanwhile, please join us here or on Facebook for worship online while we Shelter in Faith. 

Sundays 10:30 a.m.
5550 Sevierville Road (Rt 411)
Seymour, TN 37865

Fellowship Dinner
1st Sunday each month following worship
Fellowship Hall

Thomas Talks
2nd Tuesday each month at 7:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Shelter in Faith

Bethel’s worship service has moved online during this time. Each week’s worship video is available beginning at our regular worship time (10:30 a.m.) here on our website and on our Facebook page

Remember that church is not the building we meet in each week. We are the church wherever we are.  

Worship with those in your family or household. Worship with the friends and family you’re separated from by using Facebook’s “watch party” feature. Whatever else you do, don’t stop worshipping!

Holy Week

A triumphant ride into Jerusalem and cheers of Hosanna from the same crowds that had previously jeered at Him, His last instructions to the disciples at the last supper He would share with them, the events in Gethsemane, His arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and ultimate victory over death through resurrection … these are the things we remember during Holy Week. 

A Place for All

Maybe you doubt. Maybe you’ve been hurt. Maybe you feel like you won’t fit in. Maybe you feel like you won’t be accepted.  Maybe we should talk.

Room to Grow

There’s plenty of room to grow at Bethel, whether it’s small groups, bible studies, starting a choir, faith-based theatre group, Sunday School class, youth group, or some other faith-based activity. If you’ve got an idea but no place to grow it, Bethel may be the place. Use the button below to contact our pastor.



We’ll continue our journey through the life and ministry of Jesus during Lent (Feb. 26 through April 9) as we prepare ourselves for Holy Week (April 5 through April 12). From Easter through Pentecost Sunday (May 31), we’ll focus on the actions of Christ and the Acts of the Apostles as the early church began to form. 

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to serve God by sharing love and faith through the word of God.

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our purpose is to be living examples of God’s redeeming and transforming love for all creation as we carry the Good News Jesus brought and taught us out into our community and the world and to do good, do no harm, and love God always.

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Be Still

Pray. Act. Give.

Worship is only one hour each week. What are you doing the other 167?

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Break Bread with Us!

First Sunday of each month

Our monthly fellowship meals take place on the first Sunday of each month after worship service. The meals are potluck with everyone bringing their favorite dishes to share.  Come break bread with us!



Quarterly & Holy Days

At Bethel and all United Methodist Churches, the Lord’s Table is open to all who wish to receive communion. Currently, communion is offered as part of our regular Sunday worship on the first Sunday of each quarter and appropriate holy days.


Church-wide Planning Meetings

Third Sunday of each month

No voice goes unheard at Bethel. Monthly church-wide planning meetings to discuss church business and plan activities, events, projects, and outreach take place the third Sunday of each month immediately following Worship. All decisions are made by consensus. 

Outreach Programs

On-going collections

Bethel has two on-going outreach programs:

  • Hygiene Item collections for Prospect Elementary School
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Ministry: collections of non-perishable food items for Prospect Baptist Church’s food pantry
  • Wrapped in Love Blanket Drive for Kids in Crisis benefiting Seymour Volunteer Fire Department is an annual event running from the first Sunday in December to the last Sunday in January each year. Our collections this year netted 74 blankets and 3 teddy bears. We look forward to holding this drive again next winter!

For more information, contact us or visit the collection table in the Narthex.


Ministries & Programs

Opportunities outside sunday morning worship
  • Thomas Talks – a monthly gathering for anyone who has doubts. Because doubts are worth discussing.


Christian Education

Opportunities For learning to become faithful disciples



We Gather Every Sunday

Sundays 10:30–11:30 am

Worship at Bethel is modified Traditional. We hear scriptures, sing hymns, share our joys and concerns, and spend time in prayer. The message each week is based on one or more of the scriptures read during the service. Dress is casual. All are welcome.

The Latest News & Messages

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday Love Feast Online

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday Love Feast Online

Join us at 7:00 p.m. here online as we observe an old Methodist tradition, the Love Feast, to commemorate Jesus' last acts with his disciples.  If we were meeting together at church, a traditional Maundy Thursday service would include communion. Because we are unable...

Weekly Announcements – April 5-11 2020

Weekly Announcements – April 5-11 2020

It's traditional at Bethel to open our Sunday service with greetings and announcements and to include announcements in the bulletin. For the time being and until we can resume public worship at our church, weekly announcements will be posted on our website and on...

Be Still – Online Service for Palm Sunday April 5 2020

Be Still – Online Service for Palm Sunday April 5 2020

This service was delivered through online worship on March 29, 2020. Transcript: Joys & Concerns (Pastoral Prayer): For those of you who are not familiar with Bethel’s worship service and are new to our online worship, this is the time that we lift up our joys and...