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.

This Week’s Announcements

(Information on COVID-19 and how to access Bethel’s Online Worship videos is below the announcements)
  • Upcoming: 
    • Pastor Kimberly Cowell will begin her appointment at Bethel on Sunday, July 5. Please check Bethel’s Facebook page for information on how worship will be delivered from July 5 forward. 
  • Update on re-opening the church – Bishop Taylor and the Task Force have issued the plan for re-opening. Due to the upcoming change in pastoral leadership and the transition process and period for that change, I have elected to keep Bethel closed to public use and in-person services through June 30. This will allow the lay leadership of Bethel time to work with Pastor Cowell to develop and implement Bethel’s plan.
  • Stay Informed – Members and Visitors are encouraged to follow Bethel’s public Facebook page at for the latest information.
  • Tithes & Offerings – You are encouraged to mail your weekly tithes and offerings to the church at PO Box 818, Seymour, TN 37865 if you are able.  You can also pay online at If using the online link, be sure to select Smoky Mountain District and Bethel UMC, Seymour TN to ensure your offering comes to our church.

COVID-19 and Bethel

These are strange times we are living in. We find ourselves much like the first followers of Christ, keeping to ourselves in our homes to avoid persecution, not by the religious authorities of the Temple and the Romans, but by an even greater threat in COVID-19, from which none of us are safe and that has changed significantly the way we to go about our daily routines. So, like those first followers of Christ, we will continue worshipping God as they did – in our homes or wherever we find ourselves for wherever we are, there too is God’s church.

Accessing Bethel’s Online Worship Services

Due to their file size (they are too large to upload to Facebook), Bethel’s worship service videos are housed on YouTube and, most recently, on Vimeo. Previously aired services can be found here on our website ( and are also posted on Bethel’s public Facebook page.

Worship videos are prerecorded.