Build a Backpack

Will you help build a backpack for a student in Williamson or Davidson County for the 2021-2022 school year? Shop our Amazon wish list to provide school supplies for an elementary, middle, or high school student. Be sure to have your items shipped to BUMC!

The deadline to donate to Build a Backpack has passed. Check back soon to see the results!

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More Ways to Serve

Learn more about our different ministry partners that you can support year-round!

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In the Church

  • Children's Ministry

    Are you interested in serving the children in our church? Opportunities range from leading Sunday School to greeting families at our Connection Point desk. All volunteers go through a background check and Safe Sanctuary training before being paired with students.

    Contact Ellen Garrett at egarrett@bumc.net to learn more.

  • Congregational Care

    Share Christian love with our friends and neighbors in need of care. Serving opportunities include:

  • Student Ministry

    Are you interested in serving the young people in our church? Opportunities range from serving meals to serving our small groups. All volunteers go through a background check and Safe Sanctuary training before being paired with students.

    Contact Rev. Adam Jones at ajones@bumc.net to learn more.

  • Worship + Arts

    There are many ways you can use your spiritual gifts to serve God through Worship + Arts. We have opportunities to volunteer on Sundays, during the week, on a weekly basis, or as your schedule allows.

    Contact Haley Durham at hdurham@bumc.net to learn more.

    • Acolyte coordinators
    • Communion servers
    • Communion set-up and clean-up
    • Ushers
    • Pew replenishers
    • Scripture readers
    • Altar Guild

In the Community

  • Project Transformation

    Volunteer for Project Transformation’s summer reading program! This year, they’re offering a virtual reading program where students and volunteers can connect over books online. Sign up to volunteer and complete the background check using the button below.

  • Harvest Hands

    Volunteer at Harvest Hands’ Summer Program! They are accepting fully-vaccinated volunteers, and their need is especially for retired or current educators who have strengths in reading and math. Volunteers will need to complete a background check prior to starting. The first set of trainings will take place the week of June 1. Contact Chartrice Crowley at chartrice@harvesthandscdc.com to volunteer. You can also shop their Amazon wish list using the button below.

    Can't volunteer? You can sign up for their meal train to bring snacks for the children attending their Summer Program too!

In the World

  • Middle East North Africa Initiative

    In partnership with Christian relief organizations on the ground, the Middle East North Africa Initiative's focus has been on empowering the local churches in the MENA region to respond in an ongoing emergency context. It is our goal to facilitate these churches who contribute to the spiritual and physical wellbeing of the displaced through pastoral training, resourcing ministries, interfaith dialogue, and missional outreach.

  • South Africa Outreach

    In 2007, Brentwood UMC funded the construction of a church building in the Tumbleweed community of South Africa. This initial relationship grew into a ministry that now connects sponsors to children and teachers in three different South African schools. At each of our partner schools, children receive a God-centered educational foundation, as well as emotional and spiritual intervention and care.