201 E. Old Plank, Columbia, MO

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Worship and Ministries at Bethel

Our Minister of Music, Susan Houston leads the congregation and choir in music. Music is a mixture of traditional hymns and newer songs. The congregation is encouraged to participate at their comfort level. Anyone is welcome to play an instrument or sing in the choir.

People dress casually. Children are welcome in worship. A nursery is available for babies and preschoolers. Mid service there is a time where Elementary students may go down for  their Worship Class. The Worship service usually lasts about an hour.

From the outside, Bethel Church is often described as a quaint little historic church, but inside you will meet a congregation that is vibrant, interesting, and engaging their world. We are a small congregation who is diverse in many ways, but unified in Christ. Situated at the conjunction of several distinct neighborhoods, Bethel is uniquely positioned to model for the community that “ethnicity no longer matters, status no longer matters, gender no longer matters…for you Christians are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28, Holy Bible


There is a unique mix of gifted people at Bethel.  Together, we work to share the love of Christ with each other, our community, and the world.  The gifts and skills God brings to our congregation determine the ways in which we carry out Christ’s work, as we seek to be effective coworkers with Christ in the kingdom. For more information about any of these ministries or to volunteer please call the church office at 573-442-4775.

Bethel Choir

The Bethel Choir meets on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m. You do not have to read music or have any experience! Come as you are and we will make a place for anyone willing to join in song.

South Hampton Place Ministry

At South Hampton Place we provide a music “jam session” each Thursday at 10:00 a.m.   Residents who play an instrument are welcome to play along.

The Boone County Jail Ministry

The Boone County Jail Ministry partners with other churches to lead worship services at the Boone County Jail.  We meet on the second Sunday of the month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Bethel members lead devotions, sing, pray, and offer support to inmates. Volunteers must pass a background check and be at least 18 years old. For more information contact Charlie Nilon at

Central Missouri Food Bank

Central Missouri Food Bank volunteers from Bethel meet the Third Wednesday each month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tasks vary, but usually involve packaging and sorting food.

Community Garden

Bethel has a Community Garden. People are welcome to plant, weed, and share produce. Surplus produce is donated to a local food pantry.  We have planted many different varieties of vegetables and fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and fruit trees. For more information contact the church office or Linda Coats at

Ministry Partnerships

We participate with Love INC and many other local organizations on various projects. We support national and international ministries through the American Baptist Churches, USA.

Sunday Kids Worship 

During Sunday Worship there is provided child care for preschool age children. School-age children go down during service before the sermon for their own Bible lesson.

Kids Night Out

Kids Night Out is held on the last Friday of every month (unless that Friday falls on a holiday then KNO is held on the third Friday) Games, crafts, and other activities are provided. To RSVP or to volunteer please contact the church office.

The Penny Project

Bethel Children participate in The Penny Project through the American Baptist Churches, USA. Pennies are collected and donated to organizations, chosen by Bethel children, that benefit local children in need.

Vacation Bible School

Bethel has a Vacation Bible School program during the summer to provide a Christian learning experience for children.

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