Church Ministries

Team Bracken

Here at Bracken UMC, we work together to share the love of Jesus with those around us.  It is a place for team members, all working together towards one common vision.  Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our church community and family.  We are all needed.  Here is how you can learn, serve, and grow at your team church. We are #TeamBracken

Small Groups

Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. We have groups for children, women, men, youth, and seniors.

Bracken Mamas

All mothers, of all ages, are encouraged to join Bracken Mamas for devotional, sharing, and crafting.  The group meets the first and third Mondays of the month.  As a group of moms with varying needs, we meet to support each other as moms and hear devotionals geared towards moms. We then break out into some extraordinary crafts, to round out our fellowship time.  For more information contact  Amanda:  satx.landlady@gmail.com   
 
Care Team 
The Care Team meets as needed to minister and provide support to those who might be in the hospital, need a visit, phone call, or card during difficult times.  Will you join the Care Team in spreading compassion?
Chair – Sue Blair

Children

We have an active children’s ministry we would love for your whole family to get involved with, from Sunday’s “Family Faith Formations” Class (a one-room, whole family-oriented learning space- during our Sunday school hour), to our mid-week group, W.O.W., that meets Wednesday evenings for dinner, a Bible-based lesson, games, and crafts (6:00-7:30PM).  Our children and Youth use the Orange Curriculum (combining the light of the church, yellow, with the heart of the home, red), there is something for every child (infant through 5th grade).  For more about our awesome Children’s Ministry, click here.
 
Disciple Bible Study
Sunday evenings beginning August 26th, 6 – 8:30 PM with Pastor Chris Disciple Bible Study is a 34 week program of disciplined Bible study that gives equal time to the Old and New Testaments. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. Time Commitment includes ~ 25 minutes of daily reading and 2 1/2 of class time each week. Child care is available upon request. $40 for the Study Manual. Partial scholarships available upon request. Please contact Pastor Chris or the church office to register in advance.
 
Financial Peace University
Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” is a 9 week course which will meet once weekly (Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00PM) beginning September 6th.  The course aims to help young and old get you out of debt, learn to make/live on a budget, and save for college/retirement….for more info contact Greg Loser at  gloserjogs@aol.com
 
Food Bank
Bracken has a dedicated group of people who meet at Pickrell Park on the 4th Wednesday of each month to pass out fresh foods to the community. What a blessing it is for those who give and those who receive.

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of today’s age. In an age of widespread technology, we are to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes.  We have a team of people who run our media during worship.  We also maintain an active Facebook feed for additional church and community communication.
 
Music God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many members get involved in our music ministry. Some play instruments. Some are vocalists. Others are involved in the choir, hand bells, or praise team. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

Prayer Team

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Our Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to prayer daily. Each Sunday, during the morning service, a team of volunteers pray before the service. Throughout the week, volunteers from our Prayer team pray for their pastor, a list of church members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs. Each Friday morning, the church comes together for a special time of prayer.
 
Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program (RACAP)
Bracken UMC teams up with our local RACAP to provide social assistance to persons in the Schertz, Universal City, Cibolo, Marion, and Garden Ridge areas. https://www.racap.org Chair: Elaine Smith & Barbara Gordy

Scouting: Cub, Boy, Eagle Scouts, and Venturing Crew

Scouting is thriving here at Bracken. We are fortunate to have several troops who meet here weekly and monthly.  We love being able to support our young men and women in their Scouting adventures.

Senior Ministry   

The Senior ministry is a vibrant active group of people who meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month for food, games, fellowship, and end with a lunch at a local restaurant. Once you reach a certain age, the fun really begins! Whether retired, just plain tired, or as active as ever, the Senior Ministry is for you!  Come join this vibrant group!
Chair – Ken Brumfield

Shawl Ministry  

Our Shawl ministry meets every 4th Tuesday of the month. These ladies have a heart for mission and a talent for knitting  or crocheting shawls, prayer squares, chemo caps, baby blankets, and more. Lessons in knitting and crocheting and supplies are available.
Vision Statement: May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us. Yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17
Mission Statement:  Agreeing  wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose. Philippians 2:2
 
Sunday School 
Adults

Fellowship Class  Rm. #5. Studying God’s Word, the Bible, seeking to understand, discuss its meaning & application to our lives.

Practicing Spiritual Discipline  Rm. #1. An intimate setting where members learn to practice spiritual discipline through scripture reading, meditation and prayer.                                                                                                                        Followers of the Way Rm. #4.  Consideration and discussion of the scriptures.

Life Together – Pastor’s Office, FH building – We share faith journeys, raise questions, explore doubts, and discern how the Bible helps us live in this complicated world.

Connect, Encourage, Grow A new adult Sunday School class – adults, 30s-40s, building friendships while walking through life together.  We enjoy laughter and lively discussion of books and videos by contemporary Christian authors, as well as discuss marriage, relationships, and parenthood

 
Children and Youth
Preschool (through 1st gr.) – Children’s Education Center, room#3
2nd– 5th grade – Children’s Education Center, room #2
“Family Faith Formation” meets Sundays 10:15-11:15 AM.
We invite parents and youth to have faith conversations as a family.
Youth (Grades 6–12) – Youth Building/Wahl House
 
United Methodist Women (UMW)
Bracken United Methodist Women welcomes women of all ages, whether or not you are a member of Bracken UMC. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 6:30PM in the BUMC Fellowship Hall and include a time of fellowship & refreshments, a time of social awareness through guests from mission organizations or through short studies, and a short business meeting. Childcare is gladly provided upon request. Fellowship events & mission projects are also held at other times. (See your bulletin or newsletter for meeting day exceptions & special events.) Prayerfully consider becoming a part of this meaningful organization that has been active at Bracken Church for over 100 years.
 
Blessings,
Luanne Schuetze
2018 UMW President
 
Women’s Groups
Women’s groups give the ladies in our church family special times of interaction. Our women’s groups, are times of Bible study, prayer, UMW meetings, (and, of course, food). These groups provide a refreshing discipleship opportunity for the women in the church.
Women’s Bible Study
Entrusted by Beth Moore Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons Join Us! Wednesday September 5th,  5:30 – 7:30 pm Join Us! Monday September 10th,  11:15 am – 1:15 pm See Valita Loser  
 
United Methodist Men                                                                                                                                                This group of men is dedicated to working around the church and providing opportunities for fellowship and ministry. Chair: Russell Bistline

Men’s Groups

Accountability among men is an act of integrity. Our men are active and serve the church in many ways.  They have Bible study, UMM meetings, and lead our Maintaining God’s House one Saturday a month. This is where they physically work around the property to enhance our grounds and buildings.
Men’s Bible Study
The next study is coming soon. 

Ushers and Greeters

The ushers and greeters at our church fills an important role. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, guiding traffic, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. They are a servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to church life.

 
VBS
A fun, faith-filled week where kids and adults get to know Jesus better through music, story, games, and activities.  Open to all kids ages 3 years-5th grade (children must be potty trained to attend).
​Our VBS is the third week of July, with registration closing the last week of June.  We’d love for you to join us.
We are also in need of volunteers. You must at least be in 6th grade and must fill out and turn in the Volunteer Form. Childcare for children of volunteers, 3 years of age (not potty-trained) and younger, will be provided.

Youth

The youth ministry of Bracken UMC exists to grow the faith of youth in our community so that they may serve and lead as disciplesUnited Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) meets Wednesdays at 6:30-8:00 PM in the Wahl House for snacks, games, music led by the Youth Worship Team, Bible studies, and small groups led by trained volunteers. Dinner is also offered in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 PM for those who wish to participate. Family Faith Formation meets Sundays at 10:15-11:15 AM in the Wahl House. We invite youth and parents to this class that provides opportunities to have faith conversations as a family. 
 
For more information and a full youth ministry calendar of events, click here: http://www.brackenumc.org/youth/
If you have any questions, please contact Bracken UMC’s Youth Director, Caleigh Smith: youth@brackenumc.org