Church Ministries

Team Bracken

At Bracken UMC, no matter where you are in your life, you are welcome here! Join us as we work together to share the unconditional love of Jesus Christ with all we meet. If you have a desire to learn more about God’s love for you, if you have a passion to serve others, or if you want to be part of a loving community, then this is the place for you! We have ministries for all ages! Come and join #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.
 
Sunday School for All
Adults

Fellowship Class Studying God’s Word, the Bible, seeking to understand, discuss its meaning & application to our lives. They meet via ZOOM at 10 am each Sunday,   

Children and Youth
Preschool (through 1st gr.) –  2nd– 5th grade  all meeting online through ZOOM at 10 am. 
Youth (Grades 6–12) – Meeting online through ZOOM at 10 am. 
 

Bracken Mamas

All mothers, of all ages, are encouraged to join Bracken Mamas for devotional, sharing, and crafting. As a group of moms with varying needs, we would meet to support each other as moms and hear devotionals geared towards moms. When we met, we then broke out into some extraordinary crafts, to round out our fellowship time. We hope to restart our Mamas group soon. 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?
 
Children
We have an active children’s ministry we would love for your whole family to get involved with; from Sunday school led by our children’s ministries director 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). There is something for every child (infant through 5th grade).  For more about our awesome Children’s Ministry, click here.
 
Food Bank
We have a long history of providing food to community through RACAP and our mobile food pantry. 

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. During this time, we have stepped up our online presence and have services available online through Facebook, YouTube and links to worship on our website. 
 
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, staff and volunteers from our Prayer team pray for their pastor, a list of church members, any special requests, and other prayer needs. Each Friday morning, the church comes together for a special time of contemplative 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, and Eagle Scouts

Scouting is thriving here at Bracken. We are fortunate to have Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and an Eagle Scout review board 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. They enjoy games, fellowship, and devotionals. 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! We look forward to gathering again soon. 
Chair – Ken Brumfield

Shawl Ministry  

Our Shawl ministry 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
 
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 second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 AM 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.
May – Mother’s Day luncheon and meeting

July – Outing to a stained glass store

Women’s Groups
In addition to our active UMW group, we also offer a mid-week Bible Study for women in the Spring and Fall.
 
United Methodist Men                                                                                                                                                This group of men is dedicated to working around the church and providing opportunities for fellowship and ministry.  
 
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).
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.

Worship Assistants

Worship is vital to spiritual growth. Liturgists assist with preparing us for worship. They help us prepare our hearts for worship. The ushers and greeters at our church fill an important role as well. 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. Worship assistants are servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to church life.

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 Wednesday evening on Facebook Live.. 
If you have any questions, please contact Bracken UMC’s Youth Director, Allison Nichols: youth@brackenumc.org