Formed to foster a love and appreciation of the History and Principles of African Methodis, The Lay Organization is the largest membership body of the A.M.E. Church as its membership is formed by any adult, non-clergy member of the denomination. Lay Organization members are influential in the life of the church. Their mission to 1. stimulate and educate the Laity in total participation; 2. encourage financial support of the church's programs; and 3. teach and practice stewardship and work with the youth to teach them Methodism permeates every leverl of church membership. For more information and/or if you are interested in joining the Lay Organization, please email Bethel Lay. See also A.M.E. C. Connectional Lay.
Richard Allen Young Adult Council (RAYAC)
The Richard Allen Young Adult Council is a connectional church service through the African Methodist Episcopal Church named after founder, Richard Allen. Originally created as a division of the Lay Organization, this body primarily encourages young adult activity and membership retention for persons between the ages of 26-39 by encouraging young adults to use their gifts and talents in the service of the Lord. For more information and/or if you are interested in joining the Richard Allen Young Adult Council (RAYAC), please email RAYAC at Bethel..
Sons of Allen
The Sons of Allen (SOA) Ministry is a connectional church service through the African Methodist Episcopal Church named after founder, Richard Allen. Established to equip men of the church for meaningful service, to reach unchurched men, and to present positive role models for our youth in the community, the Sons of Allen at Bethel oversee the transportation ministry, as well as work with the homeless and juveniles in prison. The Sons of Allen meet every 2nd Saturday at 10am. For more information and/or if you have interest in joining the Sons of Allen, please email Bethel Sons of Allen. See also A.M.E. C. Connectional SOA
Women In Ministry (W.I.M.)
Women in Ministry (WIM) is a network of women preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ within our Zion. Current membership is more than 3,350 serving on 6 of the 7 continents. For more information about the WIM, please see A.M.E.C. Connectional WIM.
Women’s Missionary Society (W.M.S.)
Established in 1866 to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of people in our local communities and around the globe, the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS), is a connectional church service through the African Methodist Episcopal Church. At Bethel, the WMS provides leadership as the primary outreach ministry to the needy. Providing oversight to the Clothes & Shoes Closet, the Food Pantry, Benevolence Assistance (Sick and Shut-in), and support to bereaved families this organization is one of the most active in our congregation. Through partnerships community organizations such as the Cooperative Ministries, Inc., The Columbia Urban League, The N.A.A.C.P., the Tucker Center Nursing Home and Adopt-A-Family programs, the impact of the WMS is truly felt throughout the city and the world. For more information and/or if you have interest in joining the Women’s Missionary Society here at Bethel, please email the Women's Missionary Society. See also A.M.E. C. Connectional WMS.
Young People's Division (Y.P.D.)The Young People’s Division is a connectional church ministry established through the African Methodist Episcopal Church that teaches youth ages 2-17, Christian values, A.M.E. History, and service through missions and community outreach. Through participation in various programs, events, leadership summits, and service initiatives, our YPD creates opportunities for children and youth to grow in their spiritual lives, develop essential leadership skills and make lasting friendships. For more information and/or if you have interest in your child becoming a part of theYoung People’s Division, please email Bethel YPD. See also A.M.E. C. Connectional YPD.
Young Women’s Initiative (Y.W.I.)
The Young Women's Initiative was established as a subsidiary of the Women's Missionary Society to create meaningful experiences that provide training and opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth among women between the ages of 18 and 40. This organization seeks to unite women, mobilize and equip them with the knowledge and power of the gospel through Jesus Christ for the uplifting of humanity, affirmation of women and women's issues, eradication of war and violence against women, healing of the family life, and the work of global missions. For more information and/or if you have interest in joining the Young Women's Initiative, please email the Young Women's Initiative.