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United Methodist Church



“God is light; In him there is no darkness...”  

[1 John 1:5]

Bethel United Methodist Church seeks to know love and serve God and neighbor. 

We shine brightly in the downtown area of Rock Hill, South Carolina as we offer a safe place for homeless men in our community year-round, have a community soup kitchen every Thursday in January, February and March and as we worship God weekly on Sundays at 11:15! 

All Are Welcome, so come and join us as we make disciples of Jesus Christ and transform the world!

Due to COVID-19 No Upcoming Events


COVID-19 Protocols for In-Person Worship Services


The Bethel UMC COVID-19 Task Force has created a plan for our church to return to in-person worship which includes the following:


  • Masks are required for all attending worship. (We will have masks available for those who need them at the door)

  • Hand Sanitizer will be made available to all entering and exiting the sanctuary.

  • All surfaces will be wiped down between each service.  

  • To prevent the spread of the virus, all Bibles, hymnals and writing materials have been removed from the pews.  We encourage you to bring a Bible, or to use a Bible app on your phone during the service.  We will have a screen at the front of the sanctuary to guide us in worship.

  • Each week an electronic bulletin will be emailed to the congregation as well as posted on the church website for the use of those worshiping in-person or online.  No paper bulletins will be made available to eliminate contact between individuals.  

  • Doors for the church will open at 10:45am each Sunday morning.  Everyone should enter the sanctuary doors at the top of the stairs.  The elevator will be available.

  • Worship will begin each Sunday morning around 11:15 after everyone is seated and Rev. Sutton has arrived.

  • The congregation will be seated from the front to the back of the sanctuary based on the number of persons in the family group.  We encourage you to sit with those you have quarantined with at home.  

  • We have created a diagram to explain available seating on the next page.  Larger family groups will be seated on the back rows and in the choir loft.  For those persons who have assistive devices (walkers and wheelchairs) we have reserved seating on the front right pew.  For those persons who come alone and can climb stairs, we invite you to be seated in the balcony.  An usher will help you find a seat.  The pews and balcony seats have been marked with tape or roped off to maintain social distancing measures (6 feet).  

  • The congregation will exit one row at a time at the end of the service as directed by the usher from the back to the front.  

  • The order of worship will be different as it has been recommended that congregational and choral singing be avoided during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have pre-recorded music to be played during the service.  In addition, Dena Wade, our pianist, will play prior to worship and after the worship service.

  • The traditional offering time will be removed from the order of worship, but we encourage folks to place their tithes and offerings in the box in the vestibule as you enter or as you leave worship.  

  • Lastly, we ask that folks keep social distancing measures within the sanctuary and the parking lot.  Please remain at least 6 feet from those not in your family group/quarantine group.  If possible, remain seated and refrain from moving about the sanctuary once you enter.  

  • Bathrooms and cleaning supplies will be available for those who utilize the restrooms to sanitize after use.    

Other Church Events
  • Sunday School, Children’s Church, the Nursery and all other in-person events will be postponed until further notice.  We will address the commencement of in-person gatherings other than worship later this summer

  • Funeral services will not take place in the Bethel UMC sanctuary until further notice.  Instead, graveside services will be recommended.  In addition, families will be served a meal catered rather than a meal provided by the congregation members.  This will limit exposure to the family and church members.  If members of the church would like to provide a meal or food for a grieving family on their own, that is appropriate but as a church we will offer the family a catered meal.

Click the PDF icon below to access the set-up for worship.

 September Birthdays!

Cindy Day  1
Zoe Tutterow  6
Jimmy Knight  7

Danny Faulkenberry  10
Allyson Reid  20
Dina Grant  20

Annette Vasher  24
Casey Hudspeth  28
Bud Smith  30

Help Those In Need



“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed.” 

[Proverbs 19:17]

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United Methodist Church



1232 Curtis Street

Rock Hill, SC 29730

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Bethel United Methodist Church




















October 25, 2020

Knowing, Loving, Serving God


1232 Curtis Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730

 Office Phone:  803.327.4881    Email:  bethelrockhill@gmail.com

       Pastor cell: 803.554.2298         Email: emilyscalessutton@gmail.com

                                      Pianist                                       Dena Wade

                                      Administrative Assistant            Becky Moon

                                      Pastor                                        Emily Sutton


October 25, 2020





Leader: Let your light shine!
People: We will shine brightly!
Leader: God is faithful and loves us so much!
People: Let us join together to worship!



God, you are our refuge. When the world gets to be too much with us, we turn to you for consolation and healing. Help us today to hear your words of compassion. Enable us to be those who would willingly serve all people in need. For we ask these things in the name of Jesus our Lord. AMEN.

SPECIAL MUSIC            Children



        I believe in God the Father Almighty,

        Creator of Heaven and Earth.

        I believe in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord,

        Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

        Born of the Virgin Mary,

        Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

        Was crucified, died, and was buried;

        He descended to the dead.

        On the third day, He rose again;

        He ascended into Heaven.

        Is seated at the right hand of the Father,

        And will come again to judge the living and the dead.

        I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy catholic church,

        The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the

        Resurrection of the body, and of life everlasting.  AMEN.

RESPONSE:            Gloria Patri                                                                     

                                 Pre-recorded and sung by Malik Jenkins                              



SCRIPTURE                                                                                         1 Samuel 3:1-10     


MESSAGE                                                                                           Rev. Emily Sutton                                            






SPECIAL MUSIC                                                                                   Children






*As you are able, please stand for these parts of the liturgy.

Prayer List

For those with medical needs:
Ted McCarter

Dan Guyton

Gayle Hunter

Gary Burgess

Alan Vasher

Audrey Adkins
Freddy Adkins

Deana Henson

Betty Singletary

Bill Whitesides

Hunter, Cynthia Knight Olivia, Mason, Nolan

Mary Ella Turney

Brian McNeely

Johnny McCowen

Spencer Stiles – fractured arm playing ball

Tina Fulop

Johnnie Hayes
Elissa – Diabetes type 1
Ruth McGill
Ann Lanier
Susie Furgeson

Kierslyn Phipps
Don Gerhart
Zingle Ard
Brenda Ard
Nancy Smith – Hugh Moore’s Sister
Darlene Helms

Dorian Long
Richard Long
Kristen Wilkerson
Carol Ramsey
Bobby Carson
Sue Passmore – Arthritis
Pat Gillian – at Westminster Rehab
Suzanne Heriot – Melissa Buddin’s sister
Melissa Cooper – Heart issues
Evie Hatfield's Grandmother, Mary Stutts.
Jerry Hampton
Elizabeth Dunbar - Richard Murr’s mother
Jim Cameron
Blaine Robbins
Lisa Tinkler
Dan Sipe
Max Sipe
Dorothy Stewart

Rev. John Hipp


Those sick with COVID:

Mary Jane Williams
Kristen Duffey

Libby Watts


For those with cancer: 
Bonny Sparks – Betty Stiff’s Sister
Trey Sandifer
Mike Hovis
Jessica Mitchell
Jack Heustess
Mike Lewis
Susan Kocher
Lane Turner
Glynn Drawdy
Jody Bells
For those who grieve:
Family of Doris Robinson

Family of Leroy Hudspeth

Family of Jim Bratton


For those expecting/those with a new child:
Ashley and Donny Goforth – expecting 3rd child and has a heart defect

Amanda and Todd Rishel’s baby – Sophie

Noah James Eubanks – newborn baby of Whitney and JC Eubanks, grandson or Angie and Sonney Conner and great grandson of Vonnie Adams

Pat Gillian’s two new great grands

Axel Wayne Peterson – Son of Blake and Amber Peterson and grandson of Doug and Kandi Peterson

 For our community and world:
Those affected by Hurricane Sarah, Laura, Beta and Delta

Those affected by the Forrest Fires

Bethel Men’s Shelter
Schools, students, teachers, administration, staff, and parents – all children in our community
Nursing homes and those in nursing homes
Unity and Healing in our country around race
For those who are homebound: 
PUMC Shut -ins
Juanita and Hoover Towery
Butch Benfield
Annie Laura Sandifer
Jewel Brendel
Evelyn Caveny

Grace Ulbricht

Bethel Shut-ins
Evelyn Dornbush
Nita Miller
Sylvia Richardson
David and Norma Nivens
Darrelle Long
Geraldine Taylor
Alene Bell
Nancy Bratton
Alice and Ken Bailey 


For those with needs known to God
Leslie Baldwin


Mattie Clark

Brandon Todd

Shirley Clark

Joe and Maggie Duffey

Mary Kelch

Mr. Vincent  - Lost home due to fire
Jean Roller
Jean and Libby Childers – lost their brothers
Stacy Kennington – Lost her job
Jeff McKenna
Debi Moore
Chris Turney and his parents
Alice Trask
Beverly Moon
Joe Sutton
Greg Morris
The Kelch Family
Debbie Reingold
Lauren, Kalel, Gabby and Justin
Cyndi Mikell
Darrell Long and his family
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers
**Please  email emilyscalessutton@gmail.com
or call Rev. Emily at 803-554-2298 to be added to the prayer list

Updates and Announcements

Thank you for worshiping with us at Bethel United Methodist Church! We are delighted you have chosen to worship with us this morning.

Today– Children’s Worship Sunday
Tuesday –  11am Weekly Prayer Group Meeting via Zoom
                    1pm Study of Scripture for next week 

Next Sunday is All Saints Sunday.  Please let Rev. Emily Sutton know if you would like to have a candle lit in memory of a loved one.  
November 22 at 3pm – Western York Ministerial Association Community Thanksgiving Service Outdoors at York Place

We are taking up a love offering for the service of Ty Eckert as our church administrative assistant. Please make a note in the memo line of your check or mark an envelope for any gifts for Ty.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Bethel Soup Sale!




>If anyone has been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 or if someone feels like they have COVID-19 symptoms or if someone is awaiting test results for COVID-19 the individual and their immediate family should not attend in-person worship or other church activities for 14 days or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test. 

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