BETHEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Welcome to Bethel AME Church-Wilmington!
Executing church ministry today is wholly different from executing church ministry at the beginning of this century. Social media and technology are essential for church growth and development. Without a strong social media and technology strategy, teens, young adults and progressive baby boomers will be alienated from our churches. We depend on social media for our daily news, staying connected with friends, paying bills, making travel arrangements and accessing various forms of entertainment. This is also true for people connecting for information about ministry offerings and the various activities of local churches. Very often potential attendees use the internet to select churches based on beliefs, common demographics and personal preferences. If a church wants to remain relevant, it will be measured by its social media footprint.
For these very reasons, Bethel-Wilmington has spent much of 2019 rebuilding its social media presence. Bethel-Wilmington is an inner-city church with ministries that transform the lives of its members, the community and greater Wilmington, Delaware. Our worship is dynamic with cultural tones that breathe spiritual life into those who need and wish to hear a relevant word for these socially challenging times. Musically, our worship is a blended style that honors contemporary music, with commensurate splashes of traditional vibes and negro spirituals.
Bethel-Wilmington is an intergenerational congregation. We have fifty ministries focused on every generation from families with toddlers, tweens and teens to young adults, adults, seniors and seasoned saints. Rev. Shanika Perry, Youth Pastor and Executive Minister, assisted by the Council on Youth Ministries, guides and directs the seventeen ministries focused on our youth. We have a very active and robust college care ministry that is anchored by our generous scholarship ministry and college care package outreach. Every semester we gift all college students, who apply, with a generous monetary gift and care package filled with goodies and needed supplies.
Our young adult initiative is under new development and with a cadre of young adults who attend regularly, we are poised to grow and expand in this area. We are aware of the young adults need for networking, career development, entrepreneurial-ship, financial literacy and the cultivating of their own businesses. Through our True Love Marriage Ministry, Bethel-Wilmington is seeking to strengthen young families through the modeling provided by couples who have been married for numerous years. This ministry is committed to keeping the passion of marriage alive through romantic get-a-ways, marriage fellowship and workshops that study the inner working of the sanctity of marriage.
The Florida Grant Women Missionary Society (WMS) is serious about missions at home and abroad. We have sponsored numerous trips to Africa and Asia and we support an orphanage and village school in Uganda. Through the work of our missionaries, we secured and donated school supplies; purchased farm animals, bicycles, mosquito netting, flashlights and stoves. We also provided medicine and clothing through the work done in Africa. Through our WMS, Bethel-Wilmington is the founder of the AIDS Task Force (ATF). Beautiful Gate Outreach Center (BGOC), an outgrowth of the ATF, was established in 2000. It is a full-service provider of testing, counseling, case management, outreach assistance and education around prevention strategies for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. BGOC has made two trips abroad to do HIV/AIDS education and work in Southern Africa.
The Sons of Allen men’s ministry conducts weekly Bible study and youth mentoring; assists with numerous other men’s ministry focuses and with church security. One of the social highlights of the calendar year in Wilmington is the ministry’s Father-Daughter formal dance. This is an event where hundreds of dads and daughters, of all ages, gather for a formal dinner and dance celebrating the unique relationship between fathers and their daughters. It’s a must attend event in Wilmington, southern New Jersey, Maryland Eastern Shore; Chester and West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The Ministry to Women (M2W) provides weekly Bible Study and numerous activities throughout the year that enhance sisterhood and address issues confronting Christian women. M2W also provides leadership for the annual Women’s Day Worship Service and mentoring for the Young Ladies of Radiance ministry.
We are a socially conscious congregation that advocates for quality public education, the elimination of health disparities for minorities, a reduction in incarceration and prison recidivism; equal employment opportunities, affordable housing and the elimination of food deserts in the inner city; community policing and accountability from our elected officials.
There is so much for us to share about our beloved church. Please visit us regularly and stay connected through worship services, participation in our various ministries and this website. This will allow us to share with you the life of Bethel-Wilmington Church throughout the year.
We invite you to come and experience Jesus at Bethel!
Grace and Peace,