The Conference Parish Development Committee is delighted to announce that Bloomfield United Methodist Church in Bloomfield, Iowa, has been selected as the recipient of the Fall Builder's Call.
Bloomfield UM Church draws hundreds of people from the community each week for its Wednesday evening activities. Receiving the funds from the Fall Builder's Call will help them create a café-style space for people in the community to continue gathering and building relationships within the church.
This is the first space that people see when they enter the church, and the remodeled café space will provide a modern feel with a positive and inviting atmosphere.
"Bloomfield has a long-range vision of expanding the church in order to fit the growing needs of the church and the community," said Lead Pastor Rev. Tim Frasher. "A building committee was established and identified four areas that needed updated to accomplish this including a kitchen expansion, a large multipurpose area, handicapped accessible bathrooms, and more classrooms."
This project began when a member envisioned the church having small groups that connected everyone in the community together. Over time, the church became a hub for activity within Davis County due to its close proximity to the county school. As they discerned God’s vision for the church, they felt the Holy Spirit calling them to expand their Wednesday night programs because no other church offered that in the area. Now, 250-300 people come each week.
"Pastor Tim Frasher and the leaders of the Bloomfield UM Church have done an excellent job being faithful," Director of Congregational Excellence Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson said. "They increased worship attendance by adding a second service on Sunday and a Wednesday service. As part of my work I often study the statistics of our congregations. Bloomfield from 2016 to 2018 showed the largest increase in average worship attendance of any church in the Iowa Conference, going from 127 to 175 in average worship attendance."
The hope is that once relationships are created, people will join small groups, get connected, and ultimately develop a relationship with Jesus.
"Our pathway process is exploring, knowing, growing, and centered," said Frasher. "Many of the people we would label as 'exploring' come to our Wednesday evening meals, bring their children to ATLAS (our afterschool program for children), or receive food through the blessing box. Once people feel at home within our church we will work on inviting them to small groups and worship."
Support Bloomfield UM Church's dream of becoming a church that their community needs by writing a check to "Fall Builder's Call" and mailing it to United Methodist Builders, 2301 Rittenhouse St, Des Moines, IA 50321, or click here to donate online. You can also become an Iowa Conference Builder by signing up to donate twice a year.
United Methodist Builders have been an important part of developing churches all across the Iowa Annual Conference. They have helped new congregations buy land or build their first church facility and have provided funds to help established congregations update their facilities or build new additions.