VBS Day 2

With more than 30 helpers assisting at VBS this morning, we watched 62 children learn about how they are a “Priceless Treasure” to God.   Today’s theme was God hears you!  After singing the theme song, they also learned a new song, “God Is Listening” and a new Bible verse, Psalm 116:1 “I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.”

VBS meets every morning this week from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.  All Pre-K to 8th grade children are welcome.

VBS Day 1

We were blessed with 71 children this morning learning about God with our VBS Program “Treasured, Discovering You’re Priceless to God.”  VBS meets every morning this week from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.  All Pre-K to 8th grade children are welcome.

Youth Program Overview

Grade School Programming
B.A.S.K (formerly known as W.A.S.P.) – Serves around 20 children
Games, Worship, Teaching, Snacks, Crafts, Service

VBS – Serves around 80 children
This year hoping to do the same, various stations dedicated to teaching young people the over-arching theme “You Are Treasured By God” in age appropriate and fun ways.

Middle School Programming
Youth Group – Serves 10-15 students
Play games, activities and eat a lot of snacks with the purpose of building positive relationships with Christian peers. Study God’s word with age appropriate topics with the goal of helping students develop a stronger relationship with Jesus.

CIY Believe – Served 8 at last event
Overnight CIY Event to get kids out of their element and focused on Jesus.

Summer Retreat
Staying in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains. A week outside of daily routine where we can focus on developing a deep relationship with Jesus by exploring Biblical truths, build lifelong friendships with peers through activities, games and fun. – Looking to raise $1000 to offset the cost for students.

High School Programming
Youth Group – Serves 15-20 students every week
Games, activities and food and supportive Christian friendships set the stage for deep conversations and lesson topics to help students transition their faith into adulthood.

Hebrews – Serves 20-30 students every week
Provides a “Non-threatening” environment for students to hang out and invite friends. The proven goal is to get unchurched teens comfortable enough to become involved in other church programming.

CIY MOVE – Serves 25 students
A week away from daily routine that is dedicated to opening doors for deep conversations, lesson topics, worship and activities that challenges students to take their faith seriously.
Financial goal of $8,750 – raised 3k through fundraisers so far, need to raise another $5,715.

If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding our youth programs, please contact the church office at 217.463.8024.  Don and/or Camille will be happy to help.

B.A.S.K. Field Trip

On Wednesday, April 21st the Bell Ridge After School Kids visited two Marshall nursing homes.  They shared God’s love through singing and sharing their projects.  

We are grateful to Don, Camille, Tammy, Emily, Allison and Emma for serving as their chaperones that afternoon.  Even with the rain and snow everyone had a good time.

There are additional pictures on our website’s gallery page.

Celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord

On April 4th Resurrection Sunday, our Son Rise Service and breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m.  Sunday School will follow at 9:30 a.m. and our morning worship at 10:40 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to join us.

Rural King Church Week

Rural King is hosting “Church Week” in March. All receipts with a purchase date of March 14-27, 2021 can be entered into their website. At the end of this promotion, Bell Ridge will receive a check for 10 percent of our total purchases.

You can enter the data yourself by going to http://www.ruralking.com/churchweek , or you are welcome to bring your receipts to the church office so that the appropriate information can be entered online. Sharing copies of receipts and/or emailing or texting images of your receipts to the church or Kurt will also work (we don’t have to use the original.)

This applies to all Rural King stores, not just the one in our county. Please share with your family and friends. Let’s use this opportunity to support our church and its programs.

Lifetouch Mobile Directory

Update; Aug 4, 2021:  Our online directory is no longer available.  Lifetouch has ceased all operations, including directory access.  The website link has been deactivated.


Our mobile directory will allow you to search by name, view family profiles and scroll through the onscreen guided tour. This data is navigable on your pc’s and mobile devices. If using a mobile device, you will be able to tap any of the icons to initiate phone calls, emails or mapping whether in family view or individual profiles.

You will need an access code the first time that you log in. That code is available by calling the office at 217.463.8024 or by sending an email to bellridge@bellridge.org.

All additions and revisions to the directory must be completed by the site administrator. Please call the office or send an email with any edits that you would like made to your data profiles or with any questions regarding the directory.


Goals for 2021

Read your Bible all the way through

Invite someone to know Jesus


~ Kurt