Beyond the Sanctuary

UMMBC maintains a strong commitment to outreach and service. We believe that we have been called to be a “people of service”. Our ministry of service is how we become the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. We, the United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, are committed to bearing witness to God’s love in the world through

the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Our church is committed to service and missions both locally and abroad.

  • Community Garden

    Ministry Mission Statement
    The ministry is to extend the church’s stewardship beyond the sanctuary by engaging intergenerational groups in planting, caring for, and harvesting as they use God’s earth to provide fresh produce and healthy nutritional choices for the community, church elders, and those who are sick and shut-in.


    Ministry Vision Statement
    The vision is to engage in inter-generational learning and beneficent experiences that bring members together beyond our sanctuary for the enhancement of healthy meal-preparation and eating practices.


    Recurring Ministry Activities

    • Annual Garden Blessing (held in the spring) and Potluck Meal
    • Semi-annual community potlucks
    • Garden tours open to the community
    • Gardening education
    • Community workdays
    • Planning garden planting schedules
    • Working throughout growing seasons to maintain the garden, harvest, and distribute vegetables

    Frequency of Meetings

    A Simon Green Acres' Schedule is posted on the Simon Green Atkins CDC website.  

    Community Gardening Days

    • Tuesdays – 4 - 7 PM
    • Saturdays – 9 AM - 12 Noon  

    Monthly Recurring Events

    • 1st Tuesdays – “Arts in the Garden Series – 6:00 PM – 7:00-7:30 PM
    • 2nd Tuesdays – “Youth Gardening Club” – 4:00 PM – 5:00/5:30 PM
    • 3rd Tuesdays – “Garden Lesson/Workshop” Series – 6:00 PM – 7:00/7:30 PM
    • 4th Tuesdays – “Cooking in the Garden” Series (6:00 PM – 7:00/7:30 PM

    Simon Green Atkins (SGA) Farmer’s Market

    • Every Saturday, May-November, 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon   

    Pop-Up Lunches (in partnership with the Enterprise Center’s Shared-Use Kitchen) 

    • 2nd and 4th Fridays – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM  

  • Health and Wellness Ministry

    Ministry Mission 

    The mission of the Health and Wellness ministry is to serve as the central coordination auxiliary for health- related events by providing relevant educational and preventive activities for the congregation for the purpose of improving and maintaining health and wellness. The Ministry also provides assistance to the congregation in the event a member becomes ill and needs medical attention during church services.


    Ministry Vision 

    The church congregation will demonstrate good health habits, engage in preventive care and wellness activities, as well as provide better management of diseases and illnesses


    Recurring Ministry Activities

    • Education: Making members aware of health and wellness issues through print media, fairs, invited guests, and other means;

    • Participation: Challenging members to develop or improve healthy habits, e.g., “Walk to Bethlehem,” cooking demos; and
    • Transformation:  Exploring ways UMMBC can provide healthy living options to members, such as through monthly informational flyers, brochures, announcements, etc.

    Frequency of Meetings


  • Jail Ministry

    Ministry Mission Statement
    The mission of the ministry is to fellowship and commune with men and women who are incarcerated through regular Bible Study, worship services, and various outings, and to provide funds that enable inmates to fellowship with their children, families, and volunteers.


    Ministry Vision Statement

    The vision is to serve as a catalyst that encourage those who are incarcerated to center their attention on God's love for them and thereby help strengthen and support them as they serve their sentences and, as applicable, after they are released.


    Recurring Ministry Activities

    •       Designated Saturday Bible Study
    •       Yokefellow Sessions on Thursday evenings
    •       Continuous collection of toiletries and other approved items

  • Senior Missionaries

    Ministry Mission Statement
    To mission of the ministry is to lend helping hands within and beyond the sanctuary and to provide financial support to the church’s ministries and external agencies that provide help and service to others.


    Ministry Vision Statement
    The vision is to imitate Christ by making disciples and serving others.


    Recurring Ministry Activities

    • Monthly participation in the Forsyth County Missionary Union
    • Calling and /or visiting the sick and shut-in members  
    • Willingly serving wherever there is a known need

    Frequency of Meetings

    The ministry meets at 11:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, excluding July, August, and December

  • Special Needs

    Coming soon.

  • United Metropolitan Ministries

    Coming soon.