10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome at Broadway!
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Pastor Carl Hetler
Carl Hetler is pastor of Broadway Christian Parish UMC. Read more about him in our Annual Report.
Celebrating the Past, Exploring the Future
2019 marked the middle year in a three-year celebration of our past and exploration of our future. In 2018, we celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the founding of our congregation in 1893 with a spring weekend event welcoming Pastor John Smith to be with us and celebrate the longevity of our congregation. His ministry with us led us in what has become Broadway’s interconnection of faith, worship, hospitality, and service.
That event was followed by a fall weekend celebration of Pastor Mike Mather’s leadership, especially looking at our role in developing his urban ministry practices shared in his book Having Nothing, Possessing Everything. These were wonderful events remembering our time together and the important role both these pastors served in helping Broadway remain faithful to our call to be the people of God in this place to which we have been called.
In 2019, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of becoming Broadway Christian Parish. In June, 1970, the congregation voted to combine the Christian Service Center and Broadway UMC as one ministry to be overseen by the congregation. Originally conceived as an ecumenical parish, as official support from other denominations dwindled and Broadway continued to be served by UMC pastors and relate to the North Indiana Conference of the UMC, Broadway quickly took full participation in the UMC structure as our most faithful witness. Therefore, our official name remains Broadway Christian Parish United Methodist Church. This name reflects our faith heritage, our history in this place, and our commitment to be a parish church serving and welcoming our community to share in ministry.
OUR BUILDING is 100 years old. It was built in 1919 and dedicated in 1920. We will celebrate this by continuing our renovation project. This year has seen the removal of asbestos and plans for the completion of our hospitality area renovations.
Our renovations are part of our commitment to the future. The congregation will also have a one day retreat where we will, using Mike’s book as our reference, look to our future and plan our path forward into our next 100 years.
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Third Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m.
Broadway women and their friends choose a restaurant to go to for fellowship time.
Fourth Friday Family Fun Night
Fourth Fridays, 6:15 p.m.
Broadway folks of all ages and their friends meet for fellowship and fun conversation.
Open to all. Please bring a friend!
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. with Pastor Carl
Sunday 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
In the Hospitality Room on Wednesdays, and in the Mizpah Room by sanctuary on Sundays.
Led by Ronda Hughes: always an interesting and enlightening session.
You can designate that your United Way contribution go to Broadway. Ask us how.
Broadway Christian Parish is a United Methodist congregation called by God to minister to the Southeast Neighborhood of South Bend, Indiana. Believing in the sacred and equal worth of all people, we celebrate God’s grace with acts of hospitality, love, acceptance, respect, service and advocacy. These acts are rooted in our faith in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit and strengthened by our worship, which is centered on the Word and weekly celebration of the Eucharist.
"One thing we know for sure is that we cannot do what we do at Broadway without the support of so many generous individuals, groups, agencies, churches, and funding organizations. This makes Broadway a truly community-based program."
Above is our Food Pantry director Becky Snyder (left), with assistant Marie Winwright.
Becky Synder has been Broadway’s food pantry director since November 2017. Becky first got acquainted with Broadway during a neighborhood clean-up event and said, “God laid on my heart” to come and volunteer at Broadway. Since then she feels that her service here and her hiring have reaffirmed for her that this is what God wants her to be doing.
That she is a former restaurant manager has certainly affirmed for us that this where God wants her to be! Becky has been a great addition to our staff and has received universal praise for her organizational skills and her ability to keep our shelves stocked through, among other things, her judicious use of her food pantry budget.
At Broadway, we try to preserve a sense of dignity and control for those who find themselves asking for food. As inventories allow, we let guests choose from a selection of staples in each food category. Distributions are limited to a three-day supply (nine meals) once a month.
click here for Food Pantry Wishlist.
The Broadway Hospitality Room is open Monday thru Thursday 8:30-11 a.m. Folks can come by to eat breakfast, take showers, do small loads of laundry, get help with basic clothing needs, find assistance in obtaining birth certificates and other identification, and even pick up mail by using Broadway's address if they are homeless. It provides a great time for people to connect with others and with Broadway staff and volunteers and find support for individual challenges they may be facing.
click here for Hospitality Wishlist.
Broadway offers a Shower Ministry program open Monday thru Thursday 8:30-11:00a.m. Folks can come by for a hot shower and clean up.
click here for Shower Wishlist.
Since 1982, Broadway has offered a free, sit-down banquet-style dinner to anyone who comes at noon. Meal teams from Broadway and other faith and service groups serve dinner plates and desserts.
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In addition to Sunday Bible Study, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Mizpah Room before church services, Pastor Carl leads a Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Hospitality Room.
Jubilee Christmas Store
Every year, parents and guardians from about 110 families are able to come one Saturday before Christmas and shop for free toys for their children in our church’s social hall. Participants are scheduled for different hours throughout the day. Volunteers guide them to tables for different age groups and help wrap the presents on the spot. Meanwhile, the children, if they come along, are in another part of the building selecting presents for their parents! Everyone leaves with a box of food for hearty Christmastime meals.
This year Broadway began offering a homework center after school two days a week. However, in order to make it more flexible, we now offer tutoring by appointment. A retired South Bend teacher is available to help with any work that has to do with reading and writing. Linda DeCicco, a member of Broadway, taught for 17 years in the South Bend Community School Corporation. After spending the past 10 years teaching English at Riley High School, she wanted to continue working with students in our neighborhood. Linda is also involved with the Summer Reading Program, to help kids with reading skills. If you or someone you know needs help writing essays or reading challenging textbooks or just wants to learn to read, or kids who want to be part of the Summer Reading Program, please contact Pastor Bette at 289-0333. The programs are free to all.
This raised garden is wheelchair accessible and has a bench on which anyone can rest their weary soul in comfort and peace. Read more about the garden HERE.