Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Bethel Baptist Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Bethel Baptist members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing the church bulletins.


Zero Gravity Student Ministry

The Zero Gravity Student Ministry is a growing and active part of Bethel Baptist Church.  Weekly worship is held every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in the Student Worship Center for grades 6-12.  As guided by Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us,” Zero Gravity Student Ministry desires to be the hands and feet of Jesus to all those they come in contact with.  The group hosts a chili cook off and cake auction, golf tournament and pork butt sales every year to raise funds to help send students to summer camp.  Game nights are held periodically along with small group bible studies to help students grow closer to each other as they grow closer to Jesus Christ.

Mission Work at Bethel

“But you will receive power; after the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria , and unto the uttermost parts of the earth”.   Acts 1:8
   •  In-Home visits
   •  Support for Lighthouse Ministries
   •  Prayer and financial support for new churches and local missions
   •  Interstate and Intrastate Mission work and Disaster Relief
   •  Special Focused Mission Trips
   •  Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

Homebound Ministry

Bethel’s Homebound Ministry is an extension of the Women’s Ministry at Bethel. Each holiday these ladies make up gift  bags which are delivered by volunteer church members to our homebound at home, nursing homes and rehab centers. Many of the homebound have shared the bags are nice but it is the visits that mean so much to them. Church Members making the deliveries have shared about the blessing they receive from these visits with the homebound.

Worship Choir

The Worship Choir brings excitement to the worship services here at Bethel.  Their music covers a wide range of styles, but all of it is planned to stir our hearts to worship.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room at the back to the Worship Center.
Our Worship Choir works diligently each year to present both a Christmas and Easter Cantata, sometimes including the Drama Team in these special presentations.


Our Bethel Orchestra and instrumentalists is made up of church members who desire to use their talent for the glory of God.  Our instrumentalists range in the ability from intermediate to advanced.  Musicians of all ages (middle school through senior adult) are welcome to come and play.
Instrumentalists play exciting variety of styles as they regularly lead in worship accompanying the choir and congregation, and play preludes and offertories.
While we strive to offer excellence through out instruments, the main focus is to praise and glorify God through music.  Rehearsals are at 8:15 a.m. on Sundays in the sanctuary.
The Student Worship Team is a ministry by our youth that incorporates music with praise and leads worship each week in our morning worship services and once a month in an evening Youth Led Worship Service.

L.O.B. – Ladies of Bethel

Ladies of Bethel is a part of Bethel Baptist Church, a body of baptized believers who have submitted to Jesus Christ as Lord and the Bible as the divinely revealed authority.  The purpose of this body is to worship and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ, share his plan of salvation with unbelievers throughout the world, to teach people the tenets of the Christian faith and demonstrate His love to one and all.

Ladies of Bethel seeks:

  • To equip our women toward maturity in Christ
  • To fellowship with one another
  • To serve through our Church
  • To share Jesus with family, friends and others
  • Active involvement in missions locally and around the world
  • To strengthen the work of the church

Missions: R.A.’s-G.A.’s & Mission Friends

Royal Ambassadors Ra-Logo

(RA’s) Is a Bible-centered, church-based, Southern Baptist mission education organization for boys grades 1st – 6th.  RA’s will build valuable Christian friendships while learning to live the RA pledge in their daily lives.  RA’s study Biblical virtues, learn about missionaries around the world and participate in exciting ministry and mission projects.

Girls In Action  Ga-Logo

(GA’s) Is a missions organization for girls in the Southern Baptist Church.  Any girl can be a GA if she is in the 1st – 6th grade.  In GA’s, girls learn and do all the things listed in the GA pledge.  Plus, making crafts and playing games about mission, the Bible, our church and Jesus.

Mission Friends     mission-friends

Is a mission organization for children who are ages 3 – 5.  Its main goal is to teach missions attitudes and concepts to all  preschoolers.  In Mission Friends, preschoolers participate in learning  activities and experiences that help set the beginning stages for a  missions lifestyle.  They also learn to help others, work together,  pray, give and tell others about God’s love and His Son, Jesus.
**RAs & GAs will move back to their summer schedule on Wednesday, June 12th, and will start at 6 p.m.

Life Safety Team

The Life Safety Ministry is made up of volunteer men and women.  We have parking lot and grounds patrols, greeters, watchmen, medical personnel and counselors.  We work to insure our members and guests have an uninterrupted opportunity to worship the Lord Jesus Christ without concern for their safety while on our campus.

Church Library   Church Library

Our library has a fine selection of reading material for all age groups.  Selections include reference, self improvement, fiction, non-fiction, children, youth and adults.  We also have movies available for check out.

Bible Study (Sunday School)

The Bible Study Ministry at Bethel is a great way for believers to grow and mature.  We have classes for preschool, children, students, and adults that meet every Sunday at 8:45 a.m.  These small groups afford the opportunity to grow in God’s word as well as the place to connect with others and share in our Christian walk and ministry together. Many lasting friendships are formed in these groups and we become a part of the community of faith where prayer and support for one another strengthens our commitment to Christ.
Special studies for ladies, men, students and other groups are offered at varying times throughout the year with areas of special emphasis.


Many Times discipleship is a misused word. We offered studies at different times that are special studies that focus on specific subjects. Life Hour is what we call this time and it has been offered on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The goal is to offer times where we can grow as disciples by focusing on things that my be difficult to understand or apply in our lives; we are working towards being transformed followers of Jesus.  Some areas covered in the past were marriage, parenting, dealing with hurt and anger, finding God’s will, and special areas for ladies.  These are small groups that meet for a short time (usually 6-8 weeks).
If you want to know Jesus better and get connected to others in the community of faith here, join us in Bible Study and Life Hour.


The Recreation Ministry operates as an outreach ministry helping bring people together to glorify God through the sport of slow pitch softball.  A 10-week coed church softball league is held every year and has included teams from churches all over Lakeland.  The goal of this ministry is to provide a fun, safe and encouraging environment for which to fellowship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as minister to those through sports who might not have heard the gospel before.  Various men’s and coed tournaments are held on Saturdays throughout the year. 


Facility Rentals

For event rental information contact Joyce Williamson in the church office (863.858.5525)

Available Facilities:
  • Rec Building    Recreation Building – ( apprx. capacity 200)
                                                                                                                    – Great for receptions, parties & reunions
  • Fellowship Hall – (apprx. capacity 250)
     – Great for receptions, parties & reunions
  • New Sanctuary    New Sanctuary – (apprx. capacity 1000)
                                                                                                                                 – Available for weddings

Socrum Cemetery

Contact the church office (863.858.5525) for more information
Active Church Member Pricing  
Burial Plot $1,175.00
Single Cremation Niche $1,200.00
Double Cremation Niche $1,800.00
In-Ground Cremation Niche $1,250.00 – All inclusive
Non-Church Member Pricing  
Burial Plot $1,550.00
Single Cremation Niche $1,600.00
Double Cremation Niche $2,400.00
In-Ground Cremation Niche $1,600.00 – All inclusive