about the church
Whether you come on your own, with family or with friends, there is a place for you in our large and warm community of faith.
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Every Sunday at Bethany has a chosen theme. The music, the sermon, the prayers, all fit together to lift up a message we feel the community needs today. If you want to know what is coming up at Bethany this Sunday click here.
Bethany has a committed, hard working and fun staff team. Each member of the team complements one another and together they seek to serve you as they serve God with their own unique spiritual gifts.
Every Sunday Kevin preaches a sermon based on a Bible story and the experience of the Spirit in our community. Kevin visits regularly, is involved in the community, and talks to everyone he meets. Here are the texts of these sermons.
News and Events
Promotion Sunday - On May 28, 2017, during Sunday Service, we will celebrate another successful church school year, as well as high school graduations and other milestones and achievements. If you know of a young person with something to celebrate, please contact Louisa Duck, Sunday School and Spiritual Program Coordinator. Sunday School resumes on Sunday, September 2017.
New Faith Study, titled "The Big Questions: Doctrine Isn't Dusty", will be Tuesday evenings, March 7 to May 30 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Click on our Events page for more information.
Muffin Club Bible Study - Our next bi-weekly meeting is Sunday, May 14. Meet at 8:30 a.m. for 9:00 a.m. start time in the boardroom of Bethany United Church. Click here for more information on the Muffin Club.
Attention Youth Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to age 19: Intermediates at Conference (IAC) and Youth Forum takes place during the annual meeting of Maritime Conference May 25 to 28, 2017 at Mt. Allison University. These events provide a place for youth to explore their faith and to learn more about the United Church of Canada while sharing in music, worship and fun in a spirit-filled faith community. Application deadline is May 15. For more information and registration details contact Ann Bradley. You may also visit the website marconf.ca and follow the links to “annual meeting”.
Vegetable Garden Work Party - Please join us Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. as we construct raised boxes and begin planting seeds and transplants. We have decided to makean easy "grow" of it our first time around therefore we will plant tomatoes (transplants), bush beans and lettuces (greens). We will meet on the Clinton Avenue side of the building. Please bring your gardening gloves and a cheery disposition as happy gardeners make a happy garden! We are in need of bags of organic soil, organic compost such as sheep manure and tomato plants. If you are able to donate any of these items, or for more information, please contact Ann this week.
Celebration Canada 150 Concert - Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring the Chester Brass Band, Chester Morrison, conductor, Ann Bradley, soprano, and Shawn Whynot, piano and organ. Tickets will be sold at the door, $10 regular and $5 child. Variations on "O Canada", Canadian folksong suite and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (and much more!). Remember to dress in red and white!
Transfer Opportunities to Bethany - For adults at Bethany there is the opportunity to transfer your membership from another United Church or similar Christian denomination. The process is very straightforward. If you would like to do this please contact Kevin Little, our Lead Minister. Further, if you are not a member of any church but would like to join Bethany as a member Kevin will find a process for you to learn more about the United Church in general and Bethany in particular. You do not have to be a member to attend services at Bethany or join in our many activities.
Vacation Bible School - this will be held July 10 to 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Grades primary to six are invited for games, crafts, Bible stories and snacks. Please contact Louisa Duck, Sunday School Coordinator, to register. There is a $20 materials fee per child.
Donations for Fall Fair - Items for the Fall Fair Flea Market can be dropped off at the church starting Wednesday, June 7, and every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, a few small items could be left on Sundays following the church service. Please, NO tevisions, stuffed animals, heavy sports equipment or clothing. We will accept gently used paperback novels.
Piercey Garden - Donation of plants are still welcomed for the Dr. Doug Piercey Garden. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board in the hall, along with plants that are needed. Anyone who would like to volunteer time, to help with the planting, can contact the church office. Thank you to all who have already donated to the garden project.
MacKinnon Chapel - The beautiful and spiritually rich MacKinnon Chapel is available on a "drop-in" basis for prayer, reflection, reading or silence each weekday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Accessible through our Joseph Howe Drive entrance.
Online Calendar - Bethany's online calendar of events and activities has been populated! Click here to check out what's going on at Bethany.
Remits - In the 2017 new year, Bethany United Church's Executive Council will be voting on five of the eight remits approved by the United Church of Canada's 42nd General Council 2015. More information can be found on our Remits webpage or by visiting http://gc42.ca/remits.