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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Minister's Welcome

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Location

Office and Fellowship Hall:
2669 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax, NS B3L 4G5

Entrance to the church is located on 7171 Clinton Avenue, Halifax, NS B3L 3Y8
Telephone: (902) 455-0521

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next sunday

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. 

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Our staff


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.

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Latest sermon

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.

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What’s Happening at Bethany Booklet

for February 2019

*Please note, the Community Health Team announcement is Thursday, February 14th and 21st, not Wednesdays as indicated on their flyer.

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Office Hours

September to June

Monday to Friday, 10am - 3pm

Summer July & August

Monday to Thursday,10am - 2pm

* Inclement Weather & Building Closure *

It is officially the bleak mid-winter and weather is complicated, but at Bethany, we are trying to simplify our inclement weather policies to ensure duty of care for our faith community.

During the week and Saturday, Board of Managers in collaboration with lay and ministry staff, decide if the building closes to renters and members for clean up after weather systems.

On Sundays, the process for this decision falls to the Lead Minister, Clerk of Session and Chair of the Executive Board regarding cancellation of worship service.

Decision announcement by 8am. Check in various locations, depending on access to power and technology. i.e. CBC Storm Centre, Bethany website, social media, and a congregational email when possible.

On entry points to the building, posted will be a closure notice.


- Sunday School -

Winter Term is in Full Swing!

Please speak to Louisa Duck about registering your child(ren)

for this ministry of faith for ages 3 to Grade 9.

Please speak to her regarding our “new” Sunday School envelope process for 2019.


Upcoming Opportunities for Fellowship

Attention Bethany!      Scripture says, “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world…If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand.”     So… it’s time to step out and share your talent, your light, your song, with us. Date to save:  Friday April 12th  at  7 pm  in the  Rev. E. Moase Fellowship Hall .    In the early part of February,there will be a signup sheet just in the hall near the Ladies Parlour. We invite you to add your name to it with your contact information. Our staff will then contact you and ask about your presentation so we can suggest the best place in the program to include your special talent. We want to hear from you!  We are aiming for at least 10 acts for this night of fun and celebration for God’s gift to us. We are hoping as many people as possible from our community will come out to support and affirm these talented friends. IF we don’t receive the desired interest, we will know to put this idea on hold for another time. We will wait on the spirit…  The Bethany Players normally offer a spring play every other year, but for the last three years there has been a large production to shift our winter spirit into the springtime. The Players are taking a break this spring so we are wondering if a variety show would be good medicine for our souls. We hope you agree.

Attention Bethany!

Scripture says, “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world…If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand.”

So… it’s time to step out and share your talent, your light, your song, with us. Date to save: Friday April 12th at 7 pm in the Rev. E. Moase Fellowship Hall.

In the early part of February,there will be a signup sheet just in the hall near the Ladies Parlour. We invite you to add your name to it with your contact information. Our staff will then contact you and ask about your presentation so we can suggest the best place in the program to include your special talent. We want to hear from you!

We are aiming for at least 10 acts for this night of fun and celebration for God’s gift to us. We are hoping as many people as possible from our community will come out to support and affirm these talented friends. IF we don’t receive the desired interest, we will know to put this idea on hold for another time. We will wait on the spirit…

The Bethany Players normally offer a spring play every other year, but for the last three years there has been a large production to shift our winter spirit into the springtime. The Players are taking a break this spring so we are wondering if a variety show would be good medicine for our souls. We hope you agree.

Community Meals at Bethany

Our Revelation Committee is once again offering an opportunity for Bethany folk and friends to prepare and eat a nutritious meal together.  Our goal is to bring people together at the table, with nutritious food, where stories are shared and community is formed.   We invite you to join us in the kitchen where you will be assigned a preparation duty or just come eat with us and enjoy this time of community over a delicious, healthy meal!

Monday February 25th – Lunch

Monday March 25th – Supper

Monday April 29th – Supper   

 Price per person is $8.00 for lunch and $10 for the supper meals. Please  see the sign up for sheet for details of January 21st and indicate your level of participation whether cooking, eating, clean-up or all of the above!

Church Reminders

Offering of Gifts: If you wish to contribute to the life and work of Bethany we have options for you to consider. The church office are happy to help support you with setting up one of the following options:

  1. Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) - We are able to process monthly (20th of each month) donations using a chequing account, VISA or Master Card.

  2. Weekly Envelope Program - At the start of each year, or throughout the year, contribution envelopes are available from the Office.

  3. Visitor Envelopes - Located in the pews and Narthex we have visitor envelopes for use during worship services. Ask an usher for assistance if there is not one available. If visiting and you wish to receive an official receipt it is important to provide the details on the envelope as requested.

It is important for those contributors on PAR or with the Weekly Envelopes make note of their contribution number that has been assigned to them. This contribution number is important to place on any financial donation being given to the church by a donor who is registered with the church as either a member or adherent so that it is attributed correctly for an official receipt.

Memorial/Tribute Donations:

Donation cards/envelopes are available for anyone wanting to provide a gift in memory or in tribute to a loved one. These packages can be found in the Narthex or in the foyer outside the church office.

Our bulletin each week has a spot for Bethany family members and friends to honour a special occasion or celebrate the life of someone special.  Please contact the Office if you have questions about this opportunity or wish to make this expression of love.

“Birthday Ministry” is a celebration of life – a labor of love! As a part of the Coffee Hour time after church, on the first Sunday of the month we wish to let you know that we thank God for YOU! Our goal is to make people born in that month feel loved and remembered on “their” upcoming special day.  If you wish to become involved in this new ministry please contact the Office.

Scholarship Opportunity -  Visit www.ns.cfns-fcne.ca for further information or contact the Office.The scholarship is administered by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Bethany has a group subscription with The United Church Observer for November 2018 - October 2019. New subscribers and renewals are welcome!

This award-winning magazine is not stuffy or churchy!

Topical articles on current issues as well as on religious subjects make it interesting to a broad readership. The United Church is changing and this magazine will keep you informed. There will be a table at Coffee Hour with sample issues. Sign up today, make cheques out to Bethany United Church, marked “Observer.”

Facebook – Check us on on our Facebook page!

Lost and Found– Items usually end up in the office.  We have a little white bin where treasures are kept.

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.

Use of Space – Contact the Office if your committee wishes to use a space for a meeting or working group.  Our building is open for rentals and accessed by community members and groups to offer various events and opportunities.