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
Annual Congregational Meeting - This Sunday, March 26 following the church service in the Fellowship Hall.
Spring Gala - Back by popular demand! Mark your calendars for May 12, 2017 for this most enjoyable evening! Don’t miss the gourmet appetizers, wine and incredible items to be auctioned. Many of our volunteers are ready including our Gala chefs, Tim Cormier and David Reid! Anyone wishing to make donations please contact us.
Senior’s Drop-In “Walk and Talk”, Wednesdays 10:00 a.m., January 18 to April 26. Open to all seniors, join us on Wednesday mornings for coffee, conversation and if you so wish, a bit of exercise! Click on our Events page for more information.
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.
Annual Bethany Players Production - On Saturday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. the Bethany Players present the fun and folksy Irish romp Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife. Join us for an evening of fun-filled family entertainment with a cast of 29 pretending to sound like a group of 29 Irish-speaking people from the fictional town of Limerick. The performance will be followed by a truly memorable dessert reception. All proceeds of the performance will go towards Bethany’s Local Outreach Committee and the important work that they do. The suggested donation is $10 and a little less for the kiddies. Join us on April 1st, no joke, for a great evening of entertainment for all ages!
Confirmation or Membership at Bethany - A "Confirmation Retreat" will take place for youth (grades 8 and up) during the month of April for anyone wishing to explore their faith and prepare for confirmation on Pentecost Sunday, June 4 (confirmation is optional; participants attending this retreat are not under any obligation to be confirmed). In addition, for those wishing to explore formally joining our Bethany congregation in June, Rev. Kevin will arrange to meet with you and help you in the process of becoming a member (or transferring your membership) or deciding whether becoming a member is right for you. You do not have to be a member to attend services at Bethany or join in our many activities. Please click here for more information.
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.
"New" Office Personnel - Lyn McMillan, an adherent of the congregation, has agreed to take on the financial responsibilities currently part of the church Office Administrator's position. This is a paid position at 40 hours per month. Lyn will also be working with the Treasurer assessing the current Office Administrator position with a mandate from the Executive Board to make a recommendation on how best to structure the position going forward. Lyn has a vast financial background and is well qualified. Please join us in welcoming Lyn to this important role with Bethany United Church.
Jewelry Donations for Fall Fair - We accept donations of used jewelry all year long (not only in the fall). If a winter "tidy up" or spring cleaning is in your future, please keep us in mind. Donations can be left at the church office or given to Linda Knechtel or Rhonda Musgrave at any time.
Piercey Garden - The Dr. Doug Piercey Garden will, in the Spring, be re-landscaped, plants and shrubs added, benches and ornamental points of focus added as well. The budget for this project is $3,200. To date, $2,150 has been donated and $500 pledged. You are invited to support this project with a donation given to Marg at the church office. Note: the new chair of the garden planning team is Linda Nechtel.
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 finally 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.