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
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Building Information and Workshop Sessions - A Facility Planning Committee (FPC) report, which presents options and rankings for our church property and facilities, is available for viewing at our church office, and two information sessions have been scheduled for February 19 and February 25 in order to provide information and solicit feedback regarding the impending decisions that will have to be made on the future of our facilities at Bethany United Church. Please click here for more information on the workshops, including sign-up information.
"No Bake" Sale - This Sunday, February 19, the Bethany United Church women will be handing out envelopes for their annual "no bake" sale. Money collected will help to support various projects they undertake, including Brunswick Street Mission, Mission and Service and the Benevolent Fund. Envelopes can be placed on the collection plate or dropped off at the church office. We thank you for your support.
JOY Lunch Club: February 21 - Rain date (originally scheduled February 14) - This month's speaker is Marie-Claire Chartrand of Grey Wave Senior Care Consulting. Join us for this information session on programs and services available to seniors in home care and facility care as well as programs/services offered through public, private and not-for-profit sections. A light lunch will be served at a cost of $7.
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.
Shrove Tuesday - Come enjoy a pancake supper (and sausages and ICE CREAM... mmm!) with tea and coffee, which will be served in our Rev. Ewen Moase Memorial Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The cost is $8 per person, and tickets will be available February 19 and 26, 2017 following Sunday service. Click here for more information on Shrove Tuesday and other events at Bethany.
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.
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.
Bethany Players - Each year, Bethany congregants (and friends!) are afforded the opportunity to hone their acting skills and participate in our annual play. Last year, we had a record 36 (yes, that's THREE dozen!) people in our production. While many did not (yet) leave their day jobs to hit the big screens, the play was a huge success, and good fun was had by all. Big or small, forefront or background, there is a part for everyone! Our motto is, "Professional in spirit, amateur in everything else!" A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board by the back doors (near the Sanctuary). Or, please contact Shawn Whynot, our Director of Music. Tell your family! Tell your friends! Tell your agent! Proceeds from the play are in support for St. Andrews Sunday suppers to feed those in need of a healthy meal. The play will be April 1... .more information will be announced soon - stay tuned! Next rehearsals: Sunday, February 12 at noon (in the Chapel) and Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. (in the Fellowship Hall).
School Supplies for Guatemala - Shawn Whynot and his two daughters, Madeline and Sophie, will be traveling to Guatemala in March as part of a Habitat for Humanity building trip. While in Guatemala, they will visit a school and would like to make a donation of school supplies. If you would like to assist with this project, you may make a donation of school supplies. A "drop off" basket has been set up in the Narthex. Examples of items being accepted include pencils, pens, crayons, colour pencils, rulers, glue sticks, scissors, erasers, notebooks and pencil cases. We thank you so much in advance for your assistance with this effort.
"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.