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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.
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.
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!
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:
Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) - We are able to process monthly (20th of each month) donations using a chequing account, VISA or Master Card.
Weekly Envelope Program - At the start of each year, or throughout the year, contribution envelopes are available from the Office.
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.
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.