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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.
Inclement Weather – Check out the CBC Storm Centre for cancellations. We will also post information online if a Sunday service or other Bethany event is cancelled.
Calendar of Events – Our Calendar is up to date! Click here to view what's going on at Bethany. -
Facebook – Check us on on our new Facebook page!
Local Outreach: Donations of Clothing – There is a box placed in the Narthex for donations of NEW items of warm clothing, such as socks, hats, mittens and gloves, for all age groups. In addition, NEW items of underwear are also urgently needed for both children and adults. Articles collected before Christmas will be delivered to agencies in time for their Christmas programs. We emphasize that all donated
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.
Youth Confirmation - We would like to hear from any youth in Grade 8 or higher who would like to be confirmed on May 20, 2018. We need at least four people committed in order to run the program, so please let us know by Sunday, February 18 if you would like to be part of our confirmation class this year. If you have any questions, please contact Louisa Duck or Ann Bradley.
Offering Envelopes - 2018 Envelopes are available for pick up. Drop into the Office through the week days or find them located in the Narthex each Sunday for pick up.
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. Check out our Community Events page for what is going on inside and around us, or visit various bulletin boards when you are in the building next.
Help support Camp Kidston!! While you are in the Fellowship Hall, enjoying your coffee and chat after the service, come chat with the friendly folks who are waiting to sign you up for your Lawton's card. You need to provide your name, address, date of birth plus name and birth date for your dependents. It's painless and profitable. For any people who missed the presentation, $2.00 from every prescription filled (or refilled) at either Lawton's or Sobey's Pharmacy will be sent to Camp Kidston. Lawton's/Sobey's does all the paperwork once you've signed up.
COMMUNITY MEALS AT BETHANY!
Feedback and input has been received! The working group for these community meals are happy to be bringing 4 monthly opportunities (2 lunches and 2 suppers) for our “kin” to come together, cook and eat healthy meals based on a food aware menu. We welcome one and all to experience this community minded experience.
A reminder, the meals will be prepared by those of you who would like to “hang out” together in the kitchen and chop vegetables, mix a batch of cookies, set tables, or any of the jobs one does at home while getting a meal ready for themselves and/or the family. The meals will be shared with anyone who wishes to eat out with friends. There will also be a take-away option for those who would like to have home cooked food but prefer to eat at home, or for those who would like to have another meal on hand for a later date. The cost of each meal will be a suggested donation based on the cost of the ingredients. All of the meals will be prepared with great attention to yumminess, but also to nutrition, use of “whole” foods, accessing local foods in season, mindfulness of food sustainability (how it was grown), and care will be taken to avoid foods known to commonly cause allergic reaction. Dates for you to enjoy these simple, but delicious and healthy meals in a community atmosphere will be:
Lunch: Monday, February 26, 2018, 11am-2pm, meal served 12:30pm
Lunch: Monday, March 26, 2018, 11am-2pm, meal served 12:30pm
Supper: Monday, April 23, 2018, 3pm-6pm, meal served 5pm
Supper: Monday, May 14, 2018, 3pm-6pm, meal served 5pm
This is a new initiative to nourish our souls and our bodies. A sign-up sheet for February’s community meal can be found outside the Sanctuary, in the hallway near the Parlour on the bulletin board or contact the Office.
An Opportunity to Visit an Unusual Exhibition
PICTURING HEALTH is a group show of 10 independent Nova Scotian photographers exploring the complex and multi-faceted dynamic between wellness and creativity from a wide range of individual perspectives, experiences, and points of view. Depictions and interpretations of physiotherapy for recovery from a stroke, sleeplessness, emotions about a loved one’s illness, landscapes that bring healing, and activities that support wellness, among others, lead the viewer to think about the many faceted relationship between mental and physical health and creativity. A special visit to this unique exhibition at Viewpoint Gallery is being organized for Bethany members at 2:30 on Sunday February 18. It is likely that one or more of the photographers will be present. Viewpoint is located at 1272 Barrington Street, just south of the intersection of Barrington and Morris Streets. The exhibition is funded by the Robert Pope Foundation which seeks to promote wholeness at every stage of living through art, education, and community health initiatives. Hosts are Kathy and Murray Brown. There is a sign-up sheet outside the sanctuary, near the Parlour, on the bulletin board to give us an idea of how many are coming.