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
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. Update: our auction list this year will include a Gourmet Dinner for 8 Guests - Dine on the Shores of the North West Arm. To be held on July 15, 2017, this will entail five courses of locally sourced, delectable food prepared by Tim and David, with live music, fine wines and chauffeur service to and from the event. Other auction items include a Tom Guinan original painting, Sony 48" Smart TV, iPad mini 4, Broil King barbeque, lunch for two with Mayor Savage, a Canada Goose coat, and much more. Tickets are available following Sunday worship services or by contacting us.
UCW Ladies' Brunch - The United Church Women (UCW) will be holding a ladies' brunch (all ladies are welcome). Arrive at 9:00 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. start in the Rev. Ewen Moase Memorial Fellowship Hall. Guests Sophie and Madeline Whynot will speak about their trip to Guatemala volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and entertainment will be provided by Lucy Little on clarinet. Goodwill donations will be accepted at the door. For more information on the UCW, click here.
Soup Mix for Sale on April 30 - The Bethany SKILLS and Youth Group will be making and selling Soup Mix in a Jar. The cost is $5 per jar. The proceeds will be in support of Hope Cottage, a soup kitchen in downtown Halifax, that Bethany United Church regularly supports through the work of our Local Outreach Committee. Soup can be purchased Sunday, April 30, either following the Sunday Service (beginning at 10:30 a.m.) or the Jazz Vespers Service (beginning at 7:00 p.m.); more information on these Sunday Services can be found here.
Promotion Sunday - On May 28, 2017, during Sunday Service, we will celebrate another successful church school year, as well as high school graduations and other milestones and achievements. If you know of a young person with something to celebrate, please contact Louisa Duck, Sunday School and Spiritual Program Coordinator.
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.
Muffin Club Bible Study - Our next bi-weekly meeting is Sunday, April 30. Meet at 8:30 a.m. for 9:00 a.m. start time in the boardroom of Bethany United Church. David Rackham will be leading the group. Click here for more information on the Muffin Club.
Attention Youth Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to age 19: Intermediates at Conference (IAC) and Youth Forum takes place during the annual meeting of Maritime Conference May 25 to 28, 2017 at Mt. Allison University. These events provide a place for youth to explore their faith and to learn more about the United Church of Canada while sharing in music, worship and fun in a spirit-filled faith community. Application deadline is May 15. For more information and registration details contact Ann Bradley. You may also visit the website marconf.ca and follow the links to “annual meeting”.
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.
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.