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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.
Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast- A frying pan is located in the Narthex this morning for those who wish to make a donation to the upcoming Mission Breakfast on Monday May 21st. A team of 8 people from Bethany will be rising early in the morning to cook and serve breakfast at the Mission. The funds donated today will be used to purchase the groceries required to prepare this meal. Many thank s for your donation and also to the breakfast team.
Bulletin Memorial/Tribute Donations: 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.
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!
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.
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.
FALL FAIR 2018 Friendly Reminder! - We appreciate the eagerness within our community to support our annual Fall Fair to be held on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 with your gently used household goods that are looking for “new life with new owners”. Unfortunately, at this time Bethany has limited space to store items, so donations for our flea market and other table areas will be gratefully accepted beginning, Wednesday, June 6th.
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.
Visit this link to check out the camping dates for Summer 2018:
Camp Kidston provides a safe and happy summer camping experience to kids aged 6 to 17. Owned and operated by the United Church of Canada, we give campers the opportunity to disconnect from technology and instead connect to new friends, outdoor adventures and faith exploration.
Rest and Rejuvenate your Mind, Body and Spirit
2018 Spring Session Thursdays April 19th - June 14th, Noon - 12:55
FREE - at Bethany United Church (McKinnon Chapel)
2669 Joseph Howe Drive Main Entrance
guided MEDITATION/MINDFULNESS/CONTEMPLATION sessions
Benefits: Resting your body and mind mid-day will release stress and increase space and focus in your life. You’ll have more clarity and energy for the afternoon and may feel freer, happy and decisive. People often experience improved health, vitality and a blossoming in their lives. Come to expand beyond your daily grind and get in touch with your true nature.
How: We’ll be sitting in a circle, talk briefly about ways to practice, spend 20-30 minutes (in guided silence) and share experiences or a short reading from various sources. Meditations are guided by Yvonne Macor of Meditate Canada, who has 30 years’ experience in a variety of approaches to meditation.
Bring: Willingness to relax and try something new each day. You can bring your lunch to eat after the meditation if you wish or leave early if needed.
Attendance: You will get the most out of regular practice, but this is a free drop-in opportunity suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. You can start at any time and come once or twice a week, or whenever you can.
Registration: ALL WELCOME. Send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to be on the mailing list for notices about these sessions. If our have questions, contact the Office.
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:
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 each community meal can be found outside the Sanctuary, in the hallway near the Parlour on the bulletin board or contact the Office.