about the church
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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
Children, Youth and Family Program Facilitator - It is with pleasure that we announce that Ann Bradley will be joining the Bethany staff as the Children, Youth and Family Program Facilitator at the end of August. As most of the Bethany family know, Ann has had a long association with our church and has been active in several areas. Many of the programs in place today are a result of Ann’s efforts when she was the Faith Formation Coordinator from 2005 until 2010. Welcome, Ann!
Bethany Summer Choir - As our regular choirs take a break for the summer months, we continue our music program with the Bethany Summer Choir. This is open to everyone that would like to sing with us Sunday mornings. We meet at 10 a.m. each Sunday in the Ladies' Parlour from June 26 to September 4, learn an easy piece of music, and then sing at the 10:30 worship service. Come each Sunday or try it out for just one Sunday! If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Music, Shawn Whynot.
Congregational Building Update - an update was provided on June 14, 2016 regarding extensive action taken in response to growing concern about costs to operate and maintain Bethany United Church's facilities. This update can be requested by emailing Liz McKenna, our office administrator.
Bethany Art Group - This group meets weekly Tuesday mornings to paint, and there is currently space available. This is an informal and enjoyable time. For those interested in joining, please contact Mary MacKay.
Piercey Memorial Garden - Plans are being made to transform the Piercey Memorial Garden into a reflective space for use of the congregation. Until a complete plan is put into place, the committee is interested in obtaining at least a couple of Adirondack chairs for immediate use. Please contact Grace Vieno if you have a chair(s) available to donate for this project. Grace’s number can be provided by contacting the main office on weekdays.
Fall Fair Flea Market - We encourage you to consider donating some items from your home to our Fall Fair. The organizers are keen to sort through what you can share. Items for the Fall Fair Flea Market can be dropped off at the church every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or following Sunday service, but if there is another time that works for you please contact us and we will arrange to have someone present. We are NOT accepting TVs, stuffed animals, heavy sports equipment or clothing. Gently used paperback novels are acceptable.
Revelations Committee - We are looking for people to serve on the Revelations Committee as a continuation of implementing the recommendations made in Bethany United Church’s 20/20 Vision Report. There is a sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board just outside of the Sanctuary (in the hallway), or contact Cheri Wilson or Ann Bradley (their contact information can be obtained by contacting the main office). Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of how long you have been coming to Bethany.
The Scholarship Committee - It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2016 successful recipients of the Earl and Janet Reid Scholarship Awards. John Briand, a deserving young man who has grown up in Bethany and is a very active participant in the Bethany community has been awarded one of the two scholarships. (You may have seen him helping with audio visual on Sunday in the balcony, one of many activities that he participates in). He will be attending Mount Allison University. We are very proud of John and wish him the best of success. The second recipient was Madison Silver, a young woman from Rockingham United who will be attending Memorial University. She too is very active in her church and is very worthy of the scholarship. Congratulations John and Madison!