Bethany Events/Engagement Programs
Summer Sermon Series 2018 –
Bethany United Church in Halifax will offer a 5 week preaching series titled, “The Difference Heaven Makes” beginning August 5th and ending September 2nd. Preacher Kevin Little will focus his work on Union Seminary Professor Christopher Morse’s recent Biblical research about heaven. When we confidently pray, “Thy kingdom come" do we confess that in God's gracious initiative heaven is now coming toward us, being the state of affairs that is "at hand" in the sense of its taking shape among us now as the determining constituent of the real world? Those who wrestle with speaking of God today will find a gentle, bold, clear and profound message of good news about heaven's coming for the sake of a more vivid faith, courageous service and abiding hope. Services begin every Sunday at 10:30 am, Bethany is located at 7171 Clinton Ave, near the Armdale Rotary. All are welcome.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – held every Shrove Tuesday; a delicious supper pancakes and sausage. Tickets are sold following Sunday services prior to the events. Last year (in 2016), our Pancake Supper changed from Tuesday to Wednesday due to inclement weather - we even made the news! - but we were happy just to get together.
Spring Gala – each May, a fun-filled and grandiose event put on by our church community – it’s many hands on deck to make this event happen! The evening begins with hors d’heurves and wine, prepared by our very talented Bethany chefs, featuring Shawn Whynot on piano, followed by an auction and ends with delectable desserts served with coffee and tea.
Vacation Bible School - held during a week within July from 9am - Noon, for children in grades primary to 6. Bring along a friend. Come have fun as we learn about building a firm faith foundation through stories, games and crafts. There is a material fee of $25/child.
Bethany Players presents a play at Bethany every other year in support for St. Andrews Sunday suppers; an evening of fun followed by dessert and coffee.
Fall Fair – Each October we organize and host a community fall fair, where there is something for everyone. A flea market, pantry tables with delicious homemade goods, a book sale, home décor items and jewelry pieces for sale, crafts, silent auction, chowder lunch (corn & fish), barbecue and lots of activities for the kids.
Silent Movie Night – Friday night before Halloween, a silent movie accompanied by a soundtrack of organ music played live by our own Shawn Whynot; youth groups sell popcorn and water at the door. Click here to see what it's all about.
Old-Fashioned Christmas – each December in support of Phoenix House, we fill stockings for youth in residence. Led by youth groups, we hold a short Sunday evening worship in the chapel, where we accept donations of items to put in the stockings as the offering (including fast food gift cards, hats, mittens, toiletries and bus tickets). Afterward, we enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, play games and make crafts, and there might even be a special guest from the North Pole!
Living Nativity – Held on a Friday evening before Christmas, Bethany recreates the nativity story told by with the help of some live animal friends; then we come inside for hot chocolate and cook up some food. Held in our Joseph Howe Drive parking lot.
Friday Advent Concerts – three Fridays of advent (three Fridays before Christmas), Bethany’s music director and organist Shawn Whynot holds lunch hour concerts showcasing different local groups and musicians as they perform music of the season. Free will offering.