Bethany Events/Engagement Programs
Winter Lenten Faith Study – Running from January 23 to March 27, 2018, the Faith Study group will meet in the Chapel every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. for 90 minutes. This Winter our Faith Study will focus on What Jesus Meant: The Beatitudes and a Meaningful Life written by minister, psychotherapist and author Erik Kolbell, who demonstrates how the eight pillars of the Beatitudes - meekness, empathy, righteousness, peace, persecution, purity, poverty and simplicity - are still valuable codes of conduct for our individual and collective lives. Though they are fundamental to Christian devotion and practice, the New Testament Beatitudes can become so familiar to the faithful as to seem almost bland. Kolbell aims to restore the subversive edge of these blessings uttered by Jesus. In the process of elaborating the essence of Jewish law, Kolbell argues, Jesus urged his listeners to seek the intention behind the words, and to let that intention lead to action. This slim volume of reflections on how to live out such difficult virtues as self-denial and forgiveness is enhanced by the author's willingness to share his own experiences and by his close acquaintance with the Old and New Testaments. In his insightful and heartfelt approach to some of the most challenging verses in the Gospels, Kolbell offers modern readers an interpretation of the Beatitudes as timeless as it is up-to-date.Participation is open to anyone who would like to attend. There is NO need to buy this book, though participants are welcome to do so. Kevin will summarize each chapter and then invite small group discussion. For more information please contact our minister, Kevin.
Walk and Talk – An indoor walking program from November to April on Wednesday mornings, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Whether you are a fast or slow walker and/or talker we welcome you to join us as we walk the meandering hallways and rooms of this building to stay healthy and fit during the winter months. Coffee, Tea, healthy smoothies, crossword puzzles and conversation follow the walk. The first Wednesday of each month Rev. Kevin will join us with a thought provoking question to engage us in conversation. Exercise, eating well and community engagement are essential to living a healthy lifestyle so bring a friend or family member and walk and talk with us! A small weekly donation is accepted to cover the cost of refreshments. Update: we are now working in partnership with a FREE Health and Wellness Program offered by the Halifax Peninsula Community Health Team called "Ready, Set, Move!" Every third Wednesday of the month, our indoor walk will be followed by "Ready, Set, Move!", with the following Sessions: January 17 - Beware your Chair!; February 21: Aerobic Physical Activity Workshop; March 21: Strengthening and Core Stability Workshop; and April 18: Stretching and Balance. NOTE: A Health Card is needed to participate in the latter three sessions.
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.
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.