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
Fall Fair - The Fall Fair is Bethany’s largest fundraiser and is fast approaching: Saturday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Our wonderful volunteers were busy sorting through the many treasures. Thank you! Every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., we will be accepting donations in the Fellowship Hall. A few small items can also be left on Sundays after church. Please no TV’s, heavy sports equipment, stuffed animals or clothing. We have a couple of exciting additions to our fair this year such as a bouncer and Bricks for Kidz! We also offer, jewelry, home décor, crafts, fabric, chowder luncheon, silent auction, flea market, Christmas, electronics, kitchenware, linens, toys, books (no older than 1985), pantry and a BBQ. If you have any questions or comments please contact us. UPDATE: The craft table is accepting "new and finished" craft projects such as knitting, crocheted items, sewing, woodworking, Christmas decorations or any type of handcrafted projects.
Youth Groups - Bethany offers two youth groups which meet on Sunday evenings in the Fellowship Hall throughout the school year. SKILLS (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.) is for youth in Grades 5, 6 and 7. Youth Group (7:30 to 9:00 p.m.) is for youth Grades 8 to 12. Our first gathering is on Sunday, September 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ann and Shawn’s home for a bonfire and cookout. This is a combined event for both groups. Join us for fun and games and bring a friend!
Caregiver and Tots - Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.in the Fellowship Hall beginning September 28. This is a weekly gathering for caregivers (parents, grandparents, etc.) and children infant to age 4. It is an opportunity for caregivers and children to socialize with free play as well as circle time with music and storytelling. Coffee, tea and healthy, allergen friendly snacks will be served. Please contact Ann Bradley, Youth and Family Programs Coordinator, to register. This program will be advertised to the greater community and will require 6 families to run. A small weekly donation will be accepted to cover the cost of snacks. Spread the word!
JOY (Just Older Youth) Lunch - A monthly luncheon held on Tuesdays at Noon (from October to December and February to May) for our older youth of Bethany (ages 55+). A delicious lunch is served, prepared by our in-house chef Tim Cormier which includes coffee, tea and dessert for $7. Lunch is followed by a guest speaker on topics of interest to this community. Please join us on Tuesday, October 3 for our first luncheon of the season.
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.
Silent Movie Night - Bethany United Church, Halifax, presents “Another Spooky Night at the Movies.” Just in time for Halloween, Bethany United will screen the classic 1925 Silent Black and White Classic Horror movie ‘The Monster’ on Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. Organist Shawn Whynot will provide a live soundtrack, entertaining and chilling, during the showing of this cinema masterpiece. The music that Whynot will perform during the showing of the movie will draw upon well-known classic repertoire for the organ, as well as themes from some of the great movie soundtracks, all interspersed with grand moments of improvisation. The film dates from 1925 starring famed actor Lon Chaney in his historic role as the “mad scientist.” Tickets for the event will be available at the door or by calling the church office at 902-455-0521. Adults $15 or 2 for $25, and Student/Children $5. Popcorn and water will be sold on-site. This movie is suitable for all ages…if you dare! Due to the popularity of this event, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
Festive Fall Handbell Concert - Bethany United Church and St. Matthew’s United Church jointly presents Festive Fall Handbell Concert 2017 with Guest Conductor Terry Head on Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature Seven Handbell Choirs from across Nova Scotia with over 70 Ringers performing on over 400 English Handbells. Experience the musical awe of massed ringing as the concert will include an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary settings for handbells. Admission is by freewill donation. Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Ave, Halifax, NS. For more information, contact us.
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.
Piercey Garden - Donation of plants are still welcomed for the Dr. Doug Piercey Garden. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board in the hall, along with plants that are needed. Anyone who would like to volunteer time, to help with the planting, can contact the church office. Thank you to all who have already donated to the garden project.
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.
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.