Our Sunday morning services start at 10:30am, and are usually about one and a quarter hours.
Sunday is our main day at the start of the week, when we all meet together as a church family from diverse backgrounds. About a hundred of us meet together for the morning meeting. Many visitors comment that the welcome is friendly and genuine, the atmosphere warm and inviting, and the service itself informal yet sincere and joyful. It is a place where family, friends and visitors meet; a place to encourage and build each other up in the faith; a place of love and friendship. The name 'Bethesda' means 'house of mercy'.
We come to praise and worship God, to be led together in prayers, and to read and learn from the Bible. The message of the Bible, God's word, the 'gospel' (which means 'good news') is never outdated. Yes, the language has changed since the early translation, but the Bible never changes. At Bethesda, we seek to apply the Bible to our lives practically and spiritually, with the help of a meaningful and relevant Biblical sermon (which is often about half an hour).
We also sing joyfully a mixture of a few Christian hymns and modern songs accompanied by accomplished musicians. All the words are displayed on the screen, but hymn books are also available, as are Bibles.
During the Sunday morning services, there are groups available for children to participate in. There is a crèche for babies and toddlers aged up to 3 years. Children usually join us for the first part of our service, and then for 3 to 11-year-olds, 'Mini-Zone' provides activities, arts and crafts, Bible stories, teaching and games; and there is 'Y-Zone' for the over-11s.
Communion follows the morning service each week. The bread used at our communion services is free from gluten, wheat and milk, and the wine is alcohol-free (please do check these details on the day to confirm).
After Sunday morning services, tea and coffee are provided, giving us all an opportunity to catch up or to get to know one another better. If you are visitor, please stay after the service and join us. It will be an opportunity for us to get to know you. Leaders will also be happy to pray with you after the service, or to talk in confidence about anything that is on your mind.
If you are a visitor to our church then you are more than welcome! You will be welcomed at the entrance; please let us know if we can help you in any way.
The building is fitted with a hearing loop system, we are wheelchair accessible and we have a large disabled toilet. If there is anything else we can help you with, please don't be afraid to ask!
Many people say, "You don't have to go to church to be a Christian," and whilst there is some truth in that, the Bible tells us: "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another ..." (Hebrews 10:25)
So whatever your age, and whatever your circumstances, you are welcome to join us for worship. We hope you will find it an important and valuable time of blessing and encouragement.