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... led by lay leaders called elders and deacons. 

One thing that newcomers to Bethany notice is that we are led by a group, not an individual.  We believe that each person who is a follower of Jesus is gifted by God to serve Him and others.  In keeping with this, we have a group of men called "elders" who take the responsibility for the spiritual well-being of the church.  They work closely with the deacons, a group of men and women who support the elders in their ministry.  Presently, Bethany has 6 elders and 6 deacons.  These two groups help organize the preaching at the Sunday morning service, provide pastoral care, oversee  ministries in the church and devote themselves to the spiritual health and wellbeing of each person that worships at Bethany.

... a church where many individuals preach.

Because we believe that many individuals in a congregation are gifted to preach and teach, the responsibility of preaching on Sunday morning falls to many different men.  There is a Ministry Committee made up of men and women from Bethany who plan the preaching for the year and organize speakers.  Most speakers attend Bethany regularly whereas others come from other churches.  Our preaching ministry is usually organized into series.  This means that we will have sermons over several weeks on a specific theme.  On our Sermons page you can listen to sermons and testimonies from the last twelve months.  Scroll down to see previous months.  The most recent month is posted at the top of the page with previous months below.

... focused on new life in Jesus.

Another distinctive feature of Bethany is that we have a communion service every Sunday morning at 9:30.  This differs from other evangelical churches that would have a similar service once a month.  We call this the "Breaking of Bread" service.  Those who have never attended this kind of service find it unique.  We do not follow an order of service.  Men in the congregation prayerfully prepare for the service and come ready to share a reflection from the Bible, ask the congregation to sing a hymn or lead in prayer.   The service culminates in taking the bread and the wine, distributed by men and women of the congregation.  The focus of the service is remembering that Jesus Christ died for us so that we can be forgiven and be welcomed into friendship with God.  This provides us with an abundant and adventurous life that will last for eternity and equips us to make a difference in the world around us.

... attended by individuals from a number of countries.

Bethany's  members come from a variety of countries including  Ecuador, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the Congo, Barbados, the Philippines, the United States and others.  We are currently exploring ways to integrate newcomers to Canada into our church more effectively. 

... committed to balancing tradition and innovation.

Like many evangelical churches, we like to sing contemporary songs, accompanied by a worship team with the lyrics shown on an overhead screen.  We also love to sing old hymns that have encouraged men and women of faith for many generations.  It is one of our priorities to maintain this balance in order to foster an atmosphere of worship for a variety of musical styles and preferences.

... actively involved in the community.

Community Schools:  Various individuals from Bethany spend many hours each week making a difference in the surrounding neighbourhood.  Many volunteer at local schools by helping with the breakfast program, doing one-on-one tutoring to strengthen students' literacy skills, participating in the School Council, and helping in the library.  Members of Bethany have been recognized by the Hamilton Wentworth Disctrict School Board for their contribution to King George School.  Others are involved in coaching football at Delta Secondary School and in a weekly tutoring program at Churchill Secondary School.

Block Party:  Bethany has hosted an annual block party for the neighbourhood in the fall.  Candy floss, snow-cones, a magic show, a dunk-tank, fun music and face-painting along with a variety of other activities provide a fun way to kick off the school year for over 200 people from the community. 

Celebration is another exciting way that Bethany is involved with the children in the area.  Celebration provides an opportunity for children to sing in a choir, develop speaking skills and be involved in dramatic presentations.  Celebration has performed at Bethany's Remembrance Day Service, done a Christmas Concert and performed at a Hamilton Wentworth District School Board board meeting.  They have also performed a couple of exciting musicals which were written and composed by people from Bethany.  

Tribe is a junior youth group that provides excitement for young people in grades 6 to 8.  Wild games, video stories about Jesus, small group discussion and snacks contribute to making Tribe a fun and meaningful experience for about 30 young people each week. 

Bethany House:  Bethany purchased and renovated a house two doors North of the chapel on Gage Avenue.  It has been exciting to be able to provide a new home for some friends at Bethany who are newcomers to Canada.  We wish them blessing and a new life filled with hope and promise here in Canada.

               Bethany Gospel Chapel  ~  155 Gage Avenue North   Hamilton, Ontario   L8L 7A3   ~   905-545-0156 ~    bethanychapel@mail.com