Vacation Bible School 2019

VBS this year is August 19-23, 9:30-12:00 each morning, for kids entering kindergarten through Grade 6 this fall. The program is free and open to all children in the community in the above age group. Each day will feature Bible stories and memorization, games, snacks, crafts, singing, puppets, and more!

This year, students will be heading off to “Giddyup Junction” as we transform the church into a old time western town for a week. It’s all about spreading the message of God’s love to new frontiers. Come join the fun, learn about God’s love – don’t miss VBS 2019!

Christianity Explored

Want to learn more about what it means to be a Christian? What the Bible is all about? How to know God in a personal way? Come out and be part of this short 7 week study, designed to answer those questions and provide an introduction to the good news about Jesus that is at the heart of the Christian faith. This is an informal weeknight study, not a church service — you are welcome to come if you’ve never been to church, or have been in church for years. Begins with a session at the church on Monday, March 26 at 7:30 pm.

https://christianityexplored.org/

Appreciating Christmas

A number of years ago, I read a story in “Our Daily Bread” about a congregation in Baltimore that found the solution to its financial problems right on the church wall. The answer had been hanging there for 25 years! It was a piece of art hanging in the chapel, which someone at last recognized as a very valuable woodblock print by the great artist Albrecht Durer, dated 1493! The work of art showed the angel telling Mary she would give birth to the Son of God. The church folks had seen the picture many times, but had failed to appreciate its value.

Perhaps we too, see the reminders of the event depicted on that woodblock print and yet fail to appreciate the significance of that event. It is hard to miss the reminders of Christmas: the lights, the trees, the cards, the carols, the nativity sets, and yes, even the advertising. But though reminders of Jesus’ birth are right under our noses, we can all too easily forget that Christmas is about Jesus. Yes, Christmas is a time to gather with family. Yes, it is a time to exchange gifts and renew friendships. Yes, it is a time of charity. Yes, it is a time to enjoy holiday cooking, and to enjoy the wonder in children’s eyes as the Christmas tree is lit up. But in enjoying all of these good things, do not forget the greatest thing.

Christmas is, essentially and most importantly, about Jesus. About remembering his birth. About looking back at the greatest gift God has given: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” How ungrateful it would be to ignore the gift of his Son at the very time of year we set aside to remember his coming!  Let me recommend three ways to make sure that does not happen in your Christmas:

First, read the Christmas story as a part of your family celebration. The angel’s announcement to Mary is found in the gospel of Luke, chapter 1, verses 26-38; the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is found in Luke 2:1-20; and the visit of the wise men is found in Matthew 2:1-12. Before opening the presents, or before the Christmas dinner, have your Bible ready and have someone read the story of the event we are celebrating.

Second, come to church at Christmas time.  This Sunday, December 17, is our Sunday School Christmas concert, in which the children and young people will be telling the Christmas story in word, in song, and in pageant.  Christmas is on a Monday this year – at our church, we will have morning worship on December 24th, and a special Christmas Eve service at 6:00.  Others schedule Christmas services differently. Regardless of the day or time, make plans to be in church over the Christmas season, to sing the Christmas carols about the Son of God, and to consider the message from Scripture that Jesus came into the world to offer himself, ultimately, as a sacrifice for our sins on the cross, that we might be saved by repentance and faith in him.

Third, take some quiet time alone to reflect on the Saviour who was born in Bethlehem, and your own relationship to Christ. In fact, that is a message that is essential to consider not just at Christmas, but all year long. A real, lasting, and personal relationship with the Christ of Christmas, who can forgive sin and give peace with God, is the ultimate satisfaction of those who truly understand the significance of Christmas.

 

Have a Merry Christmas! And remember that Jesus really is the reason for the season.

Fall Special Meetings with Evangelist Glen Weeks

We want our church to be a place where people meet Jesus! Whatever you are dealing with in your life, God knows and cares about you, and invites you to find peace and satisfaction in him through Jesus Christ. We have a week of nightly meetings scheduled September 3-8, with guest evangelist Glen Weeks bringing a different Bible message each night to point you to the hope that God provides, and snacks and informal conversation after each meeting. Everyone is welcome (that includes you), come on out one night or every night and hear some good news!

Sunday at 6:00 pm, and Monday to Friday at 7:00 pm, September 3-8

Men’s breakfast Saturday morning, September 9 — 8:30 am.

Vacation Bible School 2017 – “Over the Moat!”

Vacation Bible School at Bethany is just around the corner!

August 21-25, 9:30-12:00 each morning, for kids entering kindergarten through Grade 6. The program is free and open to all children in the community! Each day will feature Bible stories, games, snacks, crafts, singing, puppets, and more!
 
This year, students will experience medieval life, complete with a castle. Through the lessons, they’ll see God’s sovereignty, love, and faithfulness demonstrated in the life of David, and will learn to praise the King of the universe
To pre-register, call 659-2851 or send an email to bibcinfo@gmail.com.  Please provide your child’s name and the grade they are entering in the fall.

My Vision for the Church

A few weeks ago, shortly after arriving at the church as pastor, I shared my vision for the church at the service officially welcoming us to Bethany. Since then, some have mentioned that brief statement and asked if it could be provided again. And others who missed it then may find it helpful now. So, here again is my vision for the church. I based my comments on the following Scripture:

2 Corinthians 3: 2-4 “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

“As a pastor, those words are meaningful to me — the church is in a sense the means by which the message of Christ is communicated to the world, the “letter” which those who minister have some part in writing by teaching and shaping the body of Christ.  Here then is my vision for the kind of church we should be, a church made up of:

Holy People
* That means, in the big picture, people committed to godly living individually. My vision for you is that you would be Christians whose faith would shape every decision, whose greatest desire is to glorify Jesus Christ, and whose lives can honestly be said to be testimonies of godliness.
* My hope for you is that you would be holy in all your conduct, that you would fight to be holy, to refuse worldly and ungodly entertainment that deadens your soul, that you would think with a godly mind about what you allow on your TV, your radio, your computer, your bookshelf, and in your mind; and that you would be not just barely Christian, but passionate followers of Jesus.

Learning People
* That means, essentially, people committed to growing in Christ.  My vision for you is that you would want to learn more about God, learn more about living as a Christian, and desire to learn how to apply the truth of God to your everyday life.  My hope for you is that you would engage your mind to be always growing.
* To be growing and learning means choosing what you fill your mind with and how you use your time.  Read your Bible for yourself, regularly.  Listen to good Christian music – so much is available to us today.  Do not seek simply to be entertained, but to seek out and listen to that which is meaningful, theologically rich, and beautiful.  Read good Christian books – some we have on the bookshelves in the library here, and I would love to recommend more.  Using discernment, take advantage of the many resources available in print and online media to help you grow.  My hope is that there would be an appetite to read, to listen, and to learn and stretch your mind in the pursuit of God.

Godly Families
* I have been in ministry for more than 20 years now. My greatest disappointment has been seeing families devastated because they would not build their marriages and their home God’s way. My heart has been heavy when parents did not respond to instruction, but became offended when instruction and correction was given about the home. My vision for you, parents, is that you would not be satisfied with “good” kids, but strive to raise godly kids. My hope for you is that you would not give up because it is too demanding, that you would not be too permissive, or too harsh, and so drive your children away from Jesus Christ. We cannot guarantee the next generation’s commitment to Jesus, but we can do all in our power to be obedient to what God’s word says about the home, to build godly marriages and provide examples to our children and young people of genuine Christian living.
* My vision is that each of our homes would be places where Christ is honoured in both words and actions, where family devotions are a regular part of life in the home, where the Bible is taught and practiced by Mom and Dad and important to our children, where Christian music, Christian books, and Christian media shape the hearts and minds of our children, where obedience is expected and disobedience is corrected immediately, and where parents let their children know that church is important to the whole family.
* My vision for all – for those who are unmarried, those from broken homes, those who are widowed, those with unsaved families, those whose children are grown – is that in all our relationships we would learn to practice kindness, forgiveness, mercy, and grace, letting no bitterness take root in our hearts, and seeking in our homes to create an atmosphere of godliness and peace.

People Committed to the Great Commission
* I want to pastor a church that is not merely a preaching station, but a place of service; a church that looks to the future, a church that looks outward, seeing the needs of the world, and does something about it. I want my church to be a church that prays for missionaries, and goes to serve alongside them. I want to pastor a church where people actively worship together, minister to one another, practice hospitality by inviting people into their homes because they love fellowship with other believers, and think often about how to reach lost people God brings into their lives.

My hope, and my prayer, is that that would be this church.”

He Is Risen!

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ — he went to the cross for our sins, but he is alive today to give us new life. I hope you make time to worship the risen Christ with God’s people this Easter!

Good Friday (April 14) – Combined worship service at Fundamental Baptist Church (1170 Sand Cove Road, Saint John) at 11:00 am. The service will be followed by lunch in the fellowship hall. Come enjoy good music and preaching centered on the cross, and good fellowship with other believers!

Easter Sunday (April 16) – Breakfast at the church at 8:30 am, then Sunday School and adult classes at 9:30 am, with a worship service at 11:00 celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.