Bethany is known in the community as a little church with a big heart. Bethany is small enough that you will not just be an anonymous number - it's a close-knit community where everybody knows your name, and we help share each other's burdens (Galatians 6:2). It's an incredibly generous church, that has a big presence in the wider community. If you're looking for a close, supportive church with a heart for service, you've come to the right place!
We use a liturgy in worship. "Liturgy" means "work of the people." We believe that the act of corporate worship of the body of Christ is for the whole people of God, not just focusing on the pastor. In liturgical worship, the congregation actively participates throughout the service with responses, chanting, singing, and praying together. All the words are either direct quotations from or inspired by Scripture. Many elements of liturgical worship date back to the earliest days of the church, connecting us to the saints who have gone before us, but they are always made new for each time and place. If you're new to this style of worship, no worries! Our lovely members will guide you, and you will be swept up in this mysteriously beautiful form of worship in no time!
We believe kids are not the future of the church - they are the church right now. As such, they belong in worship with the rest of us, and we are not afraid of a little noise! "Make a joyful noise to the Lord!" (Psalm 100:1) You will be surprised how quickly young children catch the rhythm of worship, and will start singing and praying with the rest of us in no time! We have "Busy Bags" available in the Narthex with activities to keep children occupied during the sermon, and we do have a nursery for those times when you just need a break!
On Sundays at Bethany, you'll see everything from overalls, jeans and boots, to Sunday best, and everything in between. There is absolutely no dress code, as worship is not about us - it's about God!
As the Body of Christ, the main thing we do is worship the Lord. Simply coming to worship and meeting people is the best first step to getting plugged in. If you'd like to know more, email the pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.