Welcome to news and roundup.

 

YouTube Live!

On Sundays  we will be having an in-person service at church and also  live streaming messages via YouTube live at 10:30am  and 6 pm.  You will be able to view these without a YouTube account, and they will also be available on Smart TVs/Fire stick etc. for those without tablets/laptops. The livestream links are available on the website. If anyone is struggling to access the livestreams, please let us know.

 

We will be having one newssheet now for the Christmas holiday period.  The next newssheet will be on 9th January,

Services during the Festive Season

Sunday Morning 19th December I 10.30am  I  Bethel KIds Nativity: The Donkey’s Christmas

Join us as the younger members of the Church lead us in their version of the nativity story.  You won’t want to miss it!

Sunday Afternoon 19th December I 4 pm  I Carols by Candlelight

Join us at 4pm on the Sunday before Christmas for our Carol service.  Join us afterwards then for a warm glass of non-alcoholic mulled wine and a warm mince pie and enter into the wonder of that first Christmas night!

Saturday 25th December  I 10.30am I  Christmas Day  

Grab a favourite pressie, and rock up to celebrate the joy of Christmas morning with your Church Family! We’d love to see you for a shorter, family-friendly service of celebration! We will also be taking an offering on the day for Charity.

 

Sunday 26th December I 10.30am I Boxing Day 

Please note that there will be no in-person services on this Sunday, but here will be a message on our usual YouTube channel from the Baptist Union of Great Britain at 10:30am. Thanks everyone!

 

Sunday January 2nd I 10.30 am I The One Thing.
Join us for a new morning series, exploring the passages in the scriptures that talk about the “one thing” kind of focus, and lead us back to the essentials of life and faith!

 

Please note that there will be no evening services on Boxing day or the 2nd January

 

Christmas Offering

If you would like to donate to our Christmas Day offering to charity this year, we would prefer that you do this online please.  If this is not suitable for you , then you cold post a cheque through the letterbox in the office door.  Many thanks.

Christmas Cards

If you would like to send a card to all of your friends at Bethel, please either post this to the church address or through the office door.  If you would like to donate the money you would have spent on cards, please also post this through the office door or donate online. The donations will be added to the Christmas Day Charity collection. Many thanks

 

Church is Open!!

The church is fully open. Booking is no longer needed at all. We ask that you still respect social distancing  and follow all guidance given. Face masks are still required to be worn.  Following the service we will be serving tea & coffee in the lounge.

We really look forward to seeing you!

 

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for a team of people that may be able from time to time be available to do some cleaning in the Whitchurch Centre or Church. This need has arisen as the cleaning requirements have been increased because of Covid.  If you think you might be able to help, please contact Lorraine in the office.  Many thanks.

 

Children and Youth

Children and Youth Registration: please complete the registration form for any children and youth taking part in church activities,-for both Sunday or weekly meetings.
Registration Link Here: https://forms.gle/QbhoRgsaSGmUv5YU9

 

Bethel Tots  (Babies – Reception) Sunday morning, 10:30 – end of service . This will take place in the church lounge and will give the little ones a time of fun, play and singing together. Parents are encouraged to sit in with the younger ones.

Bethel Kids Thank you for all your effort, practice and videos for this year’s nativity play, we hope you enjoyed it. Bethel kids will be taking a break now over the Christmas holidays, and will be back on the 9th of January (Sunday mornings during the morning service).

Sunday Teens: from the 9th of January we are aiming to restart our Sunday group for our teens of school years 5 – 9. This will be taking place in the Whitchurch Centre youth room on a Sunday morning during the service-a chance to learn and grow in faith together.

 

Sunday Youth: from the 9th of January  our youth group will be moving from the usual Friday to Sunday nights. Those of school years 10 – 13 are encouraged to attend the evening service (6pm) and then meet for a social afterwards. All the usual fun but a more suitable time and day.

 

Bethel Teens our weekday group for school years 5 – 9 is on a break and will be resuming on Tuesday 11th of January in the Whitchurch centre.

Back of the Net: A fun group focused on football and faith for all our kids, teens and youth to get involved in. More information coming soon.

 

(all above advertisements correct as of the 16th of December. Please note plans may change with covid guidance)

 

From Tim – Thank you to everyone, from leaders & helpers to the tots, kids, teens and youth (and parents) who have made all the wonderful moments over the last year possible. Thank you for bearing with us as we have had to change plans quickly, being resilient to jump online at short notice, or turning up in droves to a gathering in the park. It has been a special time of growth in faith, number and for some of you,  height! I have felt really blessed this last year, and I hope you have too. My deepest thanks.

 

Lorraine will be having some Christmas leave and therefore the office will be closed from Monday 20th December and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January.  Tim and Jon will also be taking leave during the festive period (Jon will be around at the beginning of the week commencing 20th December).  Please pray that this festive season break would provide a time of relaxation and renewal for them and their families.

 

News to Celebrate

If you, or someone you know,  are celebrating a very special birthday or anniversary then please do let us know so we can celebrate as a church family.

Collecting used Stamps to help fund BMS work

Please continue to save used postage stamps for the BMS stamps bureau. During the first quarter of 2020 £3500 was raised for BMS by the bureau. We look forward to being able to collect the stamps you are saving as soon as possible. Marion Rushton.

Problem accessing online content?

If you have had a problem accessing the online blogs, sermons or newssheet, please let Lorraine in the office know as she can arrange to send these out in the post (including CD versions of the services)

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends at,  and of Bethel,  a peaceful and blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Luke 2 v 11 “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”