Bethany Church belongs to The Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada. We believe…
We believe the Holy Scriptures are the divinely inspired Word of God and are authoritative in all manners of Christian faith and practice.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, and His ascension to the right hand of the Father.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour of people. People are reborn through genuine repentance and personal faith in Him.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit to convict, teach, guide, and enable Christians to live a Godly life.
We believe that the Church is composed of believers in Jesus Christ. He is the Head and the Source of its life. The Church, Christ’s body, exists to bring glory to Jesus Christ and to accomplish His purpose.
We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ. This is the hope of the Church and its encouragement for ministry. We believe those reborn will live with the Lord forever and those who are not reborn in Christ will not share in His eternal Kingdom.
- Celebrating and responding to God corporately and privately.
- Being uncompromisingly Biblical in doctrine and demonstrating this in our daily living and interactions with others.
- Living joyfully, having fun and exploring new ways to deepen our relationship to God.
- Extending unconditional love to one another and offering genuine acceptance for all.
- Communicating Christ in a relevant manner at church and in the community.
- Being a safe, caring and welcoming community.
- Embracing the diversity of all individuals and groups in our community.
- Modeling a Christ-like life and attitude by ministering to others wherever you are.
- Being accountable to one another.
- Providing effective and appropriate programs and creative environments.
- Honouring, promoting and strengthening families.
- Encouraging family involvement.
- Recognizing and understanding the diverse needs in our community and responding in a relevant manner.
- Developing skills and attitudes that result in holistic care for others.
- Promoting a servant-leadership culture.
- Developing wholehearted followers of Christ, who are committed to act.
- Equipping people to identify and use their spiritual gifts, talents, skills and passions.
Membership, Baptism & Dedication
What is membership?
The act of becoming a member is a public affirmation of a commitment to Christ as an active and contributing member of Bethany Church.
1. A Biblical reason – Christ is committed to the church.
2. A cultural reason – It is an antidote to our society. Membership “swims” against the current of our culture’s “consumer religion.”
3. A practical reason – It defines who can be counted on.
4. A personal reason – It produces spiritual growth as we become accountable to each other.
What is expected of me as a member?
At Bethany, we expect our members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do. These responsibilities are spelled out in the Membership Covenant.
What is the membership covenant?
The Membership Covenant
Having received Christ as my Lord and Saviour and being baptized, and being in agreement with Bethany’s statements, philosophy and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Bethany Church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
1. I will protect the unity of my church
- by acting in love toward other members
- by refusing to gossip
- by following the leaders
3. I will serve the ministry of my church
- by discovering my gifts and talents
- by being equipped to serve by my pastors
- by developing a servant’s heart
2. I will share the responsibility of my church
- by praying for its growth
- by inviting the ‘unchurched’ to attend
- by warmly welcoming those who visit
4. I will support the testimony of my church
- by attending faithfully
- by living a Godly life
- by giving regularly
How do I become a member?
- Complete a fun and informative course called Bethany Basics.
- Meet informally with one or two of our friendly deacons.
- Publicly affirm your commitment by standing up with the other new members in one of our weekend services to be welcomed, introduced and read the Member’s Covenant together.
What is baptism?
Baptism is a public affirmation that you are putting your trust in Christ as your Saviour and committing to follow Him the rest of your life. The act of baptism is symbolic of Christ’s death and resurrection and your new life as a Christian.
How do we do baptism at Bethany?
Different churches baptize in different ways and at different stages in life. At Bethany, we baptize by immersion into the water. This is a personal decision made by someone who is old enough to fully comprehend the life-long decision they are making.
Why do we baptize by immersion?
- The word “baptize” means to “dip under water.”
- Jesus was baptized this way.
- In the Bible, every baptism was by immersion.
- It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection.
Why should I be baptized?
- To follow the example set by Jesus – Jesus Himself was baptized.
- Because Christ commanded it – Jesus said, “Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
- It demonstrates that I really am a believer – you don’t have to have “it all together” to be baptized, (none of us do!), you simply need to believe.
How do I get baptized at Bethany?
Baptism weekends happen twice a year (normally January and June) during the weekend services. To celebrate this joyful occasion with you, each baptism candidate will share their testimony with the congregation (invite your family and friends!) and following will be baptized by one of our pastors (or someone of your choosing who has been instrumental in your spiritual journey).
There are several baptism classes for you to attend led by Pastor Larry in which you will learn what baptism is, why we do it, and how to write a testimony. You can simply check out the classes even if you’re not sure when you plan to get baptized.
What is child dedication?
Child dedication is a special time for parents who have made a personal decision to set a Christian example in their home. We understand that none of us are perfect parents, and that we need God’s help in this very important task of raising our children. Modeling authentic faith is the best gift you can give your child. Child dedication may be a great time to recommit yourself spiritually so that you can better train your child to follow Christ.
Why child dedication?
Throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth, people brought children to Him and He blessed them (Mark 10:13-16). Jesus himself was brought by Joseph and Mary to the temple to be blessed (Luke 2:22). Being blessed was an act of dedication, a recognition that the child truly belonged to God.
What am I committing to as a parent?
When you dedicate your child, you as parents are committing to:
Publicly affirm your personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Pray daily for God’s direction in your life and in the life of your child(ren).
Anticipate and seek to lead your child(ren) to a personal faith in Jesus when they are ready and prepare them for baptism.
Recognize that your child(ren) belong to God and have been born to serve Him and experience His love.
How does our community of friends and family support us?
Your family and friends commit to support you by:
Praying for you as a family
Receiving your child into the spiritual care of the community
Reminding you as parent(s) of your continuing responsibility of spiritually caring for your child(ren).
How do I dedicate my child at Bethany?
Dedication services happen several times per year. Private dedication is also an option.
A few weeks before the dedication, Pastor Larry will meet with the families. At this time you may discuss with Pastor Larry what you plan on presenting at the time of dedication.