Category: Group Life

Disruption

This week, I read that 800 people at GM in St. Catharines will be laid off on Monday. Sometimes, in academics or even theology, they call these experiences “moments of disruption.” Most other people just call them awful. And, they are. Whether you lose a job or have a health crisis, there’s a job layoff…

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Joining a Home Church This Fall

Home Churches launch for the fall season next weekend! And if you’ve been part of Bethany for even just a little while you’ve probably heard how much we think of Home Churches. That’s because following Jesus, being changed by Him and changing the world with Him is always something we experience best in community. Now,…

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Bearing Each Other’s Burdens

The other day, something surprising happened in our house. Eden wasn’t listening, so we put her in time-out, which she really dislikes (which I’m also sure most kids dislike). But, here is the surprising thing: Asher saw this happening, and while he knew she needed to go to time-out, he also didn’t want her to…

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How Do I Invite Someone to Alpha?

I’m hoping to host an Alpha in my home and invite my neighbours, but I have no idea if they’re going to be interested. My wife and I have been getting to know some of our neighbours a lot more over the past couple of years. We’ve had them in our home a few times,…

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Looking to Connect at Bethany?

It’s no secret that Bethany is a large church. This means, among other things, that we have amazing resources to share with our community, a large congregation that can rally together to meet others’ needs, and amazing teams of people who make ministries like Upward Sports, Celebrate Recovery, The Landing, KidZone and Bethany Youth Nation…

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I Want to Host Alpha – Now What?

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith. This Fall, churches all over Niagara are preparing to launch many Alpha groups starting the week of September 15. If you’ve been praying for a friend, neighbour, family member or co-worker this summer to come to know Jesus, then it’s…

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Why You Can Start A Home Church

If you’ve ever been at the start of one of Bethany’s weekend services, then you’ve probably heard someone invite you to stand up and greet the people around you. The reason for this is that we truly believe following Jesus is best done together and in community. In fact, we think it’s pretty hard to…

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Alpha or Home Church: What’s the Right Fit for You?

Are you familiar with the 401 highway running through Toronto? It has two parts to it – the express lanes and the collectors. Two parts of the highway running parallel to each other, each full of vehicles going in the same direction, but each doing so with a slightly different purpose. That’s the picture I’ve…

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Alpha: Pray, Host, Help

Earlier this summer, we explored the reality that it is sometimes hard to invite and introduce people to Jesus. To help with this, we are launching and facilitating Alpha this coming fall. Well, actually, it’s not just us, but rather churches across Niagara, and even across Canada, are joining together to launch Alpha wherever they are!…

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Weekend Review: An Invitation to Something More

This past weekend, we explored the reality that it is sometimes hard to invite and introduce people to Jesus. To help with this, we are launching and focusing in on Alpha this coming Fall. To start, we watched the first Alpha video together in the weekend services, and then challenged every follower of Jesus to…

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