Thanks for checking out our website. It would be great to hear from you - just drop us a line via the contact page or come along to any of the activities mentioned. If you are wondering about coming along one Sunday, maybe the FAQ below will help.
What happens on a Sunday?
Our Sunday morning celebration starts at 10.30. Folk start to arrive from about 10.15. A greeter will welcome you in the porch and give you a notice sheet. You can sit wherever you like in the chapel. At 10.30 the Duty Steward will welcome everyone, introduce whoever is leading the service that morning and mention any notices. The service will be led either by our minister or by a visiting preacher with contributions from other church members. The first part of the service is for all ages and will include songs, prayer and Bible reading. The songs are a variety of old and new and are led by organ, piano or guitar. The words of the songs are projected on the screen at the front. After about fifteen minutes we break for the children to move on to their own activities in the hall. The rest of the service is an opportunity for the adults to hear the Bible read and explained and to respond to the message with songs, prayer or sharing. Once a month we share the Lord's Supper together with bread and non-alchoholic wine - all who wish to are welcome to receive. Services last about an hour and ten minutes. After the service refreshments are served in the hall.
Our Sunday evenings are at 7pm and are generally quite informal. The worship is usually led by the Duty Steward and will include singing, prayers, Bible reading and sharing. The Bible teaching is usually given by our minister or a visiting preacher. After the service refreshments are served inthe hall
How do I find you?
Our premises are on Down Road, Winterbourne Down, opposite the Parish Church. See for details
What is access like?
There is a car-park with space for about 12 cars including disabled spaces. There is level access inside.
What about my kids?
Children are very welcome at Bethesda. For younger children we have toys and a play corner at the back of the chapel. Our Junior Church caters for children over 3. For pre-schoolers and KS1, Shining Stars is for pre-schoolers and KS1 with songs, Bible stories, crafts and milkshake. Bible Followers is for KS 2&3 with Bible stories, challenges, songs and hot-chocolate. The Junior Church is run in accordance with Bethesda's safeguarding policy.
Do I need to pay?
During the service an offering bag will be passed round. This is an opportunity for folk who wish to give to the work of the Church but don't feel under any obligation to contribute.
What should I wear?
There are no rules about what to wear - just wear something.
Do I have to join in?
Feel free to do as you feel comfortable. If you want to just observe things that's fine, if you want to sing/pray/read/share/chat that's fine too.