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Services and Meetings
Sunday Mornings 11am
Family Church
Communion 3rd Sunday

Sunday Evenings 6pm
Celebration Service
Communion 1st Sunday

Tuesday 09.30am - 11.30am*
Parents & Toddlers at the Church

1st Tuesday 7.15pm
Christians for Bedwas
Prayer Meeting at The Rock

2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays 7pm
Prayer Meeting at the Church

Wednesday 2.30pm
Ladies Fellowship at the Church

2nd Wednesday 7pm
Church Fellowship Evening

1st Thursday 7.15pm
Bible Study at The Rock

Friday 4.30pm*
Whizzkidz At The Church
(Ages 3 - 7 years)

Friday 6pm*
Rock Solid At The Church
(Ages 8 - 11 years)

Friday 8pm*
B3 At The Church
(Ages 11 upwards)

* Term time only

Note: These are our general services and meetings timings - for a more specific and detailed events calendar...

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Sun 5th Feb 3.30pm

Messy Church

Arts, crafts, games and bible stories! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wed 8th Feb 7.00pm

Fellowship Night

Join us to hear about the work of Samaritan's Purse, with Tony and Lynn Mccarthy.

Visiting Bethel Church for the first time?

If you are considering making a first visit to Bethel Baptist Church, rest assured that we will extend a very warm welcome to you. We trust God will speak to you and bless you as you worship with us.

We understand that, for some, visiting a church for the first time can seem like an intimidating experience. For the uninitiated 'church' can appear to be be full of rituals that you don't understand, congregational responses that you don't know, and songs you've never heard of, and that's not counting being anxious about sitting in someone's seat, and even not knowing where the toilets are!

In Bethel we believe that 'church' is the people, not the building and certainly not any rituals! We come to the church building to worship God, to learn His word and to be with other like-minded people in fellowship. In doing so, we listen, we sing, we pray and we laugh... Hang on - laughter in church? Surely not! Oh yes, laughter is something you will hear often at Bethel; Pastor Mike teases the congregation, the congregation answers back and vice versa! Our worship is respectful to God, but nowhere in the Bible does it say that you can't have fun or laugh, and so we do...often!

Seating

Bethel Baptist Church - insideThe church seating is on modern individual seats, rather than wooden pews. Please take a seat wherever you choose - don't be concerned that you might be "sitting in someone's seat" the congregation will simply adjust themselves around you!

Order of Services

Varies - it always includes worship, reading the bible, prayer and preaching.

In the morning we have a 15 minute children's slot which may include stories, flannelgraphs, puppets and a few surprises, which are taken by various members of the church.

Worship

Our worship is contemporary and based on the Word of God. We usually quote from the New International Version (NIV) Bible.

Music is from a mixture of CD's, DVD's and live music provided by the Worship Group.

Song lyrics are projected onto the wall of the church behind the staging.

Members of our congregation worship in whatever way they feel comfortable with and how they feel they can best glorify The Lord. Some may sit or stand and simply sing, some may raise their hands, others may wave banners or dance. There is no "right" way to worship, as long as it is always respectful and it glorifies God.

Prayer

Prayers are given throughout the service. Sometimes the Pastor will invite the congregation to say a sentence or two, generally on a given topic. If you are comfortable in doing so, please feel free to say a few words.

Towards the end of the service, Pastor Mike often invites anyone who would like to have a special prayer said for them to come to the front of the church; maybe they are in need of physical or spiritual healing, maybe they are facing problems - whatever their need they can come to the front of the church and the prayer team will pray for them. The laying on of hands is based on biblical precedent, when Jesus offered his healing power to those in need. If you would like to take advantage of this, but don't feel comfortable going to the front of the church, speak to Pastor Mike or one of the Leaders after the service and they can take you into a quiet corner to pray for you.

The Offering

The offering will be taken during one of the hymns. If you prefer not to make an offering just let it pass you by.

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9:7

Disabled Access

The church premises are accessible to the disabled. If you have a particular need, please speak to one of the Stewards when you arrive and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Children

Photo of awestruck childrenCrèche is available in the Hall during the Morning Service.

Children are invited to sit near the front while the speaker tells them a story, however, they can remain with their guardians if they prefer. Children leave after their story, with the Family Church workers and return to the service during the last hymn.

During the Evening Service the video relay system is in operation in the Hall. If your children become restless you can take them to the Hall where you can watch and listen to the Service.

Child Protection Policy

We at Bethel Baptist Church Bedwas operate a "Child Protection Policy". All workers involved with young people and children are fully aware of procedures and all necessary legal requirements are in hand.

Tea and Coffee

After the Evening Service you are invited to join us for coffee or tea in the Hall at the rear. Please proceed through the brown doors by the side of the stage.

Security

After the service please do not leave handbags unattended on Church premises as the front doors are left open for the remainder of the evening.

General

Please turn your mobile phones off.

Ensure your coats, bibles and valuables are taken home after the services and return any cups and glasses to the kitchen.

We would discourage the consumption of sweets, food and soft drinks in the main Church, bottles of water , however, are acceptable.

Phrases and Responses

All church congregations have phrases that they use on a regular basis and we realise that it can be intimidating if you seem to be the only one who doesn't know what to say. Please don't worry - because no-one else will, we are all simply here to Worship Him.

However, if you would prefer to have a head start, here are some common phrases / songs we use in our church:

 

Photo of 3 ladies with a birthday cakeBirthday song

"A happy birthday to you
A happy birthday to you
Every day of the year
May you feel Jesus near
A happy birthday to you
A happy birthday to you
And the best one you've ever had"

 

 

Benediction - at the end of each service the congregation will stand and say the benediction - please don't worry if you don't know it - just catch someone's eye and smile!

"May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy spirit be with us all now and for evermore. Amen."

 

God is Good

Pastor: "God is Good"
Congregation: "All of the time"

Pastor: "All of the time"
Congregation: God is Good"

 

All God's People

Pastor: "And all God's people said..."
Congregation (with great enthusiasm!): "Amen! Praise the Lord!"

Photo of hands in prayer

 

The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer is the model of prayer that Jesus taught us, as recorded in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
For ever and ever.

Amen


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