Connecting and finding your place at Bethel is easy when you participate in our variety of ministry activities. The first step is to show up – and then instead of waiting for someone to make you feel welcome, make someone else feel welcome – before long, you’ll find that not only are you making connections, you’re ministering to others as much as they minister to you.
Since we’re guys, we do man “stuff”. That includes loving our families, serving others, and using our talents for God’s glory and to transform our world. Men have a vital role here at Bethel. So get connected! Attend one of our: steak dinners, work days, one-day events or hardy-men’s breakfasts. Early Morning Bible Study meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 6:30am with Pastor David. If you’re serious about growing in your faith and being part of a genuine brotherhood, this Bible study time is for you. Just enter through the iron gates on East Avenue. Go into the Main Sanctuary, to the Courtyard Room. Coffee will be waiting!
Women rule the world! Well, not really, but it can feel like we carry the weight of the world at times. We need healthy relationships with other women, but it can be hard to connect and let our guard down. With a variety of social opportunities and Bible studies, Bethel gives women space to connect, relax, and re-fuel. Women are also encouraged to contribute from behind the scenes to behind the microphone. Whether it’s becoming a mentor, teaching classes, decorate, join a ministry, or helping in the office, there are always opportunities to make new friends.
We do have a Nursing Mothers Room for Moms on Sunday mornings – ask an usher to direct you. We also invite families to go to the Courtyard Room during the service for those who prefer to stay together. The Courtyard Room has toys, crayons, and space for wiggly ones to play. In BOTH rooms the service is streamed on large TV’s so you don’t miss anything.
Several small groups meet in homes around the Rochester area, and new groups are always forming. It’s easier than you think to host a small group, and you can do it anywhere, even a restaurant, if you don’t have space at home. These discipleship groups use the curriculum “Biblical Studies for a Firm Foundation.” Small groups give adults the opportunity to develop deeper relationships and a genuine sense of family belonging.
Bethel’s Young Adults are age 18 to early thirties. Join them on Saturday, July 15 for a Worship Bonfire at 8pm. They’ll meet at the Skolaski’s, 107 Kirklees Rd in Pittsford. S’mores will be provided!
They also meet the third Sunday of the month, right after church, in Room 306. Join their Facebook group (click HERE) to learn of social gatherings, service projects, or other fun stuff. Or email email@example.com to get on the email list.
If you’re an international student, our partner ministry, International Student Network, has many opportunities for you to connect and find activities and housing when campuses are closed for holidays.
We’re young at heart, age 50+, and we love life! There’s no such thing as retirement from God’s service, and we are committed to sharing our wisdom with the younger generations and setting the example for spiritual maturity in the Body of Christ. There’s lots of opportunities to plug in where you’re interested: make meals, landscaping Bethel’s campus, mentor a young person, teach a class, help facilitate or usher at weddings and funerals, work in the Cafe, the list goes on.
And don’t miss our monthly luncheon the third Thursday of each month, 11am – 2pm. It’s a time of fellowship, Bible study, singing, caring & sharing, and of course lunch ($5, payable at the door). Luncheons are held September – June.
Passion. Excellence. Community: A Different Approach to “Church Music”
Our worship bands do more than play on Sunday morning. We send out teams to lead events, support other churches and conduct training. This kind of vision cannot be fulfilled by one band: it takes a community. That’s why this isn’t every player’s gig, but it might be yours. Click HERE to explore our vision.
Many of Bethel’s sons and daughters serve, or have served in the United States armed forces and we honor them. Our Hallelujah Military Support Mission team provides care packages to active service members around the world, and supports recognition and activities to veterans and their families. One on-going fundraiser that is used to fill these care packages is our “Sock-It-To-Me” Blessings. It’s when people like you grab a pair of new socks and fill them with non-perishable goodies: gift cards, snacks, books, etc. and bring them throughout the year to the table in the Main Sanctuary. And whenever there’s a fifth Sunday in a month, we have a luncheon. The luncheon also serves as a fundraiser and it’s when we pack the care packages, hear special speakers, or go on a bike ride to tour the various memorials in the city.