Welcome to the website of Bethesda Methodist Church, Cheltenham.
We are a community of all ages who love God, find life and hope in the way of Jesus, and seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit in all that we do. We hold together the rich and broad tradition of Christianity with insights and understandings from the present, and this is reflected in our theology and variety of worship.
We support a wide programme of worship events and community activities throughout each week; some we organise, some we host, and many of which are detailed on the website. Simply follow the drop down menu to find out more. There is also a link below to the Weekly Notices.
We look forward to welcoming you.
17 march 2020
It is with real sadness that I write to inform you that with immediate effect all public acts of worship are to be cancelled up to and including the 14th June 2020 - and quite possibly beyond. The Circuit is working hard to find other ways of worshipping, possibly on line, and certainly through service sheets available through the Methodist Church website. We will send you updates as we have them.
However, worship does not cease! We can all commit to continue to worship God, to hold each other, our neighbours and ourselves in prayer and to offer our praise and thanksgiving as well as our deep concern. Let's begin by each day, at 12 noon, praying together wherever we are - beginning with the Lord's prayer and then continuing in our own prayers. This way we hold corporate prayer and connect with each other and with God.
Please make sure to think of others and to let them know by phone (especially those not on line) that services have been cancelled and that you care.
If you have any concerns please let either Rachel, Moira, the stewards (Keith Norman, Tina Savage, Andy Sparkes or Teresa Griffiths) or me know.
Do not hesitate to pick up the phone. Naomi 01242 262657 Apologies if you receive this email more than once.
Every blessing to you all. You are not alone. God is with us. We are here to watch over one another in love.
15 March 2020
the covid-19 pandemic escalates, it is important that we take measures to protect the most vulnerable in our church community, that is older members and those with medical conditions causing weaker health. In consultation with others, we have therefore reviewed our church activities in line with the latest guidance from the Government and the Methodist Church. Activities that attract a high proportion of people who fall into the vulnerable groups will be suspended; other activities will continue. We are taking these decisions to ensure we continue to meet our duty of care to those in our community.
The following church activities are suspended with immediate effect: Luncheon Club, Welcome Club, Creative Age, Monday and Thursday Toddlers,Saturday morning Coffee Shop.
For the time being, the Lent Course and the mid-week Bible Study will continue to meet, though it is important that no one attends these groups if they are showing any of the symptoms of covid-19. In line with Government advice, people should stay at home for 7 days if they have either:
– a high temperature
– a new continuous cough
Sunday services will continue as per the preaching plan for now. However, if you are unwell or concerned about your own vulnerability, please don’t worry about attending. Remember Church doesn’t stop because we don’t meet and there are other ways of joining in with worship.
If you have any pastoral concerns, please contact your pastoral visitor, a steward or Naomi. Even if you are self-isolating, we can still carry out a pastoral “visit” by phone and our pastoral visiting model will be changing to become one done more and more by telephone rather than in person.
Clearly the situation is developing rapidly and advice is evolving on a daily basis. We will therefore keep these decisions under review and it is likely that further restrictions on activities will be required over the next few days and weeks.
This has not been an easy decision to make, but we prayerfully believe it is the right thing to do at this time to protect people’s lives and well-being.
Rev’d Naomi Cooke and Keith Norman