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 a link below to the Weekly Notices and you can find a Weekly Thought and Prayer on this website.
We look forward to welcoming you.
25 August 2020
Following the detailed process of drawing up a Risk Assessment, we are going to carefully re-start live worship at Bethesda as part of our mixed economy of worship services. Our first live service is planned to be on the 6 September at 10.30am. We will then be live again on the 11 October and the 1 of November, all being well. We will be adhering to the Risk Assessment in tandem with the guidelines provided by both the Government and the Methodist Church, which we will need to observe strictly.
How will it work?
Dependent on the various family groupings present, we should be able to seat between 40 and 50 people at a service. Attendance will be dependent on booking a place in advance. It is hoped this will help us avoid having to turn anyone away. Details for how to book will be published in the notices.
What will it be like?
Coming to church will be very different from what we have been used to in the past. To manage expectations, you should know that when you arrive you will be asked to wait outside the building 2m apart. Face coverings are to be worn. Hands sanitised on entry. The stewards will seat you in turn to ensure social distancing and maximum capacity. Sadly, there will be no singing, standing, or moving around. There will be no refreshments or post service socialising and people will be asked to leave one group at a time.
Who should come to church?
Government guidelines continue to assert that those who are most vulnerable: the over 70s, people with a serious illness, and those who have needed to shield, should take great care and not put themselves at unnecessary risk. Shielded patients are currently advised not to meet more than one person from outside of their own household, and therefore not currently advised to attend places of worship. Please think very carefully and perhaps speak with your family before deciding what you might do.
In line with government guidance, when travelling to and from church you should avoid sharing a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble.
What about those who cannot come to church?
The good news is that on the days live worship is offered, we will continue to post out the service to those who need a hard copy, and put up the service online as we have been doing these past months.
On the weeks we do not offer live worship, we will continue as we have done, with either Zoom or Pre-recorded worship. The church notices will lay out the schedule for the forthcoming weeks, so do keep a careful eye.
Naomi Cooke and Keith Norman