Category Archives: COMMUNITY

Yes to the Dress

Fri, Mar 16, 4-8pm
Sat, Mar 17, 10am-1pm

at Bethel Church

Young women, do you have a graduation or prom to go to, but nothing to wear? Yes to the Dress may have something for you … and at no charge!

Beautiful lightly-used dresses of various sizes and  available with accessories, too. There will be opportunity to try on the dresses during this 2 day event.

Do you have a dress you would like to donate?
DONATIONS are accepted at:

  • Bethel Church, 365 Queen St., Acton
  • Smooth Solutions, Acton
  • Indaba Hair Studio, Georgetown

For more information contact
or visit



4th Wednesday of each month
from September to June.

Norval United Church, 486 Guelph St., Norval

If you or a family member are suffering from major depression or bipolar disorder and you need some peer support, there is a group called Equilibrium.

Meetings start at 7:30, but doors are open at 7:00 for coffee and a time to connect.

For more information visit:



Thursdays 9:30 -11:00 a.m.

Free Drop-in Playgroup
for parents and children up to 6 years of age

Come join this early learning program and….
  • Meet other children and parents
  • Make crafts, play with toys, learn songs and stories
  • Have a healthy snack

For more information contact Maureen Harris at 905-825-6000, ext. 3636 or

This program runs until the end of June 2018.

Triple P Parenting

Mon Jan 15, 2018
9 am-12 pm

For Parents and children (1-6 years old)

(5 Sessions)


Parents, have you ever:

  • wanted to improve the relationship with your child or teenager?
  • struggled with handling your child’s behaviour?
  • questioned if you were doing the right thing as a parent?

Triple P helps parents:

  • create a stable, supportive, happy family environment
  • teach their children the skills they need to get along with others
  • deal positively, consistently and decisively with problem behaviour
  • encourage positive behaviour
  • develop realistic expectations of their children and themselves
  • take care of themselves as parents

Get the information and support you need:

Telephone support
Call HaltonParents to speak live with a Public Health Nurse for parenting information and to get advice. PHNs are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Dial 311 or 905-825-6000
    Toll free: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
    TTY 905-827-9833

Discussion groups
This group uses video and discussion to give parents ideas about how they can address specific issues in their family. These sessions are 2 hours in length and are currently available for parents of children 1-6 years.
Topics include:

  • Managing Fighting and Aggression
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines
  • Dealing with Disobedience

Small group series
This series uses discussion, telephone support and workbooks to guide families through the steps of addressing individual parenting concerns. The groups will meet for 4 or 5 weeks and then receive telephone support before one final session.


Sun Feb 25 at 10:30 am

As You Judge, You Will be Judged – Matthew 7:1-5
Lord’s Supper

We are to guard against any tendency to be judgemental or resentful towards others.  This is a call away from hypocrisy and to saying yes to integrity, mercy, and forgiveness.

Sun Mar 4 at 10:30 am

The Greatest are Servants – Mark 10:32-45

We’re called to translate desires for greatness into actions of humility and translate desires to be significant into a decision to serve.  These flow into the greatest relationships and life possible.  Every relationship calls us to choose if we will exalt or humble ourself.  Selfishness destroys relationships with ambitions, comparisons and a need to be noticed, but humility develops relationships.


Sun Mar 11 at 10:30 am

Treat Others as You Want Them to Treat You  –  Luke 6:27-36

This is often called The Golden Rule, one that has radical life changing potential by fuelling relationships. Love is not reciprocal, it is sacrificial.  It is not revengeful, nor is it stubborn in waiting for the other person to make the first move.  We need God’s power to live into the full extent of what this call us to, especially to the extent of loving enemies, rather than choosing revenge or becoming like the other person.



In the Spring and Autumn, Bethel Church helps the local community with yard clean-up. This is organized by Bethel’s deacons.

For those SERVING: please come out and join us as we serve our community by helping our neighbours tidy up after the long winter.

The following is scheduled and may change.

SPRING Clean-up: Sat, April 14, 2018, 8:30am-12:30pm

For those DESIRING clean-up email


Sat 10 February, 8:30-9:30 am

For $3 (to cover cost), you can enjoy an hour of good Christian fellowship over a breakfast of coffee, toast & eggs. Invite a neighbor… it’s a perfect time to build community and to get to know others. Feel free to join us.

Contact Jake Adema if you have any questions or if you want to help out: 905-877-4080

Men’s Breakfast runs on the second Saturday, monthly from September to June.


Tuesdays 7 pm, Sep 26 to Apr 2018

Fun, fast paced Boys Scout type club for boys grades 2-8.

Link to Calvinist Cadets website
Link to Calvinist Cadets website

Cadets is a fun, fast paced club which is similar to Boy Scouts in many ways, Cadets has the added dimension of being Christian. We enjoy many special events such as camp outs, pizza parties, bowling, gym nights, and the Cadet-O-Rama. The goal of Cadetting is to help boys grow spiritually in all areas of life (devotional, mental, physical and social) by providing Christian male councilors, together with a uniquely designed structure, program and materials.


There is a lot of enthusiasm on the part of young boys to begin their journey through the Cadet programs. They’ve heard their older brothers or older boys in the community talk about the camp outs, crafts, Bible lessons, and service projects, and they are READY! Junior Cadets taps this enthusiasm with a “hit the ground running” type of program. The materials are comprehensive but concise. They are designed to effectively channel the energy of boys in grades 2 – 3 (ages 7 to 8-year-olds).
Explorer – for 2nd graders
Adventurer – for 3rd graders


For boys in grades 4 – 8 (ages 9 – 13)


Here is the heart of the Cadet organization. Boys and their counselors working side by side on Bible lessons, Christian service projects, outdoor activities (camping, cycling, hiking, canoeing, and much more), and working on merit badge projects — selecting from a wide range of interests and skills.
More than 95 merit badges are offered in this program. The counselor challenges, guides, encourages, listens, and counsels the boys as an expression of God’s love.

The typical club will be made up of several small groups of about five or six boys called cadres. Each cadre will be lead by a counselor.

For information about Cadets, email Gord Furzer and
Kevin Kamminga at


Girls Everywhere Meeting the Saviour

Ages 7 – 13 (or Grades 2 – 8) are welcome.
GEMS logo as link to GEMS website
Link to GEMS Girls Clubs website

GEMS is a relationship building, club program created especially for girls!

Girls in grades two through eight are welcome to join. At club, they have the opportunity to participate in:

    • Making new friends and being part of a caring small group
    • Getting to know Jesus
    • Participating in dynamic worship
    • Learning actions and creative movements to songs
    • Studying God’s Word–the Bible, and learning how to apply it to her life
    • Developing important life skills through badge activities
    • Making crafts that encourage others
    • Participating in service projects that make a difference in other’s lives
    • Finding answers to challenges that face girls today

The purpose of GEMS Girls’ Clubs is to bring girls into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. To help foster this all-important relationship between each girl and Christ, other relationships are nurtured as well – between girls, and between girls and their counselor (leader).

Girls in clubs are organized into small groups with one leader or counselor for each group of six to eight girls. It is through these small groups, and the weekly interactions that take place in club, that faith is nurtured and developed, and long lasting friendships are made.

The ministry of GEMS Girls’ Clubs has been serving churches for over 50 years! During these years, thousands of girls’ lives have been changed forever. Today, there are over 23,000 girls who are member of GEMS Girls’ Clubs, with 5,200 women enthusiastically serving as their counselors and mentors.

The ministry is non-denominational with club participation in several different denominations and non-denominational churches and Christian organizations throughout Canada, United States and the world! Culturally relevant curriculum is developed from a reformed perspective.

Program Contents

The activities in the GEMS Clubs are based on three age-appropriate levels, with a focus on a yearly theme.

AWARENESS LEVEL: 2nd-3rd grades

Girls participate in organized activities through which friendships naturally begin to develop.

Awareness Level activities teach:

    • Who God is
    • Sharing with others
    • Stories from the Bible
    • How to help others
    • Being considerate

Girls also increase in their knowledge and understanding of God and how special it is to know Him and have Him in our hearts. A fun, engaging magazine called Sparkle is available with age-appropriate stories, recipes, Bible lessons, crafts and games.

DISCOVERY LEVEL: 4th-6th grades

Girls begin to understand that God has created them for a purpose, and that they can make a difference in the world by using the gifts and talents God has given them.

Activities include:

    • Earning badges to help discover talents and develop new skills
    • Learning to worship with regular opportunities for singing and creative movement
    • Discovering more about who God is through His Word and His World
    • Participate in service opportunities

Discovery level girls also receive an award winning, monthly magazine called SHINE brightly, filled with inspiring stories, quizzes, crafts, life lessons from the Bible, recipes, music and much more!

ADVANCED LEVEL: 7th-8th grades

The small group experience of the club setting continues to provide girls with a “safe environment” in which feelings and questions can be openly shared.
Girls learn about:

    • God’s perspective on inner and outer beauty
    • How to come face to face with God
    • How to have joy even in difficult times
    • Techniques for overcoming worry and doubt
    • How to stand strong against peer pressure
    • The importance of being physically and spiritually fit
    • How important it is for God to be in their lives every day and that His help is necessary for making wise decisions

Shine brightly magazine is also available to all Advanced Level girls.


More information about the whole GEMS Ministry is available on their amazing website at

For more information contact:



Connecting together, connecting with God

The Small Groups Ministry of Bethel

What is a small group? A small group is a bunch of people (approx. 6 -12) who meet regularly to learn more about God/The Bible/Christianity or to go out and serve. Our goal as a ministry is to provide various opportunities for people to grow in their faith and understanding, all the while connecting together and connecting with God.

Our small group ministry is a vital part of life here at Bethel.

Our groups are as unique as the people in them. There are groups that prefer DVD style studies, some that prefer more in-depth, verse by verse Bible study, and some that serve the community.

For more information, see the “Exploring Small Groups” brochure in PDF format.

Link to Connections Small Groups
Link to Connections Small Groups