Church Highlight: Bethany Church, Muskegon, Michigan
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Bethany is a CRC church that has been in Muskegon for over 100 years. We have some incredible roots, and are dedicated to being a faithful presence of Christ in the core city of Muskegon. We’ve adapted while many churches have moved out to the suburbs. We try to be a church that is known for Listening, Loving & Longing.
Listening to God, each other & our neighbors.
Loving God, each other and & our neighbors.
Longing for the time when God sets all things right, in our neighborhood and all across the globe, and partnering with the Holy Spirit RIGHT NOW in this very effort.
Ministry with the community is an important part of Bethany church’s identity. Even during this pandemic, Bethany Church has been active in Muskegon partnering with others to lead a teen mentoring program, summer day camp, and providing educational and growth opportunities for our community as well as fresh and healthy foods. During this time we have maintained and developed new relationships with other community programs and initiatives that help us minister holistically and address key needs in our community
How has ministry and worship specifically looked different during Covid?
Because Bethany serves several vulnerable populations, our Covid days together have looked a bit different. Colder months were spent rotating our family groups in for Sunday worship, and warmer months we’ve spent meeting outside, under a big tent. Through it all we’ve added a consistent online option through a live streaming of worship on Facebook. This has been more popular, for many reasons, than we anticipated!
Our kid’s ministry adjusted by delivering weekly activity bags to each family that accompanies an online lesson. We even involved the children in some of the teaching which was a huge hit!
How specifically can we pray for you?
Please pray that Bethany can continue to listen to and serve our neighbors. Pray that we’ll be open to necessary changes and the leading of the Holy Spirit as we seek ways to do this during this strange time.
We’ve also entered a new season of searching for a Worship Arts Cultivator for our vibrant community. Please pray that God would lead a person to us who loves what we are doing here, and wants to join us in using their gifts to expand & develop our worship activities accordingly.