Upcoming Services in OCTOBER

DAILY, Monday to Friday 12 NOON Midday Prayers
(Eucharist on Wednesdays)
SATURDAYS 5pm Eucharist (Rite II)
SUNDAYS 7.20am Mattins
8am Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist and Sermon

Covid-19 procedures are in effect for in-person worship. Please read the Guidelines for Attending Church.

Videos / Podcasts

Each week, we also offer a variety of links to other churches within our Episcopal/Anglican Communion.

See our Online Resources for links to resources for worship at home.

Walking Club – Legs Misérables

Bethesda Walkers (aka Legs Misérables) meet on Thursday at 2:30 on 28 October (11 November is the rain date).

On October 28, we do almost a three mile hike at Christ the King Conference Center in Greenwich (575 Burton Road), meeting in the parking lot between the main building and the King’s Inn at 2:30 PM.  We walk a loop to the lake and then back via a different route.

The walkers group is open to anyone interested in a walk in the woods and lively fellowship with fellow parishioners, friends and family.  Please register with the church office if you want to go on one or more of these walks, via email (office@bethesdachurch.org) or phone (518) 584-5980.

Bethesda Book Club (The BBC) – Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7 pm.

The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957) is one of the most beloved of all English detective novels. Sayers was also known for her brilliant intellect, Anglican theology, and feminism, which ring as forcefully today as the eight bells of Fenchurch St. Paul, the site of The Nine Tailors: a brutal murder is discovered in an small parish churchyard. Lord Peter Wimsey is called to assist.

Immerse yourself in Sayers’ witty portrayal of the arcane language and practice of English church change-ringing, Transitional versus Perpendicular church architecture, and English village social life and ‘civility’.

To register, call the Bethesda Office: (518) 584-5980.

Understanding Holy Scripture

When: Thursdays at 7pm on 4, 11, 18 November and 2 December
Where: Bethesda Church

Holy Scripture has always been the center of Anglican life and belief. This class will look at how the Church has read Scripture, with a particular emphasis on the Prayer Book tradition, in order to understand the place of Scripture in the Christian life. Each week we will look at important passages within the context of the Bible as a whole, and address difficult questions and viewpoints in order that we may faithfully “hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the Word of God.

4 November: Introduction to a theology of Scripture
11 November: How the early Church read Scripture
18 November: The Reformation and Anglican view of Scripture
2 December: Holy Scripture and the Modern World

Parish Retreat in 2022

Would you be interested in a three-day retreat at Holy Cross Monastery from 21-23 October 2022? Founded in 1884, the Order of the Holy Cross is a Benedictine religious order, in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition, located just south of Kingston, NY on Route 9W. The cost of the weekend is $230, inclusive of (single) room and board. To reserve a place, a deposit of $50 is required before 1 January 2022. For more information about the retreat, please speak to Fr Wallace. To learn more about the Order of the Holy Cross, consult their website at www.holycrossmonastery.com

Roof work at Bethesda

The north chimney demolition was completed on August 31. The lift has been moved to the east side of the church for further inspection of the top courses of stone.

The Bethesda roof project has been delayed until early spring – about mid-March according to the new schedule. This is partly due to delays by the manufacturer for roofing material and the approach of shorter, colder days as well as possible inclement weather.

LifeWorks Community Action (LCA, formerly EOC) Donations

Thank you to all those who have donated. As you can imagine the need is ongoing. If you would like to help by donating here is a list of items needed.

  • Foods low in salt, fat & sugar. Gluten Free foods.
  • Household cleaning supplies.
  • Sponges, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent.
  • Diapers (size 4 & 5) and baby wipes.
  • Baby care products like baby shampoo and soap.
  • Adult personal hygiene products such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors,
    shaving cream, deodorant.
  • Did you have a garden this year? Do you have extra vegetables? Fresh veggies as well as other perishable food items like eggs, milk, butter, can be brought directly to the food pantry located
    at 39 Bath Street, Ballston Spa. Donations are accepted Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Parking Availability

The parking lot surrounding the church has installed new gates, making the lot accessible only by credit or debit card. The rates are as follows: First two hours: FREE; additional hours: $5 per hour;  up to $20 maximum. The ONLY gate for churchgoers is the Congress Street gate. Certain spaces near Washington Street remain reserved for residents, so do not park there. The new system begins this coming Wednesday June 23, and will remain in place 24/7 thereafter.

Bethesda Office – New Address

Beginning 1st June, our new office is located at 178 Elm Street (at the corner of Ash and Elm), Suite 5, Saratoga Springs.