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News and Announcements 

Welcome to the Bethesda news and announcements page. Here we will post news and items of interest to our friends and supporters

  • 28 Aug 2020
    Friends may know of the sad passing away of two of our residents recently. We now have details of the funeral arrangements, subject to the Lord’s will. Due to the current COVID-19 virus restrictions there is a limit on numbers attending funeral services, but it is expected that the services will be live-streamed for the benefit of those unable to attend.
    1. Mr. John Burrows (Studley) – Tuesday 8th September 2020 at 11am. https://www.cobc.uk/live-service
    2. Mrs. Joan Harrison (Harpenden) – Tuesday 8th September 2020 at 12pm. http://www.bethelluton.org.uk/sermons.html
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families.
     
  • 15 Jul 2020

    It has been our desire to find a way to reunite our residents with their loved ones and friends in a way that is safe for all concerned. To this end we have been able to provide a visitor’s facilties for the three Homes. Full details can be found here.

  • 10 Jul 2020
    Limited visiting has commenced in the Homes for close relatives. We will make a further anouncement during the week ending 18th July. 
  • 3 Jul 2020
    We are thankful that the Homes are at the moment stable and we will be making an anouncement next week about visiting. 
  • 27 Jun 2020
       We are grateful to the Lord for continuing to watch over the three Bethesda Homes and keeping residents and staff safe.
       The trustees have been prayerfully considering and developing plans to introduce a facility in each of the Homes to allow visits to take place safely and ensure that residents, staff, and visitors are not placed at risk of infection. Inevitably, this will mean adapting the rules for visitors so that, in the Lord’s purposes, we can ensure the Homes are kept COVID-19 free. We will be writing in more detail during the forthcoming week regarding the timetable of opening these facilities.
       We would take this opportunity to announce that the funeral of Mr Michael Bailey who served for a number of years as a trustee of the Gospel Standard Bethesda Fund will take place, if the Lord will, on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 at 11:30 AM. The service will be conducted by Mr Gilbert Hyde, Pastor Jireh Chapel Tenterden.
       It is hoped to relay the service through the Bethesda website:
    https://www.gospelstandard.org.uk/Bethesda/Morning-Worship-Livestream where further details are posted.
       Please continue to pray that the trustees and management teams might be given wisdom to do what is right before the Lord to ensure the care, safety, and well-being of the residents. 

     
  • 20 Jun 2020
        We are grateful to the Lord for continuing to watch over the three Bethesda Homes and keeping residents and staff safe from COVID-19 infection.
      Sadly, a resident In the Brighton Bethesda Home, Mrs Betty Stewart, passed away on Saturday 13th, June 2020 in the evening. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family, her friends and those at Jireh Chapel, Haywards Heath. We would also remember the staff who lovingly cared for her at the Home – to depart and be with Christ; which is far better. (Philippians 1:23)
      If the Lord will, Mrs Stewart’s funeral will be held at Haywards Heath Chapel, on Tuesday 23rd June at 2.00 pm, Mr Richard Woodhams to officiate. It is hoped to relay the service through the Bethesda website – see https://www.gospelstandard.org.uk/Bethesda/Morning-Worship-Livestream  where further details will be posted.
      Please continue to pray that the trustees and management teams might be given wisdom to do what is right before the Lord to ensure the care, safety, and well-being of the residents.

     
  • 13 Jun 2020

       We are grateful to the Lord for continuing to watch over the three Bethesda Homes and keeping them safe from COVID-19 infection. It is also pleasing to note that all the residents and staff at the Brighton and Studley Bethesda Homes have been tested for the virus and everyone’s results have come back negative. Plans are in place, during the forthcoming week, to undertake similar testing at the Harpenden Home.
       The trustees are very mindful of the pressures that have been placed on residents, families, relatives and friends during the recent months and weeks due to the lockdown. If the Lord will, we would hope to report soon on a proposed solution to provide controlled visiting to the homes that we trust will ensure the safety and safeguarding of the residents and staff yet allow residents to see their loved ones.
       Please continue to pray that the trustees and management teams might be given wisdom to do what is right before the Lord to ensure the care, safety, and well-being of the residents.

  • 6 Jun 2020
       We are grateful to the Lord for continuing to watch over the three Bethesda Homes and keeping them safe from COVID-19 infection. It is also pleasing to note that all the residents and staff at the Brighton and Studley Bethesda Homes have been tested for the virus and everyone’s results have come back negative. Plans are in place to undertake similar testing at the Harpenden Home.
       We are pleased to report that the empty flat at Harpenden is now occupied and also, we have been able to offer a married couple respite care at the Studley Home.
       It is with sadness, we note that Michael Bailey, who served as a trustee on the Bethesda Committee for several years, passed away on Friday, 5 June 2020. Our thoughts are with his wife Margaret and the family at this time.  (The memory of the just is blessed Psalm 10:7)
       Please continue to pray that the trustees and management teams might be given wisdom to do what is right before the Lord to ensure the care, safety, and well-being of the residents.
     
  • 1 Jun 2020
       Our weekly update once more records the Lord's mercy to Bethesda. All three Homes are continuing to operate - with the Lord's help - albeit with the present COVID - 19 precautions still in place and our residents and staff are gradually returning to 'normal'. 
       We are acutely aware of the desire of relatives and friends to visit loved ones in the Homes. Bethesda is exploring what arrangements need to be in place to allow visits, in the Lord’s purposes, to recommence in the Homes. Any easing of restrictions will need to be in line with H.M. Government’s guidelines and ensure that residents, staff, and visitors are not placed at risk of infection. (Jeremiah 32:27)
       Please continue to pray that the trustees and management teams might be given wisdom to do what is right before the Lord to ensure the care, safety, and well-being of the residents.
    From today we will not be issuing a weekly bulletin and placing this on the website. We would ask you to regularly check the 'News and Announcement' section on the website, if the Lord will, for future updates.
       The trustees have much cause to return thanks to Almighty God and although as yet the Homes have not completely returned to 'normal' we have seen answers to our many prayers in preserving Bethesda. May we each be given a true spirit of thanksgiving for the Lord's lovingkindness and compassion to us particularly during those anxious times over the past few weeks.
    'We'll praise Him for all that is past,
    And trust Him for that's to come.'
                                    Gadsby's 220 v 7
     
  • 23 May 2020

    We acknowledge the Lord's mercy in continuing to watch over our three Homes during another week.
    The residents and staff at the Brighton and Studley Homes are still free from COVID - 19 symptoms and the situation at Harpenden is stable. 
    We feel that the Lord has, thus far, placed a 'hedge' about our Bethesda Homes and has in mercy preserved both staff and residents from the serious effects of the virus.
    The Trustees continue to value the prayerful interest of our supporters at this time.
    'Plagues and deaths around me fly;
    Till he bids, I cannot die;
    Not a single shaft can hit,
    Till the God of love sees fit.'
                                    Gadsby's 64 v 6
     

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