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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

  • 8 Oct 2021
    We would take this opportunity to update supporters of on various matters that the Bethesda trustees together with the General Manager, in the fear of the Lord, are addressing currently including the situation at the Studley Bethesda Home, staffing matters, the independent living accommodation development at Swavesey and progress on the move to a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. 
  • 6 Oct 2021
    With challenges surrounding staffing levels, the low level of occupancy, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, some issues resulting from a recent CQC inspection and the Home Manager informing them of their intention to step down from their role at the end of October 2021; the trustees unanimously decided to close the Home from 29 October 2021. This sad decision was not taken lightly but after much prayer it was felt to be, in the Lord’s purposes, the right way. Hymn 1113 Gadsby’s.
  • 29 Jul 2021
    We have updated our Home Visiting guidance in the light of the governments 'roadmap out of lockdown' which apply from 19 July 2021. Details can be found on our visiting page here.
  • 5 Jul 2021
    On Wednesday, 30 June 2021, we trust in the Lord’s purposes, the sale to Bethesda of a plot of land in Swavesey, Cambridgeshire was completed. If the Lord will, it is intended that this plot of land will be used to build independent living accommodation as set out in the Open Meetings held in November 2019 and the document “The Future Direction of Bethesda” circulated earlier this year. Although, as trustees, we have set out the way forward for Bethesda; we look to the Lord to continue to guide us both now and in the future.
  • 30 Apr 2021
    Please note that the usual Morning Reading for the Brighton Home at 10:30am on Monday 3rd May 2021 will not take place. Instead, if the Lord will, the Pastor's 40th Anniversary Service expected to be held at Handcross Chapel at 10:30am will be broadcast, when Mr Brian Mercer is expected to preach. The service will be livestreamed from the Handcross Chapel Website for those wishing to listen.

    The morning reading for the Studley Home will take place at 10am as usual. 

  • 26 Apr 2021
    The funeral of the late Mrs Ruby Poole, who passed away on Saturday 3rd April 2021, will take place - if the Lord will - on Friday 30th April 2021 at 11:00am. The service will be conducted by Mr Matthew Hyde at Galeed Chapel Brighton and additionally broadcast using the Brighton Bethesda Mixlr livestream facility. The usual Morning Reading at 10:30am will therefore not take place.
  • 15 Apr 2021
    If the Lord will, on Saturday 24th April 2021 the Morning Readings at 10:00am (Studley) and 10:30am (Brighton) will be held as usual. At 11:00am to 12:30pm the 14th Annual General Meeting of the Gospel Standard Bethesda Fund will be livestreamed using the Brighton Mixlr facility. This is in addition to the Video Conference (Zoom) which is for subscribers only. Further details are given in the April 2021 Gospel Standard Magazine.
  • 6 Mar 2021
    We have updated our Home Vising guidance in the light of the goverments 'roadmap out of lockdown'. Details can be found on our visiting page here
  • 24 Feb 2021
    The funeral service of the late Miss Patricia Lawrance - Harpenden flatlet resident who passed away on 31 January 2021, will take place, if the Lord will, at Bethel Chapel, Luton on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 11:00am and will be livestreamed on the Bethel chapel website.  
  • 10 Feb 2021
    Our friend Mrs. Lydia Hills passed away in the Brighton Home on 24 January 2021. Her funeral is expected to be held at 12pm on Thursday 11 February and is expected to be streamed live on the internet. The Shoreham Chapel correspondent, Mr. Tim Field, can be contacted on 01732 508532 ( for full details. 
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