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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

  • 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. 
  • 4 Feb 2021

    Further to our recent update in which we reported that a member of staff at the Studley Home had tested positive for COVID-19, it is in gratitude to the Lord that we are able to report that there have been no further cases following the period of isolation and full re-testing of staff and residents this week.

    As a consequence the visitors room facility is being reopened to relatives and friends from today (Thursday 4 February). 

  • 28 Jan 2021
    Further to our recent update in which we reported that a member of staff at the Studley Home had tested positive for COVID-19, we are now able to confirm that follow-up testing for all residents and staff have returned negative results. We are truly thankful to the Lord for His continuing watchful care at this time. However, the Local Infection Control team of Public Health England have advised us that the residents must continue to self-isolate in their rooms for a total of fourteen days. This additionally means that visits to the Home cannot recommence until Friday 5th February 2021, subject to there being no further COVID-19 contacts in the meantime.
    Please continue to remember the residents, their loved ones and each member of staff at this difficult time.
    If you have any questions, please contact Adrian Topping at or on the office land line.

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