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

  • 16 May 2020
      Once again we are thankful to report, through the Lord's mercy, that all three Homes - Brighton, Harpenden and Studley - are continuing to operate as 'normal' and there is a further general improvement of health among staff and residents. 
      However, whilst we have proved the Lord's gracious help to Bethesda during the past few weeks, it is still prudent that all relevant precautions continue. 
      Following the recent statement made by the Prime Minister, sadly on Lords' Day 10th May, there was no mention of relaxing the prevailing visiting restrictions for Care Homes. The current conditions that are in place, relative to visiting the Homes by family, friends and supporters will therefore continue. 
       If the Lord will, we will notify you when any changes are announced to the current regulations.
       Once more the Trustees acknowledge the Lord's goodness in watching over the Homes - residents and staff - during another week.

    'Whate'er be our wants, we need not to fear;
       Our numerous complaints his mercy will hear;
     His fulness shall yield us abundant supplies;
        His power shall shield us when dangers arise.'
                                                    Gadsby's 184 v 2

     
  • 9 May 2020
    We are thankful to report that both the residents and staff in all our Homes - Brighton, Harpenden and Studley - at present continue to be free of the 'signs and symptoms' of the COVID-19 virus. 
    The residents are being cared for by the staff in the usual way - taking all appropriate precautions - conscious that the Coronavirus has had a devastating effect in some Care Homes. We sincerely thank our Home Managers and staff for their commitment - particularly in recent weeks.
    Although it may be some time before regular visiting can be resumed to the Homes we continue to value the loyal support and prayers of so many friends.
    The Trustees have particularly felt that their many prayers have been answered by a merciful Lord during the past few weeks.
        'The Lord Jehovah is my guide;
         He does and will for me provide;
         And in the mount it shall be seen,
         How kind and gracious He has been'.
                                           Gadsby's 513 v 4
    Note: For further details and information see the latest: Bethesda COVID-19 update Saturday, 09 May 2020  which is sent out to those on the ‘Friends of Bethesda’ email list. To be added to the email list, contact: management@gsbf.uk. Copies of past website updates can be found at: https://www.gospelstandard.org.uk/Bethesda/Downloads.
     
  • 2 May 2020
    We are thankful to report that in all three Homes there is a continued improvement, relative to COVID-19 issues, with both residents and staff.
    Brighton & Studley: Both Homes are still free of the virus. Almost all staff are working as usual. 
    Harpenden: Three residents, who had been showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, yesterday had their test results which have proved negative. 
    The staff, have for the most part, resumed normal duties.   
    We are truly thankful to the Lord for His watchful care over each of our Homes at this time. We record His faithfulness in hearing and answering the many prayers of the Trustees, friends, staff, residents and supporters of Bethesda. 
    'The Lord hath been mindful of us'. Psalm 115:12 
    Note: For further details and information see the latest: Bethesda COVID-19 update Saturday, 02 May 2020  which is sent out to those on the ‘Friends of Bethesda’ email list. To be added to the email list, contact: management@gsbf.uk. Copies of past website updates can be found at: https://www.gospelstandard.org.uk/Bethesda/Blog
     
  • 25 Apr 2020

    Brighton & Studley: Once more we are able to report that the situation for both the staff and residents is much the same as last week. This is indeed a mercy as many Care Homes have been seriously affected with the virus.
    Harpenden: The residents who had been tested positive with the COVID-19 virus are for the most part gradually returning to normal although some of the other residents continue to be rather weak and frail.
    Compared with our recent weekly reports we are thankful that there is a much improved situation regarding the staff. Many are resuming back to normal duties again.
    The Lord continues to hear and answer prayer and the Trustees once more acknowledge the Lord's help and appreciate your continued prayerful interest and support.
    'This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him'. Psalm 34:6
    Note: For further details and information see the latest: Bethesda COVID-19 update Saturday, 25 April 2020 which is sent out to those on the ‘Friends of Bethesda’ email list. To be added to the email list, contact: management@gsbf.uk. Copies of past website updates can be found at: https://www.gospelstandard.org.uk/Bethesda/Blog

  • 18 Apr 2020
    Brighton & Studley: We are thankful to report that there have been no major changes in the health of both the staff and the residents. The staff have been able to continue with caring for the residents in the usual way.
    Harpenden: Although some of the residents are rather frail we are thankful that some, who were tested positive with COVID-19, are continuing to improve. There has been no apparent further worsening of their conditions.
    Some members of staff who had been on sick leave or on ‘self-isolation’ have now returned. Others, who are at present still unable to return due to illness, are continuing to improve.
    The Trustees once again acknowledge the Lord’s gracious help to Bethesda in hearing and answering many prayers. Your continued support and prayers are greatly valued.
    “The Lord hath been mindful of us”. Psalm 115:12 
    For further details and information see the latest: Bethesda COVID-19 update Saturday, 18 April 2020  which is sent out to those on the ‘Friends of Bethesda’ email list. To be added to the email list, contact: management@gsbf.uk. Copies of past website updates can be found at: https://www.gospelstandard.org.uk/Bethesda/Blog
     
  • 14 Apr 2020

    Sadly, a resident In the Brighton Bethesda Home, Mr Peter Cornwall, passed away on Monday, 13 April 2020 in the evening. Mr Cornwall had been unwell with an underlying condition which gradually worsened. As he was running a temperature, he was cared for separately and all necessary precautions were taken. Mr Cornwall was much loved by those in the Home and there are many who have fond memories of him and the sweetness of his ministry. We believe he is one who is now safely landed on yonder shore (483).
    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family, the friends at Mount Bures and those at Galeed Chapel, Brighton. We would also remember the staff who lovingly cared for him at the Home.
    Matthew 28:20

  • 13 Apr 2020

    Sadly, a resident, in the Harpenden Bethesda Home, Mr David Keeling, passed away on Monday, 13 April 2020. Mr Keeling had been admitted into hospital, on Saturday, 4 April 2020, with a condition unrelated to COVID-19, whilst in hospital he was tested positive for the virus. In the Lord’s mercy, it was possible for him to return to the Home, on Sunday, 12 April 2020, to be cared for, in his last hours upon this earth, by the staff at Bethesda.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time and also, the staff who lovingly cared for him at the Home.
    Matthew 25:13

  • 8 Apr 2020

    We have had news that three residents at our Harpenden Home who had shown symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and had been tested have now received the results which are positive. Whilst this is of concern the news is not unexpected and we are thankful that the residents concerned are not, at present, severely affected. However, we are still monitoring their condition carefully and consistently following the recommended guidelines advised by Public Health England. The families of the affected residents have been informed of this latest development.
    The Harpenden staff situation is likewise being monitored and although we have a few staff on sick-leave we are hopeful that some members of staff who were compelled to 'self-isolate' will be able to return to full duties later this week, if the Lord will.
    We are thankful that the Brighton and Studley Homes are still continuing to operate as usual. 
    The Trustees are having almost daily 'virtual' meetings and are in constant contact with the General Manager who in turn is closely liaising with the respective Home Managers and staff. Once again the Trustees value your prayers and continued support and would acknowledge the Lord's goodness to Bethesda at this difficult time. May we sweetly prove that '...the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted'. Psalm 140:12 

  • 4 Apr 2020

    COVID-19 Update 4th April 2020
    We are thankful to report that both the Homes at Brighton and Studley are continuing to operate as usual, given the current conditions, and residents and staff appear to be free from the virus symptoms at present.
    Harpenden Home - Staff: The situation here is being monitored closely as we have a number of staff who are either still 'self-isolating' and others who have either shown or are showing symptoms of the Coronavirus and cannot work in the Home.
    Harpenden Home - Residents: Those residents who were experiencing virus related symptoms are currently no worse and are continuing to be cared for using recommended 'barrier care' methods. Additionally two other residents are now showing similar symptoms.
    The Trustees, General Manager, Managers and staff are extremely grateful for the many offers of help from volunteers willing to assist at this time of need. We hope and pray that the members of staff who were compelled to 'self isolate' may be able to return to work again shortly.
    The Trustees would acknowledge the Lord's goodness and mercy in answering many prayers enabling our Homes to continue operating in these trying times. Your continued prayerful  interest and messages of support are much appreciated and valued. 

  • 31 Mar 2020
    Bethesda is endevoring to keep people infromed by email and copies of updates circulated with these can be found in the Bethesda Publications page. 
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