Welcome to Bethel Independent Methodist Church, Wigan. We are a community church in Wigan, renowned for its wonderful singing, where you are assured of a warm and friendly welcome. Midweek activities include Ladies Fellowship, Choir, House Groups and Fellowship meetings.
Our Sunday morning service takes place at 10:45am each week. A Communion Service is included on the 1st Sunday in the month.
BETHEL’S HOT-POT A.G.M.
We had a novel idea to get everyone to the Church AGM – provide a Hot Pot luncheon, then a sing-song – and it worked a treat!
In all honesty, we don’t really have a problem getting members to attend our AGM, but this idea made it something special and is likely to be a regular occasion from now on. Pauline Smith, celebrating her first full year as a Minister, opened the meeting with an apology that if her pager goes off, she would have to dash to the hospital for her pastoral duties. Five seconds later, her pager buzzed! Divine intervention?! However, she did manage an opening prayer, then returned in time for a mince pie!
Following the AGM, the hot pot, which had been made by our lady members, was served along with mince pies. Then everyone joined in singing Christmas songs, interspersed with a few funny stories.
Whist the hot pot was free, donations were given to buy Christmas gifts for needy children and this amounted to an amazing £200. The gifts have been given to the Storehouse project, who Bethel support through the year with food and other items for their foodbank.
Our Sunday morning service was led by Pauline Smith with Julie Smith joining us to give an update on the work of the Storehouse Project, the Christian charity that works tirelessly to support those in need in our community. Julie’s text was from Lamentations 3:22: ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.’
The theme of our service was to be thankful for every blessing from God and to gratefully share from the infinite riches we receive from His hand. Learning from the Parable of the rich fool in Luke 12, we considered the implications of Jesus’ statement: “‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist of an abundance of possessions.”
Gratitude and giving go hand in hand.