CONNECTING the DISCONNECTED
Becoming Living Object Lessons of Christ's Love
Committed to Caring as a Christ-like Community (through worship, nurture, celebration and mission)
Meaford Bethany Church of the Nazarene is a fellowship of believers whose purpose is:
- to worship God authentically in meaningful, corporate fellowship,
- to know God intimately through a faithful, personal relationship with Jesus Christ,
- to share God compassionately in our church and in our community.
34 Trowbridge Street, West
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Sunday Morning Worship
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Meet Our General Superintendents
Dr. David W. Graves
Dr. David W. Graves is a general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene with an office at the Global Ministry Center in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
He was chosen for the highest elected office in the church at the 27th General Assembly held in Orlando, Florida, USA, in 2009. At the time of his election, Dr. Graves was the senior pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas, where he had served since 2006.
Prior to College Church he served as director of the Sunday School Ministries Department for the Church of the Nazarene International Headquarters from 2001–2006. He has had pastoral assignments in Kansas, Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. Graves is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) and received his Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from ONU. He is the author of three books and has written for numerous publications.
Dr. Graves and his wife, Sharon, have four married children, Michael, John, Stephen, and Rachel, and six grandchildren. He is a fourth-generation Nazarene on both sides of his family. His parents are Harold and Bettie Graves.
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Men's Fellowship Breakfast
Our Men's Fellowship Breakfasts has resumed once again now that summer is over. We will meet again on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the 'Upper Room' in the Georgian Bay Café (168 Sykes Street, North, Meaford, Ontario)
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Welcome to Meaford Bethany. Within these pages you'll find information on our service times, location, programs and current activities. New to the church? - then please visit our church information page to learn more. It is our hope that you will find your time with us to be a positive and uplifting experience that will draw you closer to God.
We welcome you to come and be a part of the church family at Meaford Bethany Church of the Nazarene. You will find the people here warm and receptive, as well as eager to be the extended body of Christ to the community around us.
Our mission is to engage people from all over the Municipality of Meaford area to unite in worship and grow in holiness while telling the powerful message of the love that Christ has for us. A love that caused Him to die on the cross for our sin; that gives hope through the power of the resurrection; that sets in motion our passion to live for Him.
"I say this because I know what I am planning for you, "says the LORD. "I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future."
(Jeremiah 29:11 New Century Version)
My Ministerial Musings
by Pastor Joyce Straiton
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"Renewal of the Body, Mind and Spirit"
By Dr. David W. Graves, General Superintendent Church of the Nazarene
In the hectic pace of life, it is far too easy to get off balance with maintaining healthy and holy lifestyles. As employees, parents, caretakers, students, athletes, coaches, well, you name it—we often find ourselves in situations where we do not have time or options for those much-needed breaks. But finding time for renewal of the body, mind, and spirit will help us keep ourselves healthy both physically and spiritually.
The Apostle Paul prayed for the church at Thessalonica: “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
God desires that we grow in our relationship with Him continually—to love Him with our whole bodies, souls, minds, and strength: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37).
John Wesley had an understanding of God’s grace and salvation that began with a crisis of belief, but was ultimately realized in a lifelong journey of growing closer to God and to others in God’s family.
Wesley saw that many who claimed to have faith inwardly did not seem to live their faith outwardly. This observation inspired his definition of salvation: “By salvation I mean not (according to the vulgar notion) deliverance from hell, or going to heaven, but a present deliverance from sin, a restoration of the soul to its primitive health, the renewal of our souls after the image of God in righteousness and true holiness, in justice, mercy, and truth.”
Holiness is about wholeness and a holistic approach to life. Wesley wanted believers to experience the presence of God at every moment in every part of their lives. He believed spiritual holiness calls for us to live in physical wholeness by treating our bodies as His holy temple. In fact, Wesley wrote a well-publicized book entitled Primitive Physick, in which he gave advice and offered remedies for illnesses. A balanced diet, exercise, and proper rest, with all things in their appropriate degree, were important to this holistic way of looking at health.
To Wesley, the experience of regular renewal spiritually, physically, and intellectually was evidence of growth in Christlikeness.
Perhaps it is time to take a spiritual inventory of your life.
• Does the time you spend in praise, intercession, and the study of God’s Word give evidence that He is your first and highest priority?
• Are you challenging your mind to an ever greater understanding of the character and work of the one you call Lord?
• Do your diet and activity choices reflect the honor of being host to the Holy Spirit?
• Are you striving to live at peace with those around you?
• Do you have difficulty in taking on more than you can manage?
• Do you find that are dealing with unnecessary baggage and cannot seem to let go of that?
The fact is, when our lives our out of balance spiritually and physically, we are not operating at our best. But the good news is that in spite of life’s circumstances, we can find peace in God.
We find this reminder in the letter to the Romans, that when we spend time in renewal, we can be in touch with God’s will for our lives: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2).
Make it your goal as Christians to cooperate with Him as He “works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13).