When Bethel thinks of social justice, community development, education, leadership development, medical aid, addiction recovery, we think of missions. All these focuses and many more allow the church to love people that matter to God. By coming alongside people that matter to God we can then share with them respectfully and gently the love of Christ not only in word but in deed. Bethel is committed to the work of missions as “any outside initiative that is focused on the city, the nation or the world.” It becomes the umbrella-term for our three key focus areas.
Bethel House | Bethel House is a ministry of Bethel Church providing stable, secure, drug-and-alcohol-free transitional housing for men who are in recovery. The program is currently open only to men having successfully completed an 8 – 12-week treatment program at the Salvation Army Harbour Light Centre in Kingston, Ontario or other approved programs.
Camp IAWAH | Bethel has partnered with IAWAH for over 60 years! Camp changes lives, builds strong community, raises up leaders and can powerfully be used by God to plant the Gospel in people’s hearts. Bethel’s youth ministry is at IAWAH often for retreats and student leadership training. A number of our students and adults have volunteered their time and participated in their programs over the years.
Geneva House | A community house on Queen’s Campus, with offices also at St. Lawrence’s College in Kingston and Loyalist College in Belleville, Geneva House is a place where people experience Jesus and His transformation, wherever they are at in their faith journey.
nightlight | nightlight operates drop-in centres in Kingston, Belleville, and Cambridge, Ontario that serve people on the margins. They believe that one of the most devastating and under-addressed forms of poverty is relational poverty. nightlight seeks to address this through adult drop-in centres, where everyone is invited to come in, including those who would normally be excluded. It offers a safe place for people to play games, enjoy refreshments, chat with friends, and build meaningful relationships.
Kingston Pregnancy Care Center | KPCC provides confidential and free services to support women of all ages facing an unplanned or stressful pregnancy. They strive to provide a safe, caring and non-judgement space. Services and programs include free pregnancy tests, peer counselling and advocacy, practical support services, accommodation search assistance, referrals to community services, adoption referrals, prenatal classes, parenting support groups, adoption support (pre & post), post abortion grief support, sexual health, post-partum depression support group, and more.
Lionhearts | Driven by a deep desire to see all people living with human dignity, Lionhearts Inc. has been uniting people with practical acts of love since 2014. They have crafted a number of programs and systems to invigorate and reinforce local organizations who are already doing amazing work in the area of food insecurity. Bethel Church specifically supports the COVID-19 Street Project which provides free meals to vulnerable communities.
Over the years Bethel has been involved in the community of Constance Lake, a First Nations community. We are currently partnering with Camp Iawah in sending summer teams to this community to invest in them. We also support a number of long term workers located in various regions of Canada working in city centers.
Bethel supports several full time international workers. We also yearly support short term workers. Over the last several years we have been sending teams down to Honduras to work in community and leadership development. If you attend Bethel you will hear on various Sundays reports of people serving in various parts of the world.