Church Ministries



Since the founding of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in 1769,  our outreach ministries have been a hallmark of Bethesda's mission.   We continue to reach out to the surrounding community through various programs that seek to meet people at their level of need,  while encouraging and nurturing their spiritual growth.  Whether the need is for fellowship, Bible study, youth activities, advice from a Parrish Nurse, transportation to church,  Christian childcare, or simply a warm and loving visit from our pastor, Bethesda has both organized programs and dedicated individuals who are committed to ministering to others and sharing God's love.  We hope that you will come and participate in the many activities of worship, song, learning, and fun.  Come be a part of our growing family and celebrate with us God's abundant blessings and His amazing grace.  


Women of the Church

Men of the Church Youth Ministries Prison Ministry
Elder Care Support Group Sports Ministries Scouting Ministries In-Betweeners


Presbyterian Women

Bethesda's PW support many local and worldwide ministries, including the Heifer International Project.  They include personal contact with the sick and shut-ins.  Presbyterian Women-Made up of Bethesda women of all ages, the PW meet as a morning circle the 1st Wed. of the month at 10am, and as an evening circle the 1st Mon. of the month at 7pm for Bible study and a business meeting, plus periodic social gatherings. All are welcome to join!

Men of the Church

Men of the Church-All Bethesda men are welcome to the MOC meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month for dinner, fellowship and programs of interest. If you have any questions, please contact Don Faris, President of the Men of the Church.

Prison Ministry

Bethesda sends a dedicated team to the Moss Justice Center in York on a weekly basis.  That team provides a Bible study/worship time for inmates for approximately two hours a week on Monday mornings.  Others distribute reading material and catalogue materials.

Youth Ministries

In hopes of proclaiming the name of Jesus throughout this community and ministering to the lives of the youth, Bethesda offers many programs that provide opportunities for younger people to meet and build friendships, celebrate God's awesome power in their lives as they learn to recognize that power, and discuss faith issues and questions they have in their lives-and let's not forget-have fun while they are doing it!! We offer not only Sunday school, Bible studies, children's church, Ready to Worship classes, Bethesda buddy programs, and several outings for all age groups each month. Bethesda's ministries also include scouting programs for boys and girls and sports opportunities. Please don't forget to check out our youth ministries page!

Elder Care Support Group

This support group wrestles with issues of "the sandwich generation" with aging parents. It meets the second Monday once every quarter for fun & fellowship, or with guest speakers on topics of interest to the group.

In Betweeners

Not too Old.... We think we're still young.....definitely "Boomers".  This group of meets monthly for Christian fellowship, community service and of course routine trips to area restaurants for fun and food.

Sports Ministries

It will be the Mission of the Bethesda Sports Ministry to provide a Christian outreach to the church and community that will encourage fellowship through a variety of competitive sports programs including: basketball, softball, and volleyball.
The goals of the Bethesda Sports Ministry programs shall be to:
*Witness the love of Jesus Christ through our personal interactions and relationships with one another
*Provide a variety of sports program opportunities that will encourage personal development within a safe emotional and physical environment
*Provide opportunities for Christian fellowship for those outside and within the church


 Scouting Ministries

Boy Scout / Cub Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America believes that no young man can develop into a responsible young man without a
strong relationship with God.
We at Bethesda Presbyterian Church share this belief and reinforce what a child may learn with his family in his own church by integrating Christian values with the programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America.  

The Scouting program at Bethesda Presbyterian Church serves all young men ages six or 1st grade through eighteen years of age. We start with the first grade student in our Tiger Cub program which is a parent and son program that introduces the child to the fun and adventures of Scouting. Second and third graders participate in the regular Cub Scout program while earning the ranks of Wolf and Bear. Fourth and fifth graders enter the Webelos program and begin learning the skills that will prepare them for Boy Scouting.

When a boy reaches eleven years of age, enters the sixth grade he is eligible to move up to the Boy Scout program.

It is in Boy Scouting that we seek to provide an environment where young boys can develop into responsible young men by combining a Christian values and the principles found in the Boy Scout Oath/Promise, Boy Scout Law, Boy Scout Motto and Slogan
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