OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE

TO REACH OUT AND CARE FOR GOD'S PEOPLE

TO GROW IN CHRIST'S LOVE

TO SERVE OTHERS


"A community caring for all God's people,

being transformed by Christ's love,

serving others as a witness of God's grace and peace."

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe in God the Creator of all, who has called forth a people of faith.

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Word become flesh, crucified and resurrected for us. 

He is our Savior from evil and sin, our peace and the exalted Lord of the church. 

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the source of redemption and life.


We who respond to Christ in faith are his church, the community called to proclaim and to be a sign of the kingdom of God, the new people sustained by Scripture and Spirit.  Thus we continue the mission of Christ, making disciples, forgiving, restoring, baptizing believers, sharing the Lord's Supper, using our gifts in unity and love.


We commit ourselves to follow Jesus Christ, in his path through suffering to life.  By grace we are being changed into the image of God, in which God created women and men.  As faithful disciples, we hear Christ's call to life in the Spirit in relation with God, to chastity, stewardship, love for the enemy, to the practice of justice and peace.


We joyfully worship the three-in-one God, as a holy nation, the people of God, giving allegiance to Christ as our Lord, living now as if in the age to come. We place our hope in God's everlasting reign, in victory over evil, the resurrection of the dead, in Christ's coming again in judgment and glory. To God be all glory! Amen!


Taken from "Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective." 

WHO ARE THE MENNONITES?

The Mennonites are spiritual descendants of the 16th century Anabaptists, who were radical disciples of Jesus Christ.  Rather than appeal solely to church tradition, the Anabaptists sought to restore the church's primary allegiance to the person of Jesus Christ.  They were zealous in sharing their faith, demonstrating God's love in daily life, and extending forgiveness to those who persecuted them.  Menno Simons was an early prominent leader and eventually the group became known as the Mennonites.


Currently there are over one million members world-wide.  Mennonite beliefs and practices vary, but following Jesus as both Savior and Lord in daily life is a central value, along with peacemaking, reconciliation and extending healing and hope to the broken world in which we live.  We know that the work of reconciliation is well beyond our limited human capacity, and is made possible only by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us.


Read more about Bethesda Mennonite Church history.

Bethesda History 1874-Present