Along with worship, education, and fellowship, Bethany Covenant Church encourages its members and friends to become actively involved in service opportunities both in the community and in the world. Here are some of the ways you can become involved in serving our neighbors, both near and far.
Through the ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church, we participate in sponsoring over 150 missionaries in 12 mission fields. In particular, we sponsor 9 missionaries. Mission’s emphasis includes visits from missionaries from various fields and special missionary speakers throughout the year.
Missionaries We Support:
Bethany contributes to the support of missionaries serving in six (6) countries. We have a special relationship with folks who serve in France, Mexico, Japan, Ecuador, Thailand and DR Congo. In addition, we sponsor adult and intergenerational short-term mission trips. In recent years, we have sent small groups of adults and students to Ecuador, Alaska, Jamaica, Mexico, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
You may find both photos and information about the missionaries we support on a bulletin board in The Gathering Place at Bethany.
Serve Globally (Covenant World Missions)
Serve Globally is an arm of our denomination that reaches around the world in the name of Christ. To learn more, go to our denomination’s CWM website by clicking here.
Click here for more information on Covenant World Relief.
We have a strategic partnership with a church in Ecuador. A team typically travels there every two years; the latest trip was the summer of 2019.
Through our participation in the East Coast Conference, we also contribute to a multi-site agency that provides nurture and support for children who have various forms of behavioral and developmental issues and those with autism. Ädelbrook has a full service Christian residential treatment center, special education schools and outpatient therapy programs. It was founded in 1900 in Cromwell Connecticut.
Local Relief Agencies
There are a number of local agencies we support, including the Berlin and Middletown Food Pantries, the Friendship Service Center, Hartford City Mission and the Hartford Project. We have also supported ministry on college campuses around Connecticut through InterVarsity, Cru, and Rivendell Institute at Yale.
The New England Seafarer’s Mission
Through our participation in the East Coast Conference, we share in this the oldest ministry to seafarers on the Eastern seaboard. Reaching out to seafarers in Boston harbor and other nearby ports, the mission provides needed services and invites volunteers to work in the center at the cruise terminal of Boston.
Various mission and service opportunities will likely arise during the year. If you have interest in connecting with a local outreach or would like to be part of a team for a mission trip, please reach out to one of the pastors or email Rob Satterberg, the current missions chair.
Watch for special mission events, such as visits from our missionaries. There will also be times when we collect items for our partners in ministry. You may want to help with the fundraisers for upcoming mission trips. In the fall we collect items for Operation Christmas Child and fill shoeboxes which are distributed all over the world. We also help some local families through Project Angel Tree, sponsored by Prison Fellowship, providing Christmas gifts to children of those who are in prison.
There are tentative plans to have a trip to Ecuador again this coming summer, in 2021. Due to Covid, we are expecting to have a smaller team this time, consisting of a medical team, helpers, and others interested in VBS or other ministries. You must be 18 or older, healthy and strong for a vigorous schedule. At this time, the request is to return to Quevedo or go to Archidona.
We will purchase airplane tickets that are refundable, as there will be no guarantees on this trip. We will be continually monitoring the safety and wisdom of the trip and will cancel if need be.