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. J. K. Warrick
Following nearly 38 years of pastoral ministry, J. K. Warrick was elected to the Board of General Superintendents by the 26th General Assembly held in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2005. He pastored churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and Kansas. Prior to his election, he served for nearly 12 years as pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas.
A pastor at heart, he considers his role as general superintendent an opportunity to join his colleagues in shepherding the global church. He has a heart for church planting, evangelism, world missions, discipleship, and compassionate ministries. Central to his ministry is the encouragement of the people of God to find a place of service and ministry in the church and community. He is passionate about equipping pastors and laypersons to be missional leaders.
After attending Southern Nazarene University (formerly Bethany Nazarene College) he later graduated from Trinity College. He is an alumnus of Wesley Biblical Seminary. In 1994 his alma mater, Southern Nazarene University (Bethany Nazarene College), honored him with a doctorate of divinity in recognition of his service to Christ and the Church of the Nazarene. He has served on the Boards of Trustees at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and MidAmerica Nazarene University and also has served on district boards and committees in the church.
Dr. Warrick has been married to Patty (Delores J. Ouzts) since 1967. They have two adult children, Brad and Jill, and five grandchildren.
“Into God's Word . . .
. . . Into Our World!”
Men's Fellowship Breakfast
Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8:00 A.M. at 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
The season of Lent, in the church calendar year, is traditionally a time when we are encouraged to give up something that is special or important to us – like a Timmy’s coffee or chocolate or . . . well, anything that brings us enjoyment and pleasure. Giving up something so that we might demonstrate our ‘religiosity.’ But often our ‘fast’, our giving up of something, is much more an external exhibition for others to see, rather than an internal affirmation of our relationship with Christ.
The season of Lent is a time of soul-searching, ‘house-cleaning’, as one of our community pastors aptly described it. Getting rid of the ‘spiritual dust’ which settles in our lives and envelops our hearts and minds with dirt and clutter. Lent is a time of asking Christ to ‘search my heart and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting’ (Psalm 139:23-24). Lent is a time of spiritual introspection. Of looking inwardly to our hearts and minds. Of putting our spiritual house in order, so that it is clean and inviting to others.
I want to share a portion of an article, entitled: What Can You Gain During Lent, written by Sheri Rose Shepherd (What Can You Gain During Lent? A Devotional Message from Sheri Rose Shepherd. (2013) BibleGateway.com).
Lent is an amazing season to give up whatever is getting more of our attention than God. The question is not what will God give us… but what are we willing to give up so we can receive all that God has for us? Can you imagine if we spent the next 40 days of Lent fasting off of something that is blocking a blessing in our lives? Let’s embrace this season of Lent and focus on more than giving up something for God. Instead let’s savour getting more of God! Pray for Him to show you what He wants you to lay down so He can take you where He wants you to go! It is impossible to give up more than He can give you. Take this next 40 days to draw close to the one, true God, who is waiting and willing to walk as close with you as you allow Him to! He gave up His life to give us a better life!
Your faith will soar when you look up to Me and let go of what you see in the natural world. Don’t you know by now that I will do the supernatural for you if you will allow Me to? You no longer have to be controlled by your circumstances; you can choose to live fueled by faith in Me, starting today. What you see on this earth may cause you to lose hope, but your trust in Me will free you from fear and doubt. Faith in me will give you the power to persevere with passion and purpose. I want you to learn that what I say and do can never be shaken or taken without your permission. Now breathe in My presence, My child, and choose to never again doubt in the darkness what you know to be true in the light of My truth.
Your Faithful Father
'Why God Gives Parents to Children'
By Dr. J. K. Warrick, General Superintendent Church of the Nazarene
The Book of Proverbs is filled with practical words of wisdom on many of life’s issues. It is not silent on matters that pertain to the family. Most parents wonder what they can do to bless their children in ways that will make their lives better. Too often we think in terms of “things” and “stuff.” Long ago the Holy Spirit prompted the heart of The Preacher to speak to this very issue.
Proverbs 4:1 is written to children: “Listen, my sons [children], to a father’s [parent’s] instructions; pay attention and gain understanding.” While these words are directed to sons [children] they are also for parents. What kind of instructions should we give to our children? How should we speak into their lives? I would suggest that we speak words of power and blessing – words that can strengthen and uplift them.
I found these thoughts in an old file I carry around with me. There is no notation as to where I got them, but I want to share them with you today:
Let us bless them with words of wisdom, divinely inspired words of life.
Let us bless them with words that will lengthen their life.
Let us bless them with words that will lead them to a straight path, a safe path.
Let us bless them with words that change the heart.
Let us bless them with words that will guide them as they walk.
Let us bless them with words that will watch over them as they sleep.
Let us bless them with words that will speak to them when they awake.
God has given parents the wonderful opportunity to bless the lives of the children He has entrusted to our care. He has also given us a Book – the Bible – to guide us in this adventure.
He must really believe in us!
"Establishing the right angle in your home will not just happen.
If you eyeball the task, you will move off center."
— J. Otis Ledbetter and Kurt Bruner, Your Heritage