- Serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in British Columbia since 1971
At Bethesda Christian Association, everyone is welcome. Regardless of your disabilities, or your different abilities, you are welcome here. Bethesda is committed to being a loving community of faith, built on the foundation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. We pray you will experience healing love and the full welcome of Christ in the time you spend with us.
“Hospitality means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people but to offer them a space where change can take place” (Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out).
IN THE NEWS
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW REFRESHED LOGO
We are excited to introduce our new refreshed logo:
The refreshed logo still carries the same ‘spirit’ of the original logo. It is simple but communicates much.
• The water represents the healing pool of Bethesda from John 5
• The cross is still evident
• The cross dips into the pool causing ripples – represents the impact of Christ, as well as, the impact of Christ through the work we do on His behalf.
• The dove represents the Holy Spirit who guides us, as well as, hope & blessing for those we serve.
I am sure we could identify even more symbolism...but you can see that this logo is rich with meaning. Join us in celebrating the unveiling of our new logo!
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN ! ..... the Strategic Plan be found here .....
We are very excited to share our new Strategic Plan with you!
We had a great day together in June as an Executive Director team, along with the Board, dreaming and seeking God for direction in creating a collective vision for Bethesda over the next 3 years. It was amazing to witness God orchestrate the day and experience the truth of Isaiah 30:21: Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying,”this is the way; walk in it”.
I am particularly excited about our new Vision and Mission statements:
As we brainstormed ‘many’ ideas, 4 themes emerged. We have identified these themes as our
4 priorities over the next 3 years:
Jody Siebert – Executive Director
FINANCIAL POLICY... Spending of funds is confined to Board approved services and purchases. Each gift designated toward an approved service will be used as designated with the understanding that when any given need has been met, designated gifts will be used where most needed. Gifts are acknowledged and receipted with a tax deductible receipt. Bethesda is a charter member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC).
QUALITY OF LIFE is regularly reviewed to ensure the well-being of individuals supported by Bethesda. Standard indicators include what the Bible has to say about this important issue such as the following verse from 2 Peter 1:5-7
"...make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love."
A VALUABLE SITE FOR REFERENCE
"Whether you are a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, a family member, a volunteer, an educator, a health or social service professional, or an interested researcher, this site will provide you with reliable information on autism and referrals to many helpful services and resources. ASC puts special focus on providing information, referral and resources for parents and other family members who are seeking support for children with autism. This site also provides news, resources and links for youths and adults on the spectrum." (from ASC webpage)
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Abbotsford, BC V2T 5T4