Our vision at Bethel Community Church is to see God move in power through the people of Port Talbot and beyond. We believe that it is God’s desire to bring salvation, healing (body, mind and soul) and restoration to people’s lives, no matter what their background. We desire to be a blessing to our local community and seek to alleviate poverty and empower others.
Our Sunday Community
We meet on Sundays at 11.00am and everyone is welcome. We accept everyone, no matter whether it’s your first time through church doors, have been away from God for many years, just come out of prison, are homeless, struggling with addictions, or have been going to church for many years – you are most welcome. It is our heartfelt desire to create a loving culture at Bethel, full of God’s grace and Biblical truth and to see God’s purpose fulfilled in your life.
Through the ministry of Bethel, we work to create real disciples of Jesus Christ, men, women and children who love God and have a heart to do His work in their lives, and to go wherever He calls. To foster spiritual growth, we offer a number of bible study communities and fellowship groups (there are more to follow).
Bethel Leadership College (BLC)
BLC aims to provide a challenging learning environment that builds people’s skills and equip them to reach their full potential in Jesus Christ. We train, disciple, develop and coach Christians to fulfill their God-given purpose in life, becoming effective and productive leaders in their personal ministry and work contexts.
All our programmes are based on our DRIVE approach to assure a comprehensive and Christian equipping process
DEFINE and discover God’s purpose for your life
RECOGNISE your personal strengths, spiritual gifts and authentic leadership model
INSTRUCT you in Biblical Truth and it’s practical life application for your work and personal life
VISION casting for your Christian service to do His work
ENABLE and encourage you to grow in your relationship with God
Diploma in Christian Ministry and Leadership
The diploma is a two-year part-time undergraduate course, which aims to equip those who desire to serve God in a number of ministry areas, including:
Pastor / Preacher
Men’s / Women’s Minister
Every summer we run our “Passion for Purpose” course created by Liz Hill O'Shea and Will Linssen, which is the prerequisite to registering for the two year Diploma course, and is open to people attending from any church in the local area. The course is eight sessions long and is designed for anyone who has been a committed Christian for at least one year.
Reproducible Church Planting Model
It is our desire to raise up and train ministers to go out and plant churches to wherever God sends them. We don’t just want to be a church that grows large in number for the sake of it – we want to expand God’s kingdom beyond our own immediate community, and plan on sending out teams from within Bethel to do that as God leads. We are thrilled that Dawn Griffiths started our first plant, Bethel Community Church, Uganda, in 2020.
We have various opportunities throughout the week for prayer including the hour of Prayer and Worship every Wednesday 4pm, and prayer is always available during the Drop-in Centre, which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm to 4pm. We believe prayer is absolutely essential to see God move in power and grace in our lives and community. We also have a Healing Team who have been trained in praying for the sick and we have seen God do many wonderful miracles among us.