Bethel Baptist Cary is more than a church. We are a family! As a church family, we study God's Word, worship, pray, and fellowship together. When we're apart, we keep in touch, encouraging each other to grow spiritually and to walk closely with the Lord.
As we stand firmly grounded in Biblical truths, rely on the Holy Spirit to increase our knowledge and understanding of the Lord, we grow in our Christlikeness and our love for the Lord and one another abounds.
Visit with us soon so you can experience our church family first-hand. We will endeavor to make you feel welcome each time you visit as you prayerfully consider becoming a part of our church family!
"If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us." ~ 1 John 4:12
Bethel Baptist Church exists to glorify God by leading souls to Christ and training them to be faithful disciples. We will accomplish this by . . .
Magnifying God in our worship: Through Biblical preaching and God-centered music. (Colossians 1:28; Ephesians 5:19)
Maturing God’s family: Through discipleship and training. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Ministering to God’s family: Through Biblical counseling and a call to service. (Colossians 3:16)
Motivating God’s family: To be unified in the Spirit and encouraged through fellowship. (Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 1:27)
Mirroring God’s love: By welcoming all people who desire to worship and live for Christ. (Romans 10:12)
Multiplying God’s family: Through local evangelism and world missions. (Acts 1:8)
Bethel Baptist Cary held its first service on May 7, 1972. On that first day, seventeen people met at the home of Don and Jean Harold, led by Pastor Bobby Jordan with the help of his wife Sandra and their family. Services were later moved to Mrs. Lola Frank's workshop, on the corner of Old Apex Highway and High House Road, when more space was needed for Sunday School.
As the ministry grew, 2.5 acres of land were purchased at the current West Chatham Street location and the first building was built. Blessed by continued growth, the Education Building was constructed in 1979 and the church purchased approximately 3 more acres of land, used for many years as overflow parking and for outdoor games. In 1983, the current sanctuary, additional Sunday School rooms, and larger nurseries were completed. To expand further, additional acres were acquired and the Jordan Family Life Center, the new educational wing, and the administrative offices were built and dedicated for ministry use in 2003.
For more than 50 years, the Lord has abundantly blessed Bethel Baptist Cary through the faithful service of many individuals, including three senior pastors, several youth/assistant pastors, and 100's of volunteer members. Bethel Baptist Cary continues to gather together to worship and serve our awesome God, minister to one another, and share the Gospel of Christ worldwide and locally.
"Unto Him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ throughout all ages."
- Ephesians 3:21
"Bethel is still standing, but not standing still."
When joining us for worship services, park in the sanctuary lot with the church sign and use the sanctuary entrance. When joining us for Family Bible Study (FBS) or fellowships in the Jordan Family Life Center, park in the Tower lot with the circular drive and use the double glass doors. Click the ministries page icon for details about our FBS classes.
What to Expect:
Attire: While attending Sunday morning services, most men wear suits or collared shirts and dress pants and most women wear knee-length or longer skirts, dresses, or dress slacks. For Sunday evening and mid-week services, men and women dress modestly but a bit more casually, in a way that is honoring to the Lord.
Visitor Information: Greeters are available to answer questions you may have during your visit. Please help yourself to a Welcome Packet for more information about our church and to fill out a visitor card which you may drop into the lobby's offering box. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of The Bethel Buzz to learn about upcoming events.
Music: While our music director leads the congregational singing, you may use a hymnal or the words projected onto the wall to sing along. Most music is accompanied by a pianist and our small orchestra team.
Preaching: Pastor Norman sometimes preaches standalone or solo messages, but often preaches a series of sermons spanning multiple weeks or months. A particular series may be based on one book of the Bible (such as Psalms), a set of passages (such as the Sermon on the Mount), or a theme (such as "Who Am I?" which is a study of different people from God's word).
Giving: For the convenience of our members there are multiple ways to give. Offerings may be placed in the lobby's offering box, mailed to/dropped off at the church office, or given online through our church website. Although visiting guests are not expected to give, they are welcome to do so, as the Lord leads.
Mid-week Service: Our Wednesday night, mid-week service is a Bible study and prayer time. During this time, our Teen group (7th -12th-grades) meets in the "Flipside" or the large room at the bottom of the stairs located across from the sanctuary.