No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. Jesus didn't turn away people, neither do we.
We are a progressive church open to new ideas. If you have been looking for a church and have not found the perfect one, come help us turn Bethel into that church you have been looking for.
We are united by our radical welcome, not any tests of faith.
We have a long history in Ontario California. Bethel Congregational was incorporated back in 1885. Our current building -- the gothic revival stone castle-looking building was dedicated in 1913. It remains a landmark at the corner of Euclid and F Street. We may look imposing and traditional from the outside, but inside you will find a welcoming congregation who is quite liberal in our theology.
Dominating the south wall of our sanctuary is a 1930 Pilcher pipe organ that is still used on most Sundays. More recently, we have added a modern sound and projection system that is used in worship and for movie night every other Friday.
At Bethel UCC, we believe that religion doesn't have to be opposed to intellect. We are a church that encourages you to engage your mind as well as your faith.
Events at Bethel
Church in the 21st century doesn't simply mean Sunday Services. Small groups, Facebook conversations, Host's Choice discussions, and Community service are all variations on what Church means. We invite you to participate in the life our our Church in whatever ways you feel called.
- Worship Service
9:30 am - approx. 10:40 am
Both of these words remind us why we meet every week. "Worship" reminds us that there is something greater than us that we serve. And "Service" reminds us that we don't go to church to be entertained, we go to serve.
- Fellowship in the parlor
10:40 am - ???
If you come to visit, do yourself a favor and join us for fellowship. It is one of the things that Bethel does best.
2nd Tuesdays 7 p.m.
- Host's Choice (formerly "Pub Theology")
Cool discussions and fellowship. Great food and drink! Each month's "host"** picks the place and topic. All are welcome. A great way to relax, enjoy each others' company, share and learn..
2nd Tuesday of each month, 7pm
September 13th - topic Progressive Church Evangelism.. At Corky's in Upland. (in the Mountain Green Shopping Center).
** (we each pay our own tab)
Please feel free to share this with folks…and please let us know ASAP whether you plan to join us, so that we can have an idea of the table size we need…..email DrMann@BethelUCCOntario.org
Wednesdays - weekly
Chancel Choir Rehearsal - Wednesdays at 7:30pm - Parsonage or Sancturary; (and Sundays at 9am- Sanctuary)
Southland Symphony Orchestra (Symphonic Music for Southern California) - Rehearses on Saturday Mornings, presents several concerts each year in our Sanctuary
Community Service Events
- Pet Food Bank
The last Saturday of the month 10am -2pm
We distribute pet food so that needy families can keep their pets despite economic hardship.
- Growing Pains Luncheon
A gathering where senior citizens can come together to share their experiences.