Bethshan is situated at Wyee which is located between the beautiful Lake Macquarie and Central Coast areas of NSW just north Sydney. It has good access to stunning beaches, waterways and the surrounding rural and mountain landscapes.
Wyee has a railway station on the Newcastle to Sydney Line with quick access to the M1. It is an easy driving distance to the shopping centres such as Westfield Tuggerah and Lake Haven and Morisset.
There are large and modern hospitals at Wyong and Newcastle with access to many specialists.
Bethshan consists of a 50 home retirement village, 134 room residential aged care facility, camp & conference centre and church.
In the area of aged care Bethshan offers a warm, caring and compassionate environment that caters for the full spectrum of the aging process from independent living to assisted and full support.
In the area of Christian outreach Bethshan continues to advance the great commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ to share the promise of eternal life and an abundant life through faith in him. Our church, missionary support, outreach programs, camp and conference ministries are a very important part of this work.
Governance of Bethshan
Bethshan is incorporated as Bethshan Ministries Ltd, a not for profit, charitable and religious organisation. It is governed by a Board of Directors which appoints a management team to operate the ministries.
History of Bethshan
Bethshan was founded by Elliot John and Ethel Rien as Bethshan Holiness Mission. The Rien’s first came to Wyee in 1897 to assist with bee-keeping. They saw a great need to provide a place of rest for Christian workers to revive them spiritually and bodily and to establish a missionary training home in scriptural and practical holiness.On the 1st May 1908 Mr & Mrs Rien took up a selection of approximately 120 acres of virgin bush and signed the property to a trust forming Bethshan Holiness Mission. Bethshan means “place of rest”.
In the early days many swagmen stopped at the Mission and stayed in a hut specially built to provide shelter for them. They were also provided with meals.The Mission ministries revolved around missionary support, outreach programs, bible teaching, camp accommodation and church activities. To meet the needs of staff and visitors, over the years, farming such as dairying was a part of the activities of the full time Christian workers living on site. They grew a lot of their own food and lived by faith trusting in God to provide all their needs.
It was a natural progression by the 1960’s for Bethshan to establish the retirement village. Following the retirement village the need for a nursing home was seen and it was opened on July 20, 1970, with Miss Agnes Bakewell as Matron. The Hostel was opened two years later, in August 1972. The Nursing Home and Hostel is what we now know as Bethshan Gardens Aged Care Facility, which accomodates 134 residents.
Over the years many people who have needed time out for respite or a home have experienced ministry from Bethshan. Through the ministry many have been challenged to find a personal faith in Jesus Christ and receive the promise from God of eternal life. Finding meaning, truth, happiness and a real purpose in life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Jesus said “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.
To provide a Christian environment demonstrating Christ’s love and teaching to all.
We believe in and practice Christian principles of kindness, care and service, promoting maximum security, independence and dignity. We seek to create an environment that:
- people can live in peace and security and give joy to one another.
- is supportive and committed to respecting the rights, visions, values and responsibilities of all.
- emphasises quality and individualised care.
- encourages a life of wholeness; meeting a persons physical, spiritual and intellectual needs.
- respects the spiritual values of every person and promotes the growth of those in our care to the fullness of their potential on every level.
- maintains a high level of ethical responsibility in rendering service and to conduct our affairs with honesty and integrity.
Bethshan promotes a set of values, which frame the nature and direction of the organisation:
- We strive for excellence and quality care and are committed to on‑going improvement.
- We believe that every person is an individual and should be accepted as such and treated with respect regardless of race, colour or creed.
- We recognise that the residents of Bethshan have chosen to live in a non‑smoking and non‑alcohol environment.
- We respect each person’s dignity and encourage and assist in the maintenance of their independence.
- We ensure that all in our care have access to pastoral and spiritual support.
- We recognise a person’s right to privacy, personal possessions, and independent decisions.
- We advocate staff integrity and honesty and encourage development of work related skills by participation in various education programs, both in‑service and external.
We recognise the importance of good family relationships to an individuals well being. Therefore we support good family relationships through our resident care, employment practices and corporate culture programs. Family is anyone who is very close and dear to you.
Bequests and Donations to Bethshan
Bethshan is a not for profit registered charity and donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Donations and bequests have been a huge part of Bethshan since its beginnings and many people have experienced the joy of giving and sharing in the real difference made in the lives of people that are touched by these ministries.
If you are interested in making a donation or bequest to Bethshan Ministries Ltd or would simply like some more information please contact us by email and we will get back to you.
Email: [email protected]
Thank you for your consideration to support and provide financial assistance for this vital ministry.