“For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labours, just as God did." Hebrews 4:10
Jesus sometimes withdrew from the demands of His hectic life to rest and pray.
We too should take a break from our work, whatever that is. It is very easy in this life to squeeze out our own rest times – and to squeeze out real time with God. A central aim of Bethany is to provide restful places. By this we mean actual quiet spaces, gentle relaxed times and opportunities for weary workers to make spaces inside their own stressed and pressured heads!
Bethany will offer a welcome whether you are looking for a spiritual retreat, a straightforward, cheerful holiday or just a time away from everyone. We cater for groups, families, married couples and individuals. We can provide gentle pastoral care, people to listen and pray with you and a range of devotional materials to dip into (see also under Pastoral Care). On the other hand, if you prefer just to hang out on the beach, that is also fine. Our guests include Christians from all denominations and countries, focusing on those in mission but also welcoming those in secular jobs.
Bethany's location is idyllic: surrounded by greenery, overlooking the sea and a few minutes from sandy beaches and peaceful walks around rocky coves. Yet the town with its restaurants, shops and other facilities is just nearby. Even the ferry ride helps in the winding down process, as the pressure of Hong King city gives way to an island with no cars, pollution or sense of urgency. Cheung Chau is a fascinating place to explore. The island maintains a large fishing fleet with many fisher folk living traditional lifestyles aboard authentic wooden junks. Down by the harbour the atmosphere is bustling. Guests agree that the 20 minute walk up the hill from the ferry to our tranquil oasis is then definitely worth it.
The Bethany complex consists of four single storey buildings, surrounded by flowers, shrubs and trees, peaceful sitting areas and children's play facilities. Guestrooms are air-conditioned and well equipped. Most rooms have their own bathrooms. All our buildings have high-speed complimentary WiFi access.
Each building has its own sitting and dining room. Families tend to use the larger rooms at Bethany House or Bethany Lodge; if you want a particularly quiet time ask if there is space in the cosy, somewhat more traditional-style Bethany Cottage. Breakfast is provided each day and a communal evening meal is shared every day except Sunday. Mainly Western-style food is served: Bethany’s kitchen receives rave reviews! Soft drinks, ice creams and snacks may be purchased in each building. Other facilities include washing machines and driers, beach kit, a mixed library of books and DVDs. There are also lots of inside and outside toys, puzzles and games available for children. We have some sports equipment available on site and there are more facilities locally. Staff are on hand to meet the needs of our guests.