We believe that marriage is a covenant through which a man and woman offer vows before God to live out their lives of discipleship together. Our policies about weddings emerge from this conviction. Center purposes to establish Christian marriages in the context of a loving community, weddings are reserved for individuals who are committed followers of Christ have been attending Bethesda regularly for at least six months prior to applying to be married here.

The next step is to attend a marriage counseling class.
It is designed to explain to you the entire process of getting married at Bethesda.



Anyone considering baptism is required to attend a one hour class B survey understand what it is and have their questions answered. We believe that baptism is for believers; children, teens, and adults, we have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in being baptized, call or email the church office to get more information. 815.397.4212 or


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Bethesda is a Place of Healing, A Place to Make Disciples, to Share Christ, and Change Lives

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Phone:  815-397-4212


Address:  2101 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61104

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Bethesda Church offers creative teaching, music, and many other ministries that make the church in meaningful place to attend. There are 3 groups that make up the Bethesda community: visitors, regular attendees, and members. All are integral to our community, and welcome to attend groups. The difference between regular attendees and members can be summed up in one word: commitment.  Becoming a Christian means committing myself to Christ, becoming a member means committing oneself to other Christians–working together to accomplish the mission of Bethesda.

The membership process is designed to be personally enriching in one's on going walk with Christ. If you have been attending Bethesda for over six months, have placed your faith in Christ, and had begun a connection with our ministries in order to grow and serve, you might be ready to consider the commitment of membership.


This is a prerequisite to becoming a member, the anyone can attend… everything you wanted to learn about Bethesda, but didn't know who to ask! Learn about the history of Bethesda, understand the covenant doctrine, or learn how our church functions Area and also discover personal gifts and passions… we won't even offer a tour of the building! Call the church office at 815.397.4212 for the next class schedule.

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…to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God…
Ephesians 4:12–13