The Bethany Story
Bethany Homestead opened in 1926 and for over 90 years has been providing a holistic approach to the care and support of the elderly and frail.
The idea of a Home for sick and elderly Church members was
first put forward in 1921 at a meeting of the Northampton Baptist Board by the Rev'd Frank Fletcher Dardis who at that time was Minister of the Princess Street Baptist Chapel. He voiced the distress felt by many in the Churches at the social and economic circumstances of some of the oldest and most respected members of the Churches. He declared :
"In our Churches are men and women who have outlived their generation,' they are often too frail to manage entirely on their own; others in fair health, perhaps 'with just enough means to live, have insufficient to afford house rent. Too frequently such people as these are forced to end their days in the Poor Law Institution ".
Do not cast me off in the time of old age,' forsake me not when my strength is spent".
"They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green"