Youth and Children
Bethel is committed to raising children in the worshiping Body of Christ. Childhood is the most formative stage of faith development when young ones are led by their sense of wonder. We welcome their presence, their wiggles, their interruptions, and especially their questions. The flow of our rituals and informal but structred style make this a refreshing home for families. Our kids routinely ask their parents if they can go to church on Sunday. We cherish the life they bring us. See below for a list of our age specific ministries.
While children of all ages are welcome throughout the worship hour, we do offer nursery care for ages 6 and under. Here they will develop trusting friendships with our staff and volunteers. These relationships will nurture them throughout their years with us.
Elementary Age (K-5th)
Bethel's Children's Ministry is growing in depth, vibrancy, and in families served. Beginning in January 2018, we will offer a new format for Sunday School. Kids will start worship with adults but leave for a portion of the service and then return for communion. Kids choir for 20 minutes will follow worship. These classes follow the stories told in worship, explain the rituals, and engage through the arts. We supplement this core learning with service projects, field trips, worship dramas, and Parents' Night Out. Quarterly, we host kid-led worship on Sundays when children write and lead prayers, read scripture, sing, and offer reflections. We are currently exploring hiring a Youth and Children's Ministry Leader as well as hosting a Vacation Bible School in the summer of 2018.
Middle School (6th-8th)
Beginning with the fall school year 2018, Middle School Youth Group will meet on Wednesdays after school (early release.) Similar to our elementary program, this program features service projects, mastering the Bible stories, and engagement through art, poetry, and video. Youth will also explore the practices of Christian community: prayer, worship rituals, friendship, and rites of passage from birth to death in a faith context. Youth will have access to summer camp and school year retreats. Students electing into the Confirmation program in 7th Grade will attend these classes regularly with additional expectations set out by the pastor. The schedule may vary depending on the student need.