Children, Youth & Family

Children's & Youth Ministry Registration Form

Baptism

When your child was born or adopted, they became a member of your family. From birth, they were already a child of God! Baptism is God’s way for us to be immersed into the covenant community, the Church. A “covenant” is a relationship established by God with an individual or a group of people. Baptism is the Sacrament which concretely incorporates us into this covenant community we call the Church or the Body of Christ.

Baptisms can happen during most worship services. While we typically avoid festival Sundays, baptisms may easily be scheduled for any Saturday evening service.

For more information, please contact Pastor Luci or Pastor Grant or fill out a Baptism Request Form on the right.

Milestone Ministries

At Bethany, we celebrate many milestones throughout each child’s faith journey. A faith milestone is a marker along life’s journey that says, “This is something important and God is here too.”

We celebrate the following Milestones:

Baptism, Bibles, Communion, Blessing of the Backpacks, Confirmation, Baccalaureate (High School Senior Recognition)

Nursery information

Our nursery is located on the main level, near the carport entrance.

On Sunday mornings the nursery is staffed from 7:45 - 11:15 a.m. and is intended for children birth to age 5. The nursery is stocked with safe and age appropriate toys, books and so much more! Located in the nursery is a child-sized bathroom as well as a changing table/diapers/wipes.

Creation Station

Creation Station is located in the Sanctuary and is intended for use during worship. Each Sunday, children receive a color page related to the theme or message of worship. Children are encouraged to color a picture and present it as their offering to God.

Sunday School

Classes are offered for students 3 years-8th grade. 

Meets Sundays from 9:00-9:55 a.m. Classes run September 15, 2019 - May 17, 2020.

Our preschool class use Frolic Preschool Bible and explore each story for two weeks at a time. Each week they rotate through music, games, snacks and fun crafts. 

The K-5th grade classes dive deep into Bible stories with Spark: Activate Faith. Classes will explore the same Bible story for three-four weeks. The K-5th grade classes explore stories through different workshops each week such as cooking, science, art and more.  

Our 6th-8th grade class looks at real questions middle school youth are asking and helps kids discover the power of a growing faith in Jesus. They have a great time in class looking at these questions with the help of movies, books and more. 

VBS

Open to all children ages 4 – 5th grade.

One week only every summer and open to the entire community. During our 4-day adventure, kids learn about Jesus. VBS is filled with unforgettable Bible experiences. Kids will see, hear, touch and even taste!

Visit our VBS page and be on the look-out for more information regarding our next VBS week!

CONNECT - Pre-Confirmation program for 4th-5th Graders

Connect is a two year rotation of Bible lessons created for preteens or “tweens.” It is an interactive Bible based lesson where youth learn how individual Bible stories connect to each other and to their own lives. It is designed to help tweens connect the individual lessons they have heard in Sunday School into larger concepts found in the Bible.

Who is it for?
Connect has an open registration for any 4th-5th grade youth. Youth are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors!

When is it offered?
Connect is offered on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Middle School Confirmation (Here We Stand)

Confirmation program for 6th-8th grade students

Meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  

Here We Stand (HWS) utilizes both small and large group activities and discussion. Topics of discussion for this year will come from Martin Luther's Small Catechism. Each Wednesday, HWS will have a 15 minute icebreaker/introduction, 30 minutes of small group discussion and a 15 minute closing. During the year, we will also learn ways to respond to God’s unconditional love through serving the church, community and the world.

Club 9

Club 9 is the Confirmation ministry for the 9th grade class at Bethany. It is a mix of activities, experiences and discussions to encourage all to grow deeper in their faith. Club 9 has been designed to enrich the confirmation experience by helping youth to:

* Develop a supportive relationship with an adult member of Bethany who is not a relative.
* Discover opportunities for involvement within the congregation that might otherwise be overlooked.
* Develop a sense of Christian discipleship.

Club 9 meets monthly during the school year (September – May). Meetings are typically the first Sunday of the month. Youth and mentors worship together at the 10:00 a.m. service with the meeting following from approximately 11:15 a.m. to no later than 12:30 p.m.

High school Bible Study / Youth Group

Open to all 9th-12th grade students.

Meets Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room.

Join us for Bible Study, food, fellowship and games!

Music Opportunities for Youth

Sunday School Choir

Part of the Sunday School hour each week includes music. Periodically, the Sunday School children will sing in worship.

Learn to Ring Chimes

Open to all 4th & 5th Grade Students and meets Wednesdays from 4:00-4:30 p.m.

This is a beginning class and students will learn to ring, read music and have lots of fun!

Middle School Bells 

Open to all 6th-8th grade students and meets Wednesdays from 4:50-5:25 p.m.

BELLZ (HS Bells)

Open to all 9th-12th graders. Meets periodically throughout the school year. Contact Amy Brekke at for more information.