Youth & Family

CONNECTING YOUTH WITH GOD

We strongly believe in providing our youth opportunities to connect with God, as well as providing our growing families with a resource for connecting with God in traditional and non-traditional ways.

All families of Bethel are welcome to participate in our family activities – the fun is not just for kids! The Youth & Family Ministry Director is Kim Miller.

Preschool BYG

New in 2015 is our focused time for preschool youth! The group of 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds meets on the first Saturday of the month in the Education Wing. We focus on big stories of the Bible and provide the youth with a healthy lunch, craft time, activity time and a chance to begin making friends within their age group.

Mini Bethel Youth Group (MBYG)

Mini Bethel Youth Group is a bi-monthly youth group for suggested ages K-4th. Adult and teen leaders lead a fun 1.5-hour rotation of songs, skits, Bible stories, crafts, and games, and a group meal-time for fellowship. Emphasis is on building relationships and relating Biblical principles to kids’ everyday experiences. Past projects have included tracing the lineage of the Patriarchs and Jesus Journals. The 2015-16 program year runs every first and third Thursday through Thursday, May 5, 2016.

MBYG 2015-16 Curriculum and Dates, Meetings are 6-7:30 p.m.

  • God’s Creation is Good

    • 9/17 – The Earth
    • 10/1 – Living Things
    • 10/15 – In God’s Image
    • 11/5 – Adam and Eve
    • 2/4 – Isaac and Rebekah

  • Big Promises

    • 11/19 – Abraham and Sarah
    • 12/3 – Advent & Christmas*
    • 1/7 – Abraham and Lot
    • 1/21 – The Birth of Isaac
    • 5/5 – Elizabeth and Zechariah

  • Blessings & Birthrights

    • 2/18 – Jacob and Esau
    • 3/3 – The Birthright
    • 3/17 – Easter*
    • 4/21 – Jacob’s Ladder

Little Bethel Youth Group (LBYG)

Little BYGs, LBYGs, Little Bethel Youth Group – or better known as our fifth and sixth graders! Aside from Sunday School, this group meets regularly for 1.5 hours on the first and third Thursdays of the month in the Youth Room located in the Education Hall. For the 2015-16 year, our regular evening sessions will focus on the Cokesburry curriculum – Submerge, and is lead by Jeri Stimson and Kim Miller. In addition to the curriculum, the kids in this group enjoy pizza and fellowship with their peers.

This bi-monthly group is open to LBYG and JBYG youth. This encourages our youth to create more relationships with the other youth around their same age in school. Our goal is to provide more time for the kids to know each other and grow their relationships together – enhancing their mission trip, Gathering trip, and ministry programs for the years to come.

Junior Bethel Youth Group (JBYG)

Junior BYGs, JBYGs, Junior Bethel Youth Group – is our busy group of seventh and eighth graders! They have regular lock-ins and other weekend fun and are invited to join our JBYG in the first and third Thursday programming.

This is a 1.5 hour session on the first and third Thursdays of the month in the Youth Room located in the Education Hall. For the 2015-16 year, our regular evening sessions will focus on the Cokesburry curriculum – Submerge, and is lead by Jeri Stimson and Kim Miller. In addition to the curriculum, the kids in this group enjoy pizza and fellowship with their peers.

This bi-monthly group is open to LBYG and JBYG youth. This encourages our youth to create more relationships with the other youth around their same age in school. Our goal is to provide more time for the kids to know each other and grow their relationships together – enhancing their mission trip, Gathering trip, and ministry programs for the years to come.

Bethel Youth Group (BYG)

Bethel Youth Group is the senior high youth group that meets regularly every other Thursday and other nights throughout the school year as a part of fellowship and their commitment to their growing faith. The Bethel Youth Group takes a yearly mission trip coinciding with the ELCA National Youth Gathering every three years.

Family Events

Throughout the year we host various family oriented events, many outside of the church. From skating parties to movie nights, we encourage all families to join in fellowship.

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