Mission & Vision for our Bethel Children

The vision of Bethel's youth ministries is to:

  • Provide a nurturing partnership between church and home;
  • To help our youth find their place in the church and in our world by providing connections with other youth, children, and adults of faith;
  • To involve our youth in the work of the church through worship, evangelism, learning, fellowship, and service as a path toward discipleship;
  • To provide experiences that will allow them to develop and test their faith so, as they move into adulthood, they will have a faith that will go with them and grow with them.

 

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Children’s Ministries at Bethel encompass children who are age 3-grade 5.

September-May Activities

Bible, Arts and Music (BAM): Wednesday afternoons

BAM Information

Sunday School: Sunday mornings.

In addition, at various times throughout the year we have a 3rd Grade Holy Baptism Retreat, 4th Grade Holy Worship Retreat and 5th Grade Holy Communion Retreat as well as one month parent/child Sunday School classes on “How to Use the Bible” in 2nd Grade and “Prayer” in 3rd Grade.

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Vision for Children and Youth:

  • Provide a nurturing partnership between church and home;
  • Help our youth find their place in the church and in our world by providing connections with other youth, children, and adults of faith;
  • Involve our youth in the work of the church through worship, evangelism, learning, fellowship, and service as a path toward discipleship;
  • Provide experiences that will allow them to develop and test their faith so, as they move into adulthood, they will have a faith that will go with them and grow with them.

CAT(echism) Class

At Bethel our 4th graders study the Ten Commandments, 5th graders study the Apostles’ Creed and 6th graders have 3 retreats on the Lord’s Prayer.

Currently at Bethel, CAT classes for grades 4 and 5 are taught by Pastor Tim McDermott and Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries.

Classes are held in one 4-week session and two 6-week sessions throughout the school year in conjunction with BAM, our weekly after school program. A student may attend CAT class without staying for the entire Wednesday afternoon program. 

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Special 2nd & 3rd Grade Classes

Each year our 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday School classes have a special four-week class with their parent(s).

In the fall, our 2nd graders and parent(s) learn “How to Use the Bible.”

In February our 3rd graders and parent(s) study “Talking With God,” a curriculum on prayer.

Details will be sent to 2nd and 3rd grade families a few weeks prior to the beginning of each class.

During these four-week sessions, the class is taught by Director of Children’s Ministries, Pam Vig, and our regular teachers for 2nd or 3rd graders have those four Sundays off.

Currently at Bethel, CAT classes for grades 4 and 5 are taught by Pastor Tim McDermott and Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries.

Classes are held in one 4-week session and two 6-week sessions throughout the school year in conjunction with BAM, our weekly after school program. A student may attend CAT class without staying for the entire Wednesday afternoon program.

Stepping Stones Ministries

At Bethel, we intentionally observe specific steps in a child’s faith journey, recognizing their significance in a child’s faith life and offering the congregation, as a whole, the opportunity to celebrate with the child and family as these steps are taken.

Stepping Stones are given out for the following Faith Steps in a child’s life at Bethel:
Baptism, Beginning of Sunday School, 2nd Grade Prayer Class, 3rd Grade Bible Class, 3rd Grade Holy Baptism Retreat, 4th Grade Holy Worship Retreat, 5th Grade Holy Communion Retreat, 6th Grade Lord’s Prayer Retreats, 7th Grade Beginning of Confirmation Instruction, 8th Grade Mission Trip, 9th Grade Christikon Trip, 10th Grade Confirmation Service, High School Summer Trip, and 12th Grade Graduation.

*If your child has observed any of these steps in the years before Bethel began giving out Stepping Stones or at a church other than Bethel, you can order a stepping stone to mark it. Order forms are available in the church office.

Currently at Bethel, CAT classes for grades 4 and 5 are taught by Pastor Tim McDermott and Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries.

Classes are held in one 4-week session and two 6-week sessions throughout the school year in conjunction with BAM, our weekly after school program. A student may attend CAT class without staying for the entire Wednesday afternoon program.

Retreats

3rd Grade Holy Baptism Retreat

On a Sunday in April every year, all 3rd grade students are invited to an afternoon of learning centered around Holy Baptism. We begin at noon and end at 5:00pm. The activities include lunch, learning, games, video and several special activities. Parents are asked to join us for a 25-minute session designed just for them at 4:20 pm. The afternoon concludes with a closing with the children in the sanctuary. Registration Information will be sent out to all 3rd grade families in March. Please contact Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries for more information.

4th Grade Holy Worship Retreat

On a Sunday in March, all of our 4th graders are invited to an afternoon of learning centered around Holy Worship. The afternoon begins at noon and ends at 5:00. The activities include lunch, learning, games and several special activities. Parents are asked to join us for a 45-minute session designed just for them at 4:00. The afternoon concludes with a joint closing with the children in the sanctuary. Registration information will be sent to all 4th grade families in February. Please contact Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries for more information.

5th Grade Holy Communion Retreat

On a Friday night and Saturday in the fall , all of our 5th graders are invited to an overnight retreat centered on Holy Communion. The retreat begins on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and ends Saturday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. Parents are asked to join us for a 45-minute session designed just for them at 2:00 p.m. The afternoon concludes with a joint closing with the children in the sanctuary. Retreat activities include a Seder meal, games, video, good food and several special learning activities. Lights out is at 11:00 and sleeping is a requirement! Registration information was sent to all 5th grade families during the first week of October. Please contact Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries for more information.