Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church 

Children, Youth, & Family Ministries are committed to uphold the promises we made as parents, sponsors, and a community of faith during Holy baptism in an engaging, relevant, challenging, and meaningful way.

Faith Formation Opportunities at Bethesda

Starting this fall, Bethesda will no longer offer a traditional Sunday School program to assist our youngest members in growing in their faith. Our culture is changing. Families are more diverse and schedules are fuller than they used to be. As more and more people work nontraditional shifts and the number of blended families increases, it’s become much more difficult for families to fit time with each other, as well as time for worship, into their schedules. In order to be sensitive to these needs faith formation opportunities, Bethesda’s Children, Youth and Family Ministry and Education Team in partnership with the Worship Committee has decided to offer faith formation opportunities for all ages. The goal of our faith formation program will be for everyone to grow in their relationships with each other as well as their relationship with God. We will provide opportunities on both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. On both Sundays and Wednesdays, we will provide opportunities that are more concise and allow families to worship and learn together.

Sunday Story Time: faith formation for children age 3 to 2nd grade

Sunday Story Time offers younger children the opportunity to study the weekly Gospel lesson through a format designed just for them. While their families are studying the word during traditional worship in the sanctuary, children ages 3 who are potty trained through 2nd grade will learn about the church and the Gospel in the Fellowship Hall. After the sermon, children will join their families to participate in the community portion of worship (sharing of the peace, offering, and Communion). Children who are younger than 3 years old or who are not yet potty trained are invited to join Story Time accompanied by a parent or other adult. Sunday Story Time will meet in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00 AM – approximately 9:25 AM. Sunday Story Time starts Sunday, September 11th.

Wednesday S.T.O.R.Y., Word and Worship: a faith formation and worship experience for all ages

Join us Wednesday evenings for S.T.O.R.Y., Word and Worship. S.T.O.R.Y., Word and Worship offers families a worship and faith formation experience option where members can worship and grow in their faith together. The night starts at 5:30 PM with a community meal with table discussions designed to help us get to know one another. After the meal, we will study the word in groups of 8 or fewer using a family devotional format. By design, family devotionals are short study experiences that welcome input from everyone regardless of age. The family devotionals we will use are centered on the foundational stories of our faith, focusing on journey from creation to the first church. After the word, we will move into the sanctuary for a condensed, contemporary style worship experience. Communion will be served weekly. Worship will end around 7:00 PM. S.T.O.R.Y., Word and Worship starts September 14th.

Word and Sacrament Classes: Second Graders and Up

Pastor led classes to develop a deeper understanding of the communion meal and prepare for a more active role in the church. Anyone interested in exploring the Sacrament of Holy Communion deeper and students who haven’t started participating in the communion meal are invited to attend.
Classes held on Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 1 (Saturday Retreat)
First Communion: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Confirmation Classes (Years 1 – 3): 7th, 8th, and 9th Graders
Pastor led classes to explore faith practices in preparation for individual Affirmation of Baptism.
Classes held on Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm
November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, and 21
Lenten Mentorship Meetings: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5.

Confirmation Classes (Year 4): Tenth Graders
Pastor led classes to explore our Lutheran faith and heritage in preparation for individual Affirmation of Baptism.
Classes held on Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm
January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, and 22.
Lenten Mentorship Meetings: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5.

Confirmation Sunday: May 7, 2017

The Journey to the National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX: June 22 - July 2, 2018
Registration September 2017

Youth Group fund raising on Amazon