The Junior High Luther League is for 6th-8h graders. This is a youth group catered to the mindset of a middle schooler. Monthly activities occur with a mix of fun and faith. Our highlights throughout the year include a day at “Betty’s Lake”; serving at the congregational Valentine’s Dinner; laser tag; and a Christmas party you have to see to believe. Friends are always welcome to our group!
High School Luther League
Luther League is the high school youth group at Bethlehem. The group gathers for Youth Nights in the school house; and also looks forward to Project Noel Toy Shopping and the Easter sunrise service. Luther League hosts several congregational meals throughout the year as fundraisers. Every three, years, the high schools participate in the ELCA Youth Gathering. We look forward to taking a group of 27 to Houston in June 2018. Luther League provides a positive environment for youth to be themselves and learning what it means to be a Christian.
Periodically, adult bible study classes are held during the week. Pastor Terry prepares a Bible Study for the Lydia circle on the first Thursdays of the month. If you are interested in being involved in or leading a Bible Study please let Pastor Terry know. Previous Studies are provided for you below by topic:
Vacation Bible School is a fun-filled week during the summer where children will learn about Jesus and His great love for us. Each day the children get to learn and know Christ and explore the Bible through story, song, craft, games and more!
At Bethlehem, our Vacation Bible School is held in late June and all children age 3 through those just finishing 2nd grade are invited to attend.
Sunday school is at 9am and is for all youth grades preschool through high school. Sunday School is held from September through May, and is taught by many members of the congregation. Primarily, the lessons follow the Bible readings from worship that day. There are also creative lessons, like reenacting the Last Supper and bringing Bible characters to life by studying a Holy Land adventure. The Sunday School also leads the Christmas Eve service and participates in philanthropic projects throughout the year.
KIDZ CLUB began as an organization for kids, and now focuses on the entire congregation and even the community. Kidz Club organizes big events like Trunk or Treat and a Live Nativity scene. They have also sponsored “prayer stones”. Each child in the congregation is prayed for every day by three different congregation members. Kidz Club has also participated in Operation Christmas Child since 2014. Items for over 100 boxes were collected and packaged to spread the Good News of Jesus all over the world.
Christian education is the responsibility of both the family and the Church. When a child is baptized, the parents make a covenant with God and the Church to teach their children the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, and the 10 Commandments, to place in his/her hands the Holy Scriptures, and to provide for his/her education in the Christian faith.
Confirmation is not a way to fully fulfill the baptismal covenant, but it is a way to provide a structured learning environment in which a young Christian can engage the faith, the scriptures, and the mission of the church.
At Bethlehem, catechism classes are held for youth in grades 6 through 8. The Wednesday evening program runs in the fall for all three grades; and the 8th grade continues in the winter and spring in preparation for Confirmation.
Confirmation is usually held in the spring. Students have a public examination followed by the affirmation of baptism the following week.
Our youngest youth group is the Junior Lutherans for kindergarten through 5 th grade. This group meets monthly with activities for the littlest Lutheran. We enjoy outings like the corn maze, swimming at the Filling Home and singing at the Lutheran Home. We also have activities at Bethlehem like craft afternoons and a movie. Families and friends are always welcome at our events!
One of the biggest traditions in Christian Education at Bethlehem is the Summer School program. Although the length of the program has changed throughout the years, the core teachings have not. Students learn lessons from the Old and New Testaments; and also components from the catechism. In addition to class time, there is also daily memory work. Summer School runs for three weeks and is for youth going into grades 3 through 8. It is taught and run by the youth director, pastor and other support staff. Summer School is not only a great tradition, but it is a wonderful ministry that kids look forward to each year. The event culminates in a campout and congregational program.
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