Children’s Ministry 

Bethany Lutheran Church has many wonderful opportunities for children and youth. The primary goal of the children is to bring each child to a closer relationship with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through worship, Bible study, service, and mission trips. We also strive to help the youth form Christian relationships that will last into high school and adulthood.   While doing this, we hope to help all children know that they are an important part of Bethany’s family and a vital role to the community and world. For more information, you can contact Kim Lauer, Minister of Children and Middle School Youth.

Volunteers Needed

Sunday School Workers - We need Sunday School workers for Power Hour Faithweaver Friends (serving as teachers) and for children’s church. Teachers guide children through activities and take an active role in leading these children in their walk with Christ. Fun, engaging, unique activities and dramas each week!

Children’s church leaders are needed. This ministry takes place during the 11:00AM service for children 4 years old – second grade. Please consider signing up to help fill the schedule.

Puppeteer Ministry

puppetOur puppeteers serve once a month for about 20 minutes during the 11:00 worship service. Skits are provided ahead of time for the puppeteers. On a Sunday morning they choose a puppet and take part in a 10 minute skit behind the puppet stage. The kids love to see the puppets come out and tell a story and always get excited when they pop out. It is a fun and “easy” way to serve in Children’s Ministry. See Kim Lauer to get involved.

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Power Hour
Sunday School Mornings

Join us for “Dr. Seuss Sundays” in Power Hour (our name for Sunday school) this fall from 9:30-10:30 every Sunday morning.  One day God said, “This is what I will do: I’ll send down my Son.  I’ll send him to you!”  Every Sunday from September to December we will hear a Dr. Seuss story and how it applies to a teaching from Jesus.  We want to our children to know, love, and trust Jesus more and more. Energetic large group openings and meaningful small group activities. Friends are always welcome.  We hope to see you there!  

Jump In!

Children amaze me.  Every child I know has at least one thing they aren’t scared to do.  Some will take a running jump into a pool, others can’t wait to be the center of attention, and most can work an iphone better than me.  I love seeing children get excited about learning and trying new things.  They usually seem more willing to JUMP IN and start something new than most adults. 

This year we have many exciting opportunities for preschool-2nd graders to JUMP IN and enjoy.  They can come and make new friends, grow, have fun, and learn about Jesus.  I hope you will explore all that Bethany has to offer for children and participate in the many fun events.  Please contact Kim Lauer with any questions or how to help you and your family get more connected.

Sonshine Station Children’s Church
 

This is a special ministry for children ages 4 years old though 2nd grade. These children are invited to join us at Sonshine Station (Commons Area located in the Community Life Center) to learn about Jesus’ love with a special children’s lesson and help from our puppet ministry team. Children will be excused during the 11AM service for Sonshine Station (located in the Commons Area in the CLC) and will return during the offering. Parents, please feel free to accompany hesitant children or join us anytime. Parent help is always needed for this ministry. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Lauer.

Easter Celebration
 

Join us on the Saturday morning before Easter as we celebrate Easter with egg hunts, games, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, train rides, bouncy houses, and other great activities. The events are open to little ones up through 4th grade. The egg hunt begins at 10:10AM for the two groups. This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to church. 

VBS (Vacation Bible School)
 

Bethany offers a large VBS program for members, friends, and the community. This is our largest children’s outreach program hosting over 600 children per year. The program takes place one week in June and runs from 9AM-12 noon! Each year we have a new program that leads us on a Bible journey with educational activities such as crafts, snacks, games, skits and songs. All children ages 3 – 6th grade are welcome to attend. Parent and youth volunteers are always needed!

Fall Festival
 

Join us for our annual Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival on Sunday before Halloween.  The event will be fun for the whole family. We will have a carnival, hayride, petting zoo, door prizes, and food trucks.  Only $5 to participate in the activities (petting zoo, ponies, etc). Children can come and collect candy at decorated cars. Exciting prizes will be offered for best decorated cars so please consider bringing your “decked out” car to the event!  All themes are welcome. 

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Baptism

On the first Saturday of every month, the pastor leads a pre-baptism class held in the church office at 10:00AM. At the class, we teach our beliefs on baptism as well as offer the opportunity to schedule your child’s baptism. The class is about 30-45 minutes in length. We ask that all parents wanting to have their children baptized at Bethany attend the class, but it is not necessary for parents to attend the class more than one time.

We can help you schedule your private or public baptism by contacting Cindy McCormick at the church office.   Listed below is the schedule for the public baptism (during the worship services): 1st Sunday: 11 AM service; 2nd Sunday: 9:30 AM service; 3rd and other Sundays: 8 AM service.

2nd Grade Bible Distribution
and Banquet

One of Bethany’s long-standing traditions is the distribution of Bibles to 2nd graders on Reformation.  During the Reformation, Dr. Martin Luther emphasized the importance of placing the scripture into the people’s hands, including children. If you would like your child to receive this gift, we are blessed to do so. 

First Communion

Bethany instructs 5th and 6th graders on the beliefs, traditions and practices of Holy Communion in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. These classes, taught by the Pastor, are held during the Lenten weeks following Ash Wednesday and ending on Palm Sunday. The class will receive their First Communion during the 11 AM service on Palm Sunday. For youth 7th grade and older, we offer a First Communion Instruction Class at various times. All First Communion classes are attended by the child(ren) and the parents.  If you have any questions or would like to know when the next class will be held, please contact Cheryl Kulas.

Confirmation

Bethany offers a two year program of instruction for Youth Confirmation. Youth are eligible to begin Confirmation instruction beginning in the 9th grade. This program is held on Wednesday evenings from September to May. Second year students are confirmed the first weekend in May. The Confirmation program includes weekly worship services, pastoral teaching and small group meetings with adult leaders. Youth also participate in two Confirmation retreats and several service projects led by Minister of Youth and Education, Landon Becker. Participation as an acolyte at worship services is a requirement for Confirmation students. Please contact Landon Becker, Minister of Youth and Education for more information.