family faith formation
BIRTH - 6TH GRADE
LIGHT (3-year-olds thru 4th grade)
Sept - May (9:30-10:30am)
Our longest running children's program, LIGHT, is Sunday School at the traditional Sunday morning time between worship services. Each week begins in the gathering room with a large group opening, where an adult leader introduces the Bible story with singing, skits, or silly activities. After opening, children move by age group to one of our classrooms to engage the story more deeply with a volunteer teacher. Throughout the year we also plan time for parents and kids to engage in faith together through family faith activities like packing school kits or cancer comfort kits or learning about ways to practice faith as a family wherever we may be.
Sept - May
Dinner & Worship (All)
4:45-6pm in the Dining Room | 6-6:45pm in the Sanctuary
Grab the whole family and come on out each Wednesday for our FREE dinner! We’ll serve a meal from 4:45pm until 6pm. Families are strongly encouraged to attend our casual, family-friendly worship which begins at 6pm.
NightLIGHT (3-year-olds thru 4th grade)
6:45-7:45pm in the classrooms downstairs
Following dinner and worship, we’ll gather in the opening/closing room downstairs for a five minute introduction to the day's lesson. Then children split into age groups and head to their classrooms to dig into the story. Families pick up children in their classrooms at 7:45pm.
Catechism Club (5th & 6th Grade)
6:45-7:45pm in the youth room classrooms upstairs
Our 5 & 6 graders are invited to be part of our brand new Catechism Club, which will be the primary education opportunity for this age group. They will meet each Wednesday with Sarah Morgan and two adult small group leaders. Our goal is to engage kids in the Bible and build community as people of faith!
Family Faith Kits
2-3 times throughout the year, we provide our families with kits to practice and share their faith at home. Past examples have included our Advent To Go kit, Lent in a Box and our "Carry Out Your Faith" summer faith kit pizza boxes.
From baptism to graduation, Bethlehem celebrates the milestones in our children’s lives! We will kick of the year with a blessing of the backpacks and end with a blessing of our graduating seniors. In between, a variety of milestones will be offered and celebrated for every child and youth in our congregation. Some will be offered on Sunday and others on Wednesday.
These are activities purely for the sake of fellowship, which provide opportunities for whole families to be together and to deepen our relationships with each other. Some of these events will take place on Sunday morning as part of the LIGHT program and others will be special events like a night at the Southern MN Children's Museum or our annual Trunk or Treat event.