Youth 7th-12th Grade
We describe our youth program at Bethlehem as building blocks. The blocks we invite our youth to build their faith and life on are worship, education, fellowship, leadership, creative expression, welcoming new and different faces, local stewards serving the community, and trip ministry. These building blocks are foundational for a real and active faith in Jesus Christ. In all these things, we believe that the youth experience is about having fun, as you see in these pictures, because we believe our God wants us to have his joy in us.
We want our youth to have a vibrant faith not only as something they can depend on in their future, but as a way to help them know who they are now, and as a way to make a difference in the world. We believe youth are not the “future of the church” but that they can contribute with parents and the other adults in the church today. Is God active in their lives? Come and see.
During the education hour on Sunday mornings (9:30-10:30 a.m.), 6th-12th grade youth meet in the youth room for faith formation experiences. This year begins with Dr. Marrett Broady Grund teaching about faith and science (through October 11th), then there will be a series of faith stories told by congregation members, starting October 25th. Connection does not meet October 18th (MEA week), or November 29th (Thanksgiving weekend).
After our family and youth friendly worship service on Wednesday, 10th-12th grade youth gather with Lance in the Youth Room (6:30-7:45 p.m.). TIMES is sometimes a fun activity like a scavenger hunt, sometimes a service project, and sometimes a bible study. Friends are always welcome!
Beginning with worship at 6:00 p.m., 7th-9th grade youth study the bible and Luther’s small catechism with Pastors Jay and Collette in the Heritage Room. This year we are focusing on Old Testament bible stories. Here is the full schedule for confirmation.
Special Events and Fundraisers
There are several annual events that Bethlehem youth participate in, which are listed on this event schedule. They include fun trips like the ropes course at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Junior and Senior High retreats, Mardi Gras dinner, and summer trips to the Boundary Waters and mission sites.
Lance Quick, Youth and Family Director