Youth

Pre-kindergarten through High School Ministry is the age-specific ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church that recognizes the unique variety of needs and gifts of children and teenagers and seeks to walk along side these members and their families in identifying God’s activity in their lives. We do this through Faith Formation, Serving/ Mission, and Fellowship on a regular basis.

Upcoming Events & News

(All aged) Sunday School will be having Sunday school for all ages in the Fellowship Hall. There is a story about the lesson (lectionary) and small groups for conversation, craft and prayer time. We are currently looking for Sunday school teachers.

Confirmation— We will not have Confirmation sessions in December, but we invite all Confirmands to take part in our Wednesday night Advent activities. We will resume sessions on January 8 at 12:00 p.m. We are currently taking a comprehensive look into the small Catechism.  

Family Sunday will be January 15 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall, have lunch together, and break out into groups. We will be making homemade noodles for soups and pasta dishes.

The 2022 Christmas Program will be December 18 and is called the “ABC’s of Christmas”. We will have a rehearsal on December 17 at 1:00 p.m. If you are a youth of any age and interested in participating, please let Gary know! Parents if you would like to help with practice or sign-making please contact Gary. Sharon Kirby-Cole will be directing the program. 

Advent Dinner, Prayer, & Fellowship
Our Advent Wednesday activities are for all ages (“Generation to Generation”).
· Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer, 7:30 p.m. Fun & Fellowship.
· November 30—Dinner: Chili night with Frito pie fixings. Activity: Advent Calendars and decorating contest
· December 7—Dinner: Italian night. Activity: Christmas Trivia game night
· December 14—Dinner: Taco/Nacho bar. Activity: Surprise!
· December 21—Bring your own dinner and Christmas Caroling (Hot Chocolate provided!!). If you have anyone that you think might enjoy carolers to stop by, please let Gary know.

Pre-kindergarten – Grade 6

In a typical year, this age group has weekly hour-long Sunday School classes during the academic months, Holy Communion classes, special Christmas worship/program, Easter events, summer Day Camp, and events to build fellowship and faith.

Sunday School
During the school year, Sunday School meets between worship services (9:15 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.) for ages 4 through 6th grade. Songs, prayers, and activities to help our young grow in faith vary each week. Contact our Faith Formation Director, Gary K, for more information or to volunteer to help (faithformation@bethlehem-lutheran.net, 303-776-3290).

Middle school and Confirmation: Grades 7–8

What a great time to explore faith together! Through events, classes and life together, we welcome youth in grades 7 and 8 and friends to be a part of this community.

Confirmation Ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a ministry program for youth in grades 7 and 8. They will study the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Old and New Testaments of scripture, and cover topics relevant to living a life of faith in current times. Students meet on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings throughout the school year. Additionally, each Confirmation Student is assigned an adult Mentor who walks alongside them for the entire period. The Affirmation of Baptism is celebrated on Reformation Sunday of the 9th grade year for those who wish to affirm their faith. Contact Pastor Katie (pastor@bethlehem-lutheran.net) or the Faith Formation Director Gary K. (faithformation@bethlehem-lutheran.net) with any questions.

We start Confirmation on September 11 this year with a comprehensive look into the Lutheran’s faith of the small Catechism. We have expanded our Confirmation Ministry to a 3 year cycle.

High School: Grades 9–12

Our church strives to help students in high school explore their faith, find a welcoming community and let’s face it, have some fun too! In a typical year, this ministry has monthly activities ranging from silly game nights, to community service opportunities to being together in worship. Information for these events can be found in the Star newsletter, our weekly emails or by reaching out to the Faith Formation Director, Gary K., (faithformation@bethlehem-lutheran.net, 303-776-3290).

Mission to Serve

Household service is one of the Four Keys of faith formation. Youth of all ages from Bethlehem Lutheran Church are active participants in serving our community.