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

· (All aged) Sunday School gather in the fellowship hall for a story about the lesson (lectionary) and then break into our smaller groups for conversation, craft and prayer time. Ages 3+ please. We are currently looking for Sunday school teachers.

· The 2022-2023 Ministry Calendar of Events is located in the narthex on the west wall. Please visit it for information of dates and times. 

· Family Sunday’s will start October 2, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Join us for family fun and activities throughout the year. Please see the ministry calendar for events, dates and times. We will meet at noon in the Fellowship Hal and have lunch together before breaking out into groups. The first event will be balloon tower making. We have a special guest doing a presentation for adults and parents. 

· First Bible class is October 16 from 11:45 to 2:00 p.m. We will have lunch and then teach our youth how to use the bible. A parent must accompany the youth to the class. This is a very interactive teaching time and lots of fun. We will present bibles to our youth on Reformation Sunday, October 30, during service.   

· Monday Night Football is a small group that meets at 6:00 p.m. every Monday night during the football season at Gary’s home. Everyone is invited! We watch football and eat snacks together, bring your own libation. During halftime we have a faith-based discussion. 

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.