CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

OUR VISION

For our children to have a vibrant prayer life, grounded in the Word of God.

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Ministry for children is provided throughout our Sunday morning service (10-11:30).

Preschool through Fourth Grade children join in the main service time of praise and worship before being released to their classes for their time of ministry during the remainder of the service.

It is a privilege to provide a welcoming environment for our youngest church attenders! Here, we aim to give them their first experiences of being highly valued in God’s family.

  • Classroom located through doors to the left of the sanctuary stage
  • Drop off starts at the beginning of the morning church service
  • Please pick up your children from the classroom after the church service

Our two year old children have opportunities to play and share with friends as well as hear key Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments.

  • Classroom located through doors to the right of the sanctuary stage
  • Drop off starts at the beginning of the morning church service
  • Please pick up your children from the classroom after the church service

Our lessons are short and simple adaptations from a “basic theology” book called Everything a Child Should Know About God. Each week, the coloring page sent home with your child will include the lesson they heard in class to help fuel your dialogue and reinforcement at home.

  • Classroom located upstairs at the west end of the balcony
  • Parent-supervised drop off after worship and announcements when children are released from the morning church service
  • Please pick up your children from the classroom after the church service

We enjoy using Jesus Storybook Bible lessons that we have personally tailored for this age group with interactive activities and crafts. On the fourth Sunday of each month, we have a prayer-focused class time where the children learn a prayer from the Bible that is put to song and explored with related activities and opportunities to pray it.

  • Classroom located upstairs in the center classroom
  • Parent-supervised drop off after worship and announcements when children are released from the morning church service
  • Please pick up your children from the classroom after the church service

We encourage our Kindergarten and First Graders to gain confidence in studying God’s Word and thinking through questions about it together. We use props and flannelgraph to help the passages come alive as we use the “Simply the Story” method to interact with the Bible text.

On the fourth Sunday of each month, our K-1st children combine with the 2nd-4th graders for a special “Encounter” time of focusing on prayer and connection with God. We love seeing our elementary students grow in their understanding of God’s desire for them to draw near to Him and giving them opportunities to do that together in class!

  • Classroom located upstairs beside the conference room toward the east end of the balcony
  • Parent-supervised drop off after worship and announcements when children are released from the morning church service
  • Please pick up your children from the classroom after the church service

We aim to help our Second through Fourth Graders grow their confidence in studying the Word themselves. We’ve adapted the “Discovery Bible Study Method” and trained several small group leaders to facilitate this with the children. In these small group times, leaders guide the children in reading through, retelling, and answering questions about short passages of scripture together each week.

On the fourth Sunday of each month, our K-1st children combine with the 2nd-4th graders for a special “Encounter” time of focusing on prayer and connection with God. We love seeing our elementary students grow in their understanding of God’s desire for them to draw near to Him and giving them opportunities to do that together in class!

  • Classrooms located across the driveway on the ground floor of the college building (access through Door C)
  • Children meet their teachers in the church lobby after worship and announcements when children are released from the morning church service
  • Parents – please pick up your children from the main classroom or their small-group rooms after the church service

OTHER EVENTS

  • Elementary Bible Study – Our Wednesday night “Sword Training” Bible class for 2nd through 4th grade children aims to foster a love for God’s Word and deeper understanding of how to study it. The 2019-20 class launches October 2nd from 6:30-8pm. Click HERE for more information and registration.
  • Vacation Bible School – VBS is typically held for one week in the summer with specific dates and registration available by the month of May.
  • Summer Backyard Bible Clubs – We would like to offer support and encouragement to those from our congregation who choose to coordinate and host their own “Backyard Bible Clubs” in their homes or at neighborhood parks during the years when we do not have VBS. This provides a wonderful opportunity for people in our church family to personally run with the mission of Bethany Church as they make disciples, grow in leadership, and reach out into the community to share Jesus with those who may not otherwise engage in a program at church. A Backyard Bible Club is usually held for 90 minutes to two hours for four to five days in a row. It’s a time of blessing neighborhood kids with Bible stories, games, crafts, and snacks. It can also provide children with a unique opportunity to partner with their parents in planning, praying, and sharing the Gospel. Our desire is to hear from those of you who are interested in coordinating these so we can pray for you, connect you with others to partner with, provide or point you to helpful resources, as well as share a financial grant for supplies. If this peaks your interest, please respond to us at bethanychildrensmin@gmail.com before the end of April if you would like our help with ideas as you plan and prepare. The earlier you respond, the better we can help set you up for success!

CONTACT THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TEAM

Kerry Bowman, Jen Lawrence, Matt Hendley, and Heidi Hjelle

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