youth programs at bethesda lutheran church

Youth Programs

From Cradle to Commencement; A Great Place to Be a Kid!

We love young people here at Bethesda! In a recent survey, Bethesda members said the #1 thing we do well here is love and support youth and children. Our Youth Programs provide a way for children and teens to grow their faith and friendships.

These four legs support the “Welcome Table” for youth:

  • Staff: Every pastor is a youth programs pastor! Pastor Tom oversees Confirmation and High School Youth Ministries and Pastor Sarah oversees Children’s Ministries.
  • Volunteers: Many adults volunteer on a weekly, or regular basis with our Middle and High School youth programs.
  • Youth Ministry Team: A team of parents, volunteers, and staff meets regularly to carry the vision and support of Bethesda’s youth programs.
  • Supportive Congregation: Bethesda’s people are committed to praying for youth, including them in worship, providing leadership opportunities, and giving generously to subsidize every trip or retreat experience, so that no one will be turned away for lack of money.


We offer a great Sunday school program for children every Sunday during the school year at 9:45am. Our teaching staff has experience, passion, and simply loves kids!

Generally, little kids meet in classrooms downstairs, middle school kids meet in in the Narnia room upstairs, and high schoolers meet in the Duck/Beaver room upstairs.

Something For Parents

We always have education or fellowship options for parents to check out while their young ones are in class. Learn more about Adult Education.

Little Kids

bethesda preschoolWaterWorks is for children in 1st-5th grade and we will gather from 5:30-6:30pm (with monthly exceptions) in the fellowship hall. This will give us more of an opportunity to tailor the lessons and activities to the similar ages and abilities of those gathered. We will start each session with a time of bible study and conversation, and then will spend the rest of the time doing experiments, crafts, games, etc.

On each first Wednesday of the month, we will lengthen the time we gather, by a half hour, until 7pm, so that we can serve dinner to all those who are present. This will give added opportunities for fellowship and fun!

WaterWorks is not currently in session. Check out our Bethesda Preschool for your kiddos, ages 3-5!

Middle School

Our Middle School Confirmation program meets Wednesdays during the school year, 6:30 – 8:00pm, in the Duck/Beaver Room. There is also an optional fast food dinner before Confirmation at 5:30pm. Pastor Tom is the point person for Middle School ministries, but this is a team effort involving several adult volunteers.

Confirmation is a tradition in the Lutheran church that encourages young people to “confirm” or “say yes” to Jesus as a response to all God has already done in their lives. Our aim is to support students towards a growing faith in Jesus. We do this through instruction, discussion, Bible study, use of media, journaling, and our mentor program.

High School

High School Youth Group meets every Thursday during the school year, 6:30 – 8:00pm, in the Duck-Beaver Room. This is a great time to get involved and help shape the future. Each meeting involves worship, Bible study, games, and free time. Pastor Tom leads the youth group with a wonderful team of volunteers and is always looking for caring adults to join the effort.

Parents, our youth leaders are willing to drive your kids home after lunch, if this helps them be able to join us.

Contact Us

Office Hours
Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 3:00pm
(During the summer, 10:00am - 2:00pm)


4445 Royal Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402

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