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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

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.

All Kids

Messy Church is for everyone! Led by Pastor Sarah, we will gather on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5:00-7:00pm (with monthly exceptions) to do a variety of fun activities. There will always be a free dinner for anyone who comes. We’ll learn about the Bible while doing activities and crafts related to what we learn. This is a great way to get the family together mid-week for a spiritual (and fun!) evening.

Parents: we’d love for you to participate as well! This is a monthly event for the whole family. However, if you can’t make it, we’d be more than happy to have just your kiddos. See you there!

Middle School

Wednesday Confirmation continues with our regular schedule of 5:30 dinner / 6:30-8:00 class. This Fall we are looking at “Prophets, Priests and Kings: The Power Players of the Old Testament.” We will connect this Bible topic with Luther’s reflections on the 10 Commandments in his Small Catechism. Confirmation is led by Pastor Tom and supported by a team of volunteers – Cindy Littrell, Jill Lauch, Doug Detels, Heidi Detels, and you? 

11/6, 11/13, 11/20 – Regular Schedule

 11/27 – No dinner/class. Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 7pm, Pie Social to follow

12/4 – Regular Schedule, plus attending Holden Evening Prayer at 7pm

12/11 – Shopping for Angel Tree Prison Ministry

12/18 – White Elephant Christmas party

12/25, 1/1 – No Confirmation

High School

High School Youth Group We gather 6:30-8:00 at the parsonage, with occasional location changes or “field trips.” Our youth group often welcomes friends and guests. We split the time between hanging out and formal activities.
High School Youth Group is led by Pastor Tom with volunteer support from Deanna Rivera. We are praying for additional caring adults to support our young people in this way!
11/7, 11/14, 11/21 – Regular Schedule
11/28 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Annual High School Summer Trip: The 2019 Los Angeles Mission Trip has already happened for the year. Good job high schoolers!

Contact Us

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

Phone
541-688-9085

Address
4445 Royal Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402

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