Bethlehem’s High School Ministry is built around the idea of “sticky faith”. Students will learn to take ownership of their personal faith through serving others, planning and implementing outreach and fellowship events, mission trips, “Leadership Lab”, National Gatherings, and studies designed to help them deepen their faith and develop the habits of discipleship. Students gather on Wednesday nights.
2016-17 Winter/Spring Schedule for High School Youth Group
**Lenten Schedule: Youth Group starts at 6:30pm in the Fireside Room; We worship together at 7:15pm and will reconvene after worship for 15 minutes to pray together; Dismissed at 8:00pm.
- March 8, 15, 22** Tackling Tough Questions of Faith
- March 29 No Youth Group—Spring Break
- April 5 Tackling Tough Questions of Faith (Lenten Schedule)
- April 12 No Youth Group—Holy Week
- April 16: Easter Breakfast—Youth will plan, cook, serve, and clean up after this annual event! Watch for more information!
- April 19 Back at Holmer House for “Love and Health”
- April 26 Decisions and Faith
- May 3 Interfaith Day
- May 10 TBD
- May 17 End-of-the-year Party! Farewell to seniors!
Summer Trip Forms
Click HERE for the Camp RHINO Health Form for New Orleans Trip.
Click HERE for the Boundary Waters Trip Health Form.
Wednesday Night Youth Group
Our Wednesday night program alternates between fun events, service projects, and studies designed to deepen the faith of our students. This is a relaxed environment led by Pastor Sarah and Adult Mentors where students can be themselves, ask the big questions, and discuss issues of faith and life in small groups. Snacks and drinks are available and there is always room to bring a friend!
Laser Tag, Bowling, Fiestas, Retreats and Lock-Ins – these events are designed by students for students. Our students need a place where they can relax and have fun with others who share their values and faith. Outreach events are specifically meant to help students new to the ministry connect in a fun way and to allow our students that all-important fellowship time.
Retreats and Lock-Ins
Focused time together helps to build relationships between students and adult mentors. During these events, using a combination of team-building activities (think games, ropes courses, etc) and time for teaching and reflection, students grow closer to one another and deepen their relationship with God.
Service Events and Mission Trips
Giving back is an important part of the Christian faith, and our students love to serve. From packing food at Feed My Starving Children, serving members of our congregation who need help around the house, or taking a week out of their lives to serve on a missions trip, service teaches us a lot about who God intended us to be, the blessings we have been given, and that we have a lot to learn from those whom we serve.
National Gatherings and Leadership Lab
The ELCA offers high school youth opportunities to learn and connect with youth from around the country. Leadership Lab, held every summer, helps students grow in their awareness of God, self and others. The National Youth Gathering, held every three years, offers students an opportunity to gather with tens of thousands of other students from around the country in an event that combines worship, service, and fun and is sure to be a memory that will last a lifetime.