High School

Greetings from Bobbi Jo Cyr, Director of Youth Ministries

Hello everyone!  I am so excited to be at Bethlehem as the new Director of Youth Ministries!  Let me tell you a little about myself.  I was born in Aurora but having been raised in a Navy family, I moved around quite a bit. This is my 30th address!  I love to travel and see the world. I received my Bachelor’s in Business Marketing in May of 2003 from California Lutheran University.  During my time there I was very active in campus ministries and student government.  I loved planning new and exciting events for the campus and interacting with fellow residents.  In September of 2003, I left for Japan as a missionary through the ELCA Global Missions program. While learning Japanese, I taught English to 7-12 grades. After my time with the ELCA was complete I felt that my calling in Japan was not finished and returned a year later to teach at a different school until 2013. Little did I know that when I left for Japan I’d be there for nine years! In 2013, I moved back to Aurora and became the Director or Youth Ministries at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville where I not only oversaw the junior high Confirmation program but wrote the curriculum for it as well as oversaw the senior high youth program.

I have found that I am very passionate about the youth and how we, as a church, engage them in the life of the church and give them a voice.  When they know that their voice matters and that they, too, can make a difference, not only does their world change, but the church changes.  Our youth are passionate, dedicated disciples who are not just the future of the church, they are the church.

I am very excited to be on board as the new Director of Youth Ministries here at Bethlehem Lutheran. I am looking forward to all the opportunities here for growth both personally and programmatically.  I am eager to start to get to know the students and to walk with them in their faith journeys. I look forward to building relationships with them so that together, we can grow closer to God.  I hope to provide the youth with a safe space to ignite their faith, challenge what they know, believe, and question and I look forward to helping them grow as young Christian leaders who passionately live out their faith, lovingly share the good news, and make a significant difference in the lives of others.

 

Ongoing Programs

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!

Outreach Events

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.

 

 
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