Bethlehem Luthern Church
We are united in Jesus... Joyful in Spirit... Active in Ministry
8:30am
Traditional
Worship
9:00am
Sunday School
9:45am
Adult Education
10:15am
Contemporary
Worship

Children

Children

We welcome all children to our Sunday school program 3 yr. old – senior high. We strive to offer children a positive learning environment where their faith is nurtured and strengthened. We seek to model Christian community through safe, caring relationships and shared experiences among students, teachers, parents, pastors, and others in the congregation. Sunday school meets between the two worship services from 9:00 – 10:00am throughout the school year.

We invite children to participate in worship services and encourage their sense of belonging within our worshipping community. Children’s bulletins are available from the ushers. Children’s soft bags can be found in the entry area. “Taking Faith Home” inserts are added to the worship bulletin and are family-friendly devotions for the week ahead. A children’s message often precedes the sermon in the service.

Sunday morning child care – our Nursery is located on the lower level in the northeast wing of the parish ed building. We have child care for newborns to children age four throughout the morning.

Sunday School Update!
A new children and youth education season is upon us! In Luke chapter 18, Jesus tells us “Let the little children come to me, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  So that’s what we do!  We look forward to ministering with you and your kids in a bit of a new way this year. I am so looking forward to spending the opening portion of Sunday School with your kids every Sunday. I am also so pleased to have the opportunity for conversations with parents each Sunday. 

In John chapter 4, Jesus tells us, “God is spirit, so those who worship him worship in Spirit and Truth.” We are excited this year to be using a wonderful new curriculum called “Spirit and Truth”. It is developed around a “narrative” arc through scripture.  We begin with the creation story in Genesis and follow a sequential path through the Old and New Testament. The great value here is that kids learn the story of the Bible – God’s story and our own story! – from the beginning to the end. Isn’t that intuitive?! It is going to be great. For more information about this new curriculum click here.

Jesus shares with us with the importance of knowing the story, loving the story, and recognizing that it is our story. In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus says “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth. Instead store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It is our commitment that our children grow up loving the Bible story as their own.  It does take a village and, most importantly, God’s faithfulness to us all. Our treasure is in Christ our Lord, and our joy is in sharing the good news of the gospel with those who are most dear to us. I am excited to journey this path with you all. 


Peace, Pastor Jake

Milestone Ministry
Milestones are significant cultural, developmental and spiritual markers we all experience throughout our lifetimes. We believe the promises we make at baptism point to the spiritual milestones in our children’s lives. Bethlehem is committed to remembering, celebrating and upholding the baptismal promises. Most milestones will take place on Sunday morning during Sunday School. On these special days both parent and child attends a Milestone Celebration class together to talk and learn about faith and God.

The milestones we will celebrate this year include:
- 3 year old, entry into Sunday School and first bible
- 3rd grade, bibles
- 5th grade, 1st Communion
- 7th grade, Start of Confirmation
- 9th grade, Affirmation of Baptism
- 12th grade, Baccalaureate (Senior Sunday)

Children’s Groups:

Sunday School Choirs – The "Cherubs" choir are children ages 3 years-Kindergarten and the "Seraphim" choir are children 1st-4th grades, they will sing several times throughout the year during the late service under the direction of the Sunday school music director.

GYFTS (Growing Young Families Together Socially) events are planned throughout the year to give young children and their parents opportunities to connect with one another in a social setting. Events include a Fall event, Wacky Bowling, Swimming and Veggie Tale movies. This year the following events are being planned:
- October, Fall Fun
- November, Pizza & Games
- January, Wacky Bowling
- March, Swimming
- April, Surprise Event
- May, Picnic & Games

VBS – Family Vacation Bible School is held for one week during the summer. Our children have a great time learning about Jesus through story, craft, music, snack and outdoor activities. 

Parish Education Committee, is responsible for developing and supervising the education and programs for our children from infants through senior high school including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Day Camp, Basket Bonanza, Confirmation, and the GYFTS program. The committee meets the last Thursday of each month at 6pm

102 West Junius Ave • Fergus Falls MN 56537 • Phone: 218-736-5614