Bethel
Christian Reformed Church
Youth Ministries
 

Sunday School

Children ages 3 through 12th grade attend Sunday school before the morning worship service. Sunday school meets from 9:20 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. each week, beginning in September and ending in May, except for Sundays during school breaks and holidays. Three-year-olds through 4th grade classes gather in the sanctuary for singing and then go to their classrooms. 5th grade through 12th grade classes begin in their classrooms.

Morning Worship

Infant and toddler nurseries are available downstairs for children ages 3 years and younger throughout the year.

Children ages 3 through the 1st grade begin the worship service with their families. During a hymn early in the service, they may leave for their own time of worship. Throughout the year, three-year-olds attend Children’s Church, which includes a story, singing and a small craft. During the school year, four-year-olds through the 1st grade attend Children & Worship, where they hear and respond to Bible stories appropriate to their age.

Evening Worship

Infant and toddler nurseries are available downstairs for children ages 3 years and younger throughout the year.

Cadets

Cadets—the Calvinist Cadet Corps—is a club for boys in the 1st through 8th grades. Our Cadets combine with those from the First Christian Reformed Church, and meet there every other Monday night during the school year. Boys in the 1st through 3rd grades are Junior Cadets, while the older boys are divided by age group into smaller cadres. The purpose of the Cadet ministry is to help boys grow more Christ-like in all areas of life.

During the meetings, the Cadets have a Bible lesson and work on merit badges appropriate to their age and grade level. Throughout the year they take part in various activities, such as indoor rock climbing, paintball, other sports and games, and skating parties. Several clubs in the area gather each year for either a snow derby or a pinewood derby. A campout is held annually for clubs in Northwest Washington, and an International Camporee is held every three years.

GEMS

Visit the Bethel GEMS website for updates and information!

GEMS—Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior—is a club for girls in second through eighth grades, which meets on alternate Monday evenings during the school year. GEMS meetings begin with group singing and devotions, after which the girls break into smaller groups for a lesson, crafts, and merit badge work. The meetings then close with more singing and group prayer. Special activities include mother/daughter and father/daughter nights, as well as hosting an evening for the widows in our congregation.

Our goal at Bethel Church is to develop positive relationships between girls and their Christian women counselors, between the girls in the club, and most importantly, between each girl and her Savior. We desire to see each girl go through the GEMS program and emerge as a young woman, strong in her faith, ready to withstand the pressures of high school, with the resources and friendships she needs, giving glory to God in everything.

SHINE

SHINE—Serving Him In Everything—is a fellowship group for high school students, which meets Wednesday evenings during the school year. SHINE is a place where our teenage students can gather together with adult mentors to have fun, become closer as a group and grow in their personal relationship with Christ. Meetings may be a fun night with games; an outside activity such as a Fall bonfire, go-kart racing, ice-skating or indoor rock climbing; a night for Bible study and reflection; or, a service-related project. The group hosts an annual "Spud Feed" as a fundraising event.

OASIS

OASIS is a co-ed youth group for all middle school students (7th and 8th grade). The purpose of this group is to provide an opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students to grow together in their relationship with God. This group does various activities, including small groups, fun events (e.g. games, movie nights, and off-campus activities), and service projects. For more information about OASIS, please contact our youth director.