At Bethlehem, a middle schooler is a youth in 6th through 8th grade. The majority of what we do happens on Sundays! On Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45, we meet for Bible study or service projects in the Middle School youth room, located inside the Community Center. Also every Sunday night from 6:00 to 8:00, our middle schoolers gather in the Community Center and start their evening by playing games. We love playing games like "Sardines" and "Dodge Ball". There is a break for a snack, and then continue with Bible study. Our Bible study is discussion based and the goal is for it to focus on issues that face you. So come with questions you've always wanted to ask about life, love, and faith!
During the summer months we change it up a bit by having both middle school and high school youth and their families host Sunday nights in their homes. The schedule is a little more flexible, and has a more "homey" feel and includes dinner, devotions, and of course, outdoor games!
Outside of Sundays we enjoy heading to "Camp Lutherwood", jumping around at "Sky High", and serving at the "Oregon Food Bank".
At Bethlehem, a high schooler is a youth in the 9th through 12th grade. The majority of our high school activity is on Sundays! On Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45, we meet for Bible study or service projects in the High School youth room, located inside the Community Center. Also every Sunday night from 6:00 to 8:00, high schoolers meet in their youth room and begin with Bible study. Bible study is discussion based and tends to lead to interesting asides. So if you have any question about the faith or life, be sure to bring it with you- it's fair game for discussion. We want our Bible study to focus on issues affecting you. Then around 7:00, we take a break for a snack, and then have game time which lasts till 8:00. We love games like "Sardines" and "Four on the couch"!
During the summer months we change it up a bit by having both high school and middle school youth and their families host Sunday nights in their homes. The schedule is a little more flexible, and has a more "homey" feel and includes dinner, devotions, and of course, outdoor games!
Outside of Sundays we enjoy serving at the "Oregon Food Bank", participating in the "30 Hour Famine" and sledding at Mount Hood.... but what we seem to love most- is just being together and hanging out.
First communion can begin as early as 5th grade. Parent and child are invited to come for a class for about a month each spring to start that process. Call the church office to find out when that class begins for you! Our confirmation program is currently in a time of transition as we grow into a fuller program. We believe that parents are the primary teachers of the faith and so we try to incorporate them into the teaching of the faith as much as possible.
In the fall of 2013 we will begin a whole new program. The first year will be video based- families will watch videos on their own based on Old Testament stories that the staff here will have created. There will be discussion questions that go along with the movies for families to talk about together. Once a month the youth will be gathered together to discuss what they've learned. The second year will follow the same format but focus on the New Testament. The third year will focus on the catechism and be a more traditional model meeting weekly for a year with both parent and child and a staff member leading the class. We hope this will give our families here a firm foundation for life together in the faith.