Children and Youth Ministries

Children’s Formation

Sunday

Sunday School classes meet most Sunday mornings from 9:45 – 11:00 a.m. on the Sunday School Hall.  No registration is necessary for participation. Children must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian.

Nursery (0-3 Years Old) | 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Sunday School Hall

Pre-K Class (3 & 4 Years Old) | 9:45 a.m.| Sunday School Hall
Our Pre-K Class is open to all 3 and 4 year olds. We learn about bible stories through a series of interactive stations including simple crafts, creative storytelling, and sensory play.

Sunday School (K-5th Grade) | 9:45 a.m. | Sunday School Hall

Our children’s Sunday School programs meet each Sunday following the 9:00 am worship service.  Classes are available for Pre-K through 5th Grade.  We learn biblical stories through crafts, outreach projects, and games. 

Wednesday

Little Way (K-5th Grade) | 6:00 p.m. | Sunday School Hall
Little Way is our Wednesday Night Children’s Group geared for 5-10 year olds.  Each week we learn more about a character from the bible through fun games and crafts.

Little Way is open to all children from Kindergarten through 5th Grade. The class meets on the Sunday School hall following dinner at 6:00 p.m..  We end with a brief candlelight service in the church at 7:45 p.m.. No registration is necessary to participate.

Special Events

Spring Carnival and Easter Egg Hunt | April 9 | 10:00 a.m.
We are excited to finally bring back our annual Spring Carnival and Easter Egg Hunt. We will feature multiple Easter egg hunts for various age groups during the morning and early afternoon as well as bounce houses, carnival games, crafts, hot dog lunches, Church Mouse goods for sale, and temporary glitter tattoos. It’s fun for the whole family with profits from the event benefiting our Youth Pilgrimage Group.

Sunday School Cupcake Party Day | May 1 | 9:45 a.m. | Cluett Garden

It’s the most fun Sunday School day on the calendar where delicious cupcakes take over our children and youth “coffee hour”. Come enjoy a sweet treat and play some fun games while we recognize our Sunday School volunteers and participants.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Greg Knight, Associate for Christian Formation,
at (561) 655-4555 x114 or email knight@bbts.org.

Youth Formation

Sunday

Youth classes meet most Sunday mornings from 9:45 – 11:00 a.m. downstairs.  No registration is necessary for participation

Confirmation Class (8th Grade) | Sundays | 9:45 a.m. | ECW Room
The Bethesda Confirmation Class is open to all current 8th grade youth.  Each week we will discuss a topic from the Episcopal faith, meet Bethesda parishioners who are active members of various Sunday ministries, and play fun learning games to tie everything together.  Participants are invited to be confirmed at the next bishop’s visitation in May.

Mondays

Pilgrimage Group (9th-12th Grade) | Mondays | 7:00 p.m. | Zoom

A pilgrimage is a religious journey.  The spiritual practice of pilgrimage is one of the oldest traditions of our faith, documented as early as the third century, when Christians would journey to the Holy Land and would also travel to see the desert fathers and mothers, ascetics who lived in the wilderness of northern Africa and other remote areas.  Pilgrimages in Europe tend to date to the Middle Ages when Europeans were unable to travel to Jerusalem or the Middle East and typically carried travelers to major cathedrals or the remains of a saint.  This year, our Bethesda high school youth will be walking the Camino Ingles in Northern Spain.  We are traveling to take a spiritual inventory, to walk in the footsteps of Christians who traveled centuries before us, to pray and hear the stories of other travelers on the way.  A pilgrimage is about moving, about remembering, about being inspired and transformed, and about encountering others.

Wednesday

Bethesda Youth Group | 6:00 p.m. | Youth Room
For teenagers, Bethesda offers a regular weekly youth group on Wednesday nights for all youth in 6th-12th Grade. The Bethesda Youth Group balances fascinating conversations about faith with time for fun and games. We also have many special events over the course of the year including annual Universal Studios and camping trips as well as volunteer opportunities with local outreach organizations.

Our first series for the year will explore some of the spiritual beings that are mentioned in the bible, but we may not have a full grasp on what they are, things like angels, demons, saints, and more.

The Bethesda Youth Group meets on Wednesday evenings in the Youth Room. We begin with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and end with prayer in the church at 7:45 p.m.. The group is open to all youth in 6th-12th Grade. No registration is necessary to participate.

Special Events

Youth Bowling Night | January 14 | 7:00 p.m.

Our annual post-holiday gathering is coming up on Friday, January 14 at 7:00 pm.  We will be meeting at Greenacres Bowl for a fun night of bowling, arcades, and fried foods.  Enjoy a night of fellowship with other youth in 6th-12th Grade. 

Youth Service Day & Escape Room | February 12 | 10:00 a.m.

We’ll once again be volunteering at the Church Mouse on Saturday, February 12.  We will then take a trip across the bridge to downtown West Palm for pizza and a fun afternoon at an escape room.  It’s all about teamwork as we come together to help others and solve problems.  All 6th-12th Grade youth are welcome.

Mardi Gras Pilgrimage Fundraiser | March 1 | 6:30 p.m.

It’s our annual chili cook-off and bingo night fundraiser for the Youth Pilgrimage Group.  Bring your best pot of chili or a healthy appetite and you may win the blue ribbon.  Not much of a cook?  That’s fine.  Pull up a chair and play some fun games of bingo for prizes and, more importantly, to help raise funds for our youth pilgrimage in June.

Pilgrimage Practice Hike | March 26 | 10:00 a.m.

All youth that will be participating in our summer pilgrimage are encouraged to come to our one and only practice hike on Saturday, March 26 at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.  This is a great way to test out your new equipment and/or hiking shoes as well as get a feel for what it’s like to hike in a large group.  Bring a brown bag lunch and we’ll have a quick walk around one of the hiking trails to get prepared for our longer journey.

Youth Drive-In Movie Night | May 6 | 7:00 p.m.

Come celebrate the culmination of another program year with our annual trip to the Lake Worth Drive In to watch the latest summer superhero offering.  We’ll bring our folding chairs and snacks while we watch the big screen under the stars.  This event is open to all youth in 6th-12th Grade.

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