God has given our Children’s Ministry Team the opportunity to change the future of the Fargo-Moorhead area and ultimately the world, by touching young lives today through the power of Christ’s love. Our dream is that children will be changed through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to partner with families to make disciples by helping children begin a personal relationship with God, teaching them what it means to be a member of God’s family, and guiding them to influence the world for Christ. Our work is guided by our ministry values, which demand that we be truth-centered, relationally-focused, family-oriented, child-friendly, volunteer-driven, outward-directed, safe and secure. We invite you to consider our ministry departments and explore how we can help your child grow spiritually. We call our ministry Bethel Kids, and it is truly a place where kids belong. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here you can email Tracey or call her at 701.232.4476. OR feel free to stop by the Kids’ Welcome Desk in the foyer and they can help you. If you would like to volunteer in our Kids’ Ministry or have questions about volunteering, please email Delia.
Bethel Kids Summer Sunday School
If you’re new or visiting Bethel, we would love to serve your kids. We ask that you stop by the Kids’ Welcome Desk in the foyer to sign them up so we know who they are and how to find you if needed during services. Then we’ll help you find the right classroom for your kids to go. It just takes a few minutes. We offer some great options for kids that are infants through 6th grade that are age appropriate, Bible centered, and creatively designed to help your child(ren) grow in their faith and their understanding of God’s word.
Please note: Classroom advancements take place in early September for Preschoolers each year and our policy is to place children in classes by age rather than sibling relationships.
Sunday School is available for Infants through Kids entering Kindergarten. They meet each Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. in the Preschool Wing of our building. Preschool aged children will remain in the same classroom they attended during the school year and then be promoted to the next aged group in early September.
Elementary (Kids entering 1st-6th Grade Fall 2018)
1st Grade (Fall 2018) will have 2 class options this summer. If your child would prefer a smaller group with kids their age, plan to bring them at 9 a.m. to a classroom in the Children’s Wing. If your child would like to participate in large group Sunday School, then they can join 2nd-6th graders at 10:45 a.m. with Pastor Gary in the Youth Room, by the Gym (with some exceptions for holidays – see below).
2nd – 6th Grade kids will meet each Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. in the Youth Room, by the Gym (with some exceptions for holidays – see below). Summer Sunday School consists of a large group taught by Pastor Gary.
Kids Who Just Completed 6th Grade
Preteens entering 7th Grade this fall are invited to join Bethel Students for The Fire. They meet Wednesday nights from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at a local home for snack, games, fellowship, testimony, and a bonfire. (Location: 4008 Copperfield Ct., Fargo)
On the following dates, there will ONLY be Sunday School classes for Infants up through 4 Year Olds. Activity boxes will be available by the Worship Center Doors for older kids.
- September 2
Awana is a parent-driven ministry that will mold and shape your child through the limitless power of God’s Word. Awana leaders, together with parents, create a spiritually nurturing environment to encourage kids to grow in knowledge of Scripture and their walk of faith. Awana meets on Wednesdays during the school year from 6:25-8:00 p.m. You can sign up for Awana anytime throughout the year at the Kids’ Welcome Desk on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings. Awana is for kids in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Cubbies Program is available for 3 & 4 year olds. We have lots of more detailed information available for our club on our AWANA page or you can find out more about the AWANA organization at www.awana.org
**Stop by the table in the foyer at Bethel on Sunday August 19 & 26 to fill out registration forms and purchase a book ($11) and uniform ($12-17). You can also sign up on Wednesday, August 29 from 6:25-8:00 p.m. Dues are $20 per child for the year but are discounted $5 off until August 29! Awana begins September 12.
There is great joy in serving with the Bethel Kids ministry teams. We believe that every child is a gift from God and as such deserves our best efforts to protect them while they are in our ministry. It is a high priority to make sure that each child is protected from the possibility of abuse. Likewise, Bethel Church desires to protect its volunteers from false allegations. Therefore, an in-depth screening process is required for every individual who desires to minister within our program(s) and has been established to ensure that the utmost protection is provided to prevent an abuse situation or accusation.
Here are some of the steps we take to ensure the safety of each child:
– Classrooms are free of clutter and have clean and age-appropriate toys. – A minimum of two screened volunteers are in each classroom. – Two additional staff members are available to provide extra help when needed. – Background checks are completed on all staff working with children. – A numerical paging system in the Worship Center alerts parents when needed. – A health policy is in place to protect the health of all children present.
Ways to Serve
To see a list of our specific needs and ways you can serve as an adult or even if you’re a teenager, click here. For more information about our ministry to children or questions about volunteering with our children’s ministry email Delia or call her at 701.730.1956.
Health Policy We ask parents for their cooperation in helping to provide a healthy environment. We request that sick children be cared for at home. We publish these rules of thumb for the sake of all the children. Children are not ready to attend if they are not feeling well or if they are experiencing any of the following: – A fever of 100 degrees or more within the last 24 hours – Vomiting within the last 24 hours – Diarrhea within the last 24 hours – A runny nose with other than clear drainage, especially if accompanied by other symptoms – A bad cough This policy not only protects other children, but also ensures that your child gets the most enjoyment from our programs.
“I prayed for this child, and the Lord answered my prayer and gave Him to me.” —I Samuel 1:27 Child dedication at Bethel Church is a joyful recognition that every child is a gift from God; it is a celebration of the wonderful privilege and blessing it is to be a parent! God has entrusted you with a new life and has chosen you to be a tangible expression of His love, character and values for your child. During dedication, parents have an opportunity to publicly acknowledge that their children ultimately belong to God and that they desire His plan for their lives. We also believe that the people of Bethel Church have a responsibility to partner with you as you raise your child. The congregation will be challenged to pray for your family and to be godly examples for your child to follow. If you have trusted in Christ as your Savior, you are invited to present your child in Christian dedication to the Lord. If you would like to know more about parent-child dedication, please contact Tracey Hallstrom. Future Dates:
- September 30, 2018
Throughout the year we are excited to bring you and your kids some fun ways to gather together to learn more about Christ’s love and to share it in our community. As we have events coming up, we’ll post them here for you to view and share.
- Fall Sunday School will begin on Sunday September 9. Toddlers and Preschoolers will be promoted to the next aged class and Elementary Kids will return to their classrooms in the Children’s Wing. 5th & 6th Graders will meet at 9 am only in the Youth Room.
- Awana Registration will open on Sunday August 19. The first night of Awana is Wednesday September 12.