Bethel Kids – Birth to 6th Grade

Our Dream

Here at Bethel Kids, our dream is that children will be changed through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Purpose

We strive 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

All we do 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.

~October Updates~

Bethel Kids Sunday School – 9 a.m. ONLY

  • We will only offer Sunday School at the 9 a.m. service. We will restart Sunday School at 10:45 a.m. once we have enough volunteers to staff the service. If you are interested in helping staff our 10:45 a.m. service, please contact Allison at allison@bethelfc.com.
  • Infants-Preschool will be located in the Children’s Wing. Children can be dropped off no earlier than 8:50 a.m. in their designated rooms.
  • K-6th grade will be dropped off no earlier than 8:50 a.m. in the Gym. They will participate in Large Group time in the gym and then travel back to their classroom for Small Group Time. Parents can pick their child(ren) up in their classroom after service.

Trunk-a-palooza

Part trunk-or-treat, part tailgating atmosphere, Trunk-a-Palooza will be all family fun! Wear your favorite non-scary costumes. Join us on Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m.m – 1 p.m. in the Bethel Church parking lot for a time of family-friendly games, food, and treats for all.

In order to make this event a success, we are hoping for 40 committed Trunk Hosts! If you would like to DECORATE a trunk please sign up using the link below. If you have signed up in person, no need to sign up online! Check out Pinterest or Oriental Trading for TONS of fun and creative ideas!

Our desire in Bethel Kids Ministry to be gospel-centered. We want kids to see that the Bible is not about us. It’s one big story, all about Jesus! We strive to shift our focus from behavior modification to heart transformation, doing whatever we can to raise up true disciples of Jesus. Above all, we desperately want the kids to trust in the gospel alone for everything.

On Sunday Mornings we use a curriculum called The Gospel Project in all of our classrooms. This curriculum helps kids dive into the big story of the Bible— God’s plan to rescue His people through His Son Jesus Christ. For more information on this curriculum, you can visit: https://gospelproject.lifeway.com/kids/ . 

 

New to Bethel Kids?

Please plan to arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the service starts. When you arrive, look for the Kids Welcome Desk. Register with us so we can get to know you and your children, and we’ll help you find the right classroom.

After you are registered, you and your child will be given matching security tags that are unique to your family and your visit. Your child will need to wear the nametag portion which bears a code that is matched to your portion of the nametag. When you return to your child’s classroom you will need to show your tag in order for your child to be released back to you.

If your child needs you during the service, we’ll contact you by sending you a text. Please have your phone on vibrate and be aware of your messages during service.

Early Childhood (Newborns-4/5 year olds) 

Sunday School is available for Infants through 4/5 Year Olds. They meet in our Children’s Wing each Sunday at 9 a.m.

Please note: We will promote preschoolers to the next aged group each September and our policy is to place children in classes by age.

Elementary Sunday School 

Kindergarten-4th grade begin each morning in the Gym where they have a Large Group Time of worship and a Bible Lesson. Each grade then travels to the Children’s Wing where they meet in separate classrooms for their Small Group time. Parents will pick their child(ren) up in their specified classroom in the Children’s Wing.

Preteens- 5th-6th Graders

Preteens will meet in Room 120 (located in the Gym) for a time of fellowship, Bible lesson, and connected activities.

Parent Handbook

Want to know more details about Bethel Kids? Check out our Parent Handbook here.

Holiday Weekends

There will be NO Sunday School classes for Preschool and Elementary on the following dates:

  • November 27
  • December 25
  • January 1

image-ar-awana-logo-0-0-173-76Awana is a world-wide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship for ages 2-18. As the global leader in child and youth discipleship, Awana gives children the opportunity to know, love, and serve Jesus, no matter their background.

Awana is for kids in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Cubbies Program is available for 3 & 4 year olds. Trek and Journey are for 7th-12th Grade and meet after regular Awana.  We encourage these students to serve in Awana beforehand. 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.

Awana meets on Wednesdays during the school year from 6:20-7:45 p.m.  Kids in 3rd-12th Grade need to attend “Fast Track” from 6 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. in the foyer to say their verses to leaders before Awana begins.

Fees are $35 per child (includes dues and 1 handbook per year). During the school year, you can sign up and pay at the Kids’ Welcome Desk on Wednesday evenings before Awana starts for the night.  You may also sign up online by CLICKING HERE.

And pick up your supplies on the first night of Awana.

Join our Volunteer Team!

We need over 100 volunteers to help Awana run smoothly each week. A great way to invest in your children, meet new people, and have a lot of fun! Volunteer positions are available for nursery, preschoolers, and elementary kids. Students in 7th grade or older are welcome to join our team as well!

For questions or more information email NicoleLofgren@bethelfc.com.

Ways you can make a difference in our next generation here at Bethel!

Elementary Ministry

Check-In/Hospitality Team

Volunteer once or more a month on Sunday morning from 8:45-9:15 a.m. at Check-In or Welcome Desk. Be a smiling face on the lookout for new families who need additional assistance checking in and finding their child’s classroom.

Elementary Sunday School Teacher

Volunteer once or more a month on Sunday morning during the 9 am service. You will manage a group of kids during Large Group time in the gym and then reinforce the Large Group lesson with your grade-level activity in a classroom.

Elementary Sunday School Helper

Volunteer once or more a month on Sunday morning during the 9 am service. You will assist the teacher with large group time, the activities, and engage with the kids.

Resource Room Help

Spend 1-2 hours once a week helping to prepare materials that will be used for programming throughout the year.

AWANA

Awana Leader

Lead and build relationships with an age-specific group of kids for Handbook Time, Game Time, and Council Time. (teenager or adult)
Contact: Nicole Lofgren

Awana Preschool Leader

Provides care to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, following policies for safety and proper care. (teenager or adult)
Contact: Nicole Lofgren

Awana Council Time Teacher

Teaches age-appropriate Bible lessons in a large group setting. (Separate age groups for Preschool and Elementary)

Welcome Desk Greeter

Assist with welcoming families, directing traffic, collecting missing supplies, and registering new participants

Club Director

Assists the Awana Ministry Leader by overseeing a specific age group and leaders in Awana. Responsibilities include tracking kids’ progression in Handbooks and communicating with parents, children, and leaders.

Preschool Ministry

Infant Nursery Leader

Volunteer once or more a month on Sunday morning during the 9 am service to rock and care for the babies of our congregation.

Toddler Nursery Leader

Volunteer once or more a month on Sunday morning during the 9 am service to play and show God’s love to the smallest members of our congregation.

Preschool Sunday School Teacher

Volunteer once or more a month on Sunday morning in the 2,3 or 4-year old Sunday School class during the 9 am service. You will teach a short Bible lesson and help kids do a craft/activity to reinforce the lesson.

Infant, Toddler, or Preschool Sunday School Helper

Teenager or adult who assists the leader in the classroom.

Interested in Serving

For more information about our ministry to children or questions about volunteering with our children’s ministry email Allison at allison@bethelfc.com .


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.
  • We will utilizing texting parents if their child is in need of their attention.
  • A health policy is in place to protect the health of all children present.

This is a resource designed to fuel family discipleship in your home in partnership with what kids are learning in Bethel Kids each week. Each week you will be provided with new content that relates with what is being taught in Bethel Kids Sunday School classes. Whether you have been discipling for years or are just getting started, The Gospel Project @ Home is designed to give you a realistic, yet meaningful, starting point of one night a week of family discipleship that you can build from by using the content provided.

Click here, create an account, and then sign in each week for new content that directly connects to what your kids learned at Bethel Kids the previous Sunday.

Studies indicate that only around 10% of Christians talk about their faith with their families outside of the church.  At Bethel, we recognize that God designed the family to be the primary place of spiritual development.  To help our members become more intentional in developing their faith at home, we offer HomePointe resources designed to make faith development easily accessible and easily implemented at home. These resources are also available at the HomePointe Center in the foyer located on the wall as you enter the Children’s Wing or the Gym.

FAITH PATH

God designed the home as the primary place to nurture Christian faith. Faith Path is a step-by-step process that provides resources to help you foster spiritual disciplines and prepare for key milestones along your child’s faith journey. Visit our HomePointe Center in the foyer for Faith Path resources OR visit myfaithpath.com for digital resources, explanation videos, and more content to help nurture your child’s faith at home.

What is Parent/Child Dedication?

Parent/Child Dedication is a commitment to raise your child in a Gospel-centered home while taking the lead role in your child’s discipleship. This dedication is not a statement of salvation for your child, but rather a statement of how you will raise your child.

While not a command of Scripture, parent/child dedication can be a beautiful symbol. It should be done with a community of believers who know you personally and can commit to walking with you in this commitment. This is why we, at Bethel participate with you. As you acknowledge your responsibility to raise your child(ren) in a Gospel-centered home taking an active role in your child’s discipleship, we as your church family, are making a similar commitment to you, the parent(s), to come alongside you and help you in this discipleship journey.

I want to Dedicate my child(ren).

Great! We are excited that you wish to dedicate your child to the Lord! We look forward to walking alongside you in your parenting journey! You’ll need to attend our 45-minute Parent/Child Dedication class, which is offered the Sunday before dedication dates. It’s a great way to get to know our staff, learn about dedication, and prepare for the ceremony. Your child(ren) are welcome to attend the class with you.

Children must be registered BEFORE attending the Child dedication class. This helps us know how many families to expect in the class.

Parents who have dedicated a previous child are NOT required to attend the Parent/Child Dedication class.

2023 Dates:
  • January 29
  • May 14

For more information on your next steps:
Visit the Kids Welcome Desk and ask for a Child Dedication Application Packet

Downloads:

If you have any questions or simply want to talk more about Parent/Child Dedication please contact our Bethel Kids Office at 701.232.4476 ext. 254.

Gary Siefers

Senior Associate Pastor
garysiefers@bethelfc.com

 

 

 

Allison Schmidlin

Bethel Kids Director
allison@bethelfc.com

 

 

 

Tracey Hallstrom

Administrative Assistant to Bethel Kids
traceyhallstrom@bethelfc.com

 

 

 

Diana Lind

Bethel Kids Sunday Morning Supervisor

 

 

 

Chris Morton

Preschool Coordinator
chrismorton@bethelfc.com

 

 

 

Nicole Lofgren

AWANA Ministry Director
nicolelofgren@bethelfc.com

find-us-on-facebook-logo-0-0-144-442Want to receive important information and updates on our programming? Bethel Kids communicates to our families by email and our Bethel Kids Ministry Facebook Page.  Also, a weekly email with church wide information is sent out each Thursday. To receive our emails, we ask for a little more information about your kids and family. Click here to fill out the online form.

Children’s D-Groups

Sundays 9 a.m.-10 a.m. starting September 18 at the Kindred High School
The time we have our kids at home is short – it’s crucial that we make every effort to point them to God’s Word as the only real source of truth & hope in our world today!  Discipleship groups for kids will be held from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. every Sunday prior to church at Kindred High School. This is a wonderful way of deepening your kid’s faith by meaningful time in God’s Word with application to everyday life. You won’t want to miss this for your kids!
Contact:  Sarah Stanley ||  701.367.9248

Learn more about the Kindred Campus by clicking here.

New Mother/Daughter Study!

Lies Girls Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free

Tuesdays 6:30 p.m., Room E, (9/20-11/15)
Led by Jodi Seidel
Today’s girls face a number of challenges we never dealt with at their age. From skyrocketing anxiety rates to bullying on social media, the Enemy’s lies are everywhere. How do you help the girl you love, walk in freedom? Equip her with Truth. Author Dannah Gresh brings you Lies Girls Believe for girls ages 9-12. This fun, easy-to-read book engages your daughter in the twenty most important truths she needs. Prepare your daughter for the difficult challenges she’ll face in the world today. Cost of books: $11.50 (Mother) $11.50 (Daughter). Class size is limited- registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Heather at 701.232.4476 or heathernelson@bethelfc.com.

Committed Couples

Wednesday nights, 6:30 p.m., September 14, Room E
Led by Eric and Kelly Johnson
Committed Couples is for married couples or engaged-to-be-married couples who are committed to God’s plan for marriage and family relationships. The various aspects of God’s design for marriage and the principles that support this sacred institution are highlighted. Contact Eric Johnson at eric@jailchaplains.com for more information. Cost of materials is $15.

Godly Parenting

Sunday mornings, 9 a.m. in the Prayer Chapel
Godly Parenting addresses parenting skills from the time of conception until the child has reached adulthood. It suggests methods for raising healthy, godly children in an increasingly secular society. Specific emphasis is placed on communication and teaching skills, discipline, protection, and sexual issues at each age. Contact Eric Johnson at eric@jailchaplains.com for more information. Cost of materials is $15.