Our mission as Bethel Students (grades 7–12) is to empower students to live out God’s story. We believe our students are not only the church of tomorrow, but also the church of today. We’re moving towards Jesus and taking others with us, with the goal of making disciples and making a lasting impact in our world!
Wednesdays (7 p.m.-10 p.m.) Summer
In the summer, we meet at a local home for snack, games, fellowship, testimony, and a bonfire.
4008 Copperfield Ct., Fargo.
*Incoming 7th graders are invited to join us for The Fire.
Sundays (4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) Fall-Spring
Our youth group (Grades 7-12) meets weekly in the Family Life Center (FLC) on Sundays from fall–spring. We play games, experience worship led by our very own Student Band, hear a great message, have a snack, then break into small groups to go deeper.
(For a detailed schedule, click here)
2–3:45 Student Band & Tech Team Rehearsal (FLC)
3:15 Leader Meeting (Solid Grounds)
3:45 Student Prayer & Welcome Team (FLC)
4:00–6:30 Sunday Night Live (Gym, FLC, and Children’s Wing)
Throughout the year we do a variety of trips, special projects, and events. We’ll update the list here so you know what’s going on and how to get signed up when we get closer to each event.
Fall Retreat (October 28–30, 2016)
Every fall, we go away for a weekend as a youth group. At our fall retreat, we hear powerful messages, experience great worship, and spend time connecting as a youth group with games and fun!
More registration info coming soon.
Districts (March 31–April 2nd, 2017)
In spring, we attend a weekend conference with churches from our district (Northern Plains District, EFCA). This is a great time to connect with each other, and grow in our relationship with Christ through great speakers and worship!
When registration information becomes available for 2017, we’ll update that here.
Project Serve (May 20, 2017)
Every year, we spend a full day in service as a youth group. This day is sponsored by businesses in the community and also serves as our main fundraiser for student trips. It’s a great chance for us to serve together at various nonprofits/organizations and give back to our community. Project Serve is required for all students/leaders going on an upcoming trip or conference. For more information about Project Serve, click here.
Welcome Weekend (May, 2017)
Every year, we invite the incoming 7th graders on a trip that serves as an introduction to youth group. Formerly known as Wilderness Week, this trip is a great way for incoming 7th graders to get to know each other and our ministry team. We experience games, fun, devotions, worship, and more!
Check back here for more information when the time gets closer.
Mission Trips (Summer 2017)
Every other year, offsetting Challenge years, we offer two mission trips (domestic and international) for our students. These week-long trips are ways to serve others as we also grow in our own faith. When decisions have been made about when and where, we’ll update here so you can join us!
Challenge Conference (July, 2018)
Every other year, we take a summer trip to attend our EFCA national conference. This week-long trip challenges students to live on mission with God in their lives now and forever. It’s a powerful week of living in community with each other and experiencing God through incredible speakers and powerful worship. Come along if you dare! We guarantee you won’t return the same.
To go to the official Challenge website, click here.
Bethel Students thrives on 3 types of volunteers: Small Groups, Kitchen Ministry, and Security. We aim to have two small group leaders for each grade and gender: one seasoned saint with parenting experience (Paul) and one young role-model (Timothy). In hospitality, we look for volunteers who work well in teams preparing meals for one-hundred-plus people. In Security, we look for men and women who have a passion for the safety of our students.
For more information on each role, click here.
To get involved, contact Ciara Arnhalt at 701.232.4476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a student, there are some great ways to get involved in Student Ministries! First of all, we invite you to come every week for our weekly gathering (Sundays or Wednesdays), and plug into the community. In addition, be sure to sign up for our different trips and events throughout the year: they’re some of the best ways to get connected in!
We also have some great practical ways to get involved:
Student Prayer & Welcome Team
Every Sunday, before Sunday Night Live, our students gather in the FLC to pray for the night. We believe prayer fuels our ministry. Any student is welcome to join. If you want to serve on the prayer and welcome team, just come at 3:45 p.m. and join in. (Time commitment: Sundays, 3:45–4)
Student Band & Tech Team
Whether you play an instrument, sing, like technology, or want to learn, we’ve got a spot for you! Our band is composed of singers, praise band instruments, and an orchestra. Our tech team runs the show from behind the scenes, working on sound, lights, lyrics on the screen, and more. To join the band and tech team you can let a student ministries staff member know that you want to join or just show up. If you have questions about joining, you can email Ciara at email@example.com. (Time commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 2–3:45, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30)
If you like writing skits, acting, directing, or behind the scenes work, we’d love to have you join our drama team. Our team is student-led and student-directed and performs regularly at Sunday Night Live. No previous experience necessary; just show up! (Time commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 6:30–7:30, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30)
Anyone can be a student leader! Every first Sunday of the month that we have Sunday Night Live, our student leaders gather together to talk through how things are going, upcoming events, and ministry topics on their hearts. If you’d like to be a student leader, all you have to do is come. Upcoming dates are 2/21, 3/6, 4/3. (Time commitment: first Sundays of the month, 6:30–8, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30)
Click here to view by month.
|Every Wednesday, June–August||The Fire||7–10pm, 4008 Copperfield Ct., Fargo||Come for backyard volleyball, octoball, ultimate frisbee, yard games, great food, hanging out, worship, testimony, and—as the name says—a fire!|
|9/7/16||Phone-a-thon||7–9pm, Students Office||Students contact all Bethel Students and their friends, inviting them to join us for Fall Launch. There will be pizza and prizes!|
|9/11/16||Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders||4–6:30pm, FLC||FALL LAUNCH! “What does the Bible say about _____?” The first Sunday Night Live each month, we’ll lead a discussion around tough questions about faith and life. Submit questions at least a week before. Coffee shop atmosphere with round tables.|
|9/18/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Destined: God’s Will?” (Romans 9)|
|9/24/16||Leader/Parent Breakfast||10am, Gym||Parents and their students’ small group leaders enjoy brunch together, on us.|
|9/25/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Destined: My Choice?” (Romans 10)|
|10/2/16||Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders||4–6:30pm, FLC||“What does the Bible say about _____?” The first Sunday Night Live each month, we’ll lead a discussion around tough questions about faith and life. Submit questions at least a week before. Coffee shop atmosphere with round tables.|
|10/8/16||Serve Saturday||9–11:30am, 1–3:30pm, Bethel||Our church family participates in a day of service in the community.|
|10/9/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“First World Problems: Entertainment Idols” (1 Corinthians 10)|
|10/16/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“First World Problems: Playing with Fire” (1 Corinthians 10)|
|10/23/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“First World Problems: Fault Finders” (1 Corinthians 10)|
|10/28/16–10/30/16||Castaway–SoulFood||Friday 4pm–Sunday 2pm, Lake Pelican, MN||“Castaway: SoulFood.” This gospel-driven, lakeside retreat is a life-changer every student and friend needs to experience. Cost: $99/family|
|11/6/16||Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders||4–6:30pm, FLC||“What does the Bible say about _____?” The first Sunday Night Live each month, we’ll lead a discussion around tough questions about faith and life. Submit questions at least a week before. Coffee shop atmosphere with round tables.|
|11/13/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Guest Speaker (2 Corinthians)|
|11/20/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“The Balance: Bribing God” (Galatians 5:1–12)|
|11/27/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“The Balance: Breaking into Jail” (Galatians 5:13–26)|
|12/4/16||Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders||4–6:30pm, FLC||“What does the Bible say about _____?” The first Sunday Night Live each month, we’ll lead a discussion around tough questions about faith and life. Submit questions at least a week before. Coffee shop atmosphere with round tables.|
|12/11/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Spiritual Warfare: Weapons of War” (Ephesians 6)|
|12/18/16||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Christmas Party! Come wearing an ugly Christmas sweater!|
|12/25/16||No Sunday Night Live||Christmas – No Sunday Night Live|
|12/1/17||No Sunday Night Live||New Years – No Sunday Night Live|
|1/8/17||Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders||4–6:30pm, FLC|
|1/15/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Just Visiting: Inside Out” (Philippians 4)|
|1/22/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Just Visiting: Homeward Bound” (Colossians 3)|
|1/29/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Just Visiting: Finding Onesimus” (Philemon)|
|2/3/17||Top Secret Event TBA||6:30–9:30pm||Top Secret Event TBA!|
|2/5/17||Super Bowl (No Sunday Night Live)|
|2/12/17||Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders||4–6:30pm, FLC|
|2/19/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“End Times: The Return of the King” (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18)|
|2/26/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“End Times: The Empire Strikes Back” (2 Thessalonians 2)|
|3/5/17||Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders||4–6:30pm, FLC|
|3/12/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Step Up: Setting the Pace” (1 Timothy)|
|3/19/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Step Up: Finishing the Race” (2 Timothy)|
|3/26/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Step Up: Qualifying for Finals” (Titus)|
|3/31/17–4/2/17||District Youth Conference||Aberdeen, SD||District Youth Conference. Great speakers, worship, and fellowship!|
|4/9/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Student Takeover – our students lead the night!|
|4/16/17||Easter Sunday + Pancake Breakfast||8–11am, Gym||(No Sunday Night Live)|
|4/23/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“How to: Have a Quiet Time” (Reflection Night)|
|4/30/17||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“How to: Share Your Testimony”|
|5/4/17||Student Sunday Mandatory Rehearsal||6–9pm, Worship Center||This rehearsal is for all students involved in the Student Sunday service (5/7)|
|5/7/17||Student Sunday||9am–12pm, Worship Center||Students lead the congregation in all aspects of Sunday morning worship. No Sunday Night Live.|
|5/14/17||Sunday Night Live: Preview Night||4–6:30pm, FLC||Preview Summer and Fall 2017. Sixth graders join us for the first time and all events moving forward.|
|5/20/17||Project Serve||TBA||Our whole youth group serves the community at various nonprofits. Required for those going on upcoming trips with Bethel Students.|
|5/21/17||Sunday Night Live: Last Night Extravaganza||4–6:30pm, FLC||An end of Spring celebration you won’t want to miss!|