Welcome! We’re so glad you stopped by. Our mission as Bethel Students (grades 7–12) is to empower students to love God, love others, and serve the world. We believe our students are not only the church of tomorrow – they’re the church of today. Our desire is that every student will embody 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Below, you’ll find information on our upcoming trips and events, information on how to get connected (as as student or adult volunteer), and a calendar with upcoming events and teaching topics. If you have any questions or would like to meet with someone, we’d love to hear from you! ~Pastor Steven
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, break into small groups, have a snack, then hang out.
(For a detailed schedule, click here)
2–3:30 Student Band & Tech Team Rehearsal (FLC) 3:15 Leader Meeting (Solid Grounds) 3:45 Student Prayer Team (Fireplace by Solid Grounds) 4:00–6:30 Sunday Night Live (Gym, FLC, and Children’s Wing)
Wednesdays (7 p.m.-10 p.m.), June through August
In the summer, we meet at a local home for snack, games, fellowship, testimony, and a bonfire. We meet every Wednesday, June–August, rain or shine!
Location: 4008 Copperfield Ct., Fargo.
*Last FIRE (8/28) is at Bethel from 6:30–8:30pm*
*Incoming 7th graders and just graduated seniors are invited to join us for The FIRE.
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 11–13, 2019, Pelican Lake, MN)
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 Bethel Students family with games and fun! This gospel-driven, lakeside retreat is a life-changer every student and friend needs to experience.
Registration is now closed. For more information about Fall Retreat for those going, including a packing list, click here.
Districts (March 27–29, 2020, Jamestown, ND)
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! Check back here for more information when the time gets closer.
Project Serve (May 9, 2020)
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 23–25, 2020)
Every year, we invite the incoming 7th graders on a trip that serves as an introduction to youth group. 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 info when the time gets closer.
Challenge Conference (July 13–17, 2020, Kansas City, MO)
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.
Mission Trips (Summer 2019)
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.
Bethel Students thrives on 3 types of volunteers: Small Groups, Kitchen Ministry, and Security.
Small Group Leader: 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).
Kitchen Ministry: In our Kitchen Ministry, we look for volunteers who work well in teams preparing meals for one-hundred-plus people.
Security Volunteer: 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 Sarah Dunkel at 701.232.4476 or email@example.com.
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 Team
Every Sunday, before Sunday Night Live, our students gather at the Fireplace by Solid Grounds 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 team, just come at 3:45 p.m. and join in. (Time commitment: Sundays, 3:45–4, Fireside in Solid Grounds)
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 Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Time commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 2–3:30, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30 in the FLC)
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 led by Robin Logan and James Sayler and performs regularly at Sunday Night Live. No previous experience necessary; just show up! (Time commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 6:15–7 in Room 112, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30)
If you like dancing, we’d love to have you join our dance team! Our team is led by Karena Bekkum and they perform regularly throughout the year. (Time commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 2:15–3:15 in the Choir Room, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30)
Pastor of Student Ministries
Kitchen & Hospitality Coordinator to Student Ministries
|8/28/19||The FIRE: Waterpalooza||6:30–8:30pm, Bethel||For the last FIRE of the summer, we gather at Bethel for slip n’ slide kickball, water games, food, and fun! If you’ll be participating in water activities, bring a swimsuit/t-shirt to get wet and a towel.|
|9/4/19||Band Rehearsal||6pm, Youth Room||The Student Band will be practicing songs for the upcoming year. All students interested in joining the Band & Tech Team are welcome to come!|
|9/4/19||Invite Night||7–9pm, Students Office||Students call all Bethel students and their friends inviting them to join us for Fall Launch. There will be pizza and prizes! All students welcome!|
|9/8/19||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||
Sunday Night Live 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.
|9/15/19||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Mission Here: “Come, Follow Me” (Mark 1)|
|9/22/19||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Mission Here: “Take Your Mat and Walk” (Mark 2)|
|9/29/19||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Mission Here: “Stretch Out Your Hand” (Mark 3)|
|10/6/19||Sunday Night Live||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.|
|10/11/19–10/13/19||Fall Retreat||Friday, 5:30pm – Sunday, 2pm||“Make Waves: Jonah” — This gospel-driven Lake Pelican retreat is a life-changer every student and friend needs to experience! Cost: $99/family|
|10/20/19||Fall FIRE||4–7:30pm, Offsite||Hayrides and bonfire @ Solhjem Farm! Bus from Bethel 4pm, back 7:30pm|
|10/27/19||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Mission Here: “Let Them Hear” (Mark 4)|
|11/3/19||Sunday Night Live||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.|
|11/10/19||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Across Borders: “Go to Your Own People” (Mark 5)|
|11/17/19||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Across Borders: “Give Them Something to Eat” (Mark 6)|
|11/24/19||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Across Borders: “Open Your Ears” (Mark 7)|
|12/1/19||Sunday Night Live||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.|
|12/8/19||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Across Borders: “Take Up Your Cross” (Mark 8)|
|12/15/19||Sunday Night Live Christmas Party||4–6:30pm, FLC||Christmas Party! Wear a Christmas sweater and bring cookies to share!|
|1/5/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“Student Takeover” — Students takeover message, mixers and more!|
|1/12/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Return of the King: “Bring the Boy to Me” (Mark 9)|
|1/19/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Return of the King: “Sell Everything You Have” (Mark 10)|
|1/26/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Return of the King: “Have Faith in God” (Mark 11)|
|2/2/20||Student Sunday||9am–12pm, Worship Center||Students lead our congregation in all aspects of Sunday morning worship (Rehearsals Wed 1/30 6–9pm and Sun 2/2 7–8:30am, Worship Center)|
|2/9/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC|
|2/16/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Return of the King: “Love God, Love Neighbor” (Mark 12)|
|2/23/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Killed in Action: “Keep Watch” (Mark 13)|
|3/1/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC|
|3/8/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Killed in Action: “Take My Body, My Blood” (Mark 14)|
|3/15/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Killed in Action: “ . . . ” (Mark 15)|
|3/22/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Worship Night|
|3/27/20–3/29/20||Districts Youth Conference||Friday 5pm–Sunday 1pm||“Relationships That Matter” — Our powerful weekend of worship and teaching with all of our regions’ EFCA churches! Cost: $99/family|
|4/5/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC|
|4/12/20||Easter Breakfast||8–11am, FLC||Students serve breakfast, shifts 7-10:15am or 10-11:45am. No Sunday Night Live.|
|4/19/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Killed in Action: “Go into All the World” (Mark 16)|
|4/26/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||“MARK: Your Year-Long Mission Trip” Series Finale|
|5/3/20||Sunday Night Live||4–6:30pm, FLC||Open Mic Night|
|5/9/20||Project Serve||9am–3pm, Gym||“Serve the World” starts here—all students serving non-profits all over town!|
|5/17/20||Sunday Night Live End of Year Party||4–6:30pm, Gym||Shopping cart races, inflatables, food and fun! Incoming 7th gr. welcome!|
|5/23/20–5/25/20||Welcome Weekend||Saturday 9:30am–Monday 5:15pm||For incoming 7th graders only! Have fun, make friends, and explore the gospel and your gifts in the great outdoors! Bad Medicine Lake, FREE!|
|6/3/20||The FIRE||7–10pm, Offsite||Our summer gathering every Wed, June–Aug @ 4008 Copperfield Ct, Fargo. Great food, great fun, great friends and a fire—the highlight of every summer!|