Youth Ministries

Wednesday Night Gathering

7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Both Middle School and High School gather in their youth rooms and have discussions on different biblical principles, current events, and issues that teens face. All students grades 6th-12th are welcome!

Sunday Night Gathering

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On Sundays we gather for dinner at 6:00pm, and have a combined middle & high school lesson from 6:30-7:30pm! At 7:30pm, we encourage all of our youth to head to Youth Praise Band practice which lasts from 7:30-8:30pm and is open to all youth (no experience required!).

Making Disciples

The Youth Ministry of Bethesda cannot happen without the help of our amazing volunteers! We love having adults come and invest their time getting to know our students, and spending time helping our students to grow in their faith.

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Youth Praise Band

If you have a middle or high school youth that enjoys playing an instrument or singing, please encourage them join the Youth Praise Band. Practice is held weekly in the Sanctuary on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Please remember this involves a continual commitment and it is vital to the success of this ministry. All students are welcome to come attend this ministry offering- we love having new youth join us and help us lead worship! This ministry is led by Brandon New, and parent volunteers.

Special Events

We love doing things outside the walls of the church! We plan several special events throughout the year, including:

  • retreats
  • beach trips
  • SkyZone
  • corn mazes
  • picnics
  • concerts
  • and more

Some Sunday nights we will forego our regular schedule and have game night, movie night, and other things of that nature. We would love for you to join us! Check our Bethesda Student Ministries social media accounts for updates.  Facebook: Bethesda Student Ministries, Instagram: bethesdastudents.  Visit Other Ways to Get Involved for information about our big service opportunities, Salkehatchie and Santahatchie!

Sunday School

An opportunity for our Middle School and High School students to engage with the scriptures and study together on Sunday mornings in Sunday School class from 10:00-10:50. Classes are taught by volunteers on a rotation, and they teach various studies throughout the year. Students will be able to hear messages, discuss their faith, and grow together in relationship with Jesus.


To acolyte is one of the first acts of service for children to serve God in the church. We offer trainings on becoming an Acolyte as well as celebrate the service of our children when they finish Acolyting and join the youth group through Promotion Sunday. If you have a child/youth in 2nd grade through 6th grade, please encourage them to participate in our Acolyte Ministry. The Service Rotation usually ends up being about every other month.

Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes take place during the Spring each year.  This ministry focuses on preparing youth for full membership in the United Methodist Church, with a focus on church history, principles, teachings, and sacraments. Students learn about discipleship and their role in the church body. Contact Pastor Dan for more information or to get your student involved!

Permission Slips and Medical Release Forms

In an effort to conform to our Safe Sanctuary Policy at Bethesda, please remember to fill out a Permission Form, communication form, and Medication Form for the year so that your student can attend outings/events with our church.