Youth Ministries

Wednesday Night Gathering

6:15 pm – 7:45 pm

Wednesday Night Fellowship meal starts at 6:15pm, then at 7pm we head down to the youth room and have discussions on different biblical principles, current events, and issues that teens face. All students grades 6th-12th are welcome!

Sunday Night Gathering

5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

On Sundays we gather for dinner at 5:15 pm, and then have lessons from 6:00-7:00pm. Youth Praise Band practice meets from 7:00-8:00pm 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 most Sunday evenings in the Middle School Room at 7 pm. Please remember this involves a continual commitment which 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 Seth Wright.

4 O’Clock Rock

Interested in learning how to play an instrument? Every Sunday afternoon in the Middle School room at 4pm, our Worship Leader, Brandon New gives free lessons to youth who are wanting to brush up on an instrument or learn a completely new one! Contact Brandon New for more information at: brandonnew@bethesdaumc.org.

Sunday School

Sunday School is an opportunity for our students to engage with scripture. Middle Schoolers(6th-8th grade) meet in the Middle School room and High Schoolers(9th-12th grade) meet in the High School room, both from 10:00-10:50 am. Classes are taught by volunteers on a rotation, and focus on various Bible studies throughout the year. Students will be able to hear messages, discuss their faith, and grow together in their relationship with Jesus.

Special Events

We love doing things together!! We plan special events throughout the year, including:

  • retreats
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Valentine’s Dinner
  • Open Youth Room
  • lock-ins
  • 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 Thrive Bethesda Youth Ministry social media accounts for updates.  Facebook- Thrive: Bethesda UMC Youth Ministry, Instagram- thrive.bumc.  Visit Other Ways to Get Involved for information about our big service opportunities, Salkehatchie & Santahatchie!

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 Seth Wright or Pastor Dan for more information.

Acolyte

To acolyte is one of the first acts of service for children to serve God in the church.  If you have a child/youth in 2nd grade through 6th grade, please encourage them to participate in our Acolyte Ministry. The Service Rotation is typically every other month and training is provided.

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.