Children, Youth and Family Education

Children, Youth and Family Education – Worship and learning go hand-in-hand. As we worship and attend learning programs together, the Lord helps us grow in our daily walk of faith. At Bethesda on the Bay we offer a wide variety of learning opportunities for young people of ALL ages.

Sunday School – We offer classes on Sunday morning for ages 3 through adult at 9:45 AM. The curriculum helps young people learn and explore scripture at an age-appropriate level through creative ways. Our carefully-selected teachers are essential to this vital ministry.

Confirmation Instruction – Confirmation instruction is a time for our 7th and 8th graders to begin exploring what it means to be a part of the Lord’s church. They affirm their Baptism in a fall worship service. We meet on Monday evenings (with a meal and study) for two years to consider salvation history from Genesis through the life of Christ. We also view life through Luther’s Small Catechism. Our youth will learn that being a part of the Lord’s Church means serving, worshipping, mentoring, and discovering God’s way for us.

First Communion – First Communion, for 5th graders, is celebrated at the Agape Meal on Holy Thursday. Training classes occur during the Lenten season. Acolyte training coincides with First Communion training.

Vacation Bible School – CANCELED FOR 2020.  Vacation Bible School is scheduled for one week in June. Hours are 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Three year olds through 6th grade are invited to attend. Each year there is a Yearly Theme. Sessions include a daily Bible lesson, games, crafts, music, snacks.


Children’s Sermons – Pastor Freeman-Riley has children’s sermons during weekly service. Special puppet visit during children’s sermon at various times throughout the year.