Vacation Bible School

Held in June
(Check church calendar for dates)

9:00 AM ‘til 12:00


Youth and Family


A Safe Church for All of God’s Children!

Bethlehem Lutheran Church has established a new policy that formalizes our commitment to the safety of all children and youth who participate in our programs. From now on anyone who wishes to volunteer in our programs with children and youth will need to comply with our safety policy and allow us to do a background check. Key parts of our policy stress the need for multiple adults present at any event. The policy for Safe Church is available in our church office and at our youth and family bulletin board. Volunteers are invited to review the policy and sign the forms.

Vacation Bible School

Bethlehem offers a faith-filled, fun week for all children in our community annually in early June.
Each year a team of adult and high school volunteers provide a Biblically rich program filled with crafts, games, and praise. Children ages 3 through 5th grade are welcome to be part of this great week.Join the fun. If you are interested in helping, we are taking names and compiling the list now. Please call Bethlehem Lutheran at 387-2227 to volunteer today!
For more information call 387-2227 or 387-2254

Sunday School

Sunday School – Children’s Church

Sunday school will begin again in September during the worship service. Our Sunday School time at Bethlehem can be called "Children's Church." The children age 3 to grade 5 start their Sunday morning gathered with the whole congregation in the sanctuary, then right after the children's sermon they are welcomed into their own special church time with songs in the fellowship hall. There they will share a prayer and finally go to the newly decorated Elementary Rooms downstairs for a Childrenís Bible Video/DVD or an old fashioned flannel board Bible story. When their Children's Church time is finished they come back into the sanctuary at Holy Communion time to receive their blessings at the communion table. Many thanks and blessings to Brooke Youngdahl, Bev Johnson, Janet Ditmanson, Cara Sporn, Theresa Oberg, Allison Heeren, Laurie Spry among others who are guiding our children this school/church year.


Wednesday After School

Holy Moly and Connect!!

Bethlehem's after school program on Wednesday starts classes in October. This year we will be offering classes to children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Jess Rodne and Theresa Oberg will be teaching and we look forward to helping your child(ren) grow in their faith. We are working on finding one more teacher, if you would like more information contact Cara Sporn (

These are excellent programs that draw the kids into the Bible stories in creative ways. Click for complete info and schedule HERE.


Summer Camp

for Grades 3-5 at Camp Hiawatha

Our younger campers attend Camp Hiawatha outside Grand Rapids MN. The week is always in July. Bethlehem provides assistance in the form of camperships. Please call the church office for information 387-2227.



Confirmation/Middle School Ministry

Classes are held on Wednesdays and run from September thru May. Our curriculum is a three year program where 6th grade studies the Old Testament; 7th grade studies the New Testament; and 8th grade studies the Lutheran Small Catechism. Confirmation students are required to complete sermon notes and service points each year to enrich their participation in the worshipping life of the congregation. Ninth graders who are completing their studies write a faith statement/testimony of their faith in Jesus Christ to be shared before a panel of teachers and their parents.

Middle School Fall Retreat September.
On the last weekend of September we enjoy a youth retreat at Voyager Canoe Outfitters on Gull River leading to Saganaga Lake. This retreat is an intense introduction to the Bethlehem Confirmation program for the 6-8 grades and is the faith statement writing retreat for the ninth grade students. The retreat includes plenty of fun activities and movie time.

Northeast Synod Middle School Gathering (see calendar).
This faith filled fun weekend at Cragun's resort in Brainerd. Keynote speakers, music, dance, dynamic worship and more. This gathering has a modest cost.

Confirmation Camp at Camp Vermilion in June.
Confirmation camp means that Pastor Mark attends the camp and daily offers a special program for Bethlehem kids. Scholarships of $100.00 are provided by Bethlehem each year. Additional funds are available so that any Bethlehem youth who wants to go to camp is able! Members already qualify for a $50.00 discount and early registration provides an additional $50.00 off registration.

Hockey Camp at Camp Hiawatha
is also a VLM ministry our congregation supports. This week occurs on the same week as Confirmation camp. Hockey camp, coached by the hockey coaches of Gustavus Adolphus College provides hockey training with a solid Bible camp faith experience. The same scholarships and discounts apply.