Bethany Church Offices|1208 Brookside Road, Wescosville, PA 18106

Children's Ministry

Libby Barringer

Libby Barringer

Director of Children's Ministries

610-395-3613 ext. 19

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Sunday School

at the Macungie Campus

Nursery

8:00am / 9:15am / 11:00am / Sat. 5:00pm

Preschool

9:15am / 11:00am / Sat. 5:00pm

Kid’s Church Class-Elementary

9:15am / 11:00am / Sat. 5:00pm

Upcoming EVENTS

Sep
20
Wed
Awana Begins!
Sep 20 @ 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm

AWANA will start its new year on Sept. 20th. This Program is Bethany’s Wednesday night kid’s club full of music, games, activities, awards and fun lessons. Kids learn more about God’s love, the Scriptures, and how a personal relationship with Christ affects their everyday lives.

We invite all children between the ages of 2 years old through 4th grade to join us for a great time at AWANA!

Oct
25
Wed
Trunk R Treat
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

*This will be held in the Macungie Campus parking lot.

Come out and enjoy this spooky and fun family event! We will have decorated car trunks, treats, games, and concessions! Those interested in decorating a trunk for the event or helping with the games and concessions should contact Children’s Director: Libby Barringer

Oct
27
Fri
Trunk R Treat (Rain Date)
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

*This will be held in the Macungie Campus parking lot.

Come out and enjoy this spooky and fun family event! We will have decorated car trunks, treats, games, and concessions! Those interested in decorating a trunk for the event or helping with the games and concessions should contact Children’s Director: Libby Barringer

Support Group for Special Needs Children

We are happy to announce that we have a support group for parents with special needs children.  We share information, share our stories, and encourage one another.  Each week we have a devotional, also.  Sometimes we will have special speakers. Childcare is provided.

1st and 3rd Monday nights from 7:00-8:00 in the chapel.

Children’s Ministry Needs You!

Are you looking for a way to serve at Bethany? Do you love working with children? Sunday School at Bethany has openings for both teachers and helpers! We need adults who have spiritual gifts working with children and are ready to make this joyous commitment! We want to create a nurturing environment to build Christian foundations for kids of all ages. This is important in order to create a long lasting, successful spiritual walk. Prayerfully consider serving in Sunday School and then take our survey to best place you in this ministry.

Take Our Survey Here

Do you have questions or concerns? Email our Director of Children’s Ministry, Libby Barringer.

Colossians 3:16

Our New Fall 2017 Curriculum: Cokesbury Deep Blue KIDS

Introducing Deep Blue: Learn & Serve! Teach kids about God and what it means to be a follower of Jesus through Bible stories and opportunities to serve as disciples in the classroom, the local community, and the world! Kids will explore Guatemala, Kenya, Alaska, and Armenia throughout the year as they dive deep into God’s Word together. Easy to lead and fast to prepare, these lessons are biblically grounded, educationally sound, flexible, and fun! Thirteen step-by-step session guides include reproducible activity sheets, Bible verses, games, art, science, worship, prayers, and more for expanded sessions. Leaders will be equipped to connect the Bible story to their children’s lives so they become lifelong followers of Jesus.

Curriculum Goals

Children will:

  • Become familiar with major biblical people.
  • Learn some of the major tenants of the Christian faith such as The Golden Rule and The Lord’s Prayer.
  • Learn all about prayer.
  • Learn that they are loved by God just as they are.

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Articles

Teaching the Spiritual Discipline of Giving Tithes and Offerings

Teaching Children to Tithe

Along with the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, worship, and service, the Bethany Children’s Ministry wants to teach the discipline of tithing and offering in order that our kids become fully-formed, responsible followers of Christ. We are asking you as parents and guardians to encourage your child to begin bringing tithes and offerings to the weekend classes on a regular basis.

To this end, we will be collecting an offering every Sunday in each of the Preschool classrooms and passing offering plate in Kids’ Church to mirror the experience of the adult worship service and to teach them what it means to be a member of the church. Children naturally follow parental examples, so use your own giving as a strong model for your little ones. The combination of formal instruction and your example should get your kids into the giving discipline.

Learn How

Nursery Letter to Parents

Teaching Children to Tithe

We welcome you and your children to our church. It is the goal of Bethany Church to provide a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment for your child. We also want you to feel secure about your child’s well being while you attend services and activities at Bethany. We feel that we accomplish this goal in two ways.

  1. We strive to provide you, the parent, with the information you need to know about our nursery program: how it is run, the rules that we have crafted to ensure a safe environment, and contact information you may use to have your questions answered.
  2. We provide your child with an environment that is safe for them. Your child is safe to explore the room – it is properly childproofed. The room will also be properly staffed to ensure that there is always enough individual attention paid to your son or daughter.

Please take the time to read the following guidelines that we have prepared for you. This short booklet will answer most of your questions as well as introduce you to the policies that we have put in place to safe guard all of the children we care for. Your understanding and cooperation are deeply appreciated.

Nursery Letter

Online Game Resource for Kids

There are several benefits to playing online educational games with your child. Here are a few to consider:

  1. Hand Eye Coordination: using the mouse helps refine hand & eye coordination (clicking, dragging, and dropping).
  2. Encourages Creativity: paint programs and games allow children to experiment with colors and different materials (paint brushes, spray paint, buckets, etc.) This also teaches children cause & effect.
  3. Problem Solving: There are many games that help build problem solving skills, whether it be a matching game or a puzzle to solve.
  4. Identification & Recognition: Many preschool-focused games have children practice identifying numbers, shapes, colors, letters, sounds, and even animals
  5. Interactive or Social: Children’s computer time should always be monitored, so it can be a social time with mom, dad, or siblings
  6. Computer Knowledge: Technology is influencing more people and at younger ages. Children need to know how to properly operate a computer, use a mouse & keyboard, and even how to turn on the sound.

Some Online Game Resources:

Internet Safety for Kids
Keeping children safe is a little more challenging than in years past.  The Internet has changed the way we live.  It has made the world a much smaller place.  It is full of information and wonderful sites that teach and entertain.  It is also providing an opportunity for potential child molesters to reach children like never before.  The guy hanging around the park or school does still happen, but pedophiles have found anonymity online.
According to the FBI, there are an estimated 50,000 predators online at any given moment, all looking for potential victims.

We must also remember that “online” is much more than spending time on the computer.  Now smart phones and even video games are completely connected to the outside world.  Parents must understand that if the ability exists for communication with children, predators are there.When establishing contact with a child, some predators will very quickly turn to sexually explicit talk, maybe even trying to send or receive pornographic images.  However, just as in the real world, predators online will usually try to build a relationship with a potential victim.  They may pretend to be a girl or boy of a similar age to the child they are approaching.  Online predators are usually very good at communicating with children in a manner that makes kids feel comfortable.  They provide an open ear and if there are existing issues between the child and his or her parents, the predators will try to drive a further wedge to enhance the problems and gain more intimate access to the child.

Look at it this way… there are over 3 billion people online around the world.  As a parent, would you allow your child to roam around a city of 3 billion people… unsupervised?    When possible you should try to make sure you know what your kids are doing online.  That being said, with technology comes the realization that we must educate our kids with the knowledge and skill sets to help them make the best decisions possible… both in the real world and the virtual one.

In a Dept. of Justice Report:

  • 1 in 7 kids, 10 to 17 years old, were sexually solicited online
  • 70% of these solicitations happen on a home computer with the remaining most often happening at a friend’s home.
  • 49% of the children surveyed did not tell anyone about being solicited.  (main reason given for not telling… “I was afraid they would take my computer away”)
 Talk to your kids about the dangers that exist online and make sure they know to tell you if anyone ever makes them feel uncomfortable.  Make sure they know it is not their fault if someone reaches out to them and they won’t get in trouble when they tell you about it.
Telling the Grand Story to Our Children

Telling the Grand Story
Learn how to tell your kids about the grand story here.

Teach your Children about Mercy and Grace

You have to be careful what you pray for.  Because God is listening and He does have a sense of humor…

Demonstrate Mercy and Grace to your Children.

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Online Giving