Children's Ministry Transformed

Marleah Doyle

Marleah Doyle

Director of Children's Ministries

Wednesday’s

 6:15-7:45 at Wescosville Campus.

Children will experience tons of fun with games, crazy theme nights and amazing Bible Stories.  Children earn awards such as gems and patches for memorizing scriptures based upon their age.

Clubs will begin on September 25th, 2019 – April 29, 2020.

REGISTER HERE 2019!!

Puggles:  2 year olds.   Children learn all the different things God created, especially themselves.

Cubbies:  3-4 year olds.  Children begin memorizing short verses and learn Bible Stories as they travel together through Cubbie Bear’s adventures in the Bible.

 

Sparks:  K-2nd Grade.  Children move at their own pace through 3 Sparks books based upon their grades.  They will memorize slightly longer Bible verses as well as the books of the Bible.

 

Truth & Training (T&T):  3-5th Grade.  Our oldest club, these children will learn more extensive verses and begin learning how to apply what the Bible says to their own lives.

 

Registration:  $50 per child per year.   This covers the cost of the uniform, book, bag and awards throughout the year. Payment plans and scholarships are available upon request.

REGISTER HERE 2019!! 

 

 

Sunday School

Transformed

at the Macungie Campus

Young Family Sunday School

9:00-10:00am

A facilitator will guide families through lessons, crafts, activities and prayers, helping families grow deeper in their faith and creating lasting memories.  

Our desire is to help equip parents to be the spiritual leaders in the home.  Families are essential in the Godly education of our children.

KidsChurch

10:00 am

Nursery, Preschool and Elementary

All children begin the service in worship with their parents.  After the opening worship songs and a children’s message, they will be dismissed to their teachers, who will be waiting for them in the Narthex.  Please sign your children in prior to the worship service beginning.

 

Taking Faith Home for the Summer.

Part of the Children’s Ministry vision is equipping parents to be the spiritual leaders of their homes.  If your child comes regularly to Sunday School and AWANA, they  participate in religious programing 2.5 hours per week.  This is a small percentage compared to the time you are with them.  For this reason, we are focused on helping parents feel more secure and confident in their ability to teach their children Biblical truths during every day events.

WEEKLY FAMILY DEVOTIONALS & PRAYER JOURNALS

For the summer, a family devotional will be provided each week.  Using simple materials, these devotionals will    assist your family in having memorable and life-lasting time together learning about the wonders of God.  In addition, each child will be given a prayer journal to help them develop the spiritual habit of daily quiet time with God.  Please come to the Children’s Desk on Sunday mornings for each week’s devotional guide or come to the church office.  It is our prayer that you will create wonderful memories as you all grow in your faith together.

ANIMAL BACKPACKS

As part of our Faith at Home for the summer, backpacks will be available for children to take home for a week at a time.  Each backpack will include a stuffed puppet, bible story books and other activities for your child to do with their puppet.  This will encourage daily faith activities for your child and your   family.

If you would be interested in donating backpacks, books, coloring books or stuffed animals, please contact Marleah Doyle at mdoyle@bethanyumchurch.com.

 

 

Prayer Partners

Prayer is a powerful, but underutilized tool.  It is so exciting to see God move through us and others when we connect with Him.  Children’s Ministry desires to pair each child involved in our programs with a prayer partner.  An adult who is willing to greet the child on a Sunday, Wednesday, or send a card and to commit to praying for them regularly.  Would you be willing to have a powerful impact on a child’s life?  Please consider joining this prayer team and interceding on behalf of these precious little ones that God has blessed us with.  We are all one big church family!

MOM & DAUGHTER BIBLE STUDY

Beginning July 9th, a Mom & Daughter Bible study will be held at the Macungie Campus from 12-2pm each day.  Using Building Circles of Grace: A Joint Bible Study for Tween Girls & Their Moms as our curriculum, we will discover the blessings and pitfalls of friendship.  Please contact Marleah Doyle if you are interested in participating.  Cost for materials is $15.00

 

 

 

2020 Vacation Bible School ROAR

June 22-26th 2020

Wescosville Campus

Mark your calendars now!  VBS is coming and will be a STEAMING good time. JESUS’ POWER PULLS US THROUGH!

For children ages 4 – 5th grade.  We offer two sessions:

AM:  9:15-12pm

PM:  6:30-8:15pm

 

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Family Retreat

Join your church family for an amazing weekend of fun, growth and deeper connections!

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Upcoming EVENTS

Sep
1
Sun
Young Family Sunday School @ Bethany Church
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am

Our Young Family Sunday school is designed to help families spend time together learning about Jesus, while equipping parents to be the spiritual leaders in their homes.  A facilitator will guide families through a variety of activities and study of the Bible.

Sep
8
Sun
Young Family Sunday School @ Bethany Church
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am

Our Young Family Sunday school is designed to help families spend time together learning about Jesus, while equipping parents to be the spiritual leaders in their homes.  A facilitator will guide families through a variety of activities and study of the Bible.

Sep
15
Sun
Young Family Sunday School @ Bethany Church
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am

Our Young Family Sunday school is designed to help families spend time together learning about Jesus, while equipping parents to be the spiritual leaders in their homes.  A facilitator will guide families through a variety of activities and study of the Bible.

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, Marleah Doyle @ mdoyle@bethanyumchurch.com.

Colossians 3:16

Our New 2018 Curriculum: Dig In

DIG IN Digital Sunday School Curriculum Logo 

Dig In curriculum provides a multi-sensory approach to children learning key biblical truths with a variety of creative lesson options.  Through the  use of science experiments, crafts, bible stories and fun games, children learn about the amazing truths of the Bible.  We are beginning our journey with Through the Bible in a Year.  Come see what all the excitment is about!

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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.