The movie, popcorn and soda is free. Come in your pajamas. Just a night of fun for the kids.
Enjoy an evening of hockey surrounded by your Bethany family. This night the Phantoms will be incorporating some faith elements into their activities. There will be a free post game movie (Soul Surfer). Come celebrate church and community coming together.
You can purchase your discounted tickets at the information desk during the weekend services or during the week at the church office.
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.
Do you have questions or concerns? Email our Director of Children’s Ministry, Libby Barringer.
Our New 2018 Curriculum: Kids Own Worship
KidsOwn Worship® creates a fun and powerful children’s church experience! This interactive curriculum helps kids learn to experience God through a weekly Bible Point, fun activities, and engaging worship. Bethany kids will grow in their relationships with Jesus through prayer, praise and worship that tie into the weekly Bible passage. Elementary kids will love the exciting activities and Preschoolers will love their classroom puppet, Theo the puppy. It’s simple: Kids praise God. Kids learn the Bible Point. And kids pray. Every week. Not to mention all of our wonderful, caring volunteers who help the bible come to life! Don’t miss out on these lessons and all the fun- join us!
Teaching the Spiritual Discipline of Giving Tithes and Offerings
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.
Nursery Letter to Parents
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Online Game Resource for Kids
There are several benefits to playing online educational games with your child. Here are a few to consider:
- Hand Eye Coordination: using the mouse helps refine hand & eye coordination (clicking, dragging, and dropping).
- 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.
- Problem Solving: There are many games that help build problem solving skills, whether it be a matching game or a puzzle to solve.
- Identification & Recognition: Many preschool-focused games have children practice identifying numbers, shapes, colors, letters, sounds, and even animals
- Interactive or Social: Children’s computer time should always be monitored, so it can be a social time with mom, dad, or siblings
- 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
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”)
Telling the Grand Story to Our Children
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…