Lutheran Youth and Family Engagement
There is a place for every age at Bethlehem. A newly formed team, the LYFE Support Team (Lutheran Youth and Family Engagement), will be planning fellowship, service and learning opportunities for several different age groups. This group meets monthly and anyone with a heart for working with young people of all ages are welcome to join.
Our Young Families group is a group that includes parents with children ages birth to around age 3 or 4. This group meets as families, often with a child-centered activity and time for fellowship for the parents. One meaningful celebration is receiving bibles during worship at age 2 or 3.
The School-Age group offers events, service opportunities and fellowship for youth in Pre-K through 5th grade. Yearly events include the Halloween Rewind Party in the fall, a Father-Son Bowling event in winter and the Easter Egg Hunt and Party in the spring. This group also celebrates milestones in their faith life, including weekly Sunday school classes, receiving bibles in 3rd grade, learning the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostle’s Creed and receiving First Communion.
Confirmation at Bethlehem includes youth in 6th – 8th grade. In addition to a 3 year Confirmation education, we at BLC offer a number of fellowship events throughout the year to grow relationships among youth. Highlights include several lock-ins, a Christmas party, the Genesee- Finger Lakes Conference Winter Weekend, and Confirmation Camp at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center. Service is another component of this group. The youth help set-up and lead the Halloween Rewind party and Easter Egg Hunt and Party for younger members, serve dinner at Cameron Ministries, and offer the congregation the Gift of Babysitting in December.
LYO (Lutheran Youth Organization) is a group for youth in 9th – 12th grade. This group meets weekly for Sunday school and fellowship at 9:45am in the youth room. In addition to this hour together every Sunday, the youth are involved in a variety of fellowship, leadership and service events throughout the year. The Youth lead Rally Day activities in September and a Youth Service in November. Annual lock-ins occur in September, October and January with service opportunities built into each event. The Gift of Babysitting, the Genesee- Finger Lakes Conference Winter Weekend, the 30-Hour Famine and Workcamp are all terrific faith forming events that our youth regularly participate in. Every 3 years our youth are invited to travel to the ELCA National Youth Gathering, which is occurring in Detroit in the summer of 2015.