EDUCATION

Bethel Library

Come into the library for magazines, books, and media, as well as good conversation! Our mission is to support the children and adults of our congregation as we all learn to walk in Christ. For information about our library, please visit this page.

Nursery

Bethel’s Nursery exists to provide a safe and loving environment for children and to give them a positive first experience of church. We want children to experience Jesus’s love through the love of their caregivers. Our Nursery Ministry helps parents and guardians fellowship with other believers, worship and grow in Christ with the rest of the church body, and serve the church body. We welcome babies, toddlers, and young children during the 9:30am Sunday morning service and 5:30pm evening service.

You can find us on the main floor directly adjacent to the Tea and Coffee Lounge. Here you will find a colorful room staffed by experienced adults who have undergone training and related background checks. We want to serve you and help take care of your little ones!

Click the links to read our Nursery Policy and Child Protection Policy.

Note that our Child Protection Policy states that there will be two adults in every Sunday school class up to 4th grade in order to ensure the protection of the children.

2- and 3-Year-Olds

In this class, caring teachers introduce the children to Sunday school with a wide variety of songs, flannelgraphs, coloring, gluing, and painting to teach and apply Bible truths. The spring lessons are about God’s love through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. They are learning about our need to trust him.

Pre-K through Kindergarten

Our 4- and 5-year-olds are learning about Jesus, the Savior. They will learn that Jesus was sent because of God’s great love. Our preschool teachers use a variety of means to teach these lessons from God’s Word, including puppets, visuals, and activities. Children learn Bible verses and complete activities that extend the lessons.

First & Second Grade

Our younger elementary students are studying a survey of the Bible as God’s Word. The will learn about the place God’s Word has in their lives.

Third & Fourth Grade

Hearing stories from Acts, the middle elementary students are learning how to tell other people the good news about Jesus. Their caring teachers guide the students through these lessons and answer their questions as they interact with Scripture, discuss applications, and pray for each other.

Fifth & Sixth Grade

This focus of the spring quarter is on the instructions for Christians living in the church, taken from the New Testament books of 1 Corinthians and Philemon. The teachers serve as skilled guides for the students as they study the growth of the early church and the doctrines of the church.

Seventh & Eighth Grade (Jr High)

Seventh and eighth graders meet downstairs at the end of the hall. They develop a clear understanding of their faith through a study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Heidelberg Catechism in alternating years, which leads students through the entire cycle of doctrine and life twice during their two years in the class. This year, they are focusing on the Heidelberg Catechism. Many students who have completed this class look back with appreciation at the depth of learning they have experienced.

Ninth through Twelfth Grade (Sr High)

The high school class is currently meeting in the conference room adjacent to the sanctuary. This class studies a variety of topics throughout the year with an emphasis on equipping students to read and interpret the Bible, articulate and defend the Christian faith, and understand and address relevant cultural and ethical issues. This spring, the students are going through selections from the book of John.

Adult Sunday School

This spring, adult Sunday school has three class electives, running from March until May.

Westminster Confession – Part One. This class will be part 1 of a series. In it we will cover the historical context of the Westminster Confession and the content of the first eleven chapters.
This class will meet in the sanctuary.

What Did You Expect? This ten week class will work through Paul David Tripp’s DVD teaching series What Did You Expect? Redeeming The Realities Of Marriage. Lessons will include video lessons, group discussion, and interviews.
This class will meet in the singing area downstairs.

New Members Class. This six-week new members class introduces the history and theology of Bethel and the OPC. We will consider the centrality of God, the gospel, worship, sacraments, community life, and Presbyterianism. If you are interested in joining the church or would simply like to sit in and learn more about Bethel.
This class will meet in the downstairs multipurpose room.