MINISTRIES

Our Goal

Bethel’s ministries are focused upon discipleship, fellowship and outreach.

In discipleship we seek to train our members to be faithful followers of Christ by teaching them to observe all that Christ has commanded and to love God with all their heart and to walk in holiness.

In our fellowship we nurture our mutual growth as the communion of saints through love, prayer, service, encouragement, fellowship and gifts.

In outreach we answer God’s call to love our neighbor, to testify to our hope in Christ, to be salt and light in the world, to partner with those who spread the gospel, and to pray to the Lord for his harvest.

 

If you would like more information on any of the ministries at Bethel, or the opportunities to get involved, please email us at friends@bethelopc.org or call us at 630-665-5577. We would love to help you get plugged in within the life of the church!

Our Ministries

Women’s Bible Studies

Bethel offers two Women’s Bible Study options, both of which are currently going through Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. On Tuesday evenings, the bible study meets primarily over zoom from 7:15-8:30pm. On Wednesday mornings, the bible study meets in person at Bethel in the basement from 9:30-11:00am. Childcare is provided during the Wednesday morning meetings. These studies start September 14th & 15th and books are available for $6.

For more information, please contact the church office at 630.665.5577.

Prayer Gathering

In the early days of the church we read that, “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42). We meet every Wednesday evening at 6:45pm for a time of prayer and fellowship. Currently, we offer opportunities to join us in person at Bethel or over Zoom. If you have interest in joining us via Zoom, please contact us; otherwise, please join us on Wednesday evenings in the basement of Bethel for this time of prayer.

Fellowship Dinner

Bethel offers a Fellowship Dinner following Sunday School, typically on the second Sunday of the month. Fellowship Dinners have been on hiatus due to COVID, but we are looking for ways to reintroduce them to the life of the church. Details can be found in the morning bulletin or on the calendar as we look at options; or you can check here for updates.

Nature Camp

The Bethel Nature Camp is to help children develop an awareness of God’s creation by teaching age-appripriate concepts and principles of the natural world, and then relating them to the spiritual principles found in the Bible. Each year, our Nature Camp focuses on a different part of the world, such as sunlight, plants, rocks, or water, among others.  This one week long camp is run in the summer and for 2021, our theme was Terrific Trees!

For more information, please visit our Nature Camp website by clicking here!

Youth Group

The Bethel Youth Group (BYG) seeks to offer opportunities to develop positive relationships and foster growth in the spiritual lives of the middle and high school students of Bethel and their friends. The BYG is open to all 6th-12th grade members and friends. Through the months of September to May, we meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the  month in the Bethel basement from 6:30-8:30pm, following the evening service.

During this time, the BYG has a shared meal, sings, partakes in a discussion and lesson, and plays games. Monthly, there are special events planned that involved things such as mini-golf, game nights, and scavenger hunts. If you want more information about the BYG or upcoming special events, please email youth@bethelopc.org.

College Ministry

Bethel has a wide variety of opportunities for college students that are studying in the area. Some of the few things that we offer are rides on Sunday morning, pastoral lunches, theology Q&As, special events, and more. If you have interest in our college ministry, or what to find out more, we recommend you check out the College Ministry page.

20-40 Club

We are well aware of some of the difficulties one can face in fostering community and connecting with people once you’re in the ‘real world’. Bethel offers planned events for those aged 20 to 40 within the church and community. The events planned within 20-40 cover a variety of interests and allow those that participate to offer ideas, host their own events, or simply show up for the fellowship and fun.

This month, the 20-40 Club will be having a cookout on September 25th from 4-6pm outside of Bethel. If you would like to join us, or have interest in knowing more about this club, please contact the main office or send an email to katherine.czerwinski@bethelopc.org.

Outreach Efforts

Bethel participates in a variety of outreach efforts. Our two main functions through the year are our College of DuPage Outreach and the DuPage County Fair Booth. Due to COVID, these two opportunities have been put on hold for the time being, but when they are running, they offer an opportunity for the members of Bethel to participate in outreach within the community. By connecting with individuals, fostering conversation, and handing out evangelism materials, these two options are a blessing to members and to those who they have a chance to meet.

As we evaluate how to reinstate these programs, please check back here for more updates.