Ministries

Life At Bethel

Life at Bethel is like being part of a big family with Jesus connecting us all. Please know you are oh so welcome to share life with us. Here’s a snapshot of what life at Bethel looks like… but it’s so much more than just what’s listed on this page.

What Bethel has to offer…


Sunday School

On Sunday mornings during the school year from 9:30-10:45am, Bethel’s Sunday School Team invests in your child so that they know and love and follow the God who loves and redeems them!  

To get started…Come any Sunday morning to the West Basement at 9:30 am.  Enter through the glass BELC door on the west side of the building & head downstairs. Bethel’s Sunday School Team will welcome you and get you started.

Bethel’s Sunday School has ongoing open enrollment, so we mean it when we say, come any time!  We’d love to have your kids join us!  Parents are welcome to stay for any or all of Sunday School, or just drop off and then be back to pick up at 10:45 am.All the Sunday School team needs is the information on the registration form so we can take good care of your child(ren) – you can either fill one out when you bring your child(ren) or print it out and bring it with you. Please plan to pick up at 10:45 am!

If you are planning on having your child(ren) attend Sunday School for the first time, please fill out a registration form, links provided below.


Kids in preschool Meet in the West Basement for creative opening, then head to the upstairs preschool room for small group bible stories and hands-on activities to grow as followers of Jesus. 

Kindergarten – 5 grade Kids Join Kingdom Quest in the West Basement for creative openings, puppet shows, small group Bible time, and application activities to grow as Christ followers! 

Middle Schoolers in 6th – 8th grade  Be a part of Jr. Bible Study in “The Lounge” (Bethel’s Center Basement room) with activities and discussions and videos around different Bible events and themes relevant to Jr. High kids who follow Jesus!

High Schoolers Hang out in the Youth Room (the Far East Basement room) and be a part of Sr. Bible Study for social time, conversations, and Bible studies incorporating faith in Christ with daily life!

Service Opportunities connected with Sunday School include collecting coins to support an orphanage in Guatemala, food pantry collections, hygiene item collections for hygiene kits for people at PADS, parent-child field trip to help set up bedding at PADS, and making Christmas cards and Valentines to send to older folks!

Feature Bible Story Sundays A few times a year, the Sunday School team invites a guest to teach the bible story and engages the children in a special project! 


Youth Programs

Weekly Confirmation
Young people in grades 6-8 meet together with Pastor and the Confirmation Team on Wednesdays during the school year from 4-5:30pm. Our Head to Heart (H2H) material combines current life with Biblical truth to not only engage our young people’s minds about the Christian faith, but also help their hearts know the love of Jesus Christ for each one of them.


Confirmation Retreat
Bethel’s Jr. High Youth participate in a weekend confirmation retreat at Walcamp Outdoor Ministries in Kingston, IL each year.
www.walcamp.org


Mission trips
Bethel’s high school youth spend a week each summer at Camp Restore Detroit. https://camprestore.org/detroit/


Acolytes
Bethel’s youth, grades 7-12, serve as acolytes for Sunday worship and a few other special worship times. For questions, please call church office.
Acolytes Schedule


Discipleship Huddles

Jesus’ words “go make disciples” and Jesus’ way of sharing life with people motivate us to be intentional to disciple people to follow Jesus more closely. Small discipling huddles meet regularly at Bethel!


Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Workshops
Held during the school year from 9:45-10:45 am in Bethel’s sanctuary, this is a time to explore and learn God’s story and what it means for you today.


Wednesday Mornings
Gather with women from BELC, the community, and Bethel beginning at 9 am for a space to explore who Jesus is and what following Jesus means for you and daily life.


Saturday Morning Home Bible Study
Meet with other believers every other Saturday for in-depth bible study.


MOB (Men of Bethel)
Gather with other men for friendship, coffee, and bible study every other Saturday at 7 am in the West Basement at Bethel.

*Contact church office for information 


Prayer

Bethel’s prayer ministry seeks to engage the Bethel family in personally praying to the Lord for other people and for our church, community, nation, and the world.

If you would like us to pray for you, simply email your prayer request to Bethel Westmont Prayer Ministry and an email with your prayer need will be sent to those in the Bethel family participating in the prayer ministry. Those receiving the requests pray for your needs in their personal prayer life.

To receive and pray for the prayer needs of others, simply contact Bethel Westmont Prayer Ministry with your email address and you will receive prayer requests.


Serving at Bethel

Sunday School Team People from Bethel work in teams so that the next generation who comes to Sunday School can experience the life-changing love of Jesus! Our teams serve snacks, prepare materials, help the children learn bible verses, lead opening and puppet shows, and serve as guides for the different age groups of children.


Bethel’s Festival Choir and Chamber Orchestra Young people and adults meet together in the weeks leading up to Christmas and Easter to rehearse as a choir and instrumentalists. It is fun and engaging and blesses these special worship times with music and beauty. If you would like to sing or play (or have played) an instrument, you are warmly welcome to be a part of Bethel’s Festival Choir and Chamber Orchestra!

Praise Team
Singers help lead worship songs during the 11am worship service. 

Youth Choir
Preschoolers through high schoolers meet and rehearse each Sunday during the school year from 9-9:30am (before Sunday School) and lead worship once a month during the 11am worship service.

*Contact church office for information on rehearsals and to get plugged in to one of these music opportunities at Bethel.


Altar Guild
Bethel’s Altar Guild takes care of our sanctuary’s altar each week for worship! This act of hospitality includes setting up the altar for worship, attending to candles and flowers, and setting up the Lord’s Supper when there is communion.

A team of two people, male or female, work together for a scheduled month or two a year to care for Bethel’s altar in the sanctuary.

*Contact church office for information or to help on Altar Guild 


Facilities
People at Bethel take care of the place like it is our home! From painting and gardening to plumbing and electric, it’s a joy to take care of God’s house.


Bethel’s AV Team
Bethel’s AV Team facilitates the slide show and sound board during worship when the screen is used. Individuals on the team typically run the slide show about once a month. If you have a passion for technology and would love to serve the people of God during worship in this way, contact the church office for more information, to receive training and to be included on the rotation.


Greeters and Ushers
Individuals and families welcome and greet people as they arrive for worship, hand out worship bulletins, and assist during worship with offering collection and the Lord’s Supper. If you enjoy making people feel welcome, contact the church office to be placed on the schedule to help in this important way!
Greeters Schedule and Ushers Schedule


Acolytes
Bethel’s youth, grades 7-12, serve as acolytes for Sunday worship and a few other special worship times. For questions, please call church office.
Acolytes Schedule


Scripture Readers
Read small portions of the bible when we gather together for worship.
Scripture Readers Schedule