Bethel Youth and Family

Preparing Disciples To Make Discples

Posted Wednesday
Feb 10, 2016

9:18 am

Join YFM at Crave Gathering 2016!


Hello Jr and Sr High Schoolers! Sign-up for a ‘mini-Gathering’ at Trinity Lutheran Church Community Center in Roselle, IL on April 8-9. The Crave, as its called is an overnight event as we join a hundred or so young Christians in fun filled fellowship. Cost will be $50 per person. This includes the cost of admission, dinner Saturday night (not included with the admission fee) and transportation Friday night from Bethel to The Crave and back to Bethel Saturday night.

Check out Trinity Lutheran’s Facebook Event Page – looks like fun! So what are the plans? Check out this short list for the weekend so far!

Friday Night:

6:30pm Doors open at Trinity Community Center 233 East Maple in Roselle
7:00pm Worship begins. Theme: Legion. Our inner demons. Featuring the 2016 Gathering band, a powerful Drama skit, relevant videos, Speaker Bob Lenz and prayer stations.
10:00pm Worship ends.
10:30pm: After hours party at the Community Center.
Midnight Lights out! Separate sleeping areas for boys and girls.


7:30am Breakfast begins (provided by Gathering) Showers available 2 Blocks down at Trinity Lutheran Church
8:30am Doors open for worship
9:00pm Worship begins: Theme: Why am I so Alone? (Woman at the well). Featuring the 2016 Gathering band, Videos and a powerful message.
10:00pm Class Sessions.
11:00pm Class Sessions.
(Students and adults choose from a variety of topics for each session. Some will include Girls Only, Boys Only, a Bob Lenz taught class and more to come!)
12:30 Lunch provided by conference
1:00pm Head out for service project as a gathering group. Local project within walking distance.
4:15 Service project ends. Dinner on your own (each individual youth group)
5:45 Worship begins. Theme: Do you want to get well? Featuring the 2016 Gathering band, a drama, spoken word, small groups and more!
7:30 Worship ends. Doors open to public for concert
8:00pm Concert event! Included in the cost of the weekend. Band: 7eventh Time Down
1000pm Gathering ends.

Parents must fill out and sign the Consent Form available here and drop payment off in the Bethel Church office by Wednesday, March 30th.

Posted Thursday
Jan 28, 2016

9:14 am

Parent’s Night Out! (for an early Valentine’s Day)

PNO021316The love of your life deserves your full attention – its Valentine’s Day weekend after all. But Life is complicated because kids can complicate Life. If only there was a way to go out for a couple of hours and rekindle that flame, that look you both used to have for each other. In other words, where can you dump the kids off? At Church!

Youth going to the National Youth Gathering will watch your kids for FREE on Saturday, February 13th! (but it would be nice if you gave them a donation to help them get to New Orleans. So it that free? you decide).

Bethel’s Youth will watch and entertain your kids while you and your spouse get reacquainted. So how does this work? First, fill-out a form for your kids available on the YFM bulletin board, or download here, so we know how many kids to plan for. Note – kids must be potty trained. Next, feed your kids then drop your kids off at Bethel Saturday February 13th at 5:45pm. Please leave your ICE information. The fun starts for your kids at 6:00 – games, activities, snacks and more!  Then – enjoy an evening out together – or just the new quietness at home.

At 9:00pm, feeling renewed and rejuvenated, pick-up your kids and be ready to pour them into their beds – they’ll be tired.

Again, donations are greatly appreciated. They will be used to help Bethel’s youth get to New Orleans this July for the National Youth Gathering. Contact Nichole Todd if you have any questions.


Posted Wednesday
Jan 6, 2016

8:25 am

Winter Jam Concert and Lock-In

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Posted Sunday
Dec 27, 2015

9:36 am

High School’s Progressive Dinner/White Elephant Exchange


One of our favorite events is the High School’s Youths Progressive Dinner. The years event will be on Sunday, January 24th, 2016. We will be leaving Bethel at 12:15. Please sign up on the YFM bulletin board!


The Progress dinner  is hosted by four families. The fun is that the families host only a part of the meal – in their homes – so guests must be driven from house to house. So there will be appetizers at the Zilligens, Soup and Salad at the Swansons, the Entree at Nuechterleins and Dessert at the Paulson. With 2 or 3 drivers we should be able to get everyone to each home, fellowshipping along the way.

At the last house (the Paulson’s this year) we will do our White Elephant exchange (follow the link for additional information or this link on where the name ‘White Elephant’ came frome). So – participates need to bring a wrapped White Elephant Gift which we will exchange at the last house (the Paulsons).

Posted Monday
Nov 16, 2015

5:11 pm

God’s Warmth: Love Inc. Servant Event

logo.web_On Sunday, December 6th, Bethel’s Jr. and Sr. High Schoolers will be helping Love, Inc. setup a Mobile Clothing Closet at Grace Missionary Church in Zion. We will meeting at Bethel at 1:30pm to go to Love, Inc’s – Waukegan site (don’t forget to eat lunch prior to coming!!) Once there, we will get directions on loading the delivery truck with the Mobile Clothing Closet donations, load the truck and deliver everything to Grace Missionary Church in Zion. If our packing skills are good (or if they don’t have too many clothes) we will be able to complete this is in one trip. There will be plenty for us to do if we can haul everything in one trip but we will be leaving by 5:00pm. Parents can pickup their kids at Bethel by 5:30pm. Please sign up on the YFM bulletin board’s “Love, Inc – Mobile Closet Setup” sign-up sheet so we can plan for transportation.


Posted Saturday
Oct 24, 2015

5:15 pm

Bethel’s 10th Annual Turkey Bowl!

For ten years Bethel’s Youth have given thanks to God in our own unique celebration – Bethel’s Annual Turkey Bowl. We gather our Jr. High and High Schoolers (from 6th grade to 12th) to try to knock down as many bowling pins as we can with frozen turkeys. This might seem a little strange but after your first Turkey Frame, you’ll never bring your old bowling ball again.

On Sunday November 22 at noon we will gather in the fellowship for lunch. We promise to be done by 2:00pm. Here’s the menu for lunch:

Loaded Potato Soup and crackers
Chips and snacks
Sausage cheese balls
Cookies (for dessert)

Once we finish lunch we will head down to the basement storage area to split into teams and bowl. Winners get bragging rights!

Adults – how can you help? We are looking for two frozen turkey breasts for bowling – the bigger the better! (we’ve learned whole turkeys can exceed the FTBL* limit of 16 lbs.) Look for our donation post-its for other items as well.

TurkeyBowl*-Frozen Turkey Bowling League

Posted Wednesday
Oct 14, 2015

9:59 pm

Nerf Night Returns!

nerfwarwebDue to popular demand, Bethel is bringing ‘Nerf Night’ back! on November 6th. Jr. Join us for a Lock-In Friday night November 6th at 7:00pm to play volleyball. The Lock-in starts at 9:00pm as we setup for the our Nerf Wars. This is open to 6th graders through High School! Bob Paulson and John Zilligen will run as many team campaigns as we can until 12:00am. We’ll grab some pizza between rounds. After the Nerf Wars we’ll settle down for the evening and watch a movie. We’ll be ready for pickup Saturday morning by 8:00am.

This event will cost $5 for pizza and soda. You will also need to bring will be a Nerf gun. We will supply basic Nerf darts so any basic Nerf gun will work. If you bring a ‘fancy Nerf gun’ you will have to bring your own darts. Please make your darts with your initials before you come.

We will use modified Paint Ball gaming rules and switch teams frequently. We’ll also try as many different types of games as we have time for. No rest for the righteous!

Please is sign-up on the YFM bulletin board or via Facebook. See you at the Nerf Wars!

Posted Wednesday
Sep 30, 2015

8:51 pm

Ultimate Chicken Players Wanted!!


High Schoolers! We’re getting the old Ultimate Chicken team together back again on October 18th at Zion Beach State Park! What?! you don’t know how to play Ultimate Chicken? Well, I can tell you its alot like Ultimate Frisbee except instead of those stupid flying discs you get to throw rubber chickens around! Doesn’t that sound like more fun? And of course the more the merrier so bring your friends.

We’ll meet at Bethel at 3:00pm Sunday October 18th. We’ll go out to Zion Beach State Park, setup an Ultimate Field, make some teams and play Ultimate Chicken. Maybe we’ll move to the beach with a smaller field or maybe we’ll even try those stupid disc thingies. I think they are called Frisbees.

After our games we’ll build a fire and have a few S’mores. Warm up with some Hot Chocolate and share The Word. If you have any ideas about future YFM events you’d like to see, let’s talk about them!

We will need to leave by 6:00pm (the park closes at sunset which will be at 6:05 that day) and will be back at Bethel at 6:20 (as google maps states) so lets say 6:30 because we all like round numbers. So if you didn’t drive to Bethel, have your parents pick you up then.

Try outs for the official Bethel Ultimate Chicken team will not be until this Spring so now is a good time to practice! Come join us!

Posted Friday
Sep 4, 2015

7:09 am

We’re going to Kroll’s Corn Maze!

hayrideWe are tempting fate again this year and will try to find our way through Kroll’s Corn Maze on Saturday, October 3rd. For a mere $8 you can pay to get lost in a corn maze. Just kidding, I’m sure we will again find our way through the bark-chip path in Kroll’s Corn Maze (2015 has not been released yet). After our success, we will go for a hayride around the Kroll’s Farm. AND, if you are 12 or under, you can pick out your own free small pumpkin! Finally, we will finish our event with a bonfire back at Bethel. We will be leaving from Bethel at 5:00pm for for Krolls and we will wrap-up back at Bethel by 9:00pm.

We need to let Kroll’s Farm know how many will be coming by September 27th. Please fill out a form available on the Youth and Family bulletin board and drop off your money, $8 per person, at the church office.

Here’s last year’s maze:


Posted Tuesday
Sep 1, 2015

6:17 pm

Volleyball, Free Pizza and Boxtrolls – Oh My!


volleyballnightCalling all Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers! please join us Saturday evening September 19th for FREE Pizza. That by itself should be reason enough to come. But what if we playboxtrolls-postered volleyball for a couple hours? And did I mention there will be FREE Pizza!? And how about watching Boxtrolls?  Based on Alan Snowand’s children novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. AND DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR FRIENDS! Meet in the gym 4:00pm for volleyball. At 6:00pm we will wander into Fellowship Hall and nosh on a little FREE pizza and by 7:00pm we’ll start watching The Boxtrolls – don’t forget to save room for popcorn! Cleanup afterwards to be picked up by 9:00pm – easy-peesy, right?