Bethel Youth and Family

Preparing Disciples To Make Discples

November 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.


October 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

October 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!

September 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!

September 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:


September 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?

August 29, 2015

6:40 pm

Bethel Camping Weekend Canceled

Due to circumstances out of our control, the Bethel Camping Weekend has been canceled. Strong rumors persist that something will be happening Saturday, September 19th so stay tuned!

August 6, 2015

7:24 am

Bethel Weekend Camp

Youth and Family Ministry is hosting a Bethel camping weekend from 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18-Sunday, September 20 at 12:00 p.m. We will be camping at CLIFFSIDE PARK CAMPGROUND north of Racine in Wisconsin (a map is available here). All Bethel members are invited.


We have reserved group campsite #3 for tents at $5.00 per tent per night. Chris will collect fees at the campsite when you arrive. Campers/pop-ups will need to rent a site at or call 262-884-6400 for assistance in making a reservation over the phone.

We have access to showers, water, toilets, dump stations, picnic areas, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer fields, open prairie, basketball courts, kids play equipment and much more.If you are not a ‘camper’ there are several hotels/motels close to the park or you are invited to drive up and join us for the day, dinner (bring/cook your own), and evening campfire (Don’t forget your S’Mores fixing’s!).

During the weekend, we will have plenty of time to relax, go hiking or play any ‘lawn games’ you bring such as Volleyball, Frisbee, Horseshoes, Bocce Ball, Badminton, soccer….You could also bring a deck of cards, a hammock, a good book, your hiking boots and/or water socks if you take the short hike (about ¾ of a mile) to the cliffs overlooking Lake Michigan. The leaves may not be changing color just yet but we have a great view of the shoreline!

Please register by September 13 on the YFM Bulletin Board or email Chris Drager for a count of people who will be attending.

July 19, 2015

10:23 am

Middle School & Sr. High Students – Back to School Bash

The Back to School Bash is for youth entering grades 6th – 12th in the fall of 2015. This event will be held here at Bethel and Six Flags Great America. Students will arrive Saturday,August 15 at 8:45 a.m.
and depart Sunday, August 16 at 10:00 a.m.Please bring the following: Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, clothes for Sunday, toiletries (toothbrush, paste, contact solution, case, deodorant, hairbrush, etc.). 2013_vbs_RollerCoasterMottoREGISTRATION FEE: $60 per person needing a Six Flags day pass. $30 per person owning a Six Flags season pass. *Non-season pass owner’s registration includes admission to Hurricane Harbor. This fee includes a Six Flags Great America day pass for non-season pass holders, grilled hamburger/hotdog picnic dinner, Back to School Bash T-Shirt, community building and devotions, midnight movie with munchies, breakfast and Worship.

Participants are responsible for purchasing their own lunch in the park. Lunch is NOT included in the registration costs.

September 7, 2014

3:45 am

Welcome to Bethel’s Youth and Family Ministry Page!

One of the hardest things you may ever do is walk into a church where you don’t know anyone…actually, it might be harder to walk into a church where you are surprised to find you ‘sort of’ know someone who is there.    Either way, you may wonder how you will be treated or be concerned that you won’t fit in.  At Bethel, we understand those feelings.  Our Youth and Family Ministry students and advisors promise to make your visit with us as un-stressful and comfortable as possible!  We promise to be friendly!  We are committed to helping you meet people, answer questions and get you where you want to go in our building.  So come on in!  Relax and begin your journey towards God or continue one you’ve already started without feeling weird or awkward.  Our goals are that you leave Bethel with a little more understanding of the Bible and Jesus’ love for you, that you felt welcome and have a desire to visit Bethel and our Youth and Family Ministry again soon.