DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES
When: Sunday Mornings, Wednesday Evenings, and various other times throughout the week
Where: Usually at The Barn on our Greenland Campus, but sometime off-campus
WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT
Bethany Church Student Ministries is about one main thing – disciples making disciples. We take the Great Commission from Jesus (Matthew 28) seriously when we are told to go into all the world and make disciples, and our method is a 4-step process:
Some of our core values:
The Gathering: Sundays at 9:00 AM in The Barn
Students explore the Bible through relevant teaching at 9:00 AM every Sunday morning in the Barn. Each week students hear a message and then discuss how the message relates God’s truths to their lives in a practical way. Pastor Tim Carpenter teaches both the senior and junior high together, and then the two age groups break-out into discussion groups that are led by our adult leaders. We always have time to hang out before and after the service starts and yes, snacks are always provided! Stop down to check out the Barn.
Youth Group: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in The Barn
Wednesday night Youth Group is a lot of fun and a great time to learn. We gather in The Barn, share our highlights from the week, give-away prizes in a weekly raffle, watch a funny video, and then hear a highly-applicable Bible lesson about what it means to have God impact your life as a teenager. Some recent lessons have been: Garbage In, Garbage Out: Music and Media; Sex and Being a Teenager; Reckless Abandon: Following Jesus with Everything We Have. Come check out Youth Group.
Fall Retreat: Camp Brookwoods
In early October each year, Bethany Student Ministries takes over 60 students away for our Fall Retreat weekend. We leave The Barn on Friday night and travel to Camp Brookwoods on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton, New Hampshire. From Friday night through mid-day on Sunday, we spend time learning about a specific, teenage-focused topic through large group teaching, small groups, break out seminars, and more. We offer various times of musical worship throughout the weekend and also offer one of the student favorites – our Retreat of Silence. When we aren’t deep in learning and discussion, there are a ton of great activities like paintball, soccer, enjoying the lake (with a lifeguard on-duty), playing board games, and more. Our annual Junior High (and leaders) vs. Senior High Kickball Game is always a hit, and ending Saturday night with a bonfire and smores is always fun as well. Join us – you won’t be disappointed!
Winter Retreat: Camp Berea
Our winter retreat – called Deep Freeze – occurs each year sometime between January and March when we head to Camp Berea on picturesque Newfound Lake in Hebron, New Hampshire. This retreat is a great time to get away and recharge from the winter blues. Camp Berea is in charge of all the programming from food to music to the speakers for the weekend. Solid Bible-based teaching followed by small groups sets the stage for a powerful get-away. Students will also have the chance to play camp-wide games, compete in a volleyball or basketball tournament, tube on their huge tubing hill, play paintball, snowshoe, and much more. Deep Freeze is a place for anyone who wants to connect with Jesus, connect with others, and have a great time.
Summer Mission Trips
Each summer, we take around 20 students and a handful of adult leaders on a mission trip. In years past we have served in Mississippi and New Orleans helping with Hurricane Katrina Relief, in Staten Island helping with Hurricane Sandy Relief, and more recently serving all over New York City by setting up prayer stations with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) where we prayed for New York City residents, handed out New Testaments, and shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. The cost for these trips varies but fundraising happens on both a team-wide and an individual basis. These trips are open to any student who has completed at least 8th grade, and an application and selection process does occur. These trip are often some of the highlights of a student’s experience while being at Bethany, as God meets us in so many diverse ways on these week-long trips to serve and be the hands and feet of Christ to others.
Each summer, we offer a 3-day experience entitled Redemption Diaries. This trip is based around a particular Christ-centered theme and the students who attend will have a chance to learn via hands on experience, individual reflection and Bible study, group discussion, and more. These trips are an intensive look into a topic such as The Story of Redemption (Summer 2012), The Dash: Making Our Lives Count (Summer 2013), and The Toolbox: A Christian Worldview on Everything (Summer 2014). Student are accepted on the basis of their application, and will walk away with a new perspective on God and some great, new friends.
Campuses: Greenland Campus