All of our younger members attending Bethia are blessed with nurturing and inspirational leaders, teachers and caregivers.
Children's Sunday School
Sunday school is offered weekly at 9:45 am for children of all ages. Classes meet in the following locations:
Preschool (Ages 3-5) - "Old" Social Hall
Grades K-1: SEED Hall Room 105
Grades 2-3: SEED Hall Room 220
Grades 4-5: SEED Hall Room 215
Middle School: Balcony Room
High School: Youth Room in "Old" Social Hall
Taking FLIGHT (Finding Love In God's Holy Teachings) is our worship time (during 11:00 service following Children's Moments) for children ages 4 through 5th grade. We learn how to worship and praise God like they do in "big church", but with a child-like focus. We have our own worship space (SEED Hall Rooms 218/219) complete with alter rail and a throne where Jesus sits each week with us. We have our own acolytes, ushers and even scripture readers.
We learn all the rituals of the Methodist church, without the pressure of having to sit still. We lift up prayer concerns and praises and sing traditional hymns as well as contemporary praise music. We learn about Christian symbols as well as stories and memory verses. We always have a great time and welcome the occasional "old" people who come to play and worship with us. Mary Ann Carlson and Jennifer Mullis are your flight plan coordinators and welcome suggestions and volunteers.
Little Love Bugs (Preschool Choir)
Ages: 3 (by September 30) through Kindergarten
Bethia's Little Voices - Children's Choir
Ages: 1st Grade (age 6 by September 30) through 5th Grade
When - Sundays at 5pm
Where - LLB meets in Balcony Room Right, BLV meets in Room 218/219
Why - "To Praise the Lord with a Joyful Noise"
The nursery is available during each of our Sunday morning services for infants to toddlers under the age of 4. The infant nursery, located across from the old kitchen, has cribs and changing tables available.Bethia is also proud to offer a "nursing
mom's" room. Located within the infant nursery, this private space is equipped with a rocking chair and other supplies for mom and baby's comfort.
- 8:30am service: All children up to age 4 are welcome in the infant nursery.
- 9:45am service: All children up to age 3 are welcome in the infant nursery. Children ages 3-5 attend Sunday School in the Preschool Class/Toddler Room, located in the "old" Social Hall
- 11:00 service: Babies up to the age of 2 are welcome in the infant nursery. Toddlers ages 2 up to 4 are welcome in the toddler room.
For any questions concerning childcare during services, or to sign-up as a nursery volunteer, contact Sherry Encinas at (804) 739-1075.
Acolytes assist with 8:30am and 11:00am worship by lighting/extinguishing candles, assisting with offering and other duties specific for worship. Anyone over second grade may join the acolyte ministry.
We host both Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops
Bethia’s Boy Scout Troop 822 spent the weekend at Camp Albright in Chesterfield Co. The Troop completed a service project by rebuilding this old fire pit with new stone, sand, and some scout spirit!
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
MOPS groups exist to meet the needs of every mom with children from birth through kindergarten. MOPS meets the first and third Tuesdays at Bethia, 9:30-noon, September-May.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School at Bethia UMC is right around the corner, and we have what many of you have been waiting for! Our online registration is up and ready for you so Register Now! This year's VBS runs August 13-17 from 9:00 am-12:30pm, and we have plenty of room for participants and volunteers of all ages. Through this year's theme of Sky VBS, kids imagine what it would be like to bounce among the clouds, soar with eagles, and reach for the stars. The Bible comes to life in new and powerful ways as kids explore why nothing is impossible with God. Through every experience, kids find that they can trust God. Start soaring now--register to be a part of this Sky VBS! Contact Shannon Kirwan (739-1714) or Lisa Phillips (639-1706) for questions or more details, and keep your eyes open for even more information soon!