Nursery

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.

Children’s Choir

Our Children’s Choirs are designed to nurture children’s understanding of and relationship with God and encourage and equip them to worship Him. Children’s Choirs meet Sunday evenings during the school year.

We offer choirs for different age groups…

Preschool Choirs – (Division of preschool ages can change due to the number of children involved and their range of ages)

-Little Love Bugs – (Older Preschool Choir) – Ages 4 through Kindergarten

Elementary Children’s Choir

Bethia’s Little Voices – Ages 1st Grade (or age 6 by September 30) through 5th Grade

ALL Choirs meet Sunday Evenings 5-6pm.

Registration is open year-round September – May.

Children’s Church and Sunday School

Children’s Church allow children to worship in their own worship space (sanctuary)

We wanted to welcome each of you to Children’s Church and to give you a little overview of what you can expect with this service!

We worship upstairs much in the same manner as we worship downstairs. The order of worship is the same, as are the Affirmations of Faith, Responses, and Bible verses.

During the worship time, the children offer up their prayers and their praises, read scripture, collect an offering and participate in the discussion of the message. If time allows, we have a game or activity. When parents arrive, we release the children, one family at a time. Prior to dismissal, we to take a few minutes to briefly share with the parents what we have discussed so that the conversation can continue at home. If you ever have questions about what we are talking about, please let us know or come join us.

One of our most exciting times is when we share Holy Communion. The children have the opportunity to serve communion to their peers and to their leaders. It is truly a precious time.

One of our Children’s Church teachers will be responsible for leading the service and giving the message, so our volunteers have no preparation responsibilities. Volunteers participate with worship as well as help with any bathroom or behavior issues. Please prayerfully consider picking a few days to come upstairs and worship with our children.

We hope that you enjoy worshiping with us and seeing how God is working in the lives of some of our youngest members.

Sunday school

9th – 12 Grade
6th – 8th Grade
4th – 5th Grade

Vacation Bible School

Each day, kids participate in small groups and discover that they were created by God and built for a purpose. Not only will they experience exciting Bible adventures but they’ll also watch for God in everyday life. You and your kids will begin or deepen your faith by discovering our loving God made each of us and we are built for an incredible purpose!

This year’s theme is Shipwrecked – This year the kids will be shipwrecked and will be learning how Jesus rescues us! VBS is July 30th to August 3rd from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. We are in need of volunteers for all age groups and stations. We are also looking for two leaders, one for games and one for KidVid Cinema. If you are interested in the leader positions or have any questions or concerns please contact Theresa Goodman or Christen Hawkins at vbs@bethiaumc.org.

Bethia UMC Upward Basketball & Cheerleading

Upward is a sports-based ministry and we offer basketball and cheerleading for boys and girls starting at age K5. Upward offers the advantage of learning skills, playing a sport and most importantly, hearing a message from the Bible each week. Players all have a chance to play regardless of experience or skill level.

If you’re interested in participating or volunteering, or if you need more information, please contact:

Steve Ouellette

(804) 464-8875

E-mail

upward@bethiaumc.org

Church Office

(804) 739-3459

Evaluations and Orientations

  • Everyone must attend at least one Basketball Evaluation or Cheerleading.
  • Orientation and Evaluations will take place at Bethia United Methodist Church.

League Schedule

  • Practices are held one hour per week on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.
  • Games are played on Saturdays.  The season consists of (8) one hour games.
  • Activities will take place at Bethia United Methodist Church
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Who can participate?
Our Upward Basketball and Cheer League are open to girls and boys ages 5 to 11 as of November 30th of the current year. All teams are co-ed.
I’ve heard this League is different...
Our Upward Sports League is a unique offering for youth sports in the area.  These unique aspects include an evaluation system (virtually a skill assessment, not a player try-out) that promotes equal and competitive teams as well as a substitution system which allows for equal playing time for all participants. Through Upward, children are exposed to quality coaching and sport development in an affirming environment.  The Upward Sports model emphasizes building character and integrity on and off the court, instead of a “win at all costs” mentality associated with today’s sports world.
What is included in the registration cost for Basketball?
Basketball items include the jersey and shorts, a t-shirt, car magnet, iron-on award stars, scripture cards, and a special end-of-season gift received at the season celebration event.
Do players need experience to participate in the League?
Whether your child is interested in participating in basketball for the first time or is returning for another Upward sports experience, all skill levels are welcome in our League.
Where are the games and practices held?
All games and practices are held at Bethia United Methodist.  Saturday game times may vary throughout the season, but practice time will remain the same throughout the week.
May players request a specific practice night and time?
No, due to the size of the league, a player cannot select only one night to practice.  Yet, players can (but are not required to) select one night they cannot practice.
Can two coaches request to coach one team together?
Yes, requests for coach pairings can be made; however, please understand these pairings cannot be guaranteed.  A Coach Application will be required per coach, designating the Head Coach and Assistant Coach on each application.  To learn more about volunteering within our Upward Sports program, click here.
How do I register my child?
Online registration is available September through early November. Once registration closes or division capacities are reached, a waiting list will be formed.
In other youth sports leagues, actual playing time...
Our coaches are trained to implement a unique substitution system specifically designed to address this concern.  This substitution system provides every child the opportunity to be in the starting lineup, requires no child to sit out back-to-back segments, and allows every child to play at least half of the game.
What is included in the registration cost for Cheer?
Cheer items include the shell and skort, a mock turtleneck, car magnet, award stars, scripture cards, and a special end-of-season gift received at the season celebration event.
When does the season begin?
The mandatory player evaluations take place in November; practices begin right after Thanksgiving and games begin in January.  For a full list of key dates, click here.
How long are games and practices each week?
Both games and practices are one hour each per week.
Are siblings placed on the same team?
In order to be eligible to be placed on the same team, registered siblings must be in the same age division of the League.
As a parent, how can I make my child’s...
As parents, you play an invaluable role in building a positive sports experience for your child.  Be supportive of coaches, referees, and all participants both on and off the court. You can also make sure your child is on time for all games and practices, so they don’t miss a minute of the action!  Opportunities are endless to be involved, and one includes contacting your child’s coach to offer to bring snacks or coordinate a team gathering. Lastly, have fun, and your child will, too!
What is required of me as a parent?
All families are required to volunteer at least 2 hours.  It takes a lot of man-power to run the league and your help ensures that prices stay low and provide the best possible game day experience.  To see a list of volunteer opportunities click here
How are the Levels of Progression within the league defined?
The Levels of Progression were introduced to enhance the overall development of each player. We use three levels that are defined by the specific age division a player is assigned, and the game format and division specific rules of play per level help foster healthy, age-appropriate player development. As players’ age and build a foundation for specific skills, their opportunities to gain more experience and employ what they are learning to grow as well.
What does a full season of Upward Basketball/Cheer involve?
A season of Upward Basketball consists of player evaluations (every participant must attend an evaluation), eleven weeks of practices, eight league games, and an end-of-season celebration for families, coaches, and players.  Our League also hosts Coach & Referee Development meetings and events for volunteers.
Are Evaluations mandatory to attend?
Yes, player evaluations are essential to the formation of the League.  Essentially, the evaluation is a player assessment, not a try-out. All players must be evaluated prior to being placed on a team.
What nights are practices held?
During the season, each team will practice one hour on a weeknight at a time that is consistent throughout the season.  Teams will practice on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday evenings.
May players request to be placed on the same team together?
No, individual or team requests cannot be honored.  This is another purposeful area where Upward Sports differ from many other sports programs.  The player assessments aid in the formation of division teams, and teams are intentionally formed for parity and balance.  While we recognize perfectly equivalent teams are difficult to achieve, as balanced as possible teams afford all players with the opportunity to grow and thrive in a healthy, competitive sports environment.
What are ways I can volunteer in the League?
All families will be required to volunteer for at least 2 hours.  We need dedicated coaches, assistant coaches, and referees. We also need setup, cleanup, concessions workers, committed prayer partners and team parents.  To learn more about volunteering within our Upward Sports program, click here.