Special COVID-19 Announcement
Welcome to Youth Group! Due to COVID-19, Bethel is continuing events either outdoors, via Zoom, or in other socially distanced ways until conditions improve. Please continue reading to learn more.
WHO ARE WE?
All high school age youth at Bethel–including friends!–are invited to join us for our (usually) twice-monthly activities. This fall we are beginning a new pattern of meeting after worship for lunch and an activity or meeting, beginning on September 12, 2021. Those dates and events will be posted here or in Bethel Kids Connection. Watch your email and texts as well! Contact Deb Grupe or Sherman Lee for more information, or to get your contact information on our list!
WHAT DO WE DO?
We aim to have a variety of social and service activities throughout the school year and weather-permitting, will be outdoors as much as possible.
Examples: we’ll meet a couple of times a month for lunch and an activity, which might be just social, like Sept. 12 will be, at a nearby shady spot with our lunch; or combine that with service, like our Diaper Packing shift at the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank (to which we’ve invited our friends at the LuMin House). Sometimes we’ll have topics we discuss, too. We’ll try to mix it up so it doesn’t get “old.” We will also use this space to update our events, and hope to set up other means to update information in real time.
WHO ARE OUR LEADERS?
Watch this space for introductions…you already know Sherman Lee and Deb Grupe. More on the way! Parents are always welcome to contact Deb or Sherman to offer their help in planning, providing food, or executing plans.
ELCA NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING
Every three years, Youth Group members and leaders attend the ELCA Youth Gathering, which brings together over 30,000 youth in United States for faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service, and fun. The 2018 Youth Gathering took place in Houston; the next Youth Gathering is planned for Minneapolis from July 24-28, 2022 (postponed from 2021). The Youth Group hopes to offset trip costs by hosting fundraisers such as an annual Easter Breakfast and a triennial Follies variety show, and our running fundraiser from SERRV. Planning for the Gathering starts soon; this event is for all youth currently in grades 8 through 12!