Bethel Youth

At Forest Park, autumn 2021


                              Packing Diapers at St. Louis Area Diaper Bank

Special COVID-19 Announcement

Welcome to Bethel Youth! 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.


All high school age youth at Bethel–including friends!–are invited to join us for our (usually) twice-monthly activities. This fall we began 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! We also ask that you have a current medical release on file (linked below).

Bethel Minor Release Form, current


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,  or combine that with service, like our Diaper Packing shift at the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. 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. In 2022, we hope to meet monthly with youth from other churches around the region!


Deb GrupeDeb Grupe has been the Director of Bethel’s Child, Youth and Family Ministry since the summer of 2019. She served in a similar position at Atonement Lutheran, Florissant, MO from 2001 until 2018. She has four grown children, is married to Mike, formerly a biology teacher, a Research Assistant at Wash U, and enjoys gardening, cooking, and nature in general. We’ll add more bios of our leaders as we get them!

You are always welcome to contact Deb or Sherman Lee, chair of the Faith Formation board, to ask questions or offer help in planning, providing food, or executing plans.


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!

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“Proclaim Justice Day” at 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering



2015 ELCA Youth Gathering

ELCA Youth Gathering 2018
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