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Our overall philosophy is embodied in two verses:

  • “The wise person makes learning a joy.” (Proverbs 14:2)
  • “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Bethany’s Christian Education program encompasses a wide range of programs and activities for the entire church family of children, young people and adults. The Christian Education (CE) Board selects the curriculum, selects and supports the Sunday School teachers, and sponsors a variety of programs for children and adults throughout the year. The new school year traditionally kicks off in September on the Sunday after Labor Day (read more here). All of our teachers and volunteers who work with children have been thoroughly vetted through the state’s CORI system.

Sunday Bible Studies

During the regular school year, Bible studies for all ages are available in weekly classes.  View the current classes and teachers here.

BBC Nursery-2Nursery care is available during the worship service for babies to children age 3 in our beautiful nursery room. Children’s Church is available during the worship service for children age 4- Grade 6. We are currently using the “The Gospel Light” curriculum (view it here). Teachers may access the Nursery and Children’s Church schedule here (password protected).

Children’s Day/Graduation Sunday: In mid-June, Children’s Day and Graduation Sunday are combined to recognize the children and youth who are moving forward to new grades. High school and college graduates are also recognized.

 

 

Youth Group

This program, for young people in 6th to 12th grades, is led by Mr. Kyote Oxford (koxford1990@gmail.com) or (978) 790-9556  and Miss Ashleigh Misner.

Our youth group exists to bring this generation of students to experience Jesus, to welcome them into the body of Christ, to help them walk with Jesus, to build that walk by finding their gifts, and to worship Jesus with our whole life. You can read more about what we do here.

VBS IconSummer Camp and Summer Bible School

Summer camp/summer Bible studies: Memorial Day week-end kicks off the summer camp and summer Bible school period. During the summer, a combined Sunday School (grades K-12) class is offered.  Nursery and Children’s Church also continue and are available during the worship service.

Bethany can provide some financial assistance to member families wishing to send their children to Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield MA or other Christian summer camps. See Lakeside’s website for information about this year’s summer events. Mrs. Carrie Novak, CE Board chairperson, can provide more information (carrie.novak@comcast.net).

We offer a Vacation Bible School type of program every other year. In 2016 we collaborated with New Hope Bible Chapel in Templeton MA. View that program here. In 2018, a transitional year as we search for a permanent full-time pastor, we are recommending that parents send their children to the VBS program being held at First Congregational Church in Gardner, MA.

For More Information

Learn more about each program by clicking the links on this page or in the menu above. You may also inquire about any of the Christian Education programs by calling the church office for more information: (978) 632-5097.