Bethel cares about teens and values them as a vital part of our church body. This is evident in an amazing youth space as well as an amazing team of over two dozen volunteer leaders and parents who volunteer their time, energy and passion to model a life of faith with our young people.
Our vision is "To see the transforming power of Jesus Christ at work in the lives of Mankato's youth." Everything our youth group does is to this end. We work to see this vision accomplished through Bible fellowship, “Friday Night Frenzy,” Wednesday night “Lifegroups,” service projects and “Overtime” discipleship. Our vision is also realized through special events like: “The Kick Off,” “Bigger or Better,” “Amazing Race,” “Broomball Blitz,” “Open Skate,” “Cosmic Bowling,” “Movie Nights,” annual Christmas Party, “Diaper Wars,” “Unwanted Gift Exchange,” “Mystery Meal,” random game nights, “See You at the Pole,” “Manly Mayhem,” “Girls Gnite,” “Mega Rallies,” youth worship nights, “All-food Olympics,” McGowen Farm, “Sybley Sled,” “End-of-Year-Extravaganza,” “Burton Bike Trek” and “The River Float.” We also participate in Youth Works missions trips, Trout Lake Camps youth retreats, and Planet Wisdom youth conferences.
Please join us as we prepare for another incredible year of seeing the Lord at work in the hearts and lives of both leaders and students here at Bethel. You can visit the youth group Facebook page here. Keep reading to learn about ways to get involved.
This group meets right after regular Youth Group. Its mission is to build up key student leaders so that they can better lead their peers to Christ. The purpose of this time is to encourage students to live their faith boldly in light of God’s high calling on their lives. It further calls them to rebel against society’s low expectations for themselves as teenagers. Based on 1 Timothy 4:12, it encourages students not to simply wait for adults to be an example to them, but to be an example to adults in everything they say and do. When we get together Wednesday nights, students have struggled with their sin and been challenged to make Jesus, Lord over every area of their lives. Our youth are growing and that’s a beautiful thing!
The idea of service has really caught on with our youth group and become a real area of strength. During service projects we are able to partner with different local ministries as we reach out to the hurting and lost people in our community. Some of the groups we have partnered with include V.I.N.E. Ministries, Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army. We have also visited nursing care homes to visit with and minister to senior citizens. In these acts of service we come to see a real example of the unity of the kingdom of God!