Kids just want to have fun! I’m sure there is a lot of truth to that statement, but at Light Force Ministry we also believe kids want to do something special, something important. We work at giving them opportunities to do something special for Jesus Christ.
In order to learn anything real well you need to put it into practice. We like to see kids involved, doing works of service for God and man. Individual classes for each grade build a solid foundation of Bible knowledge. Larger groups give an opportunity to be involved with worship and prayer, as well as service in sound, video and music.
Keeping kids excited about being in church is an important part of helping them to grow in Christ and keep on growing. Our goal is to lead the children to a firsthand knowledge of Jesus Christ and what He wants to do in their lives as individuals as well as what God wants to do in His body of believers. Children need to know that they are the church.
Sunday School – Sundays at 9 am
We have classes for all ages from 2-1/2 years old up through 6th grade. Our 4 & 5 year olds are combined in one class and our 5th & 6th grades are combined in two classes, one for boys and one for girls, all others are individual grades and ages. Our classes follow a September to September school year with classes continuing through the Summer months.
Super Church – Sundays at 11 am
During the second adult worship service there is a Super Church service for children in grades 1 through 6 in our Lighthouse Auditorium. This is our opportunity to worship God together; invite God into our lives; to see children understanding that God wants to work through their lives right now! We involve children in the service through our Worship team, Sound technicians, spotlight and other helpers. The services are multi-media presentations using music DVDs, video segments, live object lessons, skits and games. It is our desire to see children get grounded in the Bible as God’s inspired word for today and develop a biblical world view.
We also have preschool classes for 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and Kindergarten.
Junior Bible Quiz
JBQ is a highly competitive program that involves studying 576 questions of different point value. The questions are all Bible based and cover a wide range of topics. We compete against teams from other churches in Southern New England and also compete at the Regional and sometimes National level. This program is for children in 1st through 6th grades and some stay on to become officials and team assistants. This is part of an overall emphasis on discipleship among elementary age children.
Bethany’s Nursery Ministry cares for children 2 and under. Childcare is offered during each of our services including special services. The Nursery facility features four Nursery rooms and each room has age appropriate toys and equipment. We also have a comfortable nursing mother’s room where moms can watch the service taking place in the sanctuary.
Children are checked in at the front desk and are given a name tag. Parents are asked to fill out a registration card and are given a pager. If a parent is needed, their pager will vibrate and light up, letting the parent know to come to the nursery wherever they are in the building. Pagers are returned when parents pick up their child(ren). All nursery volunteers have had a background check completed. The nursery is supervised at all times by a Team Leader who is trained to handle different situations including all emergencies. Team Leaders are also First Aid and Infant/Child CPR Certified.
For our older 2 year olds, Sunday school is offered during our 11:00 am worship service. It is a slightly structured and hands-on class where the children are taught about the love of God, Jesus, and the Bible.
On Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, we offer the Sunlight Kids Club™ which is a Pre-Rainbows program for all 2 year olds. Your child will be delighted to have their own “club” complete with T-shirts and certificates!
We accept children from birth until they turn 3 yrs. old and are potty trained. Once your child turns 3 yrs. old they will move on to our Preschool department. If your child has special needs we are able to keep them in the nursery longer if needed. We accept ALL children with special needs including those with medical needs. During our 11:00 service we do have an ASL interpreter available.
The Nursery also offers training for those who would like to learn how to care for and teach children from birth to 2 yrs. If you are a new mother, there is help and a wealth of resources available to you. Come visit us!!
If you would like more information about our Nursery or would like to volunteer, please call Laurie Lange at 789-2930 ext. 231or reach her by email at LLange@Bethany-ag.org.
Royal Rangers – Wednesdays at 7pm
Royal Rangers is designed for young men ages 3-17; the focus is to “Reach, Teach and Keep Boys for Christ”. Boys are taught four fundamental foundations: Love of God, love of family, love of others and love of nature. Through classroom training and Bible study, planned recreation, camping and hiking the Ranger program ministers to the mental, spiritual, social and physical areas of a boys life. Local and District events give the boys opportunities to stretch themselves and see how much they can achieve.
For additional information, please follow this link to the Royal Rangers national website.
Girls Ministries – Wednesdays at 7pm
Girls Ministries is an Assemblies of God Ministry program geared toward winning girls, aged 3 to 17, to Jesus Christ through love and acceptance. Girls Ministries provide an environment of support and accountability while helping girls to develop their gifts and abilities. In addition, girls build lifelong friendships that will help them stay strong in their spiritual walk. Girls Ministries is a discipleship program based on the Titus 2 principle of women mentoring girls and encouraging them to develop their God-given gifts and abilities.
For additional information, please follow this link to the Girls Ministries national website.
Sunlight Kids Club!
On Wednesday evenings at 7:00 – 8:30pm, we offer the Sunlight Kids Club™ which is a Pre-Rainbows program for 2 year olds. Your child will be delighted to have their own “club” complete with T-shirts and certificates! We meet in the Nursery!
VBS – Vacation Bible School
Every summer we spend a whole week with over 300 kids ages 3-12. Through crafts, games, Bible time, and music we are able to minister to kids and get them excited about living for God. Every year there is a different theme and we have a whole lot of fun!!
Keep an eye out for more details on our upcoming VBS which is August 3rd-7th2020. Come join us for Mystery Island!!
The Great Easter Egg Hunt
This event takes place the Saturday before Easter. Starting at 10:00am, we have a great program for the kids in our sanctuary. Afterwards, everyone heads outside to their appropriate age groups and gathers as many eggs as possible. Every child goes home with a bag of candy and if they find a token in one of their eggs they win a prize too. This event is free and open to all children ages 1-12.
This year’s Easter Egg Hunt is set for April 11th. See you there!!
BGMC – Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge
BGMC is more than a giving program; it’s also a mission’s education program. BGMC is equipping kids to know, to care, to pray, and to reach the lost. Kids are taught about countries, people groups, and missionaries. They are also taught about the “lost” and how important it is to be a witness. As you can see, BGMC is a great program for everyone!
BGMC started in 1949 and is represented by a character named ‘Buddy Barrel’. These yellow molded plastic barrels are given to all the children to use to collect their missions offering and then they bring them in on the first Sunday of each month. Since 1949 over $150 million dollars has been raised for missionaries around the world.
Go to www.bgmc.ag.org for more details.