Children’s Ministry (Newborn – 5th Grade)

Supporting families as they nurture their kids in faith.

Infant & Toddlers Children’s Ministry Events

Children, Youth, and Family Ministries (CYF) at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities want to be known in the community as the church that helps families worship together, connect with church friends, and give space to kids and students to grow in their gifts. It is all about helping kids and students to Like, Follow, and Share, who we are – CHURCH.

Like God’s word. CYF work is about connecting kids and students to God so they might know God better. We do this work together in church and in home, modeling a life of faith.

Follow Jesus. Part of what it means to be a follower of Jesus is to be part of the Christian community. We, as the family of God, learn together, play together, serve together, and grow together in Christ.

Share the Holy Spirit. All of us have God-given talents and abilities. As kids and students grow older, they will discover how their greatest passions meet the world’s greatest needs, and the church can help provide a place for them to serve.

Below are some of the ways you and your family can connect with Bethlehem. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Heather.

ECHO Sunday School (MPLS)

Age 3 – 5th grade
9:00 am & 10:30 am, Minneapolis

Bethlehem is a place that helps parents navigate worship with their children. In ECHO, children start and end with their parents/caregivers in worship. After Storytime, kids follow the leader out of worship to sing, learn the Bible story, and play games together. They return to sit with their parents at the passing of the peace. 

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Children’s Choirs

Children are guided in their spiritual development through the singing of age-appropriate music to the glory of God while learning to be part of a musical ensemble. They are encouraged to grow in their faith through the sharing of their voices with each other and the congregation.

Children’s Choir practice: For children age 4 – 5th grade. Between worship services on Sundays, 10-10:30  am September – May

Choirs sing at the beginning of 10:30 am worship service about once a month.

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ECHO Sunday School (MTKA)

In Minnetonka, ECHO is in the pews, intergenerational and will blend worship together with storytelling and kinesthetic learning. Families are invited to participate fully and children as their true selves during the 9:30am worship service. Register to receive a Fall DIY Sunday School kit to bring home for learning and play.

 

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Nov
29

Itty Bitty Get Togethers

November 29 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities – MPLS Campus

New this year! Just for families with little kiddos, newborn to 3 years of age. Parents/ Caregivers/ Grandparents and their little ones join Pastor Heather in the nursery on the Minneapolis campus for a pizza party, some fun play time, and book reading before bedtime! Please register both the child attending and the adults that will be joining all the fun.

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Nov
29

Itty Bitty Book Club

November 29 | Zoom Meeting

Join Pastor Heather for a monthly Zoom gathering. We will read the story of the month together and talk about forming faith practices at home. Each story has a different spiritual practice for you and your kiddos! This book club is designed for newborns to age 3 and their families.

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Dec
04

MPLS Christmas Program & Live Nativity

December 04 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities – MPLS Campus

On Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm at the Minneapolis Campus, the ECHO kids, leaders, and choirs will join together for a fabulous “What Can’t Wait?” Christmas Program. We will sing, hear the Christmas story, and afterward eat some cookies, decorate the Christmas tree, and play with some animals at the live nativity.

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Dec
10

Faith IRL: Toys for Tots

December 10 | Offsite

Join Pastors Holly Johnson and Meta Herrick Carlson for monthly in-person events that build connections between our faith in God and the stuff we like to do In Real Life. These events are geared toward middle school students and the schedule is shaped by ideas from students. Our December event is teaming up with students from the Minneapolis campus for Toys for Tots..

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Dec
10

Toys for Tots

December 10 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities – MPLS Campus

Every year, Sunday School students raise money to buy toys for kids who might not otherwise receive them for Christmas. We then pool the money, go on a giant shopping trip at Target, and deliver toys to the Toys for Tots drop-off site at KARE-11 TV. 

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Dec
11

Early Birds: Infants & Toddlers

December 11 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities — Minnetonka

We know you’re up bright and early with those little ones. Join us 30 minutes before worship begins on the second Sunday of each month. We’ll have the coffee and adult conversation ready for you and Pastor Meta will have snacks, songs, and stories for the kids. It’s a simple way to build connections and form faith together. No registration required. Just show up!

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Dec
27

Itty Bitty Book Club

December 27 | Zoom Meeting

Join Pastor Heather for a monthly Zoom gathering. We will read the story of the month together and talk about forming faith practices at home. Each story has a different spiritual practice for you and your kiddos! This book club is designed for newborns to age 3 and their families.

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Jan
08

Early Birds: Infants & Toddlers

January 08 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities — Minnetonka

We know you’re up bright and early with those little ones. Join us 30 minutes before worship begins on the second Sunday of each month. We’ll have the coffee and adult conversation ready for you and Pastor Meta will have snacks, songs, and stories for the kids. It’s a simple way to build connections and form faith together. No registration required. Just show up!

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DIY Sunday School (Age 3 – 2nd Grade)

This [email protected] class works a little bit like a subscription service. For $25 per box (which pays for shipping and supplies) parents and grandparents, caregivers and baptismal sponsors can gift a child with a faith box. Each box contains between 5-7 weeks of faith-at-home activities including craft materials, science experiments, and games all centered on a different Bible story. These boxes are available 3 times a year: Fall, Advent & Christmas, Lent & Easter.

Sign up for 2022-23 Boxes Here

New! Action-Packed Bible Investigators

For 3rd – 5th grade “Investigators”

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm-7:45 pm
(September 14, 2022- April 26, 2023)

It’s like Pre-Confirmation, but more fun! The Action Bible: God’s Redemptive Story will be our guide for this adventure. This Bible study is geared toward Investigators in 3rd – 5th grade. As a Wednesday night group, we will investigate Bible story mysteries, deepen our relationships with our peers, and serve our community with what we find out.

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Spark Story Bibles

What better way to pass on stories of the faith than for families to have their own story Bible! If you don’t yet have a Spark Story Bible, contact Ann Masica to arrange a pick-up.

Third Grade Bibles

Every year we look forward to presenting 3rd-graders with a Bible in worship. It’s part of how we fulfill the promise made in baptism that parents will one day place a Bible in the child’s hands and the congregation will help them grow in faith. In 3rd grade we gather families to learn to navigate this sacred text, and then during worship, we celebrate as parents fulfill this promise. To learn more or if your child doesn’t yet have a Bible, contact Ann Masica to arrange for a pick-up.

Meal Time Prayers

Want to begin a habit of praying at mealtime, or add some new prayers to your repertoire? Here are some ideas to get you going.

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Infants & Toddlers

Nursery

8:30-11:15 am
6 months to 3 years old 

The nursery space is available on Sunday mornings at both campuses, but it is not staffed at this time. Parents and guardians must supervise their children in the space and clean up after themselves. We will continue to assess the need for a staffed nursery moving forward, so please let Pastor Heather know if you have any questions.

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Itty Bitty Book Club

Join Pastor Heather for a monthly Zoom gathering. We will read the story of the month together and talk about forming faith practices at home. Each story has a different spiritual practice for you and your kiddos!  This book club is designed for newborns to age 3 and their families.

Register Here!

Family-Friendly Worship Spaces

MINNEAPOLIS

There are two family-friendly worship spaces: the Prayer Ground in the sanctuary next to the sound booth; and adjacent to the sanctuary, toward the front (The Commons).

MINNETONKA

A family-friendly worship space is located just inside the doors as you enter the sanctuary (Prayer Ground).

Baptism

On the day of baptism, promises are made. Parents and sponsors promise to pray for their child and nurture them in faith, teach them the prayer, creed and commandments, bring them to communion and place in their hands the Bible, and live with them among God’s faithful people, so the child will learn to trust God and care for others and the world God made. The congregation, in turn, promises to help the child grow in faith.

Baptism is a communal ritual that welcomes believers to the Christian faith. As Lutherans, we welcome people of all ages, including infants. Prior to a child’s baptism, families attend a baptism class (currently on Zoom) to explore the meaning of baptism and to become familiar with the service.

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First Communion

Kids are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper at any age – whether at church or at home. It’s helpful to have instructions, though, so we invite first-grade students and their parents to come and learn about communion together. Watch for an opportunity later this year, or do some at-home training, if you’d like. If your child is older and hasn’t yet received communion or participated in training, no worries. It’s never too late to be welcomed to the feast!

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Children’s Ministry Staff

Children, Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator

Ann Masica

Phone: 612-312-3407
Pastor of Family Ministry

Heather Roth Johnson

Phone: 612-312-3367