Youth Ministry (6th-12th Grade)

Come for the friends, stay for the fun, eat a little food, and take your faith on the run!

Sunday Mornings Confirmation Faith IRL Events

Middle school and high school is a time of joyful, messy, brave identity formation. Bethlehem high school youth practice personal, interpersonal, and systemic boundary crossing in safe and supportive community. We explore how to lament, dialogue, show up, listen and build meaningful relationships as spiritual practice. We recognize God on the ski slope, in our vulnerable neighbors, in the community garden, in worship, and inside our hearts. We grapple with big questions and unfold into the sacred interaction of God’s story, our story, and the story of our broken and beautiful world.

Upcoming Events

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Sat, December 3 @ 5:00 pm

Youth Group Winter Lock-In

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Sat, December 10 @ 2:00 pm

Faith IRL: Toys for Tots

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Sat, December 10 @ 2:00 pm

Toys for Tots

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Sunday Mornings

6th-8th Grade Breakfast Club
10:00-10:30 am
Minneapolis Campus

6th-8th graders are invited to connect together in between worship services on Sunday mornings. Come join us for a time to connect with friends through prayer, games, intentional discussions, and FUN!

9th-12th Grade Breakfast Club
10:00 am-10:30 am
Minneapolis Campus

Together on Sunday mornings starting September 11, let’s explore how we are “Known, Challenged, Changed and Sent” with God while building meaningful relationships as spiritual practice. 

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Friday Hangouts

Sep 16 – Dec 16, 2022 (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Students in grades 6th-8th are invited to hang out together on Friday evenings! 

Together we’ll enjoy pizza, service projects and have fun!

You don’t need to be a Bethlehem member; all sixth through eighth graders are welcome. Bring a friend! We love meeting new friends! 

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Youth Group for 10th-12th Graders

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm

Join Emily Stoll, the new Service, Engagement, and Fun Director (for youth and young adults) on Wednesday nights on the third floor for games, and more games, and food, and more food, and some great peer time together. Oh yes! Jesus will show up, too! Youth group is for students in 10th – 12th grade who want to spend some quality time together with God and with friends. 



What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is…QUESTIONS! 

Young people ask good questions. Our role at Bethlehem is to walk beside these young people and to encourage them to ask hard faith questions. In the 2022-23 school year, confirmation students will jump into “What is a Lutheran?” Together, we will use the Bible, Small Catechism, and each other to find answers.

10 Worship Photograms

Each student is asked to complete 10 worship photograms. How do they do this? Using a phone or tablet, they snap a photo in worship (either in person or online) when they feel moved or see God at work. With the photo, they write a few sentences on why they took that photo and then send it to Pastor Heather.

Help with Worship

We ask confirmation students to assist in worship during the school year by being a greeter, an usher, or an assisting minister (helping with the prayers, serve communion, and dismissing the congregation).

Service Opportunities

We will be increasing our service opportunities this fall. The opportunities will include serving Sunday morning breakfast at Simpson shelter, South Metro Feed My Starving Children Event, and more!

Google Classroom Independent Study option
For students who cannot be in-person.  (Registration is still required for access to the link.)

Youth Choir
Students interested in joining the Youth Choir (6th-12th grade) can join Julia Fahey right after Confirmation on Wednesday nights 7:45-8:30 pm.

Register Here!

Faith IRL : Minnetonka & Spirit Garage

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 students. Students from all campuses are welcome. 

We’re heading to Can Can Wonderland for mini golf as the November adventure! Golf is a great metaphor for the plans we make in life…and our expectations vs. reality. There are so many stories in scripture about things going out of bounds or off course. When things go wrong, God and the people can’t go back and take a mulligan. They keep going, even if it means they get where they’re going by another path…and with a bit more time. We do the same thing. This theme will focus on God’s reputation for loving us unconditionally rather than keeping score.

Register for the November Event Here!

Youth Choirs & Ensembles

Women’s Choral Ensemble

High School-Adults
Monday Evenings, Minneapolis Campus

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Youth Choir

6th-12th Graders
Wednesday Evenings, Minneapolis Campus


Handbell Ensembles

High School-Adults
Tuesday Evenings, Minneapolis Campus
Wednesday Evenings, Minnetonka Campus

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Chancel Choir

Middle School-Adults
Wednesday Evenings, Minnetonka Campus

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Staff Contacts

Pastor of Family Ministry

Heather Roth Johnson

Phone: 612-312-3367
Director of Service, Engagement and Fun

Emily Stoll

Phone: 612.312.3381