Youth Ministry (7th-8th Grade)

Middle School Ministry

Bethlehem’s middle school ministry focuses on students building relationships that matter with:

  • God 
  • Peers
  • Adult leaders
  • Members of our communities

We build these relationships through energetic events, small group discussions, service-learning opportunities, and experiential worship.

This last year has made us realize that we have so much to learn from our own community and our own backyards. We don’t have all the answers and have listening and unlearning to do in our neighborhoods.

Instead of a trip to a different community, we are having an immersive experience here in Minneapolis. Each day we will have workshop seminars and small groups to talk about the history of whiteness and racism, housing injustice, environmental racism, the images/media we see, and the church’s role in it all. We will hear from community members, organizations and resources in our own backyard.

There are stories we have told ourselves about our city that aren’t completely true or are incomplete.We recognize that the white church has played a harmful role at times, keeping us from following in Jesus’ footsteps. Let us come together as a community in this immersive experience that sets up accountability and reminds us that this is daily work.

Grab a friend and come learn with us. It’s not enough to talk about it anymore.

Here’s a way to take the next step towards becoming together a church that practices anti-racism.

Caring for Community Local Immersion: July 10-14, 2021 Register here.

Bethlehem’s Student Leadership Team

“Let us listen hard, learn together, and put our faith into action where God is calling us”

Bethlehem’s Student Leadership Lab is a leadership group for students in 7th-12th grade at Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Twin Cities to strengthen leadership skills, experiment with what leadership looks like, co-create our ministry alongside our staff, and practice personal, interpersonal and systemic boundary crossing through in our Church and local community.

All students (incoming 7th-12th grade) are welcome to register and be part of the group.

Join us for our first team meeting on June 13th! Register here!

Wednesday Summer Nights

Join us this summer on Wednesday Nights!

Students in 7th & 8th grade meet outdoors, while practicing safe physical distancing. This is a relaxed time of fun, non-contact, activities followed by a short devotion and time to check in on each other’s life. Friends who do not regularly attend BLCTC are invited!

June Wednesdays:

7th|8th Graders
June 16th: Bike Ride and Ice Cream
June 30th: Lawn Games

Contact Ellen Weber, [email protected] if you have any questions.

Youth Choirs

Youth choirs meet on Wednesday nights during the school year.

Minneapolis

Youth Choir
7th–12th Grade

Minnetonka

Chancel Choir
Middle School to Adult

Upcoming Events

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Jun
16

Pastors on the Lawn!

June 16 | Both Campuses

Join Bethlehem pastors for conversation in our green spaces this summer. No agenda, just an opportunity to connect when the weather cooperates.  Minneapolis Campus: 1:00-3:00 pm Lyndale Ave side Minnetonka Campus: 1:00-3:00 pm on the East Lawn

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Jun
16

Choose Your Own Adventure – Lake Harriet with Diane

June 16 | Lake Harriet Bandshell

Join Director of Congregational Care, Diane Waarvik, at the Lake Harriet Bandshell and take a walk/ride around the lake. Afterwards, stop for some fellowship and a glass of wine, beer or a refreshment of your choosing at Bread and Pickle.

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Jun
16

Bike Ride and Ice Cream

June 16 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities – MPLS Campus

All 7th-8th graders join us for a bike ride around the lakes and a stop for ice cream!

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Jun
20

Bandshell Worship with Monroe Crossing

June 20 | Lake Harriet Bandshell

Join us at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis and worship outside! We’ll be joined by the exceptional bluegrass ensemble, Monroe Crossing. Bring some chairs, blankets, and feel free to do some shuffle clog dancing!

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Jun
23

Pastors on the Lawn!

June 23 | Both Campuses

Join Bethlehem pastors for conversation in our green spaces this summer. No agenda, just an opportunity to connect when the weather cooperates.  Minneapolis Campus: 1:00-3:00 pm Lyndale Ave side Minnetonka Campus: 1:00-3:00 pm on the East Lawn

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Jun
23

Choose Your Own Adventure: Dunk a Pastor Night!

June 23 | Minneapolis Campus

All households are invited to “Dunk A Pastor!” night on the west lawn at the Minneapolis campus.

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Jun
23

Choose Your Own Adventure: Poetry at Boom Island with Pastor Meta

June 23 | Boom Island Park

Join Pastor Meta for poems and blessings at the memorial at Boom Island Park. The time-frame for this event is open house style – come when you can and leave when you must.

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Youth Staff Contact

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Ellen Weber

Phone: 612-312-3372