Newborn infants to 2 years of age are welcome in our year-round nursery during our worship services where they will cuddle, play, and learn in a warm, safe environment staffed with our caring volunteers.
To receive a nursery schedule or to be put on the list, please contact email@example.com
Children ages 2 through Kindergarten are dismissed during the service to the lower level where they get checked into their class by their parents. They get to have their very own classes where they learn God's story through seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, and hearing!
Grades 1-6 are dismissed from the service to the lower level where they connect with their leader, with God, and with their peers through prayer and hands-on activities.
Christie Thomas: Director of Children's Ministries
Christie has been running Bethel's Children's Ministry since 2006. She loves to tell the stories of God to her three sons and to the kids in Lighthouse because she sees how God's stories can change the heart and life of even the youngest child. She is the author of "Wise for Salvation: Meaningful Devotions for Families with Little Ones", which ties in with Bethel's Pre/K lessons.
Contact Christie at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her family ministry blog.
Thelme van Heerden: Associate Director of Children's Ministries and WillowWood Preschool
Thelme has her Education Degree from the University of Alberta. She loves working with children of all ages. Thelme enjoys spending her time volunteering with kids. She loves to see how children grow and develop their own unique gifts and she likes to play a roll in guiding them in how to share those gifts with others. Thelme volunteers with the youth group at Bethel and with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Contact Thelme at email@example.com
Throughout the Week GEMS is for girls! GEMS is a place for girls to discover who they are and who God created them to be. GEMS is a place for girls to think, respond, ask questions, be challenged and of course have fun - lots of it! We meet every second Tuesday evening from September to May. Contact Christie at 780-476-3762.
Cadets is a place where boys can be boys, and they can be mentored and have fun with men who are interested in their lives. We meet every second Tuesday night from September to May. Contact Christie at 780-476-3762 for more info.
DOVE Taekwondo offers Christian martial arts instruction for children and adults each Monday and Thursday at 5:15 - 6:45 P.M. For information contact the church office.
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Bannerman After School Soccer
Bannerman After School Soccer is a distinctly Christian-based soccer program that aims to reach elementary-aged girls and boys in Bannerman. This soccer program runs for about 8 weeks, weather permitting, starting mid- September at the Bannerman School soccer fields. It meets on Wednesdays after school (3:30 p.m.) for about an hour. No cost. For information contact Rita and Hans Vandenbrink at 475-0206.
WillowWood Christian Preschool
Amanda Woudstra - Willowwood Preschool Teacher
This is Amanda's fourth year teaching preschool and she is a strong believer in play-based learning. Amanda attends Trinity Christian Reformed Church with her husband and two children. She has been a registered social worker for 16 years and is looking forward to connecting with the Bannerman/Bethel community through her work with WillowWood. She loves reading, stained glass, coffee, animals and playing with her kids. She's excited to get to know your preschooler and introduce them to God's love this year.
Marcia Mast: Willowwood Preschool aide
I have worked as an educational assistant at a Christian school for seven years. I love working with children and helping them grow and learn new things and skills. I attend Bethel Community Church with my family. I love to spend time with my family going camping, watching movies and playing games. I am looking forward to see what God has in store for us this year.