Hey there! Glad to have you checking out our site. Look around see what’s happening in the youth ministry and what might grab your attention. No matter what your background, I hope you feel comfortable being a part of what many teenagers, just like you, have already found: purpose in Jesus. Wherever you are spiritually, we invite you to come and meet some new friends and have a blast doing it. Perhaps you know very little about this religion thing and have lots of questions. Maybe you have grown up in the church and are ready to take your walk with God to the next level. Regardless, we have some events, meetings, and activities where you can develop friendships and your faith. I look forward to seeing you at one of the regular meetings mentioned below or at one of the special events listed on either the High School or Middle School pages.
Sunday Morning Discussion (9:00 am-10:30am)
This gives you an opportunity to learn about God through study and to ask those questions that have left you confused or puzzled. It is also a time to get to know some new friends who come from all around the greater Ithaca area. We talk about a variety of topics and also study through a book of the Bible each year.
Youth Group (Sunday nights 5pm-7:30pm)
Middle School and High School students meet at the same time in their own respective groups where we talk about subjects current and relevant to the life of a teenager. We play games to get to know one another, we have worship, we spend time in both large and small groups and we pray for one another. All of this takes place in the very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere of the youth room! Come and see what’s happening at Youth Group this Sunday! (be sure to check the calendar for meeting times) In addition to these meetings, we do all kinds of awesome events and activities. Things like bonfires, bowling, sledding, mini-golf, Super Bowl parties, go-karting, and scavenger hunts- are just some of the fun events where you can have a blast, meet new people, and invite your friends to come along. Summer camping and backpacking trips offer extended opportunities for getting to know one another and yourself.
This is when you can participate in service projects to give you a better understanding of the needs here in Ithaca and around the world. These events also provide you with an avenue to contribute to serving those needs. In the past, groups have traveled to St. Louis, Toronto and Pittsburgh to work in urban ministry, raised money to help build a school in Uganda, traveled to Uganda to teach on AIDS awareness and abstinence, built homes in Mexico, and assisted with local projects for Habitat for Humanity. One of our goals is to give students the opportunity to identify their gifts, grow in their understanding of those gifts, and then to use those gifts to serve those around them both inside and outside the church. For a little more on our Youth Ministry goals, check out the Purpose page. If you want to know more about Bethel Grove Bible Church and what we are about, please see the church website.
I want to invite you to consider joining us in this walk of faith and discover the role God has planned for you in His Kingdom!