Christian Education

Christian education is a life-long pursuit, which is why at Bethany we are striving to provide you with as many youth and adult education opportunities as possible.  

Adult Education

Sunday Morning Bible Study

Sunday 9:00-10:00 in the Library

Saturday Men's Bible Study

First Saturday of the month 8:30  am Luther Hall

Sips & Scriptures 

First & Third Saturday of the month  9:00- noon Location varies

Theology  on Tap  

First Thursday of the Month 7:30 pm  at Bull Dogs Pub, McHenry

The Journey

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am First Floor Luther Hall

Women's Take A Breath

Third Wednesday 6:45-8:00 pm various locations- usually at church.

Work in Progress 

Fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:00 pm various locations- usually at church.

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Middle & High School
youth grades 6-12

Confirmation (grades 6-8)

 register your student here

If you would like to sign your Jr. High student up, or if you have questions about Confirmation please contact Pastor Paul (
or 815-459-2690 

Confirmation is open to all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

At Bethany, we think that Confirmation is the beginning of teenager’s faith journey—not the end.  Middle school youth are at a time in life where they are just starting to think critically about their faith.  A lot of them have questions about God, religion, life, and how it all fits together.  Our hope is that Confirmation can be a place where kids can ask those questions in a safe environment, knowing they will be loved and cared for. 

For this reason, our Confirmation process revolves around three main areas: building relationships, cultivating faith, and educating students on the basic tenants of Christianity and Lutheranism.

At the completion of the Confirmation program (spring of 8th grade), students are confirmed during the Affirmation of Baptism service, where they publicly profess their faith (even if it’s a work in progress) for the God who first loved them.

Impact Youth (grades 6-12)

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grades 6-12

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month after the 10:45 am Worship

Students will come together after the 10:45 am service for a meal, activity, and devotion.

High School Youth  

St. Bethany Waters

Three churches joined forces to make our most dynamic youth group yet!  Those churches are: Bethany Lutheran, Living Waters (Crystal Lake), and Saint Barnabas (Cary).  Name: “Saint Bethany Waters Youth Group.”

Generally, we will be meeting 2nd and 4th Sundays from 5-7:30p, at one of the participating churches Meals will be provided unless stated otherwise.

Common Ground 

3rd Sundays worship together at 10:45 then eat meal and have activity.  This is a group where students can ask the hard questions, grow in faith and feel connected to a group of peers who share "common ground."

New York City Mission Trip 

planning and preparation meetings throughout the year.  Date of trip is July 16-21, 2020


Elementary School
youth grades preK-5th 


Sunday School

Register Google form for Sunday School

If you would like to sign your student up for Sunday School or have questions about Sunday School please contact
Sashire Ayares
or 815-459-2690 

At Bethany Lutheran Church we believe quality Christian Education requires shared responsibility. Our goal is to partner with children and families fostering a relationship with God by learning and living God’s word. We join to help achieve our Baptismal promises and implement core beliefs of the Lutheran religion through Bible stories, fellowship, and fun.

Students start each Sunday in their classroom.  They return to the sanctuary to participate in communion and resume worship with their families.  Some "high holiday" Sundays students will attend the entire service.

Extended Sunday School:

preschool-grade 5
Sunday School

Extended Sunday School times
extended time to prepare for our Christmas program and our Spring drama.  This "musical" program is an extension of our curriculum and a time to learn the lessons through dramatic expression.



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