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

Whether it’s studying a book of the Bible, sharing the joys and challenges of leading a Christian family, or discussing today’s current events, we can learn from each other. Our unique groups are ready to meet you where you are at and help you grow your faith deeper. 

These are the groups that are currently meeting during the pandemic, for more information on any of the groups please contact the church.

Sips & Scriptures 

Bring your Bible and join this group to reflect and discuss scripture.

First & Third Saturday of the month  9:00- noon in Luther Hall

Theology  on Tap  

First Thursday of the Month 7:30 PM. This group currently meets at Crystal Lake Brewing.

Join us for conversation on current topics.

Journey Bible Study

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM. This group currently meets both in person and on Zoom.

Bring your Bibles and join us on a journey of introspection. We will study books of the Bible with conversation and reflection on the Word.

Work in Progress 

1st Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 PM. This group currently meets on Zoom.

For Details and Descriptions Click Here!

Middle & High School
youth grades 6-12

Confirmation (grades 6-8)

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.

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 


Impact Youth
grades 6-8

For most Impact Youth events, students come together for a community, activity, and devotion. We’ve also gone sledding and volunteered together. Impact Youth happens the first Sunday of every month at 3:30 PM.

High School Youth  

Common Ground 

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." We meet the second and fourth Sunday of every month at 3:30 PM.

Elementary School
youth grades preK-5th 


Sunday School

2021-2022 Sunday School Registration

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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