Children, Youth & Family Ministry


Here you will find information about ministries, milestones, and events for the children, youth, and families of Bethel.

CYF Ministries

Click a specific ministry below to learn more.

Children's Ministry

Middle School Ministry

High School Youth Ministry

Confirmation Ministry

Our CYF Ministry area will empower the Children, Youth and the Families of Bethel to:

  • Engage, Learn, and Be Rooted in God’s Word through the Scriptures, Small Catechism, and Lutheran Tradition at church and in our homes.
  • Build Healthy Relationships with each other and across the generations of our families and congregation.
  • Celebrate opportunities to Worship, Pray, Serve, Have Fun and Share the Gospel with our neighbors near and far.

Children and Families in Worship


We know it is often hard to find the time and patience for worshiping as a whole family–many of us on staff have children and youth ourselves and we are right there with you! However, this congregation is committed to worshiping in a way that is engaging and meaningful for even the youngest members of our family.

Our CYF Staff

Pastor Nate Luong

Associate Pastor - Generational Ministry

Susan Larson

Director of Children's Ministry

Kari Tollefson

Children’s Ministry Assistant

Julie Allhiser

Director of Middle School Ministry

Kelsie Watkins

Director of High School Ministry (Starting on August 23rd, 2021)

Livestream CYF Events

Other Things Happening at the CYF Ministry


High School Trip to Christikon

In July of 2021, youth from Bethel will travel to Christikon Lutheran Bible Camp in the mountains of Southwestern Montana. Situated in the Beartooth/Absaroka Mountains, just north of Yellowstone, Christikon has served as an important place in the lives of many youth since 1951. While there, our youth will have the opportunity to hike in the mountains, worship, and share in fellowship with others from around the country.

While this is not a “mission trip”, it is an important event in the development of faith. Service or mission trips offer people the opportunity to live out one’s faith by serving others. Adventure trips on the other hand allow the participant the chance to learn about their own strength, courage, and relationship with God in the midst of creation. Often times, getting out of the whirlwind of normal life is exactly what is needed to be able to see God at work. This is a tremendous opportunity for our youth, and we thank the entire congregation for their prayers and support.


 Vacation Bible School

Children’s Ministry is busy figuring out the details for Treasured VBS. It will be July 26-29. We’ll spend time outside and have groups that stay together in limited spaces. It might look different from previous years BUT it’ll be filled with FUN, FRIENDS, and JESUS! We need volunteers to pull this off, so let Susan Larson know if you would like to show our kids that they are TREASURED by God and their church family! Watch for registration information soon.


Welcome Back and Welcome Kelsie!

We are planning a fun gathering in our Bethel courtyard after church on Sunday to welcome our new High School Youth Director, Kelsie and to also welcome all of our students back to Bethel for our youth programs! We haven’t finalized the plans yet for this party but you can expect some games, music and fun! Expect more details as we get closer to August!