Awana has been an integral part of Bethel’s children’s ministry for many years and it continues to have a massive impact in our children’s lives and in the surrounding communities. Awana is a mid-week program (Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:45 PM) that is run from September till the end of April in our church.
It is a dynamic children’s ministry that is open to boys and girls from 3 years old till those that are graduating from grade six. Awana is a great way to get children involved in learning Biblical truths while being in an age specific group of other children that is led by committed Christian youth and adults.
At Bethel we attempt to provide solid Biblical teaching and worship for all ages, but we also know that at times some of the younger children may find it difficult to catch onto the teaching that occurs during our Sunday morning worship service.
So to accommodate this, we usually have a short Children’s story every Sunday followed by a time for Children’s Church. This takes place in a separate area of the church building during the time the sermon is happening in our worship service.
Children’s Church is a specific time of teaching and activities led by dedicated Christian women, men, and teenagers who come alongside the young ones so that they can better understand a Biblical lesson or truth while mom and dad have an opportunity to listen and be a part of the worship service without some of the usual parenting distractions.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
Scripture is very clear about the importance of teaching our children the truths about God and we are pleased to offer a time of instruction through our Sunday School program. We offer classes for a wide variety of ages starting as young as two-years old to youth and adult classes.
For more information about our Sunday School program, please contact the church office or contact our Assistant Sunday School Superintendents, Rick Wiebe @ 204.332.9290 or Brenda Giesbrecht @ 204.325.7406
Our junior youth is open to all teens attending grades 7-8. We meet every Tuesday evening throughout the school year (Sept-June) from 7:00-9:00pm. It is our desire to challenge the youth to grow spiritually while building into their lives through friendship and instruction.
Senior youth is a great place to encourage teens to learn grow in many aspects of life in a fun, Christ-centered environment. We welcome teens that are attending grades 9-12 to join us every Monday evening throughout the school year (Sept-June) from 7:00-9:30pm. It is our desire to challenge the youth to grow spiritually while building into their lives through friendship and instruction.
At both groups we have a mix of Bible studies, praise and worship, small group discussions, service opportunities and mission outreaches. Please check out our schedule for up to date information for our upcoming youth events. For more information please contact our youth pastor, Eli Klassen.
We are blessed to have a large number of young adults attend Bethel for our church services and many also are a part of our young adults group. This group meets once every other week to study the Bible together, discuss issues of life and faith while growing in friendship with one another. The group also is involved in service opportunities where we can impact others through practical ways by serving in such ministries as Central Station, Faith Mission, Winkler Bible Camp, Siloam Mission, etc.
We also go on a yearly mission trip to grow in our awareness of missions and to be of assistance and a blessing to others.
This program is geared for people that are in the post high school to thirty age group. As with all of our ministries we have at Bethel, our scope of people that get involved goes way beyond those that attend here for a Sunday morning service and this is evident at our Thrive gatherings as many who attend do not necessarily worship here on a regular basis. All young adults are welcome. Our Associate Pastor, Mark Sawatzky is directly involved and responsible for the young adults ministries at Bethel.
Please feel free to contact Mark with any comments or questions you may have and check out the church calendar for our upcoming young adult activities and Bible studies. We look forward to having you join us!
For many people, taking part in a care group is an integral part of their experience at Bethel. Care groups provide a more intimate and casual setting to ask questions, discuss issues, and study Scripture while building relationships with others.
We currently have approximately 15 care groups. Most range in size from eight to twelve people per group. Some groups are more age specific while others have a wide variety of ages represented. Even though the groups may be very diverse, each group has a leader(s) and the main focus is to study Scripture and challenge one another to grow in our faith. Some groups use printed study materials while others may do a book study or watch and discuss a video series.
We also offer care groups on various days of the week. We do not require everyone to be a part of a care group, but all adults are welcome to be involved in one. Please contact Jason Thiessen (204.312.0726) or if you would like to join a care group or have any questions relating to this ministry.
There is a great need to build friendships where we enjoy a common bond and establish meaningful relationships with one another. Our Men’s Ministries are established to help men grow in their faith by making connections and friendships with other men. Currently we offer two unique settings to accomplish this during the week.
Men’s Prayer Ministry
This group of men meets every Tuesday at 6:30am in the church MPR around tables for a light breakfast of toast and coffee followed by a short devotional and then a time of sharing prayer items from the congregation, community, and their own lives with one another.
This group of men meets every other week at 7:00am at Mulligan’s restaurant in Winkler. Please check the calendar for dates that we are meeting. Each person orders their own breakfast and then we have a short 10-15 minute devotional/discussion on a passage of Scripture or topic/character study from the Bible. The focus of this group is to share and make connections in an informal setting as we visit and get to know each other over a meal. People are free to come and go as time permits.
Women’s ministries at Bethel offers opportunity for spiritual growth, to build friendships, as well as opportunities to serve in the church and out in the community.
We offer biweekly Bible Studies Fall through Spring, as well as biweekly “mornings out for Moms”. Child care is provided by volunteers these mornings.
We host bridal and first baby showers. 3 social events are planned for all ladies during the year.
Moms of new babies are provided with 5 meals brought by church ladies. The kitchen committee plans and provides a Thanksgiving dinner for the church annually. Our serving groups serve at funerals. The MCC storefront is staffed by volunteers every third Wednesday of each month.