See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
Through events, conferences, and retreats for parents and children, Family Life encourages heads of households and families (and the wider church family) to mark milestones in their children’s lives, nurture parent-child relationships, and lead each family member to maturity in Christ.
Family Life Events
Fighter Verse Kick-Off: First Wednesday of the new year
The church gathers to begin a year of memorizing together. The event is designed to inspire and equip our families to memorize God’s Word throughout the year.
Father-Daughter Tea: Spring
Fathers escort their daughters (grade 4 through grade 12) to the King’s Court for a Royal High Tea. Players in costume and Victorian royalty grace this formal event. The Father-Daughter Tea is designed to nurture the relationship between fathers and daughters—and fathers and daughters to Christ. Biblical manhood & womanhood is a key theme at this event.
Father-Son Summer Get-Together
Sons of all ages enjoy the day with Dad at a local park or aquatic park. Barbeque lunch, music, speakers, activities and games round out the day.
Family Life PassAGES Events:
We’ve created the following events to milestones in the lives of our children.
Father-Son Quest: Spring and Fall of each year
This 3-day weekend getaway is for fathers and sons age 12 and older. With the backdrop of a rustic north woods, this weekend is designed to help deepen relationships, build character, and nurture godly friendship. Fathers prepare beforehand to speak a blessing over their sons and mark a milestone to biblical manhood.
Baccalaureate Service and Reception: Early June
Graduating high school seniors gather to express gratitude to God and their parents as they mark this milestone in their lives. This commencement for our high school seniors is intended to help send them out from us to colleges and vocations as ambassadors for Christ. The service is followed by an open house and cake and punch reception.
Family Life Conferences: throughout the year
Family Life annually hosts conferences designed to lead our heads of households, parents, children, and young adults to be conformed to the likeness of Christ.
Family Life Retreats:
Transition Years - Father-Daughter Retreat: Fall
A 3-day retreat offers fathers and daughters extended time together. Reinforcement of the relationship between fathers and their 5th-8th grade daughters and both with the Lord. This event is held at a retreat center in Minnesota and offers fathers and daughters many team-building activities.
Family Camp: Summer
Family Life is in the process of planning an annual 3 to 4-day camp for Bethlehem families.
Family Life Affinity Groups
An affinity group is comprised of adult mentors and young people who have similar interests and a desire to hone their skills for God’s glory. The affinity is the common ground for building mentor-apprentice relationships. Examples of an affinity might include astronomy, photography, media, oil painting, woodworking, videography, music, home economics, auto mechanics, or crafts.
The affinity group setting also gives members time together to nurture faithfulness to Christ, love for one another, and a deepening of understanding of biblical manhood and womanhood.
Family Life Contact Information
All Campuses: Contact Betty Dodge (612-338-7653 x490).