Frequently Asked Questions

Does Bethlehem have an Early Childhood Development Center?
Yes we do! It's called Noah's Ark.
Noah’s Ark Early Child Development Center is a ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. It is a preschool and kindergarten with extended hours for potty trained children thru kindergarten. Ms Jill Majestic is the director. For more information please follow the link

Noah’s Ark currently ministers to over 100 families with children ages 2 through 6, and has a qualified staff of 15 including 8 teachers, the director, and support staff to meet the needs of our children academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

In October, 2006 the children and staff of Noah’s Ark performed a half hour concert for the opening worship of the National ELCA Administrator/Pastor Conference held in Phoenix. On June 24, 2007 Noah’s Ark was privileged to sing the National Anthem - on national TV - at Chase Field for the Diamondbacks vs. Orioles game as part of Faith and Family Sunday.

How do I become a Christian?
Becoming a Christian is both a momentary and lifelong decision. It begins when God’s love touches us and moves us to make a conscious choice to open our hearts to Jesus Christ. Once we have made that choice, we come to the community and ask to be baptized. As we enter the water or it is poured over our heads, we are reborn as children of God.

That is only the beginning of the journey. We are called to daily choose the way of Jesus. We join in his mission of compassionate love, peace making and justice. We will do well on some days and not so well on other days. We will feel at times like we are filled with God’s spirit and at other times like we are lost and alone. But our actions and our feelings do not change the fundamental truth of our relationship with God. We are God’s whether we like it or not.

If you would like to become a Christian or speak with someone about the possibility of making that step, we invite you to contact us via e-mail or phone. We would love to walk with you through this life changing and life giving step.

How does a person pray?
It is impossible to pray incorrectly. The prayers of a young child or an ancient saint are equal in God’s ears. If you have never prayed before, simply get quiet, listen to your breathing, and talk to God. Tell God what is on your heart. Tell God your hopes and dreams; your fears and failures. Then simply listen. Listen with the ears of your heart for God’s response. This is certainly not the only way to pray, but it has been effective for believers of all ages.

We also invite you to pray prayers that have stood the test of time. A few of them are listed here.

Do I have to be a Christian to come to Bethlehem?
Bethlehem is a community of people who are in lots of different places in their faith journey. While we are certainly a Christian church, we don’t expect our members or guests to have Christ figured out. We only ask that you are respectful of everyone’s beliefs and open to questioning and discovering with us what it is to be a follower of Christ. At Bethlehem, you belong before you believe.

Is there a dress code?
No, come as you are!

Is Bethlehem an inclusive community?
Yes! It’s very important to us that whoever you are, you know you are welcome now, just as you are. And we won’t change our mind about you next week!

Is there stuff for kids?
We love kids at Bethlehem! During worship there is a nursery for babies to potty trained preschoolers. For those potty trained big kids through fifth graders Bethlehem has children’s church, a Sunday School during worship. Following the children’s message children can leave with their Sunday school teacher for an age appropriate bible lesson returning in time for communion and/or a blessing.

At Bethlehem All kids are welcome in the service. And they don’t have to be quiet! There is an activity table in the sanctuary for children choosing to remain in service during the sermon. And there are also worship bags available in the narthex/entry way filled with coloring materials.

Noah’s Ark Early Child Development Center is a ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. It is a preschool and kindergarten with extended hours for potty trained children thru kindergarten. Ms Jill Majestic is the director. For more information please follow the link

What about youth?
Youth are an important part of the congregation. We partnership with other Lutheran churches to provide safe, engaging, and exciting programs for Middle School and High School students.

Is there Communion?
We share in Communion every Sunday during worship. Since it is Christ’s table, and all are welcome before Christ, we practice open Communion. This means that there are no prerequisites for participating. Even if you’ve never been to church before, you are welcome at God’s table.

What is a Lutheran?
Bethlehem is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are also part of the Grand Canyon Synod. Lutherans are named for the reformer Martin Luther and are a denomination of the larger Christian church. To learn more about Lutherans, click here.

How do I become a Member?
At Bethlehem, we ask you to join our Mission, not our church. Click here to see service times and to contact us.

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