Be ChurchBeyond the Walls
We can’t go to church,
but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop being church.
Join us for online worship
We broadcast our 9 am service on our website. You can also find the link posted on our Facebook page. Just click and enjoy. Donut holes and coffee are optional but always encouraged!
How do I prepare?
Once you setup and test your device, you are done with the hard part! Even though we are a “scattered church” does not mean that you have to be a passive observer. We still want you to participate in the service: sing along with our worship team, and connect with our online giving & prayer requests.
Engage with us on social media
Snap a photo of your family worshipping with us online, and tag us @bethanyelkhorn in your Facebook & Instagram posts to further engage with our growing online community.
Home Communion Begins April 5
Recognizing that COVID-19 will peak in the next few weeks, Bethany will be switching from weekly drive-through communion to online home communion. What is that? Beginning this week, Palm Sunday, each time we begin worship we will invite you to gather communion elements from your own kitchen in preparation for Holy Supper later in the worship service. You can gather bread and wine, or a bagel and juice, or other elements available. The exact nature of the element is less important than the sincerity of faith to receive these elements as the very ‘real presence’ of Jesus’ body and blood. If you only have one of two elements, the fullness of Christ is present. At the time of communion, the Pastor will direct you to lift up your elements as the Words of Institution are said, and then you may take turns distributing the elements to one another with the words; “the body of Christ given for you”, and “the blood of Christ shed for you.” Any leftovers can be discarded into the ground. For those children who have yet to receive communion instruction, we invite parents and sponsors to make the mark of cross on their foreheads saying the words, the Body and Blood of Christ is Given and Shed for You. We hope that Holy Communion in your home will be one more practice of many practices to nurture your faith life as a follower. Continue to pray, fast, read and study scripture, and be the church in this time of change and opportunity!
Weekly Discussion Questions
Weekly sermon questions related to the message are available for individual or small group reflection.
NEW! Join our online discussion group | Mondays at 7 pm
Each Monday at 7 pm we’ll connect through the online meeting platform Zoom. Download the weekly sermon questions and be ready to dig deeper into the lesson. A Bethany staff member will lead the discussions. Even though we can’t meet in person, this is a great way to stay connected and get support and encouragement from one another. Click the Monday Discussion Group Registration to be added to the online group. See you there!
Our kids & youth ministries are a priority within our church community. Kids are always welcome in the Worship Center, and we want to continue their involvement in our online services. Our staff has found resources that are aligned with the teachings your kids currently receive in the Bethany programming. Check out the resources below that your family can explore together. Be sure to also watch our Facebook groups and the weekly E-News for additional ideas, activities, and guidance throughout the week.
Communication and content has been arranged through confirmation and youth small group leaders. Contact Barb for more information at [email protected]
Need a Spark Story Bible for kids? Borrow or purchase one HERE.
Join our Children’s Ministry Facebook group for live stories and conversation.
Check back often for regular additions, or contact Gera at [email protected] with questions.
Click the dated buttons below for weekly children’s lessons and activities.
The Great Omaha Easter Egg Hunt
We know that many families are disappointed that community Easter Egg Hunts won’t happen this year, so we join a virtual drive-thru egg hunt through The Great Omaha Easter Egg Hunt.
Click here to see the Google Map of the locations through out the metro. You can choose a neighborhood or an area of town and drive thru to see how many eggs you can find from your car! Bethany has eggs in several windows around the building. If you decide you want to walk thru a neighborhood for some fresh air, please observe the social distancing guidelines and maintain a minimum of 6ft between your family and others.
Holy Week Live Family Devotions / Join us in the Children’s ministry Facebook Group for a live reading from Easter Love Letters From God at 1 pm each day Monday through Saturday, or watch the recording when it is convenient for your family. Seven beautifully illustrated Bible stories by Glenys Nellist guide children and families through Holy Week. Each story ends with a letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how the letters elaborate on the Bible stories being told. Each message gives the child a sense of wonder as they discover what happened leading up to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words to You will accompany each story and letter. The stories are accompanied by a family devotion kit designed to create lasting memories for your family. Download the full activity pack here.
Give Help / Need Help
Food 4 Families
Helping local families impacted by COVID-19
Help Bethany take care of children in our community by donating family friendly food items and/or funds to purchase food. Many families rely on school breakfast and lunch and now these families along with many more who have been impacted by COVID-19 are in need. Here are ways you can help:
- Donate food
- Bring family friendly food items to Bethany (4200 N 204th St) Monday-Satureday 11 am – 1 pm , or Sunday 11 am – noon.
- Items requested: toilet paper, boxes of cereal, spaghetti noodles, peanut butter, jelly, bread, chips, canned tuna, macaroni & cheese, fruit cups, canned vegetables, granola bars
- Please pull around to the back of the church (north side) where a volunteer who is taking all necessary sanitary precautions will receive your donations.
- Donate funds to purchase food
- To donate funds to purchase food, please click HERE
- Average cost per family food pack is $25
Food Pickup Wednesdays 5-7 pm
- Elkhorn Public School families only.
- Drive up to Bethany’s center entrance
- Take home one food pack/week/family
If you or someone you know who has a student in Elkhorn Public Schools needs assistance, please contact Devanee at [email protected] or call 402.991.4391