Church Ministries


Since the founding of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in 1769,  our outreach ministries have been a hallmark of Bethesda's mission.   We continue to reach out to the surrounding community through various programs that seek to meet people at their level of need,  while encouraging and nurturing their spiritual growth.  Whether the need is for fellowship, Bible study, youth activities, advice from a Parrish Nurse, transportation to church,  Christian childcare, or simply a warm and loving visit from our pastor, Bethesda has both organized programs and dedicated individuals who are committed to ministering to others and sharing God's love.  We hope that you will come and participate in the many activities of worship, song, learning, and fun.  Come be a part of our growing family and celebrate with us God's abundant blessings and His amazing grace.  



Presbyterian Women

Bethesda's PW support many local and worldwide ministries, including the Heifer International Project.  They include personal contact with the sick and shut-ins.  Presbyterian Women-Made up of Bethesda women of all ages, the PW meet as a morning circle the 1st Wed. of the month at 10am, and as an evening circle the 1st Mon. of the month at 7pm for Bible study and a business meeting, plus periodic social gatherings. All are welcome to join!

Men of the Church

Men of the Church-All Bethesda men are welcome to meetings on the 1s Saturday  of each month for breakfast, fellowship, Christian growth.  The Men of the Church are dedicated to growing strong Christian disciples of Christ for the family and community.

Prison Ministry

Bethesda sends a dedicated team to the Moss Justice Center in York on a weekly basis.  That team provides a Bible study/worship time for inmates for approximately two hours a week on Monday mornings.  Others distribute reading material and catalogue materials.

 Scouting Ministry


The Boy Scouts of America believes that no young man can develop into a responsible young man without a
strong relationship with God.
We at Bethesda Presbyterian Church share this belief and reinforce what a child may learn with his family in his own church by integrating Christian values with the programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America.  

The Scouting program at Bethesda Presbyterian Church serves all young men ages six or 1st grade through eighteen years of age. We start with the first grade student in our Tiger Cub program which is a parent and son program that introduces the child to the fun and adventures of Scouting. Second and third graders participate in the regular Cub Scout program while earning the ranks of Wolf and Bear. Fourth and fifth graders enter the Webelos program and begin learning the skills that will prepare them for Boy Scouting.

When a boy reaches eleven years of age, enters the sixth grade he is eligible to move up to the Boy Scout program.

It is in Boy Scouting that we seek to provide an environment where young boys can develop into responsible young men by combining a Christian values and the principles found in the Boy Scout Oath/Promise, Boy Scout Law, Boy Scout Motto and Slogan
Scouting Page Links

Troop 161


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