Spiritual Services

All youth have access to spiritual services on campus at Bausman Memorial Chapel, and places of worship off campus. Youth participate in a Spiritual Assessment at intake and Bethany strives to provide each youth with access to their preferred religious or spiritual affiliation.

Our chaplain holds worship services in our chapel, located on the campus of Bethany Children’s Home. According to Bethany’s History written by Rev. Ray S. Vandevere, in 1869 or 1870, Rev. Albright petitioned the Lebanon Classis of the Reformed Church for permission to organize a formal congregation in the Home. The permission was granted and on the following 21st day of July he confirmed a class of seventeen orphans and celebrated the first Communion Service with some thirty guests. Today, Bethany continues as a ministry of the United Church of Christ and maintains close partnerships with the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, Penn Central Conference, and Penn Northeast Conference of the UCC.

To be fully inclusive Bethany recently completed an accessibility project with the help of local UCC churches and donors. A new driveway, parking spots, and ramp was installed at the back entry to the church. Please click here to learn more!

Meet Our Chaplain

Bethany Children’s Home officially called and received Reverend Kim Kendrick as Chaplain for the home on December 4, 2015. Kendrick is ordained in the United Church of Christ, and is a 2014 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bethany’s Reverend brings seven years of ministerial experience to Bethany, where she will provide worship and other services for youth and staff.

Reverend Kendrick joined Bethany as a supply minister in the spring of 2015, and has since then provided weekly worship services for the campus. Kendrick says,

“I am blessed to be the Chaplain at Bethany because at Bethany I am engaged in holistic ministry – our work impacts every aspect of our young people’s lives. I am honored to help youth address spiritual matters while also walking with them as they navigate family and peer relationships, the academic process, and vocational discernment. I experience my own transformation as I witness the growth of our youth and other staff.”

UCC Conferences

Bethany Children’s Home is supported by the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the UCC, in addition to the Penn Northeast and Penn Central Conferences.

Get In Contact With Us

Mailing Address

Bethany Children's Home
1863 Bethany Rd
Womelsdorf, PA 19567

GPS Location

198 W. Ryeland Road
Womelsdorf, PA 19567

Contact Us

Phone: (610) 589-4501
Fax: (610) 589-5771
Email: info@bethanyhome.org

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