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Bethesda Children's Home
15487 State Highway 86
Meadville, PA 16335
(814) 724-7510

Bethesda Leadership Center
349 West 18th Street
Erie, PA 16502
(814) 454-2749

Bethesda Trinity Center
462 West 18th Street
Erie, PA 16502
(814) 453-2468

Spiritual Life Ministry

DCIM_0794The Spiritual Life Ministry at Bethesda Children’s Home seeks to serve the spiritual needs of residential clients who come to us from a variety of religious backgrounds and sometimes with no previous history with organized religion. Participation in spiritual life programs is always welcome, but never mandatory.


chapelinsideBethesda employs a part-time Lutheran pastor as its chaplain, who greets all residents upon arrival and continues to be available to them across their stay for spiritual support as needed. The chaplain leads ecumenical Christian worship services in the chapel on a weekly basis and on significant Christian holidays. Bibles are distributed to all who request them.

DCIM_0752Bethesda, as an agency of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is pleased to be one of the 296 social ministry organizations supported by the Lutheran congregations in the United States. Together, these Social Ministry Organizations form the single largest network of non-profit and health care service providers on the North American continent.