One of the three distinctives of a BCS education is its emphasis on service. The academic preparation that students receive at Bethesda is regarded as a means to a more important end: ministering as the Lord’s ambassadors to a world in need. To this end, Bethesda endeavors to provide students with service opportunities that cultivate compassion for and awareness of the needs of others. Students are encouraged to do what they can to make a positive difference in their community.
Bethesda has helped stock local food pantries through canned food drives, performed yard work at a local elementary school, assisted the elderly and widows with housework, and served meals at a homeless shelter.
The school also includes other service and missions-related activities throughout the year. During Thanksgiving and Christmas season, elementary students have partnered with Light of Life International (L.O.L.I.) in collecting stuffed bears for L.O.L.I.’s “Bears on Mission” project. Each year, middle and senior school students participate in Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project. Six Wings, a BCS service organization for middle and senior school students, sponsors a number of events during the course of the school year.
Bethesda offers to senior school students the opportunity for involvement in short-term summer missions. The outreaches have stirred the hearts of many BCS students, some of whom continue to participate in mission endeavors after graduation, either with BCS or with other Christian ministries.