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Family Weekend

Have you been living vicariously through your student for too long? It's time you got a taste of Bethel student life for yourself! Join us for Family Weekend!

Share a meal with your student in Monson Dining Center, worship together in Chapel, and enjoy a concert, football game, or simply being together. Parents, we even have special sessions just for you - we want you to know how you can successfully support your student while they're at their home away from home. Bring the whole family - it's a perfect chance to experience campus life together!

Family Weekend 2017 Highlights

November 3


10:15–11 a.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC) Level 1

Attend Chapel with your student and hear a message from the president of Kanakuk Kamps, Dr. Joe White.

Parent Enrichment Seminar: “Launching 101" with Christine Osgood

2–3 p.m. | Location TBD

A discussion with a panel of current parents. This seminar is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. 

BUILD Program Family Dinner

5–7 p.m. | Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 4

Welcome to the Bethel community! Receive BUILD Program updates and reconnect with students in the BUILD Program. This family dinner is for students and families currently enrolled in the BUILD program. The dinner is free, but pre-registration is required.

Parent/Family Social

8:30–10 p.m. | Royal Grounds, Brushaber Commons (BC)

Enjoy refreshments and dessert in the Commons with your student following evening activities.

November 4

Prayer Breakfast

8–9:45 a.m. | Bethel Underground, Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

President Jay Barnes and his wife Barb invite you to join other parents and families in a time of worship, fellowship, and mutual encouragement, followed by a time of prayer. We will pray for Bethel students, employees, and families. A hearty breakfast will be served. Cost: $15/person (not included in student meal plan). Pre-registration is required. 

Parent Sessions

10:15 a.m.–noon | Various locations

Want to learn what Bethel has to offer your student? Two sessions are available (The R.E.A.L Bethel Experience and Study Abroad Overview). Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Football Game vs. Augsburg University

1 p.m. | Royal Stadium, Bethel Campus

Cheer on the Royals as they face the Auggies! Purchase tickets at the gate at the special Family Weekend price of $3 per ticket (free for children 5 and under).

Honors Program Induction

4–6 p.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center (CLC) Level 2

This special program is for students in the Honors Program and their guests. The event is by invitation only.

November 5

Student-led Vespers Service

8 and 10 p.m. | Robertson Center (RC) Gym

Experience this special time of worship that has grown from a small residence hall gathering to a weekly service drawing thousands of young people from across the Twin Cities.

Lodging Info

Wondering where to stay during Family Weekend? Bethel has secured discounted rates for campus guests at several area hotels. View a list of hotels and request their "Bethel rate."


Contact the Office of Alumni and Family Relations at parents@bethel.edu or 651.638.6462.