Community Center

Mentoring, Equipping, Preventing

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Reaching Children, Teens, & Families

Bethesda Mission Community Center exists to develop meaningful relationships with children, teens, and families in the Harrisburg area and guide them into a relationship with Jesus Christ so that they can be a positive influence in their homes, schools, and communities.

We are undergoing an exciting renovation and expansion! Learn more about the capital campaign and how you can fireproof a life here.

The following programs are designed to accomplish that mission:


  • Bethesda’s After-School Program serves youth ages 7 through 18 who, for the most part, live in the surrounding neighborhood. A typical week consists of spiritual development and creative learning classes, homework help, arts and crafts, recreation, snacks, and plenty of fun.
  • During summer break, we run an 8-week Summer Camp Program offering morning classes, lunch and a large variety of afternoon field trips.


The Takeover gives teens hands-on experience working alongside skilled professionals who help them develop job skills, be exposed to rewarding careers, and learn Christian character.
Participation in a Takeover program increases confidence and builds skills and moral values like excellence, integrity, leadership, teamwork, respect, commitment and creativity. The Takeover strives to ensure that all programs are interesting, exciting and relevant to the real world.
Programs are offered in three primary content areas (The gospel and life skills are incorporated in all programs):
  • Workforce Development – Teens work on practical/career skills through project-based learning and go on college visits and educational trips.
  • Ministry/Leadership – Teens are mentored  and given opportunities to serve and go on mission trips.
  • Sports – Teens are trained  in various sports and assisted in making highlight tapes and college visits.


We know that, to affect the greatest change, we need to engage the whole family. As the Community Center expands, we envision additional programs for all-ages. Currently, we offer:

  • Ladies’ Ministry

Supportive group meetings, encouragement, and appreciation events for women ages 18 and up.

  • Zumba

Free Zumba classes on every other Monday night for anyone in the community interested in getting in shape and having fun!

  • Community Events

In addition to Family Dinners for those enrolled in our children & teen programs, we host 2 or more community events throughout the year to provide resources, share the gospel, and encourage community building between our neighbors.

Upcoming Events:


For questions about community events, contact Denise Sturnes 717-257-5483, ext. 310 or 


The team at Bethesda’s Community Center is proud of the important role they play in mentoring and equipping Harrisburg’s rising generation.


Andre Cooper
Director of Community Center


Address: 1438 Herr Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103
Phone: 717.257.5483
Did You Miss Our Virtual Banquet Program?You still have time to watch!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we held our Annual Banquet in a virtual format this year. Please watch as we celebrate the ways hope is bursting forth in people’s lives through God’s work at Bethesda Mission. Highlights include Volunteer of the Year Award, updates on building projects, and testimonies from our Men's Mission, Women's Mission, and Community Center.