It’s your faith, live it out!
At Cross of Christ, we get that life in middle school is a little weird. Friends are changing, school is changing, and you’re changing. That’s why we have a fantastic team of youth and adults to help our middle school youth & their families grow & build a solid identity in Christ. We invite all students in 5th-8th grades to join us for fun, interactive Bible study, service opportunities and community building. We also provide opportunities for our middle school youth to take next steps in their faith. Our Middle School Ministry (MSM) is designed for both students who want to be confirmed members of our church, and students who are still testing the waters. Below you’ll find what’s coming up next, forms for events and Confirmation requirements. You can check out our Confirmation & Ministry Brochure here to get the details:
Confirmation brochure 2016-17
Need a permission form?
We’ve got you covered. This one’s good from through September 2017:
CofC Medical Form 16-17
MSM SMALL GROUP SCHEDULE: WEDNESDAYS, DINNER @ 5:45PM in the Chapel Lobby, SMALL GROUP 6:30-7:30PM in the Chapel & Classrooms
MARCH (Lent Activities still 6:30-7:30PM)
3/29-LENT & MSM Small Groups
4/5-LENT & MSM Small Groups
4/12-NO YOUTH GROUP: HOLY WEEK
4/26-END OF THE YEAR PARTY
*Summer Schedule, MAY-AUGUST, Coming Soon!*
Cupcake Clash is back–it’s our first event on the Summer Schedule! Pick a friend, and get ready to go head to head in an epic cupcake designing battle! We provide the cupcakes and some frosting & decorating supplies, but feel free to bring your own. Teams are limited to 2 people, with a registration cost of $10, which will go to our Mission of the Month: Habitat for Humanity! It all happens Sunday, 5/21, 12-1:30pm. Lunch will be served in the gym, and then the competition begins! There are a prizes for best cupcake in a variety of categories. Registration opens soon, so save the date and keep your eye out for more info!
Middle School Ministry Breakdown 2016-2017
Here’s a look at all the things that make up Middle School Ministry at Cross of Christ.
Wednesday Nights 6:30-7:30p
Every Wednesday, September – April, youth group is on (unless school is closed)! We have Bible study activities for students 5th-8th grade. Our team of trained adult and high school leaders help middle school students connect their faith to everyday life through games, scripture and great discussion. This is when students begin to really understand faith as their own, and we walk alongside them to help them develop a life-long relationship with Jesus.
Parents–Don’t have time to make dinner? We have a meal from 5:45-6:30, and child care available for children 4th grade and under from 6 to 7:30p.
We have fun activities and events outside of youth group year round! Students build positive relationships here in a comfortable atmosphere, and it’s a lot of fun! From summer water balloon fights to the annual Christmas Party and Halloween Costume Party, it’s a good time year round!
We connect students to people who will listen to them, care about them and help them grow. Our team of high school students and adult leaders are screened and trained to work with middle schoolers and help them grow. These folks teach, lead small groups and chaperone retreats. The high school leaders also help our 8th graders transition into high school, because the students already have someone they know and trust who can help them make those rocky transitions in freshman year go a little more smoothly.
Our Confirmation program is targeted towards 5th-8th graders. It is a retreat-based, 4 year experience that helps students grow into a deep, meaningful relationship with God. It relies on interactive discussion and learning rather than rote memorization, and our students love it! Below you’ll find the 3 requirements we ask of our Confirmation students.
We do 3 retreats a year, each covering a different aspect of the Christian faith. In this environment, students engage in fun activities and hands-on learning and discussion to explore their faith, ask questions and discover what it means to be a part of God’s family. Retreats help students grasp concepts better than classroom learning, and they develop essential relationships with their peers, which teach that a relationship with Christ also means having Christian community. Retreats make up the main part of our Confirmation program, and cover God’s Word, His identity, basics of the Lutheran perspective, and provide opportunities for service. 3 retreats per year are required for students participating in Confirmation.
Worship journals help students connect with God during the worship service. We keep them at the back of the church to make it simple: Pick one up, check out the question, then write your name & your answer on the next blank page. When you’re done, drop the journal off in the basket you got it from. If you worship with us in SonLight City (meaning that’s not just where you serve but where you connect with God) you can pick up a journal form there and fill it out instead. Click here for a digital copy of the SLC journal form. Confirmation students are required to do 12 journals/year.
Service Hours and Events
Throughout the year, we will have different opportunities to serve the community. Confirmation students are required to do 40 hours of service per year, some of which they can do by attending servant events and retreats with the youth group. If students choose to do service outside of our church, they count for double the hours! Our events range from making cookies for people on holidays to hosting special community events to care for those in need. We know that Jesus is big on service, and it’s great to be able to live out the service He’s called us to by caring for people around us.
If you have questions, comments or concerns about anything going on in Middle School Ministry, contact Beth Marshall at the church office, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org