Our mission for 6th-12th grade students, like that of the church, is to make disciples. In order to do this, we strive to create opportunities for God to build passion within the hearts of each student. And we have found that passion is almost exclusively found through experience. A person can gain as much knowledge as they want about the Grand Canyon, Texas Barbecue, or extreme poverty, but those things take on a whole new world when that person experiences them. The same is true in our relationship with God. While knowledge is beneficial, we hope to build passion in teens through their experiences, as they connect, grow and serve. This is when we move from an inherited, passed-down faith to an alive faith that is all our own.
We want to encourage and empower students AND their parents to better image Christ in their homes and community. This is an initiative where we equip parents to assume their role as spiritual leaders of the family, providing opportunities to build lasting relationships while offering spiritual guidance that is relevant. For parents, we call this the Orange Strategy.
Sunday Nights – Our main gathering occurs every Sunday night from 4:00-5:30pm in the gym. Here we enjoy vibrant worship, an engaging message and group discussions. We follow this up with an after party at a nearby fast-food restaurant for those who can stay later.
Wednesday Nights – We also get together every 2nd and last Wednesday of the month from 6:15-7:30pm. On 2nd Wednesdays, we meet at the home of Marty and Melissa Baker (email Marty for location) to discuss tough questions we all ask when it comes to Christianity and religion in general. On the last Wednesday, we meet at Marco’s Pizza (Briargate location) for what we call “Deep Dish.” Here, our students bring friends from school, sport teams, their community, etc. to enjoy fellowship and deeper discussions about relevant topics.
Sunday Morning Servants – For those looking for a next-level experience, our students have decided to serve every week in the Kids’ Ministry on Sunday mornings during the class hour from 9:30-10:30am. We have service opportunities for all students with various gift sets.
So no matter what level you find yourself, we have a place and time for you to jump in and join us. We hope to see you soon!