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Middle School Youth Group is for students in 6th-8th grades.
Every Sunday night, a group of 15-25 Middle School Students (6th, 7th & 8th Grade) gathers to connect, play games, worship through songs and spiritual practices, eat snacks, listen to a talk and practice life together in small groups.
Small groups are organized thoughtfully where we consider relationship dynamics, maturity, and life-stage. The groups are split boy-girl for this part of the night. Each SG is led by a Small Group Leader who is an adult, college student, or high schooler (10th grade & up).
We're moving in the direction of creating "Small Group Teams" where every small group is led by a group of SGLs made up of adults, college students, and high schoolers.
This Fall, we’ll also have several special events like Middle School Games (an "amazing race" event where parents are invited to run stations so our small group leaders can compete with their students for the MSG Crown), gym nights (we rent out a gymnasium to have a fun night of eating pizza, playing games, and connecting with one another), and a cross-campus event with Highrock Metrowest (last year, we played Lasertron).
You're invited to check us out on Sundays beginning September 15th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Highrock Metrowest (754 Greendale Avenue, Needham MA).
First Service (9:00am - 10:15am) in Conference Room, Upstairs: For students who are beginning 6th grade, we offer a three-week class called “The Church” that begins on September 8th, 2019. This class is designed to help students understand their role in the larger body of Christ and prepare them to engage in worship with everyone on Sundays. We follow up this class by meeting twice a month to check in and hear how they are doing with worshipping and serving at Highrock.
Second Service (10:45am - 12:00pm) in Teen Room, Downstairs: In the Fall, we offer a Sunday School class for all middle schoolers starting on September 29th, 2019 that meets bi-weekly until December 8th. In the Spring, we offer the class starting February 2nd that meets bi-weekly until April 26th. This class is designed to enable students to engage with their faith in a way that is accessible and meaningful to them. The goal is for students to understand how they live out their faith as God’s people. Parents are given simple materials each week to help them apply Sunday teachings to weekday life.
Middle School is a wonderful time for students and families to begin to consider what it looks like to be on mission together in the life of the church and in their daily lives. One ministry we encourage Middle School families to plug into is our children's ministry: Kidsrock. It's an ideal space for students to explore and share their gifts with the younger members of our church family. The most beautiful ministry we witness are families serving in a classroom together where both parent(s) and student(s) commit to raising up a Jesus-loving generation. Please reach to our Kidsrock Director, Grace Taber (email@example.com) to get plugged in!
Once (or twice) a semester we diverge from the normal rhythm of youth group and rent out gym space at Broadmeadow Elementary School (120 Broad Meadow Road, Needham, MA 02492). It's a fun night for students to decompress in the midst of a busy semester and connect with one another through games, crafts, and pizza. Join us from 6:00pm - 8:30pm!
Deep Freeze is our annual winter retreat where we take our Middle School Students (6th - 8th grade) for a weekend to Camp Berea. It's a weekend filled with tubing, games, cabin time, good food, high-energy worship and tons of space to build connections. Deep Freeze is the highlight of the year for many of our students and continues to be a catalyst for deeper connections for our Youth Group.
Each summer, we take a team of Middle School Students into Greater Boston where we spend three days serving our neighbors. We split our group into four serving teams and travel via 15-passenger vans (some of the best trip memories take place in these van rides). Service sites can range from serving food at a soup kitchen to teaching Bible lessons to a community of children refugees. For the final two days of the trip, we take a retreat at Camp Berea in Maine to reflect on our experiences and to have some fun (and rest!) as a group. Spots are limited for this multi-campus (meaning Highrock Arlington & Highrock Metrowest) service trip. Registration will open in the Spring and students will be able to sign up for interview slots in early March. If you have any questions or are interested in joining as a leader for this trip, please connect with our Middle School Ministries Director, Michael Taber.
For more information or if you're interested in learning more about/serving in Middle School Ministry at Highrock Metrowest, please connect with our Director of Middle School Ministries Director, Michael Taber (firstname.lastname@example.org).