What weekly meetings are offered for 6-8th graders?
Grades 6-8 meet weekly for The Bridge on Sundays at 9:45am in the student room. Grade and gender specific life groups meet immediately after the message on Sundays.
How does drop-off and pick-up work?
For this age group, we allow parents and students to coordinate whatever plan works best for their family. Most parents allow their students to make their way up to the student room on their own and set up a specified meeting place to reconnect after the service. Some parents bring their students up to the student room and return to pick them up. There is no official check-in/check-out system for grades 6-8.
How do Life Groups work?
There is a specific life group for each grade that are broken down by gender. Groups remain with the same kids and leaders year after year. Groups typically meet weekly on Sundays in the Bridge during the school year and summer.
How do Life Groups start?
Most of our life groups are launched at the beginning of 6th grade with the aim of staying together through high school graduation. They are formed based on several factors including geography, schools, and friendships. When we launch new life groups, leave space for each group to add members along the way. Students can sign up for life groups by filling out an Info Form at the Bridge. New 6th grade groups start during our sixth grade event Boot Camp, but anyone can join at anytime throughout the year.
How do students get connected mid-year?
Students can sign up for life groups by filling out an Info Form at The Bridge. We will immediately add newcomers to the life group that makes the most sense based on geography, schools, and friendships. Volunteer leaders will connect via phone or email with new students/parents with that specific life group information.
What role do parents play in Shoreline Student Ministries?
We firmly believe that the parent(s) is the primary discipler of their children, the home is the primary place to make disciples, and a biblically-based home is the most important component of a healthy society. Parents lay the foundation. We believe our job is support and affirm that foundation with a team of non-parental, committed adults (staff and volunteer leaders) who will be voices of truth and encouragement working "in stereo" with the efforts of parents. The best things parents can do is to connect with and invest in their student's leaders. Invite them into your family and include them as a trusted partner in your parenting adventure.
Who are the volunteers that are leading Life Groups?
Our Student Ministry team is comprised of more than 20 individuals who are committed to investing in the lives of students for a number of years. All of our leaders are young adults or young marrieds in their 20's or 30's who are members or in the process of becoming members at Shoreline Church. To ensure the well-being of our students, each leader has completed an application, interview, and background check. They have answered questions about their testimony, family, personality, and current relationship with the Lord as well as any history of exposure to abuse, alcohol, or drugs. Applicants are also required to submit at least two references with their application.
What types of retreats and events are offered for 6-8th graders?
We have several events and retreats throughout the year meant to bond the group and help kids grow in their relationship with Christ. Typically these include a summer event for new sixth graders (called Boot Camp), each fall we a big all night event Lockout, during the spring we host a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for all middle schoolers in our community, and summer we go to Summer Camp, where students focus on the gospel with their friends for an entire week.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about Shoreline Student Ministries?
You can email Turner Matthews at email@example.com.