Our 12:13 Middle School ministry engages students in Grades 6-8 with a multi-faceted program designed to help them “fear God and keep his commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). At the core of the program is a weekly class that meets from 10:30-11:45 AM each Sunday in the Edwards Room. Quarterly activities and periodic corporate meetings help foster relationships among Middle School students and create contexts for meaningful small group discussion.
The Sunday morning class employs games, stories, small group interaction, audio-visual projection, and an interactive format to help these young people understand and connect with the curriculum. The class spurs them to growth in five areas: amazement at the gospel, knowledge of Scripture, interaction with peers, love for God and his church, and vision for reaching the world.
Teaching series in the class have explored characteristics of Middle School development (“Enjoying The Ride Of Your Life”), salvation and sanctification (“What Makes Me A Christian?”), biblical geography (“Where In The World Is Kadesh-Barnea?”), and more. The students have been enthusiastically involved in class-sponsored service projects, compiling hundreds of shoeboxes of gifts for needy children via Operation Christmas Child and “adopting” three American soldiers as part of Soldiers’ Angels. Many of the students have embraced the challenge to read through the entire Bible in one year.
Over 120 students are currently signed up for the 12:13 class. They attend the first part of the adult service with their parents in the Auditorium and then are dismissed for class after the singing. Once the students gather in the Edwards Room, attendance is taken and parent volunteers provide full supervision. After the adult service, students are dismissed from 12:13 class to meet their parents.
On a quarterly basis, all Middle School students and their parents are invited to participate in weekend activities sponsored by the 12:13 ministry. Whether it’s a bonfire, a game day, or a community service project, these events are designed to deepen friendships and encourage these energetic young men and women to reach out and serve their community. Starting this year, the 12:13 ministry will also offer periodic corporate meetings (4-6 per year) including worship, small group discussions, and group games.
For more information about the 12:13 class and to see notes and discussion questions from past lessons, visit our high-tech chalkboard—the 12:13 blog. You may also contact pastor Greg Somerville with specific questions.