Offered during the first service on Sundays, 12:13 is a fun, active class designed to help Middle School students (grades 6-8) “fear God and keep his commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). The class employs games, stories, audio-visual projection, and an interactive format to help these young people understand and connect with the curriculum.
When the class was launched in October 2007, students were urged to live up to the class motto, 1FEAR. The class spurs them to growth in five areas: dependence on the gospel, knowledge of Scripture, love for God and his church, service to others, 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 over 40 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 150 students participate in 12:13 each week. They attend the first service with their parents in the Auditorium and are dismissed for class after the singing. Once the first service has ended, they are dismissed from 12:13 class to rejoin 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 and hayride or 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.
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—at 1fear.wordpress.com. You may also contact Joel Brunson with specific questions.