Middle School

Our goal is to provide an open atmosphere where students can know that they matter. Where students can be honest, open, heard, and accepted. We not only want to teach the way of Jesus to our young people, we want to show them what it looks like in their world with support, care and encouragement. 

 

 

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Hi Everyone!

Here's our video from our recent Summer Mission Trip to Santa Cruz.

2018 Middle School Mission Trip                                                                                                              

Santa Cruz Summer Mission Trip (6/18 – 6/23, 2018) Cost: $350 for 6th – 8th graders

We’re really excited about how our mission trip is coming back together. We really want to present our mission trips as a cultural immersion program where our church doesn’t just serve but also gets a chance to learn from the community we’re in. Last year our middle schoolers and adult leaders laid the groundwork for the service to those in need that continues to this day. We were asked to come back by every group we partnered with last year! Your kids will get to pick which service project they want to be a part of (they might not get their first choice but that’s our goal). Some of the things we’ll be doing are:
    · Teaching seniors how to use technology in their life
    · Upkeeping a community garden alongside the homeless
    · Serving at a soup kitchen
    · Playing and doing crafts with underprivileged children

We’ll also be taking time for play and fun, quiet reflection, debriefing as a group, and worshipping together. And since we’re in Santa Cruz we’ll of course have to take a couple of hours at the beach and boardwalk. We really want to immerse our students in life in Santa Cruz. Please refer to the flyer attached and the main details of the trip are below:

What: MS Mission Trip 2018
When: Monday, 6/18 – Friday, 6/22
Where: Santa Cruz, CA (housing at Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Who: Anyone having just completed 6-8th grades (we always need adult leaders also!)
Why: To remove the distractions of home and grow together as a group in service.
Cost: $350
Service Hours: Your child would receive around 20+ hours of community service from this trip


Middle School Mission Trip 2017 - Highlights and Video

Each spring we encourage our middle schoolers to participate in a group service project. Last year's trip is highlighted here for you to give you a sense of what it's all about. We'll be providing more information about our 2018 project in the coming weeks. 

It's hard to put into written words our experience, if for no other reason that we did different things. While some of us were serving around 100 meals to the homeless alongside our Catholic sisters and brothers, others were working a farm which was run by homeless folks at the Homeless Garden Project. We also worked with seniors and children at other times.

But sometimes our yearning to provide for others lavishly can take on the comical. When the other half of our group arrived at the Boys and Girls Club with 30 pizzas measuring 22" apiece, people asked why so much? Well, if you went to a pizza party in heaven, they're not going to cut you off at one slice?

So while we can't be there everyday for the people we met, we can provide a little slice of abundant life. We live humbly and give lavishly because that's the example Christ left for us. Special thanks to Sharon Terrill and Judi and Mark Sachs for living that life with us for the week. Their example and witness to Santa Cruz and our young people are what make it all possible. Our church is truly grateful for them.

Check out our video from our 2017 trip!

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Parents Corner - Middle School

Middle school can be the most stressful and yet thrilling stage of a young person's journey to adulthood. Middle schoolers are growing in so many ways and are being given new opportunities for both success and trouble. There are 2 things we value that help inform all of what we do as church with middle schoolers:

 

Relationships - We know that much of what is taught in church can be ambiguous. That's why it is so important for us to have well-equipped and screened volunteer adult leaders who spend time with middle schoolers in their world.  So while we offer strong programs on Sunday mornings and at other times, what drives our focus is the time we get to spend with middle schoolers over a burger and fries, at a movie, or simply cheering them on at the events that they're involved in. We not only want to teach the way of Jesus to our young people, we want to show them what it looks like in their world with support, care, and encouragement.

 

Service - We think middle schoolers have gifts and passions that should be used in the church and the community. Our middle schoolers do everything from write material for our worship services that create whole interactive festivals to commemorate certain parts of the year. With so much creativity and energy our middle schoolers are very much an integral part of the entire worshipping community of Westminster.  They are also involved in the community through various service projects that take place throughout the year and an annual Spring Break mission trip. 
Serving Others - Middle School
Service projects for middle schoolers take place throughout the year. All are invited to participate. 

 

Please check with Jeff for Serving Others activities.