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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Youth News

Jeff  Message from Jeff

October 23, 2020

Have 1 Minute to Read? – Upcoming Details 

1.    Another 3-N-1 – Bonfire, Movie, Service!

  • Friday, 10/23, 7:00pm – 10:00pm (weather permitting)

  • WPC Parking Lot, 240 Tiburon Blvd

  • All middle schoolers

  • Bring mask, chair and/or blanket, etc

  • More details below

2.    Mission Trip Bake Sale & Delivery

  • Pickup and Deliver to WPC kitchen during these times: Weekdays, 11/10 - 11/21, 11am - 1pm
  • More details below

3.    Paintball FUNdraiser w/Sgt. Jay Shankle (ret.)

  • Saturday, 11/21, 12:45pm - 4:00pm

  • Playland, 471 Kenilworth Dr, Petaluma, CA 94952

  • Cost:  $50

  • All youth and parents invited

  • Waiver: http://vantora.com/paintball/707waiver/

  • Please arrange your own transportation

4.  Wednesday Hot Lunch Program

  • Every Wednesday, 10:00am – 11:00am

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 240 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon, CA

  • If you’re able, we are collecting bag lunches for the food insecure

  • Contact Jeff Heely (High School Leader) if you have a question at:   or 415.990.5512

  • You’ve helped supply over 5,000 meals so far!  THANK YOU!!!

  • Can you help deliver at either 10:30am or 11:00am?  Talk to us.

5.  Check out our updated podcasting profiles

  • “The Spirituality of Parenting” is a new series on the WPC Tiburon podcast

  • The WPC Daily Dose is a new podcast offering only the brief morning and evening prayers and Psalms

  • Available on Apple, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, Anchor, and more

6.  Sunday morning streaming worship services

Have 4 Minutes to Read? – Mission Trip Bake Sale + Delivery

 Many of you know that about this time we would be preparing for our Annual Mission Trip Pancake Breakfast. Our high schoolers would be hard at work slicing and dicing, flipping and frying… it’s a joyous occasion for the church. As we explain to our youth every year, “If we can’t serve our own church, then what business do we have trying to serve in a different community?” Our youth take orders, serve meals, get refills, clean up, and of course we raise some money in the process. Of course, this year we are not going to pack the church with people and serve.

This past spring, we also had to cancel our Annual Mission Trip BBQ. These two events make up more than 80% of our scholarship funds. With 2021 around the corner we don’t want to take anything for granted. We expect to do mission trips next summer. All our partners in Santa Cruz are expecting and hoping to have us back after being disappointed by our absence this past summer. Given the economic impacts that are hitting some more than others we should expect to have a greater scholarship need in 2021. And what a gift it would be to help these families in need!

Here's how you can help. We know that many of our youth bake. Please contact me if you can make some treats to sell! There are also many people who would love to eat the home baked goodies and support our youth ministry.

Some of our youth cannot bake but they can drive (or know someone like you who can drive) and help deliver these treats to their destination. Please contact me if you can deliver treats locally.

So everyone can help. Here’s how it works.

1.  Youth and/or families bake treats

2.  Youth and/or families bring them to the church kitchen (11/10 – 11/21, weekdays only, 11am – 1pm)
    *Contact me if you need another accommodation

3.  Upperclassmen, families, and/or Adult leaders pick them up and deliver them

As with anything else we’re doing we expect everyone to abide by COVID protocols. Wear a mask when bringing food in/out of the church. Wear a mask when dropping off. This is a contactless delivery.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this. I’m happy to answer any questions. We need your help.

We will set up an ordering system through our website and will publicize it and ask you to do the same. In the meantime, get your recipes ready, get your orders ready, fill up the gas tank, and let’s see if we can help the youth of this area enjoy the best week of their year serving others in Santa Cruz!

 Have 4 Minutes to Read? – 3-N-1 – Bonfire, Movie, Build the Church!

Last time went way better than we expected.  The joy, the fun, and even the COVID-related safety of it all beat our assumptions.  So, we’re combining 3 awesome things into one amazing night of hanging out together… again!

As our church finishes the rebuilding process there are a handful of things that we could use some helping hands with.  Specifically, we have dozens of chairs that need to be assembled and carried upstairs.  Of course having Tod and/or myself do this by ourselves that could take a few weeks.  OR!  With the help of our middle schoolers and other adult leaders we can knock it in a single weekend… over a movie… and over s’mores.

A little different this time.  While our students are reconnecting over a movie and s’mores, we’ll pull 2-3 of them at a time to do some assembling on the side.  The groups will take turns assembling and going through the building.  We’re doing this to prevent any larger congregating or high-touch situations.

All COVID guidelines will be followed of course.  Wear a mask.

It was great fun seeing so many new faces.  As an inclusive church we want to continue encouraging our youth to include those “outsiders.”  It’s what Jesus did after all.

Have your middle schooler message me if they want to nominate a movie. 

PS – while RSVPs are always helpful during this time our youth are absolutely encouraged to bring friends.  We should have plenty of space in the parking lot!

Have 6 Minutes to Read?  - Reactions from Last Month

There have been others who have expressed their gratitude to me personally but here’s one to share with your students.  It may seem sometimes like the things we do are meaningless since you can’t actually see the kindness, joy, etc seep into someone’s face.

All the cards we made were given to homebound neighbors and of course they were all received with gratitude.  Imagine being stuck at home, trying to stay safe, and feeling isolated from the community around you.  Then suddenly you found out there was a group of middle schoolers who cared enough to send you well wishes.  Your middle schoolers have spread their light wide.

Dear Middle School group,

Your notes and good wishes brought a smile to my face.

I am looking forward to a time when I can enjoy seeing your smiling young faces again.

I made this card for you to say a special thank you,

Marilyn K.

Chin up,

Jeff Shankle
Westminster Presbyterian Church
240 Tiburon Blvd
Tiburon, CA  94920
office (415) 383-5272 x218

cell (415) 744-4683


Have 8 Minutes to Read?  - 5,000! 

While sitting here at the home office, with two boys doing their online schooling in the background, I got a call that kind of took me aback.  A couple of the local newspapers had heard that our little church had reached a milestone at our Wednesday bag lunches.  Last week you surpassed 5,000 bag lunches!

It was funny to talk with them because there were so many things that I didn’t know.  They were asking about the people who give, their stories, the people who receive the meal, and their stories.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know a lot of those details since I have to be at home with said online schooling boys.

But quite frankly that made me happier than ever because it was a testimony of how incredible you have been in that journey.  About 6 months ago we asked if you could help us provide meals to those who’d lost their supply of food because of the pandemic.  I logistically cannot be there most weeks.  Jeff and Elaine have been so faithful never missing a week.  Some of your kids have taken their freshly minted driver’s licenses and delivered those meals.  Many of you have packed them around a table.

…and you just keep going.

I’m reminded of Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew, “you will know them by their fruits.”  Our community is learning about you, this youth group, and WPC by the fruit of your faithful service.

Jeff and Elaine will see on you Wednesday.  Hopefully, some week I will too.

Chin up,

Jeff Shankle
Westminster Presbyterian Church
240 Tiburon Blvd
Tiburon, CA  94920
office (415) 383-5272 x218

cell (415) 744-4683


 Opportunity to Serve Others Now (Wednesday Bag Lunch - details)

This is what we need:

  • 1.  Brown Bag Lunch (in your bag please include)

    • * Peanut Butter and Jelly

    • * Thinly sliced deli meats and cheese

    • * Bananas, Oranges, Cuties

    • * Yogurts

    • * Hummus, Guacamole, etc

    • Soft foods such as:

    • *  Juice or Water

    • * Chips/Crackers are okay and appreciated

    • * Soft Cookies or other soft treats

Special thanks to one of our high school adult leaders, Jeff Heely, who has volunteered to be at WPC  Wednesdays between 10:00am – 11:00am to collect and deliver all the bagged lunches.   If for some reason you need to reach Jeff Heely here you go: 



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.