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. 



Youth News

Jeff  Message from Jeff

March 27, 2019

Hi Everyone!

Please check out our Summer Mission Trip and our first ever RECLAIM All Youth Weekend (see below) for all middle and high school students.

Santa Cruz Summer Mission Trip (6/17 – 6/21, 2019) 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 2019
When: Monday, 6/17 – Friday, 6/21
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

Here's our video from our 2018 Summer Mission Trip to Santa Cruz.

2018 Middle School Mission Trip                                                                                                              

**NEW for YOU**

The first weekend of May will be the first of yearly RECLAIM All Youth Weekends. We recognize, as I’m sure you do daily, how our youth can get bogged down under the weight of their busy lives and the distractions that consume throughout the year. It is hard living a life following the life and teachings of Christ. What was a blooming spirit of joy, openness, and love after the summer can turn into frustration and stress by spring. The way we look at our youth ministry calendar, we’ve carved out a weekend to RECLAIM all that’s good in this life.

What:      RECLAIM All Youth Weekend
Where:   WPC Tiburon, 240 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon
Who:       All middle and high school students
When:    Friday, May 3rd, 6:00pm – Sunday, May 5th, 11:30am
Cost:      $75
How:      RSVP with an email to Jeff or complete the full form at https://forms.gle/Xt816fpV5ch7dxkR9

Here's how we do it...

+  worship with live music (Thanks to our own Bethany Nelson!)
+  inspired by touching messages (Thanks to the well-known Justin McRoberts)
+  time to process through conversation with peers and our amazing adult leaders
+  playing games with one another…
                -  like a HUGE game of Nerf with 100 other Marin area youth groups
+  service through local community partnerships
+  having meals with fellow WPC members who generously opened their home to us
+  taking over the 10:00am worship service

FAQs - Since this is the first time we’re doing this, I’m sure you have some questions. Hopefully we’ll answer some of them below:

1.  Does my child know about this already?
     We’ve been talking about it with them for a couple months and they should all get a text message about it.
2.  What are the sleeping arrangements like?
     Several WPC families have been kind enough to open their homes to us. We will assign 4-8 youth along with 1-2 adult leaders to a house. There will be a combination               of beds, couches, floorspace. You will also have the chance to write out the names of people you would like to room with.
3.  Do we need to be an active part of the youth group?
     No. For many of our youth experiences like this one becomes the launching point for their getting to know each other.
4.  What if my child has an appointment and needs to leave?
     Please fill out the Permission to Leave Form and we will coordinate with you.
5.  We have plans that weekend. Should we cancel them?
     Absolutely. When you pick up your kid on Sunday afternoon full of joy and life with more tools to deal with this crazy life you’ll be glad you did.
6.  Are scholarships available?
     Always. Please contact Jeff for a request form.
7.  What should we bring?
     You will get a packing list emailed to you after registration.
8.  Who will feed my child? (Have you seen them eat?)
     Our host homes, along with some other groups at the church, will be taking care of breakfast. All other meals will be provided by the youth ministry.
9.  Who is Justin McRoberts?
     An East Bay native with over 20 years’ experience in youth ministry. Currently Justin travels as a speaker, musician (8 albums), author (3 books), and                                                  podcaster (@Sea Pod). Find out more about him at www.JustinMcRoberts on most social media.
10. Will the middle and high school students be together the whole time?
      Only during our worship time and when we join the other youth groups for the Nerf Wars
11.  Will my child be safe?
       We do a thorough vetting of all our adult leaders as part of WPC’s Safe Church Policy. A lot goes into so if you would like more information about what that entails we               are delighted to discuss it with you. The physical and emotional safety of our youth is a top priority.
12.  I love it! Is there some way we can help?
        We will need some help transporting students from place to place. Also, we are happy to accept any help with food prep to lighten the load on everyone.
13.  What if I have more questions?
       Contact Jeff anytime! (415)-383-5272 x218  | 

 RECLAIM 2019 - Basic Schedule (tentative)



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.