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

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Have 4 Minutes to Read?
  My Journey Update

Over on the WPC Tiburon podcast you can now hear myself and one of our youth reminisce about some old times, talk about what they’ve been doing over the past year, and examine their spiritual journeys in more depth.  As I was re-listening and posting them yesterday it struck me just how awesome these recordings are.  What a gift they are to all of us but especially a teenager who doesn’t always feel comfortable talking about their faith life in a place like Marin.

About a month or so ago I was catching up with George and Markus, two of our middle schoolers who are currently serving as Ruling Elders for the church, and we got to dreaming about days when we can gather again.  Many of our youth are very much looking forward to being with one another again.  We also recognized how much everyone will have changed in just a year. 

In the life of an adolescent a year feels like a very long time.  And to them, it is!  How much taller are your children now?  How much more muscle do they have?  Can they beat you up now?  Some them even sound different?  What about all the things they’ve done over the past year?

Under normal circumstances all these changes, new ideas, and insights would be discussed during various youth ministry gatherings.  We thought it would be helpful for our youth to reconnect and catch up with each other.  So the idea came to host a podcast conversation between myself and a single youth.  We hope your middle schooler (and you!) enjoy them as much as we do.


Have 8 Minutes to Read?  Wheel Chair Ramps in Marin City

For several years now we’ve been praying for better relationships between our youth group and places like Marin City.  Needless to say, the past year has shown us why those relationships are so important.  We finally feel like God is starting to open some doors so we can be blessed by the kinds of friendships we’ve been hoping for.

Recently, some of bag lunch crew was delivering to Marin City when for some crazy reason they asked if we could help them build a wheel chair ramp before April.  Well, little did they know that your youth director (me) actually spent an entire summer of missions doing nothing but building wheel chair ramps in Mobile, AL with youth groups form around the country!  Crazy right?  Granted, that was about 20 years ago now but we’re excited about this opportunity.

It’s taken awhile to get everything together on such a short schedule but our new friends in Marin City and I are so grateful.  Just this past week an architectural firm just offered to do all the design work for free!  That’s way nicer service than I ever got all those years ago.

We would love for your middle schooler and their friends to join us.  We’ll be outside, masked, plenty of space to spread out and plenty of jobs to do even outside of just building a ramp.  If you’d like to join as well please, by all means!  Everyone can do something on a project like this.

Lastly, you do not have to sign up for the all the hours both days.  Come and work for as much as you


Chin up,

Jeff Shankle
Westminster Presbyterian Church
240 Tiburon Blvd
Tiburon, CA  94920
bus (415) 383-5272 x218
cel (415) 744-4683


Tuesday 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

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.