Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
After Hours is a time for our sixth through eighth grade students to get together, build community, and have some fun! What happens at After Hours? Come and find...
Students in grades six through eight connect together through Sunday programs, groups, and serving opportunities in a place we like to call "the middle."
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meets this Sunday morning at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall.
I went to middle school in Louisville, Kentucky and I had plenty of ups and downs. There were days when I didn’t think I would make it through. I didn’t have very many friends, I struggled to fit in, and I stressed out too much about my classes. There was only one thing that I can say is the reason why I am here today- my faith. I had a good set of beliefs in elementary school, but didn’t really start developing a relationship with Christ until I was in the 6th grade.
I felt as though God was putting it on my heart to start a Christian group at my school called Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
As soon as I started organizing this, I immediately felt judged by my peers, teachers, and even principal. Through the support of some really close friends and Christian mentors, I persisted. I was not going to give up so easily because some people thought it was weird. That would defeat the whole purpose, right?
As I got the club started and we had regular Wednesday morning meetings, I often felt discouraged. I felt an overwhelming sense of pressure that it was my responsibility that the students connected to God. I also felt judged by my classmates because they would make sarcastic comments to me like, “Oh she loves God”, and then laugh their heads off.
Because there were moments like these, I thought about handing the leadership role over to someone else. I was embarrassed, scared, and stressed out. I am so glad I didn’t.
Over time, more people started coming to these meetings and more people started telling me how much they enjoyed it.
I began to see what God was doing in my school, and to my heart.
One day it just hit me, that this is God using me for something bigger than myself, to lead others to his light, to be courageous and bold with my faith. It wasn’t my job to force people to know
Christ. It was and still is my job to be a representation of Christ so others can see Christ through me.
The boy who made that sarcastic comment to me really angered me, but this helped me to grow in my faith. Yeah, I do love God, a lot! And I’m proud of it! If you can’t go outside and scream your beliefs at the top of your lungs, then why do you believe it? This is one thing I wish I would've realized going into 6th grade. I wish I wasn’t so scared of being All In. I was halfway in, but being 100% devoted to Christ is way better. The only person we need to impress is the Lord, for that is who we are living for, and no one else. Who cares what other people think?
Having a relationship with God is way more important than a reputation.
Though there are things that would've been helpful for me to know before 6th grade, I am thankful I had this experience at my middle school, because I really got to know my God better. He is faithful. He was holding on to me those days I wanted to let go. I needed these hard times to mold me into the stronger person I am today.
Whatever you are going through, whatever God is challenging you with, it is possible to overcome. There is no obstacle that God puts in your life that you cannot overcome. Stay strong in your faith, keep believing and persisting, and enjoy middle school.
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Summer is just around the corner and the middle Jr. High Ministry has some great events lined up! Students entering 6-8 grades this fall are all invited!
Students will promote to the next grade level on Sunday, June 4. Welcome new 6th graders!
Fuse is a great introduction to student ministry for 6-8 graders. Relevant teaching, fun activities, and small groups are incorporated. Fuse meets in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
We're changing things up a little for our incoming 6 graders. We'll have two VBX evening events: First join us in the Sherwood Oaks gym on Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00pm-7:30pm for games, food, and worship! On Friday, June 9, we'll meet at Urban Air for some extreme trampoline time from 9:00pm-11:00pm at this monthly event called After Hours.
We'll host a special After Hours at Urban Air from 9:00pm-11:00pm on Friday, June 9! This is a great "bring a friend" event!
MIX is a four-day summer conference specifically designed for students going into sixth, seventh and eighth grades this fall. We'll leave on Monday, July 10 and will return on Thursday, July 13. Cost is $315. Click here for more information and to register online.
Core Groups for 6-8 grade students meet throughout the week for group discussion and activities. Visit www.socc.org/themiddle for more information on Core Groups. Groups for new 6th graders will begin closer to fall.
We're changing things up this year for students entering sixth grade this fall! This year, they are invited to two VBX evening events instead of attending VBX on weekday mornings. Details are below:
First, your student is invited to a high-energy night with games, food and worship on Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the gym at Sherwood Oaks Bloomington East. Then on Friday, June 9, they are invited to take part in their first After Hours event! This event will be for all students entering 6-8 grades. Meet at Urban Air from 9:00pm-11:00pm. Urban Air is located at 3603 W. State Road 46, Bloomington, IN, 47404.
Core Groups meet on a regular basis during the school year. Please contact the following leaders for more information:
6th Grade Girls: and
6th Grade Boys: TBA
7th Grade Girls: and
7th Grade Boys: and
8th Grade Girls:
8th Grade Boys:
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