Sunday, March 29, 2020
Middle School Youth Ministries

Middle School Ministry

Lots of ways to get connected, have fun and grow faith.
We’ve designed our middle school ministries around your student’s specific phase in life. We love middle schoolers and we’d love to be your partner for pursuing real-deal discipleship. Learn how we partner with families during each phase, by downloading our age-specific phase plan for grades: Sixth, Seventh, Eighth. We recommend many Bibles and resources for students to grow in the faith—find the resources available for purchase here.

Join us with Middle School Ministry (MSM)!

We have weekly offerings for students: worship, learning about God and spending time in a small group. There are also opportunities for students to grow faith big through workshops, retreats, service experiences and camp. Check out our calendar and plan ahead for the whole year, even download a PDF to keep on your fridge. Contact: Kelsey Bacon or call 614-451-3736.

What's Coming Up?

MSM Group and Events are Suspended

MSM group is suspended until further notice along with all other church activities. Contact: Kelsey Bacon.

MSM Almost Summer Late Nighter – May 8

Get ready for an epic last Late Nighter! We have a huge night of fun planned, including a pizza party. Invite friends. Friday, May 8, 6:00-11:00 pm at Mill Run. Register here. Contact: Kelsey Bacon.

MSM Micro Mission

A two-part introduction to missions and service-mindedness for middle schoolers. Come for the Poverty Workshop on Friday night and learn about poverty and what God says about it, then come back for the Day of Service on Saturday where we’ll go out into the community and serve as God calls us to. Poverty Workshop is Friday, April 17, 5:00-8:30 pm (dinner provided); Day of Service is Saturday April 18, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Cost is $15. Register here. Contact: Kelsey Bacon.

MSM Mission Trip

An amazing three-day experience around Columbus designed for middle schoolers to grow as Kingdom workers. Students and leaders will work together and stay together in a host home. We’ll engage in Kingdom work as we ask God to show us more about the needs of our own community and His desire for us to live with servant hearts for Him. Friends are welcome to join us!
 June 24-26. Cost: $40, covers all your meals, supplies, t-shirt and transportation. More details to follow with packing list, itinerary, and other prep materials. Register here. 
If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, serve as leader/chaperone, prepare a meal, or have any questions, contact Kelsey Bacon.

Ongoing Programs and Workshops

MSM (Middle School Ministry) Group — Sundays at Mill Run

Students will experience God through fellowship, games, worship and small group time. Students will be in the same small group all year, with the same mentor. It's is a safe place to experience God and ask questions. Everyone is welcome. Meets during the school year, Sundays, 4:30-6:30 pm at Mill Run, Sept. 1, 2019-May 24, 2020. Register hereContact Kelsey Bacon.

Growth Workshops – Know and Grow Your Faith

Growth Workshops are the fundamentals of following Jesus designed around a child's developmental phase of life. They prepare parents and kids to grow and live in the Christian faith. Most workshops are for parents and kids to attend together. Parents will be encouraged and equipped as the primary former of faith to take it home and live it out with their children. Here are the workshops for middle school families:
Following Jesus in Middle School
A Growth Workshop – 1 session, Summer 2020
Middle School can be tough. We’re here to help. In an engaging and interactive way, we’ll help you prepare for the challenges of the middle school years. You’ll also get a preview of the exciting 6-8th grade ministry of UALC! Friends are welcome, too. Kelsey Bacon.
The Lord's Prayer Workshop
A Growth Workshop - 4 sessions
Discover why we pray and explore new methods of prayer by examining the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. Recommended for seventh graders and parents, but older students are welcome. *See below.
The Ten Commandments Workshop (online)
A Growth Workshop - 4 online sessions available anytime
Learn the meaning of each of the Ten Commandments and their value for life today. Register here to gain access to the video sessions and other supporting materials. A staff member will be in touch to help you get the most out of this experience. This workshop is an important part of the progression towards being confirmed. This workshop will be offered live in our Middle School Ministry during the 2020-21 school year. This online format is especially helpful to students who need to catch up or prepare for confirmation. Fee: $15 per student. *See below.
The Apostles' Creed Workshop (online or live in 2021)
A Growth Workshop - 4 sessions available online anytime
Designed to clarify what it means to believe in God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Register here to gain access to the video sessions and other supporting materials. A staff member will be in touch to help you get the most out of this experience. Middle school students and parents come to understand the meaning of each part of the Apostles' Creed and why it is important for Christians. Families work together to write a Family Creed. Older students are welcome to attend or work through an online version as this needs to be completed prior to the Confirmation Capstone. *See below. Kelsey Bacon.
*We've found over and over again that students make giant steps of faith by participating in our retreats, camps, and mission trips. Before being confirmed, please plan to attend at least one UALC retreat or camp and one UALC mission trip. We provide scholarships so no one has to miss out on these amazing experiences. For all workshops, contact Kelsey Bacon.

Sunday Morning Connect for Teens

Looking for a place to meet other teens from the church on Sunday mornings at Mill Run? Join us at MSM/HSM Connect. Sundays during the school year, 10:00-10:30 am, Mill Run room 2032.

Sunday Morning Experience

We believe that when students reach the middle school years, they should be in regular worship with their families, where they are connecting with the larger faith community and experiencing the Sacraments. While not offered every Sunday, Growth Workshops (above) will be a part of the Sunday experience. Students can also grow in their faith by serving in Kids' Church at Mill Run and Lytham Road. Contact: Kelsey Bacon.

MSM Summer Camp

Students finishing 6th-8th grade will head out for an incredible week of outdoor fun, and growing closer to Jesus. Find more information. Contact: Kelsey Bacon.

Tae Kwon Do

We work on developing self-defense skills and provide regular exercise in an environment that honors Jesus Christ. At Lytham Road. More information. Contact: Angie Edmonds.

Consent and Waiver Form

All parents, or guardians, of children and youth must complete the Consent and Waiver Form to participate in UALC events and programs. Fill out the simple form online here.
Volunteer with Family, Youth & Children

Volunteer on a Team

Join a Family, Youth or Children’s Ministry team and be part of transforming lives. Many opportunities for any skill set, age or schedule. Apply here.
Mission Trip

What Do You Do?

We get together, play and learn; we get crazy and we get serious. We meet in small groups and big groups. We go places and do things for others and for ourselves.
The Gathering

Can I Come Anytime?

Of course! We really want to see you. And bring friends. If you've come before but it's been a while, not to worry. Just come back when you can.