Our Goal: To see 7th & 8th graders Take the Next Step in their relationship with God, whatever that might be.
Our Hope: To get as many kids plugged in to small groups this winter.

Wednesday 5-6 pm, on campus

Q&A

Q:  Has anything changed regarding church meeting indoors?
A: Yes, our 11am and 6pm main services have moved indoors. However, due to the need for social distancing and limited indoor space we are not meeting indoors just yet. 

Q: Is there a Jr. High service on Sundays?   A: Not yet. Because of the need to social distance and limited space we are currently only meeting on Wednesday nights.

What might change our on-campus ministry offerings:
– If health department guidance changes (sufficient vaccinations, herd immunity, no longer a need for social distancing)
– If kids refuse to socially distance
– If kids won’t keep their masks on
– If a case of community spread is traced back to our campus

Q: How can I follow what’s being taught?
A: Our teaching videos are always posted to our website by Sunday morning, as well as to YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. If you don’t see them on one site, try another. We will also publish the small group questions, in case you want to talk through them with your family at home, or your son or daughter wants to reflect on them individually.

Take The Next Step

Week of April 11th

Discussion Questions

 
What’s something you did as a kid that you later grew out of? It can be something stupid or funny, or just something that you liked to do that you no longer like to do now that you’re older.
 
If faith is like a bank account or reservoir, how deep is your account?
 
What’s your next step?
 
Do other people have a role in helping someone take the next step? Or is faith a personal thing that you have to do for yourself?

Discipleship Experience: DX

Discipleship Experience is for middle schoolers who want to go deeper – to Take the Next Step in their relationship with God.

Part 1 (DX-1) is a 40+ Day Challenge that you and a partner work through, to get into the habit of spending daily time with God.

For more information, VISIT THE DX page.

Spring Messages

Week of April 4th Message

 
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 4TH

 

Jesus took on the cross for us so that we might have life in him. How does that perspective help you understand the suffering of the cross?
 
When Jesus says “It is finished.” What do you think Jesus meant when he said these final words?
 
1 Corinthians 15:22 says, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” What does this verse mean? Did Jesus defeat death?
 
Why is it important to remember Good Friday when we celebrate Easter Sunday?
 
How can we daily celebrate Jesus resurrection and life in us?
Week of March 28th Message

 
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 28TH
 
Are you the type of person that enjoys background noise over silence?
 
Have you had moments in your life like David, where you feel like God has silent?
 
How did you feel during that time?
 
Was it easier or harder to trust in God during this time?
What about it made it easier or harder for you?
 
Why do you think God feels silent at times?
 
How can you trust in God during the times of silence? 

 

The Four Betters

Week of March 21st Message

 
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 21ST

If you could ask the priest or Levite in that parable, “Why didn’t you stop and help?” what do you think they would say?

Do you think the priest and Levite who looked away from the man in need knew they were doing the wrong thing? Or did they think they hadn’t done anything wrong?

Is it easy for you to have pity on people who are in need? Explain.

Is there anyone you consider to be “less than” yourself? What is that based on?

Do you think God sees the differences in people? Why or why not?

Have you ever known anyone personally who was weak, impaired, sick, left out, homeless, slow, or troubled? How did knowing them change your heart toward others who had similar difficulties?

Week of March 14th Message

 

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 14TH

 

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year where would it be?
  2. Why is it important to share your life with Jesus to others?
  3. Do you think you are too young to share God’s love? Why or why not?
  4. What are specific ways Jesus has changed your life?
  5. Have you ever had someone share their testimony to you? 

If you are a follower of Jesus and would like to write out your testimony, here are 3 questions to help you get started. Remember, your story is worth sharing and can change lives! 

1. What was your life like before you became a Christian?

2. Why did you decide to accept Christ as your Savior, and how did you do that? (Helpful hint: How did you hear about Christ? What did you hear about Christ? How did you respond?)

3. In what ways has your life changed since you made that decision, and what difference does Jesus continue to make in your life?

Week of March 7th Message

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 7TH
 
 
What is the weirdest food that you have ever eaten, but then kind of liked?
 
Is it easier or harder for you to connect with people that are different than you?
 
Why do you think loving people that are different than us can sometimes be difficult?
 
What makes somebody a good friend? Explain.
 
What can you do to be a better friend?
 
Who can you be a friend to this week?
Week of February 28th Message

 

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28TH

 

Can you think of something that used to be popular that isn’t anymore?

 

Why do you think the things that are popular don’t stay popular?

 

What does it take to be popular as a person? Will those things still matter among people your age in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Why or why not?

 

Mark said that you were created “in the Image of God”. Is that a thought that makes you go, “Cool!” or “Sounds like a lot of pressure”? And why?

 

What advice would you give to a friend who was trying to become popular?

Week of February 21st Message

 

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 21ST

 

In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul talks about “boasting in my weakness” what does this mean and why is it important when it comes to loving God, others and ourselves?

Is it easy or hard for you to open up and talk about your weaknesses?

What weaknesses do you have that have prevented you from believing God can use you?

Why is it a good thing to admit your weakness? Do you feel free when you come to a place of needing God’s strength?

How does it make you feel knowing God wants to use you in the midst of your imperfections?

Are you allowing yourself the freedom to be yourself instead of striving to be someone you are not? 

 
Week of February 14th Message

 

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 14TH

What stood out to you from the message?

 

Do you find it easier or harder to love yourself? Explain.

 

Why do you think we aren’t always the best at loving ourselves?

 

Do you ever catch yourself being more prideful than loving yourself? Explain.

 

What are some ways that you can start loving yourself better today?

 
Week of February 7th Message

 

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 7TH

What stood out to you most from this message? 

 

What’s something your mom or dad taught you to do by physically holding your hands or body?

 

In the moment you’re tempted to mistreat someone you don’t like, where is God? What do you imagine he’s doing?

 

Mark said that, “Christianity is not a TRY HARDER religion, it’s a GOD, DO IT FOR ME religion.” What are some hard things you know God is wanting you to do, but you don’t really want to?

 

How do you feel about the idea of God’s Spirit LIVING INSIDE of you? Is that a weird thought? A helpful thought? A comforting thought? Do you believe you have God’s Spirit? Why or why not?

 

Before today, did you think of God being like a gas station – where we get “full” of him and then drive away? How has your understanding changed?

 
Week of January 31st Message

 

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 31ST

 

Name three people in your life that you care about.
 
What are some of the reasons why you like these people? Explain. 
 
Do you think that empathy is something that is easier or harder for you? Why? 
 
Have you ever gotten into an argument or a disagreement with any of these people? 
How did you handle the situation?
 
When one of these people succeeds how do you respond? 
Are you happy and excited with them or do you tend not to care? Why?
 
How about when they’re sad and something bad happens to one of these people? What is your response in this situation?
 
In what ways can you practice empathy with those that are closest to you? Explain. 
 
Week of January 24th Message

 

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 24TH

 

Which people in your close circle are easiest to love, and why? Which people are toughest to love, and why? 
 
What makes it difficult to love the people in our life that are closest to us?
 
What are ways you can show God’s love to a close friend?
 
Do you find it easy or hard to love your family? Explain.
 
When a family member or best friend is going through a hard time, what do you do?
 
Think of one person in your close circle who is hurting right now. How can you show your love for this person in the coming week? 
Week of January 17th Message

 

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 17TH

 

Does your family have any traditions or activities that have been passed down to you? If so what are they?
 
Why do you come to midweek? There are no right or wrong answers here.
 
Do you think that God wants to have a personal relationship with you? Why?
 
Have you ever felt like you’re living like a grandchild of God rather than a child? Explain. 
 
Which do you think is easier to be, a child or a grandchild of God? Why? 
 
What is something that might be stopping you from taking that next step?
 
What do you think it takes to move from the position of a grandchild to a child of God?
Week of January 10th Message

 
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 10TH
Why is it important to have quiet time with God?
 
What are the ways you like spending time with God?
 
Do you think God expects you to set aside time everyday? Why or why not?
 
Have you noticed a difference in how your day goes when you find moments with Jesus?
 
Do you feel like sometimes you treat your time with Jesus like a homework assignment or checking off a box? 
 
Take a moment to think about how you spend time with God. We talked about some areas how we can grow closer to him:
-Prayer
-Reading the Bible
-Community (Church, small groups)
-Resources (DX program, devotionals, etc.) 
Which one of these areas do you want to grow in or feel God tugging at your heart to spend more time in?
Week of January 3rd Message

 

SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 3RD

 

What’s something that you really love?
Why do you love it?
How do you show that you love it?
 
How much would you say that you are concerned about “doing the right thing?”
Really concerned?
Not very concerned?
Depends on who I’m with? 
 
Which one of these is the hardest for you to love: God, yourself, others you know, or the world (people you don’t know)? Why?

Our Recommended Devotionals for Middle Schoolers:
(All recommended books reviewed by our leaders)

About Us

ELEVATE exists to help 7th & 8th graders Take the Next Step in their relationship with God.

We meet for weekend services on Saturday nights, and during Sunday morning services. BreakPoint, our midweek gathering, happens Wednesday nights from 6:30-8 pm. In addition, we schedule camps, trips, outreach projects, and other special events throughout the year.

Sign up for text updates by texting 78update to the number 84576, and join our e-mail list (link below).

Our ministry is shaped by some core convictions:

  • God has given everyone the capacity to know him and respond to him in faith, regardless of their age.
  • We need to be innovative. Studies have shown that most kids who go to church will walk away from their faith as young adults. We can’t just do the same old thing and expect different results.
  • Parenting an early adolescent is a different beast. We want to support parents in meeting this challenge, through classes, seminars, and parent networking.
  • One of the biggest needs of early adolescents is the presence of caring adults in their lives.
  • 7th & 8th grade kids need chances to discover and develop their gifts, and opportunities to do ministry out in the world.

Be a Leader

We are always looking for amazing leaders to join our team!

If you are interested in being a volunteer leader with us, check out the requirements below.

  • Must be a committed, growing Christian.
  • Must be graduated from High School.
  • Must understand what Middle School kids need from a leader – not someone to tell them what to do, but someone who can be a supportive resource and a listening ear.
  • Must complete our application, interview (we want to get to know you first!), and background check. Email us below and we will get the application to you!

Interested in becoming a leader? Please read the requirements above - then submit your info below!

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Meet the Staff

Mark Friestad

Jr High Pastor

760-929-0029 ext. 102

Friestad@northcoastcalvary.org

Luke Medrano

Associate Director

760-929-0029 ext. 102

luke@northcoastcalvary.org

Kristin McMaster

Coordinator

760-929-0029 ext. 102

kristin@northcoastcalvary.org

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E-mail List

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