Q: Did the newly revised guidelines regarding California churches meeting indoors affect any of these plans?
A: Not really. Since social distancing is still expected indoors, and since we are trying to do small groups, the only room that is large enough for us would be the gym. And the gym echoes so it is harder to hear indoors than being outdoors. We will be outdoors until further notice.
What might change our on-campus ministry offerings:
– If health department guidance changes
– 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
We are counting on everyone’s cooperation to make fall events happen.
Q: How can I follow what’s being taught?
A: Our teaching videos will be 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.
The Four Betters
Week of January 17th
Week of January 10th Message
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 10TH
Week of January 3rd Message
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 3RD
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.
Winter Teaching Series
Week of December 27th Message
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 27TH
Week of December 20th Message
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 20TH
Week of December 13th Message
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 13TH
What do you like most about your friends?
What does community mean to you?
Week of December 6th Message
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF December 6TH
Week of November 29th Message
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 29TH
Week of November 22nd Message
SMALL GROUP/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22ND
Mark said, “You will become like whoever you hang out with.” Do you agree?
Where have you seen that in your own life?
Do you agree or disagree that you don’t really choose most behaviors – they just happen automatically based on what you’ve learned? (Remember Mark’s son saying, “Oh, crap!” and his daughter saying, “I’m dying!”)
Are there any bad influences in your life you should probably spend less time with?
What about these influences make them bad?
Are you content with the amount of time you spend letting Jesus influence you?
What would you like to change?
Our Recommended Devotionals for Middle Schoolers:
(All recommended books reviewed by our leaders)
by Matt Rogers and Sarah Rogers | Nov 15, 2017
4.2 out of 5 stars
“Content is scripture only and prompts to help us understand what we should learn from it (overall very applicable to all teens easy to read and not an overwhelming amount of content per day.)”
by Robby Gallaty | Nov 15, 2018 4.9 out of 5 stars Paperback $14.99
“A 260 day bible reading plan for busy teens. Gauged to read the entire new testament in a year, just a chapter a day, 5 days a week. Also is a journal to write down your thoughts about the scripture. Content is for all teen ages, maybe not for a 7th grader as it’s more on the hefty side of engaging content.”
by Mikal Keefer and Group Publishing | Oct 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
“A topical 40 Day devotional structured a lot like our 40 day DX program. The focus is for tough times and how to deal with/ get through times in life.”
by B&H Kids Editorial Staff | Oct 28, 2019
4.8 out of 5 stars
“200 devotions for teens, short, easy to read – written for all teens aware that their lives are busy and don’t have enough time to fit God in every day, this devotional is fit for that. The content is good and works for all teen ages.”
Book 2 of 4: 31 Verses | by Iron Stream Media | Oct 7, 2019
“Not written with any specific structure instead encourages the reader to use as they want. 31 devotionals, content expounds on the 31 verses with an explanation of the verse in detail with questions for the reader to engage with the content.”
4.8 out of 5 stars Paperback $4.99
“Around 180 days of content – designed to be very short (3 minutes each day) to be on your way to quality 1 on 1 time with your Heavenly Father”
4.7 out of 5 stars $4.99 “paperback 3 minutes prayers – I like this one because of the way it will teach the girls how to pray, think deep, and spend time with God. It’s a bit different from a devotional, but could probably be useful.”
4.8 out of 5 stars
by Patti M. Hummel | Nov 1, 2013
4.7 out of 5 stars Hardcover $8.59 “365 Daily Devotional – I like that there is a reading for everyday. I also like that it is from a teen perspective and could be more relatable to the girls. However, The readings are pretty lengthy, and i am not sure if the girls would feel possibly unmotivated”
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!