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:  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

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

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:
-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




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?

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




What are some things people put their hope into that isn’t God?
Are you putting your hope in things will grow weary and 
Why should we put our hope in Jesus?
Can you think of a time when you or someone close to you put their hope in Jesus?
Think of a word you want to represent the new year with (example: joy, boldness, love, patience, trust…)
Pray over that word as we enter into 2021. Be encouraged knowing that God goes before us and don’t forget you have an amazing purpose in this life! 
Week of December 20th Message




Do you believe that God can meet you where you are at? Why or why not?
Have you ever been in a situation that seemed like it was hopeless?
Is it easy or hard for you to put your trust and hope in God?
How does it make you feel knowing that God understands what you are going through?
What comes to your mind when you hear “God is always with me.”
Week of December 13th Message




What do you like most about your friends?


What does community mean to you?

Who are your friends that push you in your relationship with Jesus?
If you can’t name someone, then who could you invite to church to be a part of your community?
How can you be the friend to push others closer to Jesus?
With Covid restrictions how can you continue to live in community with fellow believers?
Week of December 6th Message


Name some other ways that we can become lukewarm in our faith. 
Have you ever felt like your relationship with God was lukewarm? In what way?
Why do you think it upsets God when we are lukewarm?
How can we as Christians move from a lukewarm faith to being on fire for Jesus?
Week of November 29th Message


What do you look forward to most about the Christmas season? What don’t you look forward to?
Who do you think was most surprised that God chose to enter the world the way he did: Joseph & Mary, the shepherds, or King Herod? Why?
“You will never be a follower of Christ until you can first imagine yourself as a follower of Christ.” Have you ever thought of yourself as “too young,” “too ordinary,” or “not special enough” for God?
What are you willing to try to experience the Christmas story in a new way this year – a way that reminds you how surprising it actually was?
How do you want God to use you (yes, you!) in this coming year?
Week of November 22nd Message




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?

Why did God do “Emmanuel” – coming to earth to be “God with us”, instead of just sending down his rules from heaven to us?

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

Seven Arrows: A 52-Week Devotional for Teens

by Matt Rogers and Sarah Rogers | Nov 15, 2017

4.2 out of 5 stars

 Paperback $16.96

“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.)”

Foundations – New Testament

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.”

Growing Spiritual Grit for Teenagers: 40 Devotions

by Mikal Keefer and Group Publishing  | Oct 2, 2018

5.0 out of 5 stars

 Paperback $7.99

“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.”

On-the-Go Devotional: 200 Devotions for Teens

by B&H Kids Editorial Staff | Oct 28, 2019

4.8 out of 5 stars

Kindle $7.55 Paperback $9.99

“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.”

3-Minute Devotions for Guys: 180 Encouraging Readings for Teens

Part of: 3-Minute Devotions (13 Books)  | by Glenn Hascall  | Apr 1, 2015

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”

Teen to Teen: 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Girls for Teen Girls

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”

Priceless: Who I Am When I Feel . . .

by Jen Barrick and Linda Barrick | Oct 2, 2018

4.9 out of 5 stars

 Paperback     $9.59

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


Luke Medrano

Associate Director

760-929-0029 ext. 102


Kristin McMaster


760-929-0029 ext. 102


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