Middle School [Grades 7 - 8]
The STS Middle School ministry is a vibrant, Christ-centered ministry aimed at reaching 7-8 grade students. Knowing that middle school students face unique challenges, ask important questions, and are full of energy, we desire to provide an environment that is age appropriate, equipping, and exciting, and a place where they are known and loved. How we accomplish this is by having dynamic worship, high energy activities, and relatable in-depth teaching each week. Our desire is that this ministry would equip them to live their life to the glory of Christ.
When We Meet
SUNDAY MORNING [8:45 - 10:15 a.m.]
Our vision for STS Sunday mornings is to create an environment where students develop and mature in their heartbeat to know Jesus and make Him known. It is our desire to see STS students equipped to live boldly for Jesus at home, on campus, and in everyday life. On Sunday mornings, this is accomplished through small group study.
Every Sunday morning starts out with a pancake breakfast in The Cafe followed by worship in The Loft. After worship, all students will go to their small groups, which meet around the student ministry. 7-8 grade small groups are divided by grade & gender (ex: 7th grade girls, 8th grade guys) and led by members of our STS team and adult leaders.
This year, our 7-8 grade small groups will be using material from LIVEDaily. The curriculum is divided up into 3 week series on different topics and books of the Bible. These series are designed to encourage and challenge students to follow Jesus, explore the Bible, develop healthy spiritual habits, and lead a life of service.
*Fall 2017 small groups meet every Sunday morning September 10 - December 17 with the exception of November 26 (Thanksgiving weekend).*
If you would like more information on small groups, you can check out our small groups directory!
Midweek Gathering [6:00 - 7:15 p.m.]
Through our Midweek gathering, our hope is that students will be equipped to love God more. Every week, during Hour of Power, large group and/or small group Bible studies are offered for every grade level.
The first Wednesday of the month, our GOteams meet. This is an opportunity for students to come together and serve our ministry and the community. GOteams are based on areas of interest, our student’s passions, hobbies, and skills. Students can sign learn more about each team and sign up for more information HERE.
The other weeks, we will be going DEEPER in Bible Studies! 5-8 graders, join us in The Den as we look at deep issues and questions of the faith and discuss them with our peers. We'll be using the 1-Minute Apologist's videos to spark conversation.
Community Groups [Third Sunday, 5:00 - 6:30pm]
Our vision is to intentionally build community within STS and offer a welcoming & unintimidating atmosphere for students to invite friends. That is the heartbeat behind Community Groups: why we are meeting in homes, why we plan to build in time for fellowship and games, and why we are including time in the Word and discussion. We want students to leave encouraged, with some new or deeper connections, and knowing they are loved by our Savior.
This year, during the Bible study and discussion time, we will be looking at selected topics from David Platt's Counter Culture.