Tweens go through dramatic change as they progress from childhood into adolescence. They are no longer children, but not quite ready for the greater independence enjoyed by teens and young adults. They still interact openly with their parents, but are starting to look to peers, older teens, and adults for input as they develop their understanding of the world.
That’s why we put this age group in their own circle on Sundays, with volunteers who are ready to focus on just where they are in life, and build relationships that can influence them for a lifetime. Starting this summer we have scheduled their service during just one service on Sunday morning, at 11:30, to encourage them to build community together.
The XP3 curriculum works to convey three truths to students in junior high:
- I am created to pursue an authentic relationship with my Creator.
- I belong to Jesus Christ and define who I am by what He says.
- I exist every day to demonstrate God’s love to a broken world.
In junior high, we play a lot of games and engage in activities that promote lasting relationships. And we give practical ways to help students apply what they learn to their own lives.
We know parents are still the primary influence in the lives of their tweens, so we have Parent Cues available for each message series to allow more chances for discussion and connection at home, so parents and tweens can learn from one another.
Is your tween ready to experience Reach? Every week you can head to the Annex for the 11:30am Sunday service, and we will be waiting to meet you!