Hi new 6th Grade Parents!!!!

Welcome to the Middle School Phase

The most intense stage for the family is the Middle School time frame, where the Parent Repellent comes out and the question becomes…
“Who is this kid I used to know?”

  • Your sixth grade kid is moving from reflecting you and your family values to deflecting them in order to grow into an adult that will eventually look a lot like YOU.
  • Moving to seventh grade, you could possibly be playing 20 questions with you to find his or her authentic faith and guardrails for life.
  • By eighth grade, we see this small, lovely child begin to grow into a physical adult body and correspond with you like an adult.

This is the launch pad for many things as they discover themselves, develop skills and talents, and decipher Spirituality in the process.


MY PASSION is to lead students to the heart of the Father by helping them own their faith in Jesus Christ and grow in an authentic relationship with Him.  My greatest joy has been to see the light turn on when a student begins to KNOW the Father through Jesus, GROW in their relationship, and SHOW the love of Jesus in their daily lives

OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE YEAR:

BIG EVENTS


  • 6TH GRADE RETREAT – Friday, Nov 2 – Saturday, Nov 3. This overnight event takes place at    Camp Eagle in Rocksprings, TX.

  • Believe Weekend in January, when students spend time listening to the truth of God’s word and apply it to their lives.
  • We see friends coming to Wednesday weekly meetings and Sunday Morning Weekly gatherings to have some fun with one another, but also to connect with Jesus in a relevant way geared for their age group.
  • Our Servant Leadership Camp in June gives a nuts and bolts experience of what it means to serve with the love of Jesus and reflect on the love of Jesus on a personal level.
  • We have fun events, concerts, lock-ins, and other activities that build community and give students a place to experience a loving and accepting environment.

Sign Up for the 6th Grade Parent Email Here

Back To School Bash Wednesday, Aug 29

Back To School Bash Tonight @ STUDENT PAVILION

  • 5:30pm Hang Out
  • 6pm Pizza Served
  • 6:45 OSM Worship and B2SB Challenge
  • 8pm Dismiss

September 5 Begins our Regular Fusion Wednesday Format:

Q What is Fusion?  Fusion offers a loving and accepting environment geared for Middle School Students Grades 6-8.  We have events, weekly meetings, and exist to Intentionally Engage Middle School Students by leading them to the heart of the Father.
Q What happens on Fusion Wednesdays?  5:30 is hang out and Pizza, 6:00pm Bible Study Begins in the STUDENT PAVILION.  We begin with Worship, move to Talk Time, then Students move to break out rooms for real life discussion. 7:30pm is dismissal time

Lockapalooza Schedule – Opening with Brian Vickers

Click here for the Lockapalooza schedule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Brian Vickers is a man with many talents and experiences.

Here is his list from his bio – 

Follower of God/ Prov. 27:17
Pro Strongman
Team Labrada
Shields of Strength
Police Officer
Celebrity Bodyguard
WABDL 14x World Champion

With all he sees and experiences, he is unashamed of his faith in God and has even traveled with Team Impact, sharing the Gospel in partnership with Local Churches across the Nation.  On top of that, Brian still finds time to attend Oakwood here in New Braunfels, TX with his family.  We are excited to have him Kick-Off the night at LOCKAPALOOZA as a friend and Passionate Follower of Jesus Christ!

7 Undeniable Characteristics Of (Most) Middle Schoolers

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By Ashley Bohinc,  the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange (The reThink Group, Inc.), and USA Executive Director of Carry 117- Ethiopia.

I have worked with middle school students in educational, athletic, and ministry settings for more than 14 years now. Although each context was uniquely different, there were still a few basic things about (most) middle schoolers that remained the same no matter what.

  1. They will be intensely interested in you. Do you have a boyfriend? Where do you buy your makeup? What are you eating? Where did you get those shoes? What position did you play in soccer? They may not show it at first, but the moment you let them in (even just a little), they want to be in a lot. They are stacking up questions in their minds, and if they aren’t courageous enough to ask, they are waiting for just a hint of permission from you to let them know they can ask. Of course this only counts for some of the time with middle schoolers. Other times, you could walk into the room in a clown suit and they wouldn’t even notice. #middleschool
  2. They exaggerate (and sometimes lie). Something happens at the 8th grade dance, and you find the girls huddled in a circle crying in the bathroom. If it’s trending, they are talking about it… non-stop. Friend drama is basically an all out brawl (with words or rumors). It thunders outside, and they act like they’ve never been in a storm before in their lives. They see a snake outside, and it’s most certainly trying to eat them. Their teacher is obviously the most unfair person on the whole planet. Oh, and they didn’t copy that homework or cheat on that test; they were just scratching their head! You get the point. It’s a phase full of all out exaggeration.
  3. YouTube is Gucci. According to many research studies, 80%-95% of Generation Z seeks advice through YouTube channels and videos. The most searched videos are about real stories, day-in-the-life videos, behind-the-scenes videos, or how-to videos. They want to know about relationships and dating, teen trends, advice on how to do new skills, and more. If they don’t know how, they go to YouTube. If they don’t know what it is, they go to YouTube. If they want to become famous, they go to YouTube. So basically, you should be on YouTube, too.
  4. What their friends think matters more than anything else. This is difficult, because as puberty begins to change them from the inside out, middle schoolers are desperately trying to fit in. Peer approval will always trump advice from adults. They can’t be seen wearing those pants, hanging with those boys, or walking around in public without makeup. The point is, students at this phase care more about what their peers say than anyone else. That’s why finding an influential student to lead the charge on a new initiative or event you are having will give you more success. Because if Sadie thinks it’s cool, everyone will think it’s cool.
  5. They push their parents away. Middle schoolers want freedom. They aren’t kids anymore, and when they are treated that way, they revolt. They pushback on everything from bedtime to chores to going places by themselves to social media. They want to make their own choices. The tricky part about this as a student leader is balancing earning their trust while still being for the parent. It is an art. Youth leaders have the privilege of standing in the gap between the middle schooler and the parent. But no matter what, always remember to let it be known that you are on the parent’s team.
  6. They are incredibly insecure about what is happening to their bodies. They feel like they are the only ones going through this thing called middle school. Normalizing what’s happening to and around them is imperative. If you are trying to get a middle school student to do something in front of their peers and they resist, there is probably a physical explanation for it. Sweat stains. Period leakage. Wrong bra. Gas. Food in their braces. Acne. Though it’s all normal, it feels isolating to them. So don’t push them.
  7. They want to have fun, but they want to be taken seriously. You can’t be boring, or they won’t want to be with you. They don’t want you to just allow them to have fun; they want you to have fun with them. At the same time, they want you to be real with them. They want to be taken seriously. They don’t want surface answers. They want direct, real explanations. When they tell you something that seems silly to you but real to them, you can’t laugh. You can’t dismiss it. You have to engage it with a matched level of seriousness to show them you care.

No matter where you’re working with middle schoolers, I think these seven things will stay true. It’s who they are in this phase, and it’s why they need people like you cheering them on and loving them as they figure it out.

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