XPerience is not your traditional confirmation ministry. In XPerience, students experience Jesus Christ in their lives in fresh and memorable ways. Students make friendships and having fun while learning to serve, and getting a foundation of Bible teaching that will support them in the middle school years. Parent CUEs give moms and dads the resources to strengthen their relationships with their middle school kids and grow in faith together.
Middle School Xperience (Confirmation)
Fall 2019 Schedule
Most sessions are Sunday’s from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. February 23 is the exception.
9 Required Worship Service Worksheets are to be completed, one per month during the school year.
6th graders will be required to attend an Ash Wednesday service and complete a Worship Worksheet. 7th and 8th graders will be required to attend either the Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service and complete a Worship Worksheet.
Sept 15: 6:00 pm – Confirmation Small Group Leader Training
Sept 22: 6:00 pm – Confirmation Kick-Off Party & Orientation for Students, Parents & Leaders – Walking Tacos, Games, Meet Your Small Group Leader, Fellowship for Parents, Confirmation Orientation
Sept 29: 6:30 pm – Strength in Numbers 1 (Series on Friends & Mentors)
Oct 6: 6:30 pm – Strength in Numbers 2
Oct 13: 6:30 pm – Strength in Numbers 3
Oct 20: No Class – 9th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal
Oct 26: THE GATHERING: Service Opportunity - meet at church at 9:00 am, on site 9:45 am - 1:30 pm sign-up sheets on table in the narthex
Oct 27: 9th Grade Confirmation Worship Service @ 12:30pm
Oct 27: 6:30 pm – Judgement Call 1 (Series about Judging Others)
Nov 3: 6:30 pm – Judgement Call 2
Nov 10: 6:30 pm – Judgement Call 3
Nov 16: Saturday - OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD Shoebox Packing Event. Service Opportunity 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at SOTH
Nov 17: 6:30 pm – Real Talk 1 (Series on Prayer)
Nov 24: 6:30 pm - Real Talk 2
Nov 27: Wednesday 6:30 pm - Thanksgiving Eve Pie Social: Service Opportunity
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND & DECEMBER WEEKENDS
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING: Service Opportunity ~ sign-up sheets in narthex
Dec 1: 6:30 pm - Christmas lesson & celebration
Jan 5: 6:30 pm – Your Move 1 (Series on Handling Family Conflict)
Jan 12: 6:30 pm – Your Move 2
Jan 12: 8:00 pm ~ 8th grade only ~ introduction of 8th grade final project
Jan 17-19 WINTER EXTREME RETREAT at Camp Timber-lee (Optional)
Jan 19: No Class
Jan 26: 11:30 am ANNUAL MEETING SOUP & PIE LUNCH: Service Opportunity
Jan 26: 6:30 pm – Your Move 3
Feb 1 THE GATHERING: Service Opportunity - meet at church at 9:00 am, on site 9:45 am - 1:30 pm sign-up sheets on table in the narthex
Feb 2: No Class
Feb 9: 6:30 pm – Bullying 1
Feb 16: No Class
Feb 23: 4:00 - 6:50 pm Youth Spaghetti Dinner – fundraising opportunity for Mission Trip & Summer Camps
(sign up to volunteer or attend the dinner with your family) 7:00 pm - Class Begins – Bullying 2
Feb 26: Ash Wednesday - 6th grade required worship service at either 5:00 pm or 6:30 pm
March 1: 6:30 pm – Stressed Out 1 (Stress & Anxiety)
March 8: 6:30 pm – Stressed Out 2
March 15: 6:30 pm – Stressed Out 3
March 22: No Class
March 29: 6:30 pm – Back to Life (Easter Series)
Apr 5: No Class – Palm Sunday
7th and 8th graders are required to attend either the Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service
Apr 9: Maundy Thursday worship 6:30 pm
Apr 10: Good Friday worship 6:30 pm
April 11: THE GATHERING: Service Opportunity - meet at church at 9:00 am, on site 9:45 am - 1:30 pm sign-up sheets on table in the narthex
Apr 12: No Class – Easter Sunday
Apr 19: 6:30 pm – Back to Life
Apr 26: 6:30 pm – Service Project, Media Lesson & End of Year Celebration
Other Service Opportunities to be announced.
Kid's Night Out
Scheduled annually from September through April.
Four to eight youth volunteers (middle school or high school) are needed at each Kid's Night Out to help with crafts and games.
Acolyte or Crucifer
All 6th-grade confirmation students will serve as acolytes and crucifers during the school year. The acolyte lights the altar candles at the start of the worship service and the crucifer carries the processional cross into the Sanctuary at the start of the worship service. Interested 7th and 8th-grade students may also serve as acolytes and crucifers. A schedule of serving dates for worship services is made out each semester.
Link for Acolyte and Crucifer Instructions
Link for Acolyte and Crucifer Training Video
Youth Cookie Sales/Bakers
Youth Cooke Sales is a fundraiser that takes place at the church from September to June. Volunteers are needed to bake and sell cookies. Money raised from the sales benefit the youth account to be used for church trips such as the Winter Retreat, Summer Camps and the Youth Mission Trip.