Preteen Ministry Ministries > Shades Kids > Preteens

Here at Shades, the Preteen Ministry exists within the Children's Ministry to provide an environment where Preteens 

can grow in knowledge, develop community, and take ownership of their faith 

to become transformed teens who influence their world for Christ. 

This takes place in three primary ways: Sunday School, Wednesday Nights and Special Opportunities. 



  • Fri., March 6, 2020 - Preteen Broomball Night - $10 (5th & 6th grades/Pelham Ice Center)
  • Fri.-Sat., March 13-14 - Spring Missions Retreat for 1st-6th grades 
  • Mon.-Thurs., June 22-25 - 4th & 5th Grade Camp

For questions regarding any of these events or about Preteens at Shades, please email our Minister to Children & Preteens, Stephanie Hartsell.


Sunday school is our "bread and butter" here at Shades, and it is no different for Preteens! Preteen Sunday school (Grades 5 & 6) takes place on the Second Floor of the Worship Center (W201). Preteens meet during both the 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday school hours. 

Preteens begin Sunday morning with the opportunity to work on Scripture memorization, play games, and spend time in fellowship with one another. They then transition to a large group lesson that lays the biblical foundation for small group application. Small groups are divided by grade and gender and deal with the implications of the Scripture passage taught. 

For more information on Preteen Sunday school, please email our Minister to Children & Preteens, Stephanie Hartsell.


6:00-7:30PM in WC200

Elevate is Shades' 5th and 6th Grade Wednesday night worship time. Come and join us for some fun and fellowship, and some brief teaching that engages Preteens in their walk with Jesus. The goal of Elevate is to help Preteens take ownership of their faith by providing a place where they can ask hard questions and deal with difficult topics from a biblical perspective. 

For more information on Elevate, contact our Minister to Children & Preteens, Stephanie Hartsell.

6th Grade DGroups

Discipleship groups are an integral part of our church's culture and identity. In fact, one of our core values as a church is for every disciple to be growing in their walk with Jesus. This is fostered primarily through what we call DGroups.

Sixth graders at Shades have the unique opportunity to experience this small group discipleship as they prepare to enter the student ministry. Groups are made up of peers who learn the basic principles of Christian living and how young men and women can walk with Jesus every day. They will also be introduced to accountability and it's importance for disciples of Christ.

For more information on DGroups and how to get your sixth grader involved contact our Children & Preteen Minister Stephanie Hartsell.

6th Grade Mission Trip: July 20th-24th, 2020

The Sixth Grade Mission Trip is one of the most anticipated trips in the children's ministry. At the culmination of their sixth grade year, students are given the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Seeker Springs; a camp located in West Monroe, La., to help put on a day camp for underprivileged children. The camp is owned and operated by our GIC missionary, Terry Slawson.

The Sixth Grade Mission Trip is an opportunity for our students to take on leadership roles as they put into practice all that they have learned from their time in the children's ministry. The trip is a very powerful experience and one that changes both the lives of the day camp children as well as those who participate.

Because the Sixth Grade Mission Trip is such a large responsibility, some requirements are in place to ensure that our sixth graders are preparing for this opportunity and are walking with Jesus each and every day. These requirements are listed below.


•  Student must have a minimum of 50% attendance in Sunday School

•  Student must assist with Children's Worship at least 8 times.

•  Student must attend 3 of 4 training meetings. (TBA Spring 2020)

•  Student must participate in sixth grade D-groups (see below) OR complete a Bible Study booklet provided by children's staff 

•  Student must have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.*   

*Exceptions made on case-by-case basis.