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. 


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 9:30am 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.


Elevate is Shades' 6th Grade Wednesday night worship time. Come and join us for some basketball in our Community Life Center, a quick snack, 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. Here's our weekly format:

  • 6:00-6:15: Arrive at the CLC
  • 6:15-6:45: Large Group Games
  • 6:45-7:00: Snack Time (CLC Dining Room)
  • 7:00-7:15: Topical Teaching Time
  • 7:30: Dismiss from Student Building

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

For information on Wednesday night opportunities for grades 1-5, please contact our Children & Preteen Ministry Coordinator, Cynthia Moss


Kids Worship choir

Fifth & Sixth Graders who wish to continue participation in choir on Wednesdays may do so with Kid's Worship Choir which takes place during the recreational part of Elevate on Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Kids who participate in KWC will not miss the teaching time in Elevate but will join the sixth graders after choir is over. For more information on Kid's Worship Choir click this link.

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's Ministry staff:

6th Grade Mission Trip: July 15th-19th, 2019

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:  

     March 10, 3:00pm – 5:45pm (WC200)

     April 14, 3:00pm – 5:45pm (WC200)

     May 8, 6:00pm - 7:30pm (WC 200)

     June 26, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (WC 200)

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

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

*Exceptions made on case-by-case basis.

Other Important Information

The first interest and information meeting will take place on November 14th, 2018. If you are a parent who is interested in coming on the trip with your child please plan on attending this meeting with them.

Cost of the trip is $275.00 per person. The full balance for the trip is due by June 30th, 2019. For any questions regarding the 6th Grade Mission Trip please contact our Minister to Children & Preteens, Stephanie Hartsell.


Spring 2019

  • January 18th/19th, 2019 - Parent/Child Dinners
  • February 1st, 2019 - Preteen Broomball Night (Pelham Ice Center)
  • April 24th, 2019 - Preteen Celebration Wednesday!
  • June 3rd-7th, 2019 - VBS (9:00am-12:00pm)

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