Here at Shades, the Preteen ministry exists 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 (W200). Preteens meet during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday School hour.
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.
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.
6th graders at Shades have the unique opportunity to experience this small group discipleship as they prepare to enter 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.