Sunday Morning Student Ministry
If you spent any amount of time as a kid growing up in church, you were probably taught the story of Adam and Eve, Noah’s ark, Samson, parables of Jesus, and many more. And rightfully so! These are important parts of the Bible to know. However, our understanding of the Bible needs to deepen and grow as we mature, so that we would have a durable faith that can be put into action.
As student transition out of elementary school and into middle school and high school we want to mature a student’s understanding of scripture. We want students to be able to know God deeply through the Bible, being able to wrestle with robust theology and ideas found throughout. We are committed to teaching students the Bible in its complexity and difficulty and its truth and wisdom.
With this in mind, we selected 18 books throughout the Bible that we walk each student at Westgate Chapel Student Ministry through, from 6th grade to 12th grade. Every year we work completely through at least one Old Testament book and one New Testament book. Our classes are interactive, giving students time to ask questions, share their ideas, and hear their classmates’ opinions.
The Bible has profound and relevant truth for today’s generations. We equip students with this truth, supporting and encouraging them as they live it out.
meets during the first service on most Sundays throughout the year. See our calendar here. Students meet in the Middle School Room (also known as Choir Room) which is on the second floor. Right at 9:00am we move to the balcony section of the sanctuary located right outside of our room for worship with the congregation. So, if you show up to Sunday school and no one is there, check the sanctuary balcony for a crowd of middle schoolers! After worship (typically 9:20) we head back to the middle school room and begin our lesson. This time is meant to teach students scripture and how it applies to their life. We end at 10:15am, the same time as the main church service. We encourage any 6-8th grade student to come join the crew as we learn more about what God has for us!
meets during first service on most Sundays throughout the years. See our yearly calendar here. Students gather in the atrium outside Refinery. At 9:10 students are brought into the Refinery where they sit around tables. Throughout the lesson, students are given questions to answer around their table. We want student to be able to share their opinions and to wrestle with topics brought up in the Bible. We meet till 10:15, the same time that the main church service gets out. There is no sign-up or commitment. Any student in 9-12th grade is welcomed to join us.