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Middle School Youth
Wednesday evenings 6:30–7:30 PM
(Grades 7 and 8)
First Congregational welcomes all seventh- and eighth-grade youth looking to grow in their relationships with God, our community, our church and each other. These relationships are nurtured through four key components of our middle school ministry: devotional time, stewardship/service, education and fellowship. With these building blocks, the youth prepare themselves to become members of our family of faith through Confirmation.
The first Wednesday of each month we have a pizza dinner.
Each Wednesday our youth celebrate being together with a large-group gathering in the Theater beginning at 6:30 PM. We share prayers, stories, devotions and songs. The youth also take part in games, skits and other engaging activities related to the evening’s message.
"My favorite times were splitting into groups and talking within the group about things while doing an activity."
Stewardship and Service
In our middle school ministry we focus on service, learning to be Christ’s hands and feet by helping others through a wide variety of service projects. Students have made meals for homeless shelters, visited the homebound, collected soccer balls for our Kenyan partners and gathered items for the Milwaukee VA Medical Center and Community Clothes Closet. Many middle school youth also give of their time by assisting in Church School.
"I will remember the extra service projects because not only were they fun, they helped me to help others. It felt really good to know I was reaching out to people who needed it."
The middle school ministry runs on a two-year rotation. Our classes are interactive, as youth are taught in large and small group settings. The lessons use various creative formats including storytelling, art, meditation, games, videos, computers and more.
"My favorite activity on Wednesday evenings was the large group discussions. I found it amazing how everyone would open up, and no one would be judged. You don’t get that often. I found these moments were the ones when we were closest."
Fellowship is a vital part of the middle school ministry, fostering friendships that build a sense of community and connection to the church.
"This place does a great job of making religion fun, and that helps keep the concepts you learn stuck in your head as you grow up."