Pre-teen 4th and 5th graders often get lost in the shuffle of Children’s Ministry. They feel too old to relate to the ‘kid’ stuff, but they aren’t ready for youth group. Our Fort 45 Ministry allows us to intentionally gather with them to discuss relevant issues they might be facing. It allows us to provide a place of safety and trust, and to build meaningful relationships with them that will significantly impact their view of God—they begin to gain confidence, take ownership of their faith, understand how to live the Christian life, and figure out where they fit into the Church.
We want to make sure these three things stick with your child before they head to sixth grade:
1. WISDOM: I need to make the wise choice.
2. FAITH: I can trust God no matter what.
3. FRIENDSHIP: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
WHAT WE DO
In Fort 45, your child will be dismissed from the service after worship. Hope Church believes that it is very important for your children to worship with their family. It’s important for them to see their parents worship and to be exposed to the larger church body.
On Sundays and Wednesdays, 4th and 5th graders begin in the Clubhouse with K-3 for an interactive presentation of the Bible story. After large-group, the 4th and 5th graders head to the Fort (modular unit) to break into small groups designed to help kids understand how the Bible story applies to them. They’ll discuss real-life experiences, interact with close-knit groups of peers, and participate in a variety of activities that appeal to different learning styles. Life application and memory verses activities, as well as prayer, are always a part of this hands-on-time. PARENT CUE is our weekly take home that shares with you what your child learned so that you we can partner with you as you talk with them at home about what they are learning.
Our Fort 45 ministry is available during the 9:00, & 11:00 AM services and 6:30 on Wednesday.