What weekly meetings are offered for 6-8th graders?
Grades 6-8 meet weekly for "Wake" on Saturdays at 4:00 pm and Sundays at 9:00 am, 11:15 am, and 5:00 pm on the 4th Floor, Watermark Tower. Grade and gender specific Small Groups meet in various homes at various times throughout the week.
How does drop-off and pick-up work?
For this age group, we allow parents and students to coordinate whatever plan works best for their family. Most parents allow their students to make their way up to the 4th Floor on their own and set up a specified meeting place to reconnect after the service. Some parents bring their students up to the 4th Floor and return to pick them up. There is no official check-in/check-out system for grades 6-8.
How do Small Groups work?
There are several Small Groups for each grade that are broken down by gender and location. Groups remain with the same kids and leaders year after year. Groups typically meet during the school year and rotate meeting in the various homes of the students in the group.
When do Small Groups meet?
We encourage groups to meet on Wednesday nights. We prefer for groups to have a meet mid-week touch and we are trying to mainstream our group meeting times to prepare families for the schedule of High School ministry as well.
How do Small Groups start?
Most of our Small Groups are launched at the beginning of 6th grade with the aim of staying together through high school graduation. They are formed based on several factors including geography, schools, and friendships. When we launch new Small Groups, leave space for each group to add members along the way. Students sign up for Small Groups by filling out an Info Form online or at Wake. New 6th grade groups start the first week of October, but anyone can join at anytime throughout the year.
How do students get connected mid-year?
Students can sign up for Small Groups by filling out an Info Form online or at Wake. We will immediately add newcomers to the Small Group that makes the most sense based on geography, schools, and friendships. Volunteer leaders will connect via phone or email with new students/parents with information about meeting times and locations.
What role do parents play in Watermark Student Ministries?
We firmly believe that the parent(s) is the primary discipler of their children, the home is the primary place to make disciples, and a biblically based home is the most important component of a healthy society. Parents lay the foundation. We believe our job is support and affirm that foundation with a team of non-parental, committed adults (staff and volunteer leaders) who will be voices of truth and encouragement working "in stereo" with the efforts of parents.
The best things parents can do is to connect with and invest in their student's leaders. Invite them into your family and include them as a trusted partner in your parenting adventure.
Who are the volunteers that are leading Small Groups?
Our Student Ministry team is comprised of more than 200 individuals who are committed to investing in the lives of students for a number of years. All of our leaders are young adults or young marrieds in their 20's or 30's who are members or in the process of becoming members at Watermark Community Church. To ensure the well-being of our students, each leader has completed an application, interview, and background check. They have answered questions about their testimony, family, personality, and current relationship with the Lord as well as any history of exposure to abuse, alcohol, or drugs. Applicants are also required to submit at least two references with their application.
Why types of retreats and events are offered for 6-8th graders?
We have several events and retreats throughout the year meant to bond the group and help kids grow in their relationship with Christ. Typically these include a fall retreat to Sky Ranch, a spring in-town retreat for all ages (called "DTown"), and summer service trips in our city, called Dallas Experience, where students learn to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people right in our backyard.
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