What weekly meetings are offered for 6-8th graders?
Grades 6-8 meet weekly for “Wake” on Sundays at 11:15 am in Stage 4. Grade and gender specific Small Groups meet at Watermark Plano at 7:00 pm on Wednesday nights.
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 meet on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm at Watermark Plano.
When do Small Groups meet?
Small Groups to meet on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm at Watermark Plano.
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, we try to leave space for each group to add members along the way. Students sign up for Small Groups by filling out an Info Form on our small groups tab.
How do students get connected mid-year?
Students can sign up for Small Groups by filling out an Info Form on our small groups tab. If there is space, we will immediately add newcomers to the Small Group that makes the most sense based on geography, schools, and friendships. Volunteers will connect via phone or email with new students/parents.
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 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.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about Watermark Student Ministries?
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