What weekly meetings are offered for 6th-8th graders?
Students in grades 6-8 meet weekly for Wake on Saturdays at 4:00pm and Sundays at 9:00am and 11:15am on the 4th Floor, West Tower. Small Groups meet in various homes on Wednesday nights.
How does drop-off and pick-up work at Wake?
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 place to meet up 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?
Multiple Small Groups exist for each grade that are broken down by gender and location and/or school in the Dallas area. Students and leaders remain with the same group year after year, through 12th grade. Groups meet during the school year and rotate meeting in the various homes of the students involved
When do Small Groups meet?
We encourage groups to meet on Wednesday nights. We prefer groups have a mid-week touch, and it allows to be in sync with the schedule of Shoreline.
How do Small Groups start?
Small Groups are launched at the beginning of 6th grade with the aim of staying together through high school graduation, though they often add members along the way. They are formed based on several factors including geography, schools, and existing relationships. Students sign up for Small Groups by filling out an Info Form online or at Wake. New 6th grade groups start the last week of September, 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, & existing relationships. That group's leaders will connect via phone and/or email with new students and parents with information about meeting times and locations.
What role do parents play in Watermark Students?
We firmly believe that the parent(s) is the primary discipler(s) of their children, that the home is the primary place to make disciples, and that a devoted & Biblically-grounded family is the most important component of a healthy society. Parents lay the foundation. We believe our job is to support and affirm that foundation with a team of non-parental, committed, faithful adults who will be voices of truth and encouragement working "in stereo" with the efforts of parents. The best thing parents can do is connect with and invest in their student's leaders. Invite them into your family and include them as a trusted partner (and secondary discipler) in your parenting journey. If parents are looking for ways to serve behind the scenes, you can subscribe to the CARES and Hospitality Newsletter for Wake.
Who are the volunteers that are leading Small Groups?
Our Small Group leaders are 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 in their 20's or 30's who are members at Watermark Community Church. To ensure the well-being of our students, each leader has completed an application, interview, background check, and training. 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.
What types of events are offered for 6th-8th graders?
We have several events throughout the year designed to help students grow in their relationship with Christ and each other. These include Wake Retreat in the fall, a spring in-town retreat called DTown, and a summer opportunity to serve those in our own city called Dallas Experience.
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