Discipleship in Middle School
As our middle school students learn God's Word in the classroom, meet together in small groups and hear testimonies in chapel, they also have opportunities to lead and serve. Through the many ways we teach, mentor, and train these students, our hope is that they begin to live out their faith in a way that's about loving God and loving others.
"My sixth grade Bible teacher really challenged me to have a real relationship with Christ and not just play the role of being a Christian...The teachers here are always there for you. I know that I could go to any of my teachers if I needed anything."
- Ava, Middle School Student
"The staff here have helped me grow in my faith by always being there to talk and by willingly helping me with any problems. It has helped my faith grow enormously. My teachers will actually come up to me and talk to me. They really want to build a relationship with me which really shows how much they care."
- Emma, Middle School Student
- Worship - Chapel worship is typically led by a middle school praise team. Occasionally, special musical guests perform and/or lead worship for the students.
- Speakers - Students hear about God from their teachers, local pastors, alumni and peers.
- Prayer - Chapel, class, and small groups provide opportunities for students to pray throughout the school day.
Small Groups - Each of our middle school students are placed in a small group with seven or eight peers and a Heritage staff member. They meet together periodically throughout the school year, giving the students the opportunity to learn from God's Word, to be encouraged, and begin to understand what it means to live in community with other believers.
Spiritual Emphasis Week - For one special week each semester, students have chapel or small group every day. This allows students to focus their attention for several days on our annual Spiritual Theme or a specific topic.
Leadership Training - Middle school students have opportunities to learn and practice servant leadership through Student Council, Clubs, Athletics, and Fine Arts. These opportunities allow students to discover how God has gifted them in addition to learning confidence, responsibility, and how to work with others.
Service Opportunities - HCS middle school students begin the year with a “Day of Service” at places like Agape Therapeutic Horse Ranch and Gleaners Food Bank in the Indianapolis community. Additional opportunities to serve throughout the year include mentoring younger students, serving as a student ambassador for Heritage events and participating in clubs that serve others.
WyldLife - In WyldLife, we love middle schoolers! They are full of life and yet experiencing profound emotional and physical changes. Middle school is a time when kids make important decisions about who they are and what they believe. And so WyldLife leaders seek to model and express God's love to our young friends by learning their names, hearing their stories and honoring their God-given desire for a life of fun, adventure and purpose.