Fourth – Fifth grade (10-11 year olds)
Preteens at Morningside are servants in the church. We teach this emerging generation of kids that Jesus came to earth to serve and not be served (Matthew 20:28). We want them to understand that each of us, upon accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, are given unique gifts meant to edify the church (Ephesians 2:11-12).
What is a preteen? Many in the church are quick to define a preteen as a “tweenager” a young person that is in transition between the children’s ministry and the student ministry. Research tells us that preteens are not in transition between two stages in life, but that they are their own identifiable stage. We understand that fourth graders feel they are too mature to be grouped in with the children’s ministry and fifth graders are not developmentally ready to be grouped with juniors and seniors. So what is the church to do? Morningside is leading the way in reaching this emerging generation of 10-11 year olds.
At Morningside, Discipleship is not taken lightly. We believe, in His Great Commission Charge to churches in Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus makes it clear the we are to “make disciples.” We understand that families are busy and have lives outside of church too. That is why we strive to use every teachable moment with your child to reiterate the importance of knowing God and loving Him. Whether it’s Bible Fellowship Groups or one of our Wednesday night programs, we are intentional in our discipleship approach to children’s ministry.
Bible Fellowship: Sundays at 9:00 AM, Outfitters Hall
Growing up I didn’t like school at all. It was boring, institutionalized and stale. We don’t want kids to associate their experience at school with Sunday mornings at Morningside. We make Sundays fun and exciting for kids of all ages. We reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ on their age level or developmental stage