Middle School is arguably one of the most difficult seasons of life. I remember when I as in middle school. It was actually called Jr High in South Mississippi (7th-9th grade). I wore braces, had a butt cut, and my body was growing so fast that I would awkwardly trip over my size 12 chuck taylor high tops as I was running down the Long Beach Jr. High basketball court. I was also exposed to a lot of things in Jr. High for the very first time. Many of these things I found out from the older boys in shop class. Yes, I took shop. My mom still has the spice rack and the cutting board that I made during the woodworking segment.
Anyway, middle school can be a challenging season of life. My two older kids made it through middle school and are now thriving in high school. One of the things that happens in middle school is kids choose their peer group. They choose who they will end up “running around with” in high school. A teenager’s peer group is extremely important, because they become like the people they spend time with. It’s just a fact. Birds of a feather flock together. I think I just quoted Jungle Book.
Anyway, let me get to the point. You want your middle school kids’ peer group to be other like-minded Christians. You want them hanging out with kids whose parents have the same Christian family values as you. You want your kids involved in church and connected relationally with the church’s student ministry.
Here’s the deal middle school parents. Your kids are not old enough to drive. Now when they can drive that creates a hole nutha set of issues, but we will save that post for another day. In order for your kids to get connected to the student ministry at church, they need YOU to drive them to church. I know it’s a little inconvenient for you. I’ve been there done that. There were times over the last few years that I felt like an under appreciated taxi driver. But there is nothing more important than your middle schoolers spiritual growth. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of getting them involved in a good church, solid student ministry, and Christian peer group. One of the things that Jennifer and I did when our kids were in middle school was carpool with other parents. We shared the responsibility. We would drop off and another parent would pick up. We made it work.
Middle School kicks off tonight at 6:30 at Graystone Church (both campuses). Actually, our Walton Campus has both middle school and high school on Wednesday nights. The Ozora Campus has middle school on Wednesday nights and high school on Sunday nights (6:30PM).
Parents, I want to encourage you to make it a priority to bring your kids to church. We have an incredible Graystone Student Ministry staff team and dozens of volunteers who are ready to pour into your kids spiritually and relationally. It’s up to you to take advantage of this opportunity. I’m sure many of your kids would drive themselves if they could. But they cannot. SO, YOU NEED TO BRING THEM!