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PRETEEN’S MINISTRY

IDENTITY • BELONGING • MISSION

SUNDAY

MORNINGS

When | 10:00AM
Where | Surf Shack

SURF students in 5th and 6th Grade are at a very transitional point in life – neither wanting to be treated like kids, and yet not ready to be fully in the teenage world. SURF desires to minister to preteens by teaching them about Identity (Who God Is + Who Am I), Belonging (Who Is The Church + Where Do I Fit In), and Mission (Who Is Jesus + What Is My Mission).

Dan Bartel, and his team, take an apologetics approach – teaching on how to solidify a faith of their own and defend the many questions that they will come across. Topics include: science, world religions, preparing for adolescence, how to study the Bible, and more.

On alternate months, Bill Choate takes us through a fun and unique walk through the New Testament highlighting the works and ministry of Jesus.

WEDNESDAY

NIGHTS

When | 6:30PM-8:15PM (last week of August – May)
Where | Upper Room

SURF MidWeek is a youth group style evening, just for 5th and 6th Grade students. The Surf Staff uses creative and fun teaching techniques to make the Bible come alive to preteens who are just starting to own a faith of their own. Additionally, each week, there are insanely fun preteens games,  unique segments such as Guess Who’s Room and Who Dat, and our special Gremmy Groups, where your preteen is surrounded with fellow preteens to journey through life with, and a Lifeguard (mentor) to help guide them.

New to Surf MidWeek? Come a little early to fill out the FIRST TIMER CARD and be entered into the nightly Prize Jar drawing!

Surf MidWeek runs the last week of August to the first week of May. Check out the Summer Calendar for MidWeek programming throughout the summer.

HAPPENINGS

& HANGS

PARENTING TOOLBOX – SOCIAL MEDIA/INTERNET

SEPT 18 & 25 | 10:00AM

Join other parents for these awesome, informative parenting classes that will help you be great Godly parents. For this two week session, Pastor Chip and Tara Jo will help you gain the tools on social media, the internet, and electronic divices. Even if you think you’ve got this all figured out, come and join us for both week in this FREE class.

SUMMER CALENDAR

All Summer Long

All summer long, Surf takes a break from it’s normal MidWeek program and has lots of fun events all summer long, including Hangin’ 10s, Surf, Swim and Study (Triple S), and Slip ‘N Slide Kickball. Check out the 2022 Summer Calendar. All incoming 5th/6th graders are welcome to come to any event.

FALL KICK OFF

AUG 24 | 6:30-8:30pm | Surf Lawn

All preteens are invited to our epic annual Fall KickOff! Bring stuff to get wet in, as we create team to participate in games like Banana Split Dodgeball, Steal the Octopus, Deep Diving, and more crazy and wild games. We’ll have lots of water slides as well for fun for all.

And make sure to bring EVERY 5th and 6th grader that you know!

VBX

Jun 12-16 | 2023 | 9:00AM-12:30PM**

VBX is an extreme version of our summer Vacation Bible Adventure — just for 5th and 6th Grade students!

**In addition to the morning programs at NewCov, VBX includes afternoon experiences just for preteens: roller skating, bowling, DEFY, and more.

VBX is an awesome place for preteens just beginning to explore their relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as those who have grown up in the church and are seeking to strengthen their personal relationship with God.

Registration for VBX 2023 will begin on Easter Sunday!

SUMMER CAMP

Jun 25 – Jul 1 | 2023 | Hume Lake Wagon Train

Wagon Train is a fun, rustic summer camp for 5th and 6th Grade students. This old west experience includes sleeping in a real covered wagon, learning archery, BB guns, paddling in canoes & kayaks around the pond, and exploring Fort Logan (a 3-story island fort). They’ll be sitting around campfires singing worship songs, memorizing scripture, watching amazing skits about the Bible performed by the Wagon Train staff, and joining morning and evening services listening to the Good News of Jesus and his love for us.

2022 Registration is CLOSED

2023 Date TBD

6TH GRADE GRADUATION

May 19th | 2023 | 6:00-8:00PM

A meaningful, memorable event just for 6th Grade students and their parents. Our annual event includes dinner, a gift from Pastor Chip, plus a very special “right of passage” blessing given privately from parents to their preteen.

$15 per parent and free to 6th Graders

Email Pastor Chip at [email protected] for more information, or if you did not receive an in-mail invitation.

4TH GRADE MOVE UP

March 5th | Sundays and MidWeek

4th Graders will once again move up early this year on March 5th, 2023. This means that they are a full part of Surf at that point, and will no longer attend Camp AdventureLand classes or events.

PREPARING FOR ADOLESCENCE

Sundays | Feb 26 – Apr 2 2023 | 10:00AM

Our Preparing for Adolescence Class is designed for 6th Grade students. Runs for 6 weeks on Sundays at the Surf Shack.

WINTER CAMP

Feb 3-5 | Hartland Christian Camp

Winter Camp for preteens at Hartland Christian Camp is an awesome way for 5th and 6th Grade students to learn more about Jesus and take a step in owning their own faith. An amazing weekend of fun, singing, games, messages by an awesome speaker, and meeting new friends.

$219 | Covers entire trip

Registration has begun!

MEET THE TEAM

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Chip Henderson

Preteen Pastor

Hey y’all. My wife, Tara Jo and I have been ministering at NewCov since 2009 in various roles throughout the Family Ministry world. Mostly as the Kids and Preteen Pastor. We have 3 teenage boys, who all have chosen to follow Jesus: Miles, Ty and Eli.

I have the privilege of getting to do a lot of public speaking at both camps for preteens, as well as, conferences throughout the United States as a representative of a great organization called fourfivesix.org.

While I get paid to do what I love, Tara Jo, is known as the girl whisper, despite having three boys, because she is one of the wisest mentors for young girls on the planet!

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Kirsten Bartel

Surf Administrator

I’ve been married to Dan for 26 years, and we’ve been at NewCov even longer! We have 4 kids: 2 are in college (1 of those is in the Air National Guard), and 2 are in high school. We love traveling and serving at our church!

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