Surf Preteen Ministry

SURF students in 5th and 6th grade are at a very transitional point in their lives, neither wanting to be treated as kids, nor yet ready to be treated as teens. It is Surf’s desire 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).

Surf Meets in the Surf Shack on the west side of the NewCov campus.

Contact our Family/Preteen Pastor, Chip, for more info on Surf Preteen ministries at [email protected] or (559) 298-0688.

Sunday Mornings

Surf meets during the 9:00am service only during the summer. However, we will not be meeting until CDC guidelines allow us to.


From fall-spring, Surf Sundays include two amazing options. We encourage preteens to attend both!

  • At 9:00, Bill and Jan Choate take 5th/6th graders through a two year walk through the Bible. Their creative and fun way of teaching the Bible gives students a great foundation of seeing the whole picture of God’s word.
  • At 10:45, Dan Bartel and his team take an apologetics approach for preteens, and teach them how to solidify a faith of their own and how to defend the many questions that they will come across in this world. Topics include science, world religions, preparing for adolescence, how to study the Bible, etc.
Wednesday Nights

Surf will not be meeting at the church throughout the summer. Check the Surf FB page for details on Surf events all summer long.


Surf Wednesday nights is a preteen youth group just for 5th and 6th graders.  We use creative and fun teaching to make the Bible come alive, and well as unique games and our special Gremmy groups to surround preteens with fellow preteens to journey through life with and a Lifeguard (mentor) to help guide them.

Upcoming Events

Surf Mid-Week

Starting June 11th, Surf Mid-Week will take place on ZOOM on Thursdays at 4:00pm! We have an awesome opportunity to join 32 other churches, nation wide, for an all preteen experience. Each week will include worship, games, a message and a “small group” time where Surf students will have their own room with me and other Surf Lifeguards (Kathy). You must register for your preteen to attend.Register here ASAP. Register with the church code NCV! Let’s make the Surf numbers strong!!!!

Surf ‘s Up

Come hang with the Surf staff, eat hot dogs and go swimming at Surf’s Up Swim Nights all summer long. Our first Surf’s Up is on June 17th, 2020 at Pastor Chip’s House (2606 Robinwood Ave. Clovis), from 6:30-8:00pm. Check the Surf Facebook page on dates and locations.

Winter Camp

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

2021 Dates will be announced in the Fall (Usually the last weekend in January)

Summer Camp

Surf goes to Hume Lake’s Wagon Train for summer camp.

Wagon Train is a fun, rustic summer camp for students in 5th and 6th grade. This Old West experience includes sleeping in a real covered wagon, learning Archery and BB guns, riding canoes and kayaks around the pond and exploring Fort Logan (our three story island fort). You’ll also sit around a campfire singing worship songs, memorize scripture, watch amazing skits about the Bible performed by the Wagon Train staff and hear each morning and evening the Good News of Jesus and his love for us.

2020 Summer Camp has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 dates will be released in the fall.


VBX is an extreme version of our summer Vacation Bible Adventure — just for 5th and 6th graders! In addition to the morning programs at NewCov, VBX includes afternoon experiences just for preteens, like roller skating, bowling, or DEFY. VBX is an awesome place for 5th and 6th graders just beginning to explore a 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.

2020 VBX has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 dates will be release in the fall. Registration Begins Mother’s Day.