God created people to be relational. At Northwest Christian, we emphasize the importance of student relationships – with their classmates, their teachers and, most importantly, their Creator. We desire that when students leave the middle school, they would have relationships that would continue through high school and into their adult lives.
One practical way we help foster these relationships is through our weekly chapels or accountability groups. Every other Wednesday, our students gather in the gymnasium for a time of worship through both music and the teaching of the Word. On weeks we don’t have chapel, we meet in grade level accountability groups. These are times for boys and girls from each grade level to meet with their grade-level mentors to discuss truths about God’s Word and to encourage and challenge each other to grow in living out their faith.
Middle School Retreat:
At the start of each year, the Middle School takes a 2 day trip to a nearby Bible camp. These days are filled with opportunities to worship God through singing, the preaching of the Word and prayer. Couple that with fun, team building activities that encourage the kids to connect and build relationships with each other, and you have a perfect way to start the year!
8th grade Leadership:
The Leadership elective is a course which allows 8th grade students to follow the lead of Jesus to serve others on the school campus and out into the larger community. Students help to develop and promote activities which build spirit and community within the middle school. In addition, the course study leads students through the process of beginning to determine their “SHAPE” (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience) and how they can use their unique combination to serve God’s kingdom.
Middle School Drama:
The Middle School theater program produces one play every fall. The after school program is designed to introduce students in 6th through 8th grades to the joys and challenges of participating in a play. The by-products of theater are many and include building confidence, competent public speaking, time management, problem solving, and thinking on your feet, all while developing new friendships, talents and interests.