“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
Waterloo Road Baptist Church believes that a separate Preteen Ministry allows us the ability to fully recognize, fully customize, and fully focus on the specific needs of fifth and sixth graders as we address the age-appropriate pace and social environment of each child. Preteens are at a key transitional point in their lives where they want to experience God, are interested in service and mission, and are looking for a way to express their spirituality. Our goal is to provide a fun, consistent, safe, intimate, and focused environment that will engage them where they are and prepare them for transition to the Student Ministry when they reach seventh grade.
Fifth and Sixth graders meet in the Preteen room (PC 101) where they utilize Flyte curriculum to study age-appropriate Bible topics through games, music, Bible study, discussion groups, and much more.
Preteens are released from their Sunday School room to head to the main worship service. They are not required to have a parent check them out. They are encouraged to sit with their families or friends and actively engage in the worship service. This is an important time for preteens to become active members of worship instead of merely observers.
Preteens meet in the Preteen room and are led in live worship, followed by Bible study, discussion groups, games, and more. The programming of Wednesday evenings is intentionally designed to be more closely aligned to a youth Wednesday night service. There is a small snack shack set up for preteens to buy a variety of snacks. All proceeds go toward missions.
GO! Weekend is held every February. This weekend is an incredible time of discipleship, fellowship, service, and just plain fun. Cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School runs on a Sunday through Thursday from 6:30—8:45 p.m.! 2019 Dates are June 2nd-6th. VBS is for kids 4 years (and potty-trained) to 6th grade and it is an incredible time of learning about God and our relationship with Him. The 5th and 6th graders will be in their very own Preteen Week and participate in lots of great activities. On the Sunday after VBS, we have a Commencement & Luncheon where we celebrate with our families what God has done throughout the week. Click here to register!
Preteen Summer Camp
Preteen Camp is for children who have completed fifth and sixth grade. Dates for 2019 are July 29th-August 2nd. Preteens will participate in a camp experience specifically tailored for their age group. Preteen camp is 5 days long and includes Bible study, ropes courses, target sports, water activities, swimming, worship, missions opportunities, and epic games. Camp Packets available here.
Fall Frolic is a great event for families from birth through 101! In 2019, Fall Frolic is October 27th from 5-7 p.m. We will have inflatables, concessions, and Trunk or Treat Cars on the front Parking lot. Non-scary costumes only please!
Throughout the year, Preteens get together for days of fun and fellowship. Activities include Pool Parties, Pumpkin Patch, Trampoline Park, and much more. See the City Kids & Preteen Newsletter for the list of current events.