S3 Middle School Club
This weekly, student-led Bible Study on-campus will encourage all Middle Schoolers who are beginning to experience the pressures of the world. We want to give all students the chance to hear what God says about how to stand firm in their faith while navigating the rocky waters of life.
- Leadership and Public Speaking skills - develop as S3 students engage their peers in lively Bible Study sessions
- Character Lessons –challenge students to exhibit the qualities of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control (based on the Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23)
- Bible memory – made fun through colorful locker magnet awards
- Activities and Snacks – provide an engaging environment students enjoy
- Student-led, - while guided and supported by a Parent team who also fund the minimal cost of S3 club operations
What Does a Typical Middle School Agenda Look Like?
- Students arrive and check-in! (Music when they enter)
- Snack and socialize
- Club starts with announcements and opening prayer! (game or skit)
- Scripture memory and lesson (S3 Theme verse and Fruit Snack verse- magnet)
- Closing prayer (by leader, large group, or small group)
- Clean up the room and dismiss!
- Students arrive & check-in. Students will fill out the provided registration card upon their first visit to club. This information is then entered into the Student Online Management System (SOMS) to create your database and roster. A check in table or desk is helpful.
- After 3-4 weeks, you can create a Roster. Break out the students by grade and create sign-in sheets. The sign-in sheet can simply be the student’s name (alphabetically) and then meeting dates. Students can quickly check off their name on the dates they come. Weekly attendance must be reported into the SOMS each week. If club coordinator has a laptop or tablet, students may check in electronically each week. Otherwise, data from the sign-in roster must be manually transferred to SOMS each week.
- Allow space at the bottom of each sign-in sheet for the newcomers to pencil in their name. Have newcomers fill out the registration card (enter into SOMS) and then every month or so, update your sign-in sheets.
- Snacks and socialize. Where there are students…there must be food! Donuts or other breakfast friendly food is great for morning meetings. Chips, crackers, cookies, etc. work well for afternoon meetings. Pizza once a month is a big treat for afternoon groups! Drinks are optional. The meetings are only 45-55 minutes so students can survive without a drink!
- Club starts with announcements and opening prayer. Several leaders may be involved or one leader may open, facilitate, and close the meeting. These details are worked out with your student leadership team and can change throughout the year! The main thing is, students develop as leaders by DOING these activities. They take ownership of the meetings and it is incredible to watch them grow! Students run the meetings!
- Scripture memory and lesson. Hiding God’s word in our heart is an essential spiritual discipline. Always begin by reciting the S3 theme verse (1 Cor. 15:58) followed by the corresponding theme verse for the lesson. Magnets may be given as rewards for students who choose to recite the previous week’s verse by memory in front of the group! Next, the prepared student leader facilitates discussion of the weekly lesson.
- Closing prayer. Depending on the time remaining, the student leader will choose the most appropriate way to close in prayer: one person prays, small groups pray, or large group prays. The large group prayer can be a really special time for the group. They circle up and hold hands- yes, they really will! The student leader will begin the prayer then squeeze the person’s hand to the right. That person may pray, or pass to the next person on their right by squeezing their hand. This goes around the entire circle and you will be amazed at how many students will pray and how precious their prayers are.
- At the very beginning of the year (or whenever this club first begins), the student leaders will want to emphasize that whatever is prayed about in S3, stays in S3. Students Standing Strong keeps confidences- this is a safe and honoring group. The student leaders also need to preface each prayer time with a reminder to the group that prayer time is Holy time and proper reverence is expected.
- Clean up room and dismiss! Students Standing Strong ALWAYS leaves the room better than they found it!