Posted by: Scott Rubin
It’s frigidly cold outside as I write this, and there are mountains of snow in every parking lot it Chicago. School-getting-out is the last thing on my mind – even though I am definitely daydreaming of flip-flops & cookouts. (please no taunting from you lucky warm weather people!!)
But this month I’ve been starting to plan for May & June — because The Transition is coming. Of course, some of you also oversee elementary kids ministry, or high school ministry, or Both! But as the last day of school approaches, lots of us start thinking about “graduating” middle schoolers, or “welcoming in” brand new ones. (The average height in our ministry plummets by about 12 inches in one week — it’s crazy!)
What kind of plans do you have in place, if you have to “bring in the new”, or “move up the old”? I’m not just talking about meeting new kids — maybe you already know them. But how are you going to help them mark the transition into the next phase of life?
It’s one of the reasons that I love jr. high ministry. I think that a 12 year old can own so much more of their faith than an 8 year old can. And a 12 year old’s brain is accessing new dimensions of thinking every day, it seems. (other days, it seems like their brain takes a little vacation… )
This year, we’ve moved our summer camp earlier into the summer.. right after school gets out, actually. And we’re inviting the “new 6th graders” to come with us. If we communicate it right to parents, it could be a fantastic way for these newbies to connect, and get fired up about their next 3 years with us.
Besides that — it give me a great excuse to think about summer… I can almost feel the sunshine again…
Any tips anyone wants to share about how you Transition Well??