Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm
YouTube

Wednesday Night Online

Middle schoolers and their parents can join us on YouTube for Wednesday Night Online! There will be games, a funny video, and teaching. Parents are encouraged to talk through the discussion questions with their parents afterward.

Discussion questions for April 1
Date TBD

5th Grade Parent Meeting 

  • 11:00-12:15 pm
  • Student Ministries Room
  • No RSVP Required

This meeting will be for parents of students who will be joining the Middle School Ministry in June 2020. Parents will be able to meet middle school staff, learn how students can make a smooth transition into the Middle School Ministry, and ask questions.

Date TBD

Staff Appreciation Night 

  • 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP Required

All middle school students are invited to come celebrate our volunteer leaders. This is a special night dedicated to the adults and high schoolers who have served in the Middle School Ministry this past school year. We love our volunteers!

Date TBD

Baptism Weekend

  • During worship services
  • Valley Church

Baptism is a significant moment in a person’s spiritual journey! We’re excited to celebrate baptism as a church family in early April. Students can get baptized during any of the weekend worship services on April 4-5. Explore Baptism Classes will be offered to all middle school students attending our program on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30pm and Sunday, March 8 at 9:30am. In order to get baptized, complete Step 1 and Step 2 below.

Step 1: Fill Out the Baptism FormStep 2: Schedule a Baptism Interview
Wednesday, April 8

Small Group Night 

  • 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP Required

This is a special Wednesday night where students will do an activity just with their small group. Small group leaders will organize and lead the activities for each group. Drop off and pick up is at Valley Community Center unless communicated otherwise by your child’s small group leader.

Wednesday, April 15

Parent Seminar: Helping Your Teen Manage Stress & Anxiety

  • 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP Required

Stress, relationship issues, unrealistic expectations, and pressure from others, are all difficult for adults to manage, let alone our teens. Join us for an evening with a licensed therapist, Jill Thomas, as she shares tips and tools from her 10+ years helping teens through depression and anxiety. She will be here to help us understand and communicate more effectively with our children, and equip us to come alongside them in managing their stress and anxiety and set healthy boundaries so they can thrive and not just “survive” adolescence. This will be a morally positive, spiritually neutral event that is open to the entire community. Invite a friend or neighbor to join you!

Wednesday, April 15

Pack the House Night: Silly Clothes Night

  • 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Valley Church Auditorium
  • No RSVP Required

We’re meeting in the Valley Church Auditorium for one nigh only! Students are encouraged but not required to come dressed in silly clothes. Pack The House is a night where we want to fill the Valley Community Center with as many middle schoolers as possible, so students are encouraged to invite a friend who doesn’t know Jesus or who doesn’t normally go to church! Friends who are invited can wear silly clothes, too!

Sunday, April 26

7th Grade Camp Day

  • 11:00am-5:00 pm
  • Drop off and Pick up Valley Community Center
  • Cost $45
  • Lunch is provided
  • RSVP by Wednesday, April 21
  • Wear close-toed shoes

It’s time for 7th grade students to prepare to be the oldest class in the Middle School Ministry! All 7th graders are invited to spend an afternoon participating in the low ropes leadership experience at Wildwood Hills, a camp about 30 minutes south of Des Moines. Students will go through a variety of challenges that will help them grow their communication, team-building, and leadership skills. Afterward we’ll have a few hours of free time at camp. The cost includes lunch, transportation, the low ropes fee, and a snack.  Please click on here to fill out Wildwood Hills camp form.

Register Here!
Wednesday, April 29

8th Grade Celebration

  • 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Student Ministries Room
  • NO RSVP Required

All middle school students and leaders are invited to come celebrate our 8th grade students. We will have fun, take a walk down memory lane, and eat a tasty dessert!

Wednesday, May 13

5th & 6th Grade Early Out Party

  • 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Valley Community Center
  • NO RSVP Required

West Des Moines schools have an Early Out this day, so we’ll be open right after school gets out! All 5th and 6th grade students are invited to join us and we especially hope to see students from Jordan Creek Elementary. We’ll have snacks and play games in the gym.

Friday, May 29- Saturday, May 30

8th Grade Vacay

  • Drop off at Valley Church at 4:00 pm
  • Pick up at Valley Church at 11:00 am
  • Cost $80 (cost covers 2 meals, transportation, hotel, and access to water park)
  • RSVP by Sunday, May 24

It’s time for our 8th graders to have one last hurrah in the Middle School Ministry! We will spend a night at the indoor water park at the Ramada Tropics Resort in Des Moines. We will have large-group discussions that will prepare students for their transition into the Valley High School Ministry. 8th Grade Move-Up into High School is on Sunday, May 31. 8th graders will also have the chance to begin connecting with High School Ministry staff.

Register Here!
Sunday, May 31

Move-up Sunday

  • 9:30-10:45 am
  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required

The Middle School Ministry is excited to welcome our newest members! New 6th grade students should go to West Central Station at the beginning of the 9:30 service hour on May 31. At some point they will be whisked away by middle school students and leaders to the Valley Community Center. We will make sure the new students receive a warm welcome!