<p>Middle School Ministry<br />
Living on mission for Christ<br />
Find out more!</p>
Middle School Ministry
Living on mission for Christ
Find out more!

Middle School

In Calvary Middle School Ministry, we’re focused on helping students in grades 6–8 "live on mission." This means equipping students to live as authentic followers of Jesus Christ and impact the world by making Christ known – in their neighborhoods, school, community, and beyond.

Come grow with us! Invite friends to any of our programs or events. Connect and check out our latest pics on Facebook.

Register for upcoming events — check our calendar (right) and ministry programs (below).

Questions? Contact: Pastor Matt Thompson, 704.341.5327, thompsonma@calvarychurch.com

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    Student Life Groups
    Middle School
    Sundays, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM, CLC 1300

    Student Life Groups
    Middle School
    Sundays, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM, CLC 1300

    After the Sunday morning worship service, all middle school students gather in the Calvary Life Center. After snacks and fellowship, we study God's Word together. Then we break into small groups for discussion and prayer. Come get a "big picture" view of Scripture and grow in your faith with us — and invite your friends!

    Contact: Pastor Matt Thompson, 704.341.5327, thompsonma@calvarychurch.com

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    Middle School
    Sundays, 6:00 PM

    Sundays, 6:00–7:15 PM
    January 6 – April 28

    Sunday night is a great time for middle school students to hang out and connect with friends. Head over to the CLC Gym and Game Room! We'll build community, have game time, and a Gospel-focused study.

    Contact: Pastor Matt Thompson, 704.341.5327, thompsonma@calvarychurch.com

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    Family REC Night
    Middle School Ministry
    Friday, March 29

    Middle School Family REC Night
    Friday, March 29
    6:00–8:30 PM, CLC & Gym

    Middle school students and their families are invited for this FUN evening with friends and leaders. Join us for some friendly competition with lots of games and crazy activities.

    Plus enjoy FREE pizza, chips, and lemonade! Invite your friends and bring the whole family! 

    Contacts: Pastor Matt Thompson, 704.341.5327, thompsonma@calvarychurch.com or Jennifer Porras, 704.341.5320, jporras@calvarychurch.com

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    Carowinds — Spring Break Day
    Student Ministry
    Wednesday, April 17

    Student Ministry Day at Carowinds
    Wednesday, April 17  |  10:00 AM–5:00 PM

    It's Spring Break! Join us for an incredible day of action-packed rides and awesome fellowship at Carowinds. Students and leaders will meet at the drop-off location/bus parking lot at 10:00 AM for check-in.

    Cost: $38 plus extra money for food and drinks

    There is no charge for Carowinds Season Pass holders, but please register so we may prepare for you!


    Contact: Pastor Eric Hill, 704.887.3678, ehill@calvarychurch.com or Pastor Matt Thompson, 704.341.5327, thompsonma@calvarychurch.com, or Jennifer Porras, 704.341.5320, jporras@calvarychurch.com

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    Student Ministry Worship Night
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM

    IGNITE — Student Ministry Worship Night
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM  |  CLC 1400 & Chapel
    January 9 – May 15

    Middle school students are invited to check out IGNITE!

    Our Christ-centered worship night is the place to grow in your faith and spend time with friends. We'll enjoy powerful Bible teaching from our pastors plus tons of fun stuff! Invite your friends! 

    Middle School Bible Study Series: January 9 – February 20

    Have you ever felt your desires pulling you one way, and God’s desires pulling you another? You want to do this, but you know God’s Word says to do that. If you’ve ever felt this way, you’re not alone. The story of Jonah is one of sovereignty and surrender. God called Jonah to total commitment regardless of the circumstances. God calls us to do the same.
    According to 2 Kings 14:25, Jonah lived in a Galilean city (near Jesus’ hometown) during the reign of Jeroboam II (793–753 B.C.). During this time, Jonah and the Northern Kingdom (Israel) experienced peace and prosperity like the good old days of King David. However, "Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah, 'Arise, go to Nineveh… and call out against it.'" So just like that… in the middle of a good and growing season, God called Jonah out of his comfort zone and into a place of adversity. How did Jonah respond and what did God do?

    Students come to IGNITE on WEDNESDAYS to hear the story of Jonah like never before. My prayer is that you will be empowered to turn from your own ways and commit yourself to the Lord.


    Contact: Pastor Matt Thompson, 704.341.5327, thompsonma@calvarychurch.com, or Jennifer Porras, 704.341.5320, jporras@calvarychurch.com

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    Summer Camp
    Student Ministry  |  July 22–26

    Student Ministry Summer Camp
    July 22–26

    Students, this summer we're heading to Camp Bob Cooper, located on the shores of Lake Marion in Summertown, SC. We've got a great week planned for you with dynamic Bible study and tons of activities and recreation at this scenic retreat.

    Our theme for camp week is Just Believe. To replace doubt with faith is essential to walking with God. We'll focus on learning to trust God to overcome doubt, fear, and anxiety. It's an important topic for all students to deal with!

    You'll have time alone each morning to spend with God using a devotional journal, then meet with your small group leader for Huddle Time. This will include scripture memorization and the opportunity for questions and reflection. Then we'll enjoy powerful worship together, followed by breakout sessions led by Calvary pastoral staff.

    Afternoons will be free for swimming, canoeing, basketball, volleyball, Frisbee, the blob, waterslide, climbing wall, high ropes course, paintball, and much more! After dinner, we'll conclude each day with worship and engaging Bible teaching. 

    Cost: $250  


    Roundtrip transportation, lodging, and most meals are included; Monday lunch–Friday breakfast provided. Bring extra money for snacks and drinks during the week ($30–$50). 

    Camp FAQs

    Got questions about our week at camp? We've got answers! Need additional info, just give us a call.


    Join our Camp Team

    We need many adult volunteers for camp! You can help with running our snack shack, decorating, recreation teams, tech teams, or serve as a small group leader. We also need an RN or LPN to volunteer as our camp nurse for the week. Interested? Contact Jennifer in the Student Ministry office. 

    Contacts: Pastor Eric Hill, 704.887.3678, ehill@calvarychurch.com
    Pastor Matt Thompson, 704.341.5327, thompsonma@calvarychurch.com
    Jennifer Porras, 704.341.5320, jporras@calvarychurch.com

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    Family VBS
    June 24–28  |  6:30–8:30 PM
    Register or volunteer now!

    Camp Frenzy: It's VBS Family-Style!
    June 24–28  |  6:30–8:30 PM
    Register or volunteer now!

    Ever wish you could attend Vacation Bible School with your kids?  This summer, enjoy a fun-filled week of VBS for the whole family! 

    Incorporating all the high-energy games, worship music, Bible lessons, snacks, and fun that kids look forward to every summer at Calvary, our evening family VBS format offers more opportunities for everyone to come!

    Lessons and activities will be geared toward gradeschool and middle school kids, but the whole family is invited to enjoy the fun! 

    In the frenzy of our busy lives, it's important to discover the joy and peace that can be found when families spend time together talking, playing, and learning about our Lord and His Word.

    For full details and to register or volunteer, click here or visit calvarychurch.com/familyvbs.