The Edge (5th - 8th grade)

“The truth is, every church needs young people. Their passion enriches the soil around them. The curiosity they bring to Scripture and the authenticity they bring to relationships keep your church’s teaching fresh and fellowship fruitful. Young people also need a thriving church. A thriving church both grounds them in community and sends them out to service. Your church needs young people, and they need your church. One without the other is incomplete.” - Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin


welcome to the edge!

How does The Edge (Middle School) youth group work?

From a young age, children at NHCC are taught, unapologetically, that Jesus is the answer. But what was the question? As they transition into adolescence, it is understandable and expected that students will bring questions to the church. This is where The Edge comes in. Our goal for The Edge is to provide a safe and engaging environment for middle school students to ask good questions while studying the revolutionary text that is Christian Scripture.

The Edge worships with the congregation and is dismissed to class (with minor adjustments now and then) on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays. Students are led in clarifying for themselves, the beauty and distinctiveness of Christ. In every person's life, there is a journey, on which the faith they have been brought up in becomes their own. With an emphasis on the life and ministry of Jesus, we explore the questions...
...What do we believe?
...What have I been taught?
...How have I learned what I've been taught?
...Who taught me?

Through looking at what the Bible, the church and our families teach us, the Edge examines the role of doubt in faith and starts to peel back some 'why's' and 'hows'...
...Why do I believe?
...How do I invite others to believe with me?
...How do I respond when I or others have questions about believing?

Finally, we examine the 'so what'. If we claim to follow Jesus...
...What does it mean to be part of a community of believers?
...What are the subsequent demands on our lives?

The goal of our time of study and dialogue is that each young person will be better able to articulate what they believe, why, and to have personal ownership in living out that faith.

On 1st Sundays (with minor adjustments now and then) the Edge remains in the sanctuary for entire service. Because so many of our Edge students are brand new to the middle school group, we feel that this season is a unique opportunity to teach them how to glean Bible knowledge and important life application from a sermon. To this end, we've initiated a series of events called "Pizza with the Pastors," where we'll chat with the pastors about middle-school-relevant life application from our current sermon series. Each middle schooler's "ticket" to a "Pw/P" is simply some sermon notes!

How do I know when my student is ready for The Edge?

Generally, students are invited to join the Edge the fall of the year they turn eleven (yes, we stole that from Harry Potter).

Do students in Edge and Crux serve in leadership/ministry roles?

Yes. We believe that one of the best ways we can encourage students to remain in the church after high school is for them to be the church while they are students. As such, students at New Hope are encouraged to play on the worship team, give announcements, teach in Kids Community, lead small group discussions, volunteer in and around the community, and do any and all things that any other member of NHCC is invited to do. Our students are not the children of New Hope members. They are New Hope Community Church.

Are there retreats and other special events?

There sure are. Sometimes these events separate Crux from The Edge, and other times we like to combine everyone (sometimes even the rest of the church). Regardless, information on these events will be shared in the e-newhope.

How can I stay informed?

Because we want to make sure that the entire body is aware of what is happening with the kids and students in our congregation, weekly updates on Kids Community, The Edge, and Crux are given via e-newhope. To sign-up students or parents for e-newhope, please contact Joe Miller at jmiller@ournewhope.org.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact Shannon Chastain (nhcckidscommunity@gmail.com), Joe Miller (jmiller@ournewhope.org), or Jason Poling (jpoling@ournewhope.org).