Believe it or not, your 5th graders are about to enter into a brave new world, and here at Oneighty we are so excited to have them! The weekend of June 3rd and 4th is Upgrade Weekend, when your 5th grader officially moves into the 6th grade. We believe that this is the ideal time for your student to join Oneighty because of the phase of life they are entering into and the strategy that we have to help them navigate this time in their life. Over the next few weeks, months, and years, we will get into more detail about that strategy, bur for now just know that it has a lot to do with connecting them in a healthy small group.

As for how moving up to Oneighty effects you now, here are the main differences between between an elementary student and a Oneighty student at Church on the Move.


Weekend Check-in and Check-out in Jhi

Our Jhi services are for 6th-8th grade students and just like Kids on the Move, these services correspond with every weekend service at every COTM campus. Here are the main differences:

  • Jhi students are allowed to check themselves into class without a parent. As long as they know you’re phone number, they can print out a name badge at a check-in kiosk and walk into class.
  • There is no claim check for JHi students.
  • Once service is over, there is no official pick-up, so no claim check is needed. They can wait for you in the JHI room, or they can meet up with you at the cafe or in the lobby or wherever you decide to meet. Isn’t that fun?


Wednesday Nights

Another significant change is that 6th graders are now part of our Wednesday night Oneighty services at each campus. The Central and Oneighty campus meet at the Oneighty building, and South campus meets at the South Campus offices. Every Wednesday night we hang out, have some worship, hear a message, and break into grade and gender specific small groups.  

Doors open on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM and service begins at 7:00 PM.  Once again, students check-themselves in, so you can drop them off at the front door, and park in the parent lot to pick them up at the end of the night.


United Nights 

On the first Wednesday of the month we month, your students will no longer be in the same building with you. Instead, we have a service up at Oneighty called United Night.  The south campus busses up to Oneighty on these nights when all grades from all campuses meet in one room for a bigger worship experience, special guest speakers, and free food! You won’t want to miss this service!


Content

One question that we often get about Oneighty has to do with the content that we cover. Basically, what they want to know is, “Will you be talking about sex?”  The answer is yes… but not every week, and probably not week one. 

The truth of the matter is that this is about the time when students begin to get curious about the opposite sex, and while we won’t sit them down and have a “the birds and the bees” talk, we will be talking about appropriate boundaries and when God intended when he created sex.  So if you haven’t started that conversation, it might be time to start thinking about it.

Setting the sex topic aside, we have found that many 6th graders are dealing with things that we don’t often talk about it Kids on the Move, and so getting a chance to process what their going through in their small groups has been great for them. 


Age Breakdown

Another question we get is, “Are they all in there together?” In other words, “Will my 6th grade daughter be sitting between two senior football players in service?”  The answer to that is, “probably not.” There are times when we will all gather in the same room, but it’s no different than being in a movie theater or at the mall. All ages, grades, and genders are together in these places and it’s fine!

The truth is, senior football players aren’t going to want to sit by your 6th grader any more than you want your 6th grader sitting by them. Not that they will be rude about it, but they won’t be seeking it out to be sure! Most of the time, students stick to other students like them. Seniors are going to sit with their junior and senior friends, 10th graders are going to be seeking out their 9th and 10th grade friends, and 6th graders are going to be hanging out with other 6th and 7th graders. 

That being said, at the Oneighty building on Wednesday nights we do have a 6th-10th grade service and an 11th-12th grade service called Varsity. We do this because juniors and seniors are at a different stage of their life and are asking questions that even 9th and 10th grade students are asking yet. So we created a service designed to meet them specifically where they are. At the South Campus we do not currently have a Varsity service, but small groups are still based on grade and gender. 

Questions? 

We would love to talk with you and answer any questions that you may have about Oneighty. You can feel free to email us any time at hello@oneighty.com.

Thanks!