We are the 6th Grade Ministry at Cypress Baptist Church! We formed out of a need for a more specialized ministry towards 6th graders. These students are in a very specific phase of development that does not quite fit into the mold of either a children’s ministry or a 7th-12th grade student ministry. So, we have our own ministry that can specifically target these students where they are at.
At The CORE, our desire is to develop a solid spiritual core within these students so they will be ready to meet the challenges that middle school and high school can bring before they arrive. In Luke 6:47-48, Jesus says, “Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” This is what we are seeking to accomplish at The CORE. We want to build a strong core within our students so that they will be ready to face the later years of their lives with confidence and boldness for the glory of God.
Below, you will find information about our regular meeting times and how to get involved in this exciting ministry!
Worship at The CORE
Every Wednesday night, we meet upstairs in the Family Life Center for weekly worship! This service officially runs from 6:15pm - 7:15pm, however, students are invited to show up as early as 5:30pm to hang out together. Afterwards, students are welcomed to stay and hang out for a little while as well. Students need to bring some money if they plan on eating or buying snacks.
Sunday Morning Schedule
Sunday School happens in The CORE upstairs in the gym. It starts at 9:15am and is over at 10:30am. The guys and the girls split up during this time and each have their own small groups.
After Sunday School, we all head to the Sanctuary for worship. There is no 6th grade section, so we encourage students to join in with their families! This service begins at 10:45am and is over at 12:00pm.
We have a weekly time of Bible study where we meet in the home of a student to study Scripture together from 6pm - 7pm. This location changes on a monthly basis, and the day of the week also changes as well in an attempt to accommodate the different sport schedules that change throughout the year. For more specific information about when and where these Bible studies will be taking place, please see “How to Get Involved” below.
How to Get Involved
Learning More About Our Ministry
If you are new to the area, our church, or would simply like more information about the 6th grade ministry, you can stop by our offices during normal office hours to pick up a copy of our student handbook. In this handbook, we explain our values, our methods, and our events (both regular and annual events).
There are two primary ways that you can keep up with everything that we have going on at The CORE:
Mass Text Service We subscribe to a mass texting service that is free of charge for anyone who signs up! Simply text “TheCORE” to “97000” to sign up! You will receive a message notifying you that you have been signed up. We send out all of our major announcements through this service, including last second changes to any plans that we may have and occasional reminders about upcoming events. Additionally, once subscribed, you can text any questions or comments to that same number and it will come directly to us in a private message so that we can provide an answer for you.
Monthly NewsletterWe communicate our monthly activities, sermon topics, Sunday School topics, Bible study times/locations, and much more in a monthly newsletter that goes out to everyone on our mailing list. This is our most comprehensive form of communication. To sign up to receive our newsletters, you can simply call or come by the church office and speak with our 6th grade ministry assistant, Becky Bell.
We are always looking for more volunteers! We have a wide range of ways that you can help serve in this ministry, from providing food for an event or a bible study, to providing transportation during one of our events, to simply being a presence during our services and activities. If you are interested in serving in our ministry in these, or any other capacity, please contact us! We will be glad to answer any questions for you and to help find a way for you to serve the Lord with us!