Milestones are events that mark and celebrate a significant moment or change in a person’s story. Of all the moments to celebrate, these are the moments that matter most. They are the milestones… they happen only once in a person’s life… they happen on a specific day. In NextGen Ministries, we mark and celebrate milestones through five transitional phases of a child’s life.
BEGINNING celebrating the first chapter of life
The beginning of a child’s life is a time for parents to identify their community, to surround themselves with support, and to imagine the end for their child. Baby Celebration is a moment in time when parents publicly commit to parenting with the future faith of their child in mind. We are honored to partner with you from the very beginning of your journey as parents. We want to be a consistent source of encouragement, strength, and resources as you raise your child to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We want parents to look back at this milestone as a significant beginning in this journey.
Parents of babies born in 2017 can pick up their Parent Orientation packet beginning Sunday, December 17th at the Host Station in the Nursery Hallway.
Parent Orientation will be January 14 @ 9:00am in Room 218, the Next Steps Room.
Baby Celebration will be February 11 @ 4:00pm (Parent Orientation is required to participate in this event - more event info will be provided at Parent Orientation.)
Parent Talk - "Imagine the End"
Parent Talk - "Widen the Circle"
WISDOM celebrating the potential to discover & learn
New beginnings are opportunities to celebrate accomplishments and tell stories that highlight a child’s growing character. We know discovery and learning happen best in environments designed to engage a child in their phase of life. That’s why we celebrate as a child transitions to a new NextGen environment. Preview Day is a unique opportunity in the spring for a child to take a sneak peek into the next environment they will move to in the fall.
Kindergarteners will preview The Backyard
Third Graders will preview The Loft
Sixth Graders will preview CPSM
FAITH celebrating the decision to follow Christ
Footprints of Faith
Footprints of Faith is a fun event designed for families of 3rd - 6th graders to hear about God’s free gift of salvation for each one of us. We will dig into God’s Word to see what God says about baptism. Families will be given materials to use after the class for at home discussions.
IDENTITY celebrating the journey toward adulthood
6th Grade Crossover
This coming-of-age celebration brings dignity and intentionality as a child crosses over from elementary to junior high. It’s an opportunity to identify critical influences in the life of a preteen, to surround them with support, and to imagine the end. This celebration is a moment in time when parents and adult leaders affirm a preteen and begin sharing the secrets of living an adult life with faith and character.
GRADUATION celebrating the transition toward vocation & career
The end of basic education marks the end of a significant era in a person’s life. Graduation is a moment in time when parents re-tell the stories of the phases of a teenager’s life. It’s a moment to identify core relationships that will advance with a teenager as they transition toward a new life with vocation and career. Our church community celebrates our high school graduates at the end of the school year.