“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” ( II Cor. 5:17) From this verse in God’s Word comes the challenge of the “One~eighty” life fifth and sixth graders are commanded to live. Leaving the “old” life of sin and separation from God, doing a “One~eighty,” and embarking on a “new” life through a personal relationship with our heavenly Father is what this department is all about. Equipping pre-teens with Biblical tools to help them navigate through the often confusing sea of teenage years will help keep them focused on God’s purpose and will for their lives.
Qualified teachers, dedicated to fifth and sixth graders and focused on instilling God’s Word into their hearts and minds, rotate teaching responsibilities each week. Pre- teens are exposed to solid Bible teaching, as well a practical applications that can be used in their everyday lives. All teachers have passed background checks and are easily identifiable by their photo identification badge worn at all times.
Throughout the year, the “One~eighty” Department has many activities on and off campus. “Board Game” Night, “Old Movie” Night, Black light Miniature Golfing, Gym Night, and Mesquite Rodeo Night are just a few of the many events planned for fifth and sixth graders. Of course, these are the last two years to attend Vacation Bible School and Junior Camp, both exciting summer activities no pre-teen wants to miss.
During the school year, children’s’ choirs meet on Sunday evenings during the service in preparation for various performances. The AWANA program on Wednesday nights is another way for fifth and sixth graders to stay plugged in. Opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship abound in the “One~eighty” Department.
Fifth and sixth graders check in to “One~eighty” on the second floor of the Keyes Building, Room #200. At the end of the Sunday school hour, 10:30 a.m., “One~eighty” is dismissed to Junior Church located on the second floor of the East Wing directly behind the Worship Center, or they may meet their parents and attend the morning worship service together.