5th and 6th graders want to be understood. They aren’t teenagers yet but aren’t children either. It’s important for them to have good role models and leaders who love them in the phase they are in right now.
Mix 56 is a unique environment intentionally designed to honor our 5th and 6th graders’ evolving sense of style and fun while giving them room to still enjoy the best parts of being a kid.
Our gathering looks a lot like a Mosaic Students gathering—but even more fun (at least we like to think so). Every Sunday morning gets kicked off with a random Youtube video before we jump into an open hangout time with a minute-to-win-it game followed by ping-pong, foosball, and more. Next, we step into worship led by some of our own high schoolers from the student ministry. Our kids get hyped, but many also experience moments of solitude and intimacy with God during this time. After two or three songs, we dive into the teaching. Our team of young adult communicators take a month’s worth of curriculum and make it their own, contextualizing it for where the kids are at this stage. Finally, we break into small groups where the leaders guide deeper conversations that center around questions and life application.
We know that the shift from middle to high school can be rough. And so, we want 7th graders to feel welcomed at Mosaic Students from the start. Every year, our Mix Coordinator and the Mosaic Students team collaborate on the best way to transition the rising 7th graders, planning parent information meetings (where our Mix parents can meet the Mosaic Students leaders) and Mosaic Student summer events that will be the incoming 7th graders’ first experience of Wednesday nights.
Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.
When Adam and Eve decided that their way was better than God’s way and broke God’s rule, they changed the relationship between God and His creation. When once everything and everyone could be in the presence of God, now we were at odds with God. God could have done anything He wanted, including wiping us out and starting over. But instead, God decided to make peace with us. Ultimately God did this through His Son, Jesus.
When Jesus rose from the dead, He paid the price for everything that was wrong and unfair in this world. Because of Jesus, we can have peace. We don’t have to get even. Instead, we can reflect the character of Christ by caring for others and making peace.
Key Question: Why does Easter matter? When you look around at the bunnies and flowers and chocolate eggs, you can understand why it might be hard for kids to grasp the importance of Easter. We start with this question, to engage kids in a discussion about Jesus and how they can have a relationship with Him. We will celebrate that Jesus is alive!
We kick off the month with something Paul writes about Jesus in Colossians 1:20 and John 20:1-18. On Easter Sunday, we want to make sure that kids know how they can have a relationship with Jesus. Throughout the entire Bible, we see God’s plan to make peace with us. In the second part the Colossians verse, Paul reminds us that it’s through what Jesus did on the cross that the world can be right with God again.
Bottom Line: God made peace with us. God went to great lengths to fix what was wrong between us and Him. When God looked across humanity and saw the brokenness of our relationship with Him, He proved He cared about us by sending Jesus, His only Son to die—to build a bridge and resolve the conflict that existed.
Now, Jesus is alive, and we can have a relationship with God that lasts forever.
Key Question: Who do you need to make peace with? Peace can seem like a great idea without a real way to accomplish it. That’s why we start with a question to personalize the impact peace can have in our relationships. We are more likely to build bridges of peace with people when we name them and recognize the role we play in making peace. We pray that kids will see how they can make peace with others.
In week two, we look closer at something else Paul wrote in Colossians 3:15: Let the peace that Christ gives rule in your hearts. As parts of one body, you were appointed to live in peace. And be thankful, (NIrV). Because Jesus made peace with us, we can turn around and show that same peace to others.
Bottom Line: We can make peace with others. When God made peace with us through Jesus, God showed us that peace with others is possible. This doesn’t mean that it will be easy, but peace is worth the effort it takes to make it. We pray that kids will discover the ways they can live at peace with the people in their life.
Key Question: When should you walk away from a fight? If you walk into a fifth-grade classroom, you’ll quickly discover that even if fists aren’t flying, kids argue and fight with each other. Walking away from a fight can be one of the hardest things a kid does because they feel like their entire reputation is at stake. We pray kids leave with a game plan for how they can make the wise choice and walk away from a fight.
For week three, we head back to Genesis 26:1-6, 12- 22, 26-31. Isaac moved to a region where he reclaimed the wells that had belonged to his father, Abraham. For years no one had cared about the wells until they were reopened, then everyone started fighting over them. Instead of fighting, Isaac decided to give away the wells in order to make peace. Isaac simply walked away from what was rightfully his. And by walking away from the fight, those people changed their opinion about Isaac, and decided to trust him.
Bottom Line: You can show you care about others by walking away from a fight. Sometimes creating peace with someone means walking away even if we’re not wrong. Often it takes a stronger person to have the self- control to walk away. We pray that kids will learn how they can choose peace when they want to argue and fight.
Key Question: What are ways you can be a peacemaker? It’s one thing to say that peace is important, it’s another thing to actively work towards making peace. As kids go about their day, we hope they stop, look around, and see how they can help make peace between people they know who are experiencing an argument.
We finish the month in 1 Samuel 25:1-35, where we find a story about woman named Abigail, but it starts with King David. He was furious with a man who mistreated his soldiers. He decided to get revenge, until the man’s wife, Abigail, intercepts him with gifts to make peace and apologizes. Her peacemaking skills stopped something that could have been horrible. Even though she was not responsible for her husband’s offense, she realized she could play a role in making peace.
Bottom Line: You can show you care about others by being part of the solution. Peace is often about helping stop an argument before it can escalate into something worse. Acting as a peacemaker between others will take time and energy, but God can give us the strength to help others make peace. Sometimes our outside perspective is what someone might need to see a peaceful solution.
In 2018 we entered a new chapter at Mosaic with the Every Moment initiative. A key part of this next step in our story includes a buildout of our Winter Garden Campus, utilizing the building’s unused expansion space in a plan we call Phase Two.
What does this mean specifically for our 5th and 6th graders? Primarily, it means a new, freshly designed gathering space! Our large Mix room currently sits across the lobby from The City and the rest of Mosaic Kids. In Phase Two, we’ll build out two completely new City and Garden gathering spaces, which will allow us to move Mix56 into the current City space and give it a whole new look! (Don’t worry Mix56ers, we’ll be bringing the pool and ping pong table with us.) This will allow all of our Mix 56ers to be in the same wing of the building as the rest of Mosaic Kids, seeing their siblings in rooms right by theirs and no longer having to cross a busy lobby to get to their dedicated space.