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.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God.
This month we’re diverting from the rest of the Mosaic Kids curriculum, preparing for our Mix Olympics camp by learning about the armor of God. We are in a battle and, to paraphrase the scripture, it’s time to suit up. We must put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, shoes of peace, the helmet of salvation, and use the sword of the spirit. During this week, we hope our Mix56ers learn how each of these will help them be on guard against the enemy, seeing how to deploy each of these pieces of armor in their own spiritual walk.
We’ll be launching into the new, year-long Mosaic Kids curriculum next month which includes collector memory verse cards, parent guides with additional questions for gospel-focused conversations, and videos designed specifically for our 5th and 6th graders!
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.