WELCOME TO NEXT KIDS & NEXT YOUTH

As we walk through this season of sheltering in place, we want to be with you. Next Kids has a weekly email filled with resources, devotions, ideas for family connection and more. Reach out to kids@thedoor.org to be added to that email list. We are also having weekly virtual gathering for Next Youth. Reach out to youth@thedoor.org for more info. And be sure to check out the COVID-19 page for more resources & opportunities for connection.


We desire to inspire the Next Generation to become fully alive in God by inviting and encouraging them to know, love and follow Jesus, by helping them build relationships in our faith community, and by giving them opportunities to live for the sake of others. It is also our desire to come alongside, support and encourage parents in their role as the primary spiritual nurturers of their child’s or student’s faith.  


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Upcoming Next Gen Events

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Sundays: next kids

NEXT KIDS (BIRTH through 5TH GRADE)

Each Sunday your child will have the opportunity to hear the Big God story, respond to the Holy Spirit, and participate in a small group with others their age. Check-in at the Kids kiosk on the lower level. 


Contact: Kids@thedoor.org

Sundays, 10am

Register for birth through 5th-grade Sunday programming


HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

Kids programming for infants through 2-years old is available on holiday weekends. Older children are invited to sit with they families during the service. During these services, activity bags are available for them.

sundays: next Youth

NEXT YOUTH (6TH through 12TH Grade)

Join us for the regular worship service in the sanctuary at 10am with your friends (and maybe make some new friends)! Our hope for our students is that you become more fully involved in the life of the bigger church upstairs. This is YOUR CHURCH too! You have a place here, and you are needed and welcomed here! We also offer classes for you from 9-10am Sunday mornings. 

More details below.


ANOTHER OPTION: Volunteer with Next Kids

The younger kids (birth through 5th-grade) love having older kids to hang out with and learn from! Consider serving with our kids during the 10am service on a monthly rotation. 


Contact: Kids@thedoor.org

Volunteer

Sunday Classes

NEXT youth

In our Next Youth Sunday morning classes students gain a community of friends and tools for their growing faith.


CLASSES: 9am*; 2nd & 3rd Sundays Oct - May

(Oct 13 & 20, Nov 10 & 17, Dec 8 & 15, Jan 12 & 19, Feb 9 & 16, 

Mar 8 & 15, Apr 19 & 26, May 10 & 17)

All classes meet at 9am (*except What's Next Class)



E3 CLASS (6th - 8th GRADE) 

In E3 we experience the biblical narrative through storytelling, creative reflection, and learning how to dialogue. From Creation to Revelation, we have fun while growing in our understanding of the Bible. Join us the 2nd and 3rd Sunday’s of the month in Room 25. Walk-ins welcome!


ABSOLUTE BASICS CLASS

(9th & 10th GRADE) 

As you grow as a person and in your faith, you will start to have some big questions for God about life, faith and the Church. In this class we discuss the “why” behind the basic beliefs of Christianity, wrestle with what we believe and learn how following Jesus can move us forward in faith even when the answers are unclear. Walk-ins welcome!


WHAT'S NEXT CLASS (11th & 12th GRADE)* 

*Begins at 8:45am 

Juniors and Seniors in high school have a desire and need to prepare for what’s next. We want to give them tools to build a solid foundation that will make the transition into college and beyond for a lifelong faith. In this class we will enter into questions like: How can I manage my life after high school? How can my struggles make my faith stick? How can I experience God on a regular basis? Based on the Sticky Faith research project by Dr. Kara Powell and Brad Griffin, scripture, community and conversation, this class will benefit your teen as they move forward. Walk-ins welcome. 



PARENTS 
While your student is in class, consider volunteering, check out The Gathering@9 or relax in the Gathering Place with a cup of coffee from the Coffee Cart! 

WEDNESDAYS

NEXT YOUTH

On Wednesday nights, our middle and high school students (grades 6-12) engage in a variety of fun activities, Biblical teaching, worship time and small group discussions. During small group discussions students meet in groups with a volunteer team leader and 5-7 other students. Once a month during the school year groups go out to various Service Environments in our community to assist people and organizations in need. 


Contact: Youth@thedoor.org

School year Wednesdays, 7-8:45pm*

(*Service Environment nights start at 6:15pm)


Register for Next Youth Wednesdays

Waiver and Release (PDF)


Next Youth School Year 2019-20 Schedule (PDF)

Also, see events below. 

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Volunteer with next generation

Check out the many opportunities to serve our kids, youth, and families on the Serve page. 

Milestones

There are many milestones along the path as your children grow and mature. These helpful resources are designed to provide practical answers to many questions you or your child might have in relation to these life events and practices. Contact: Kids@thedoor.org


Baptism (PDF)

Child Dedication (PDF)

Communion (PDF)


Next Child Dedication: March 15, 2020

Next Baptism: April 5, 2020  Register here.

Mission Trips

Hearts and minds are expanded when our students are exposed to more of what God is doing in the world around us. Each summer, we partner with several outstanding ministries in the USA, around the globe, and in our own backyard to offer short-term mission trips for youth who are ready to explore living for the sake of others. Contact: Youth@thedoor.org

Parents

You are not alone! We provide opportunities for parents to connect with other parents and to be encouraged and equipped to raise their children as followers of Christ.

There is so much out there telling you how to raise (or not raise) your children. We have recommended resources to help you in your parenting experience. We also have online and take-home resources for our Kids Sunday curriculum. Contact: Amanda | ext 1703


Visit some of our parenting groups on Facebook. 

  Open Door Moms Facebook Group

  Next Generation Parenting Group