Makenzie Conner
Coordinator of High School & Young Adults
Interim 7th/8th Grade
 (616) 935-8739
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Sophie Raha
5th & 6th Grade Coordinator
(616) 842-0001 x122
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Middle school faith formation offers opportunities to foster personal relationships with Jesus Christ in ways that best relate to 5th-8th grade youth. This ministry is relational in nature, as teens are beginning to understand, question, and take ownership of their faith. There are a variety of activities available for participation, including: faith formation, retreats, mission trips, social events, fundraisers, open youth center, & First Priority at their school. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Makenzie (7th & 8th Confirmation prep) or Sophie (5th & 6th).

5th & 6th Grade

Faith Formation
Mondays 6:15 – 7:30 pm in Youth Center
Drop in time @ 6:00 – 6:15 pm
Start date: October 3, 2022

The focus for 5th & 6th grade faith formation this year will be developing a better understanding of the Bible, why it is relevant, and how it applies to our everyday lives.

Tony Allen will be leading 5th & 6th grade faith formation in the interim.

7th & 8th Grade

Confirmation Preparation
Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30 pm in Youth Center
Social & Drop-off: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Social & Pick-up: 8:30 – 9:00 pm

The focus of 7th & 8th grade faith formation is preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Makenzie Conner will be leading 7th & 8th grade Confirmation preparation in the interim. Please reference the 7th & 8th grade Confirmation Prep Schedule for important dates.


  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat (Fall)
  • Shine Youth Rally (Spring, grades 6-8)

Faith Formation Adult Volunteer

Adult volunteers attend faith formation on a regular basis and can help in various ways. The most common role is that of a small group leader. Small group leaders are assigned to a group of students and facilitate conversation about the topic of the night. Small group leaders are also asked to build meaningful, Christ centered relationships and invest in the lives of the middle schoolers. Other ways adult volunteers can help is by assisting with check-in, arranging and setting up snacks, and lending an extra hand during social activities and events.

Guest Speaker

If God has given you the gift of sharing your faith with this unique age group, please consider speaking at one of our faith formation nights . This requires meeting with the middle school coordinator to determine the topic and date, and providing a detailed outline of the talk prior to the presentation date.

Retreat Planning Team

This group meets prior to retreats to plan the schedule, t-shirt design, and activities. While some planning must take place during the planning meetings, there are many tasks that can be accomplished outside of the designated planning time.

Mission Trip Volunteer

Travel with us serve the greater community for 4-5 days in the summer. Mission Trips are a mix of prayer, service and fun. Be prepared to drive a van, get minimal sleep 😉 and watch hearts grow in service.

Here are some highlights from our Faith Formation events this year.

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