The transition from 5th grade to 6th grade is a huge one for kids. Everything in their world is changing. They’re moving from elementary to middle school, Children’s Ministry to Student Ministry and are taking a big step out of childhood into adolescence.
Here at Southland, we want to help your family make that transition as awesome as possible. We believe that during seasons like this, kids need their parents and other significant adults to come alongside them to celebrate and encourage them as they step into new territory.
That’s why this year we’re encouraging all the parents of our graduating 5th graders to do something extra special for their child. We call it 5th Grade Launch.
What is it? It’s a time to celebrate your kids and pray over them for their next season. It’s a time to affirm their value and share some vision.
At its simplest, a 5th Grade Launch involves two things: a party and a prayer. Both can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make them.
For the party, you could just get ice cream and pizza or host a full-blown shindig complete with decorations and the whole nine yards. Whether it’s a quiet dinner at your 5th grader’s favorite restaurant or a backyard cookout, the important thing is that you’re creating a special moment for your child.
Think about the people who have influenced your child’s spiritual growth and those you will want to influence your child in the coming years. Think of family, friends, Life Group Leaders or others who have made a difference in your child’s faith. That’s your guest list.
Now for the prayer. Write out a prayer for your child and pray it over them at the party. Let them know how proud you are and specific ways you’ve seen them grow to become more like Jesus. Tell them how excited you are for what God’s going to do in their lives over the next few years. Then read your prayer out loud and pray it over them.
If you’re not sure what to pray, here’s an outline of one way you might pray for them.
Thank God for them.
Affirm their identity in Christ.
Pray for their relationship with God.
Pray for their relationships with other believers.
Pray for their mission.
Pray for protection.
You can also invite your guests to write special letters of encouragement, sharing how they see your 5th grader becoming more like Jesus too. Invite them to pray with you over your child.
Hold onto those letters and prayers and use them to encourage your child in the years to come as they grow into the young men and women God made them to be.
So put your 5th Grade Launch Party on your calendar right now and get to work on that prayer. Take time to celebrate this milestone and prepare your child for this next season of following Jesus together.
We’d love to share this memory with you. Post your 5th Grade Launch pictures online and tag us Twitter or Instagram @southlandcc or on Facebook at Southland Christian Church with the hashtag #5thgradelaunch.
If you have questions about Student Ministry and the awesome things we have in store for your kids beyond the 5th Grade Launch, contact: