Grapple (5th & 6th grade)
Grapple is a unique experience where youth in the 5th and 6th grades begin wrestling with some of the deeper questions of faith and life. Like KidsQuest, Grapple meets during the ‘Message’ portion of our weekly Worship Gatherings. Grapple is tailored to engage pre-teens in a relationship with caring mentors, with other youth their age, and with Christ.


Cross Fit (Confirmation) Training
As students transition from Grapple into their teen-years, ACTS offers a two-year Cross Fit Training experience. CrossFit” is a physical program that gets your body into shape. At Cross Fit Training we get our heart, mind and soul into spiritual shape. It takes hard work but makes us healthy and is rewarding. 7th- and 8th- graders meet about twice a month to discuss their faith, build relationships, and grow in their understanding of their relationship with Jesus. They spend a year learning about the Old and New Testaments, their spiritual gifts, Baptism, and Communion. During the alternate year, they explore the Ten Commandments, Confession and forgiveness, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostles’ Creed. ACTS’ Cross Fit Training includes eating together, games, retreats, service, and discussions within the family. This multi-layered experience leads to a public recognition of spiritual growth and the opportunity for each student to ‘confirm’ his or her own faith in Jesus.


Middle School Hang Time
Middle School Hang Time (MSHT) gives 6th, 7th, and 8th graders a chance to get to know each other through a monthly “Hang Time.” One of the key values of ACTS is Adventure; and what better starting point is there for reaching out to middle-school students? Kayaking, paintballing, concerts, game nights, trampolines, mini-golf and pizza all become entry points for connecting students to Christ and to the mission of ACTS. Although we place a high priority on each student’s safety*, we appropriately structure risk in order to better understand the call of Christ to come follow him, whatever the cost!

*Our priority on each student’s safety means that we provide appropriate insurance, establish standards of conduct, set policies for drivers of vehicles, and conduct background checks for volunteers!


Middle School Mystery Mission Trip
Middle-school and high-school students experience Adventure and Sending through mission trips and youth gatherings. The idea behind a Mystery Mission Trip is this: students are told how long they will serve… but not where or how! They learn to trust God and go! Past Mystery Mission Trips include fire relief in Bastrop, multi-ethnic Vacation Bible School, cultural exposure through LINC Houston, and serving the homeless  of St. Louis. Students have also worked in area food banks, spent time caring for people in a special-needs home, painted houses, and engaged in other labor-and care-based activities.

You can get your student in on this year’s MYSTERY! It will be July 6-10, 2017. It is going to be an incredible experience. For many students this will be their first exposure to a formal mission trip. Don’t let your youth miss this opportunity! Contact Andrea Bolognini to sign up.


Photo Gallery – Middle School Mystery Mission Trip