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Fifth & Sixth Ministry

Welcome to 56 Ministry

We’re so glad you made it!


We desire to be Christ’s church in this place, specifically for our fifth and sixth grade friends. We accomplish this by being a gathered assembly, a caring family, a maturing community, a serving community and a witnessing people. We’d love all fifth and sixth graders to join us!

Check out our Programs!



Wednesday Nights

56 on Wednesdays is a place where every student is known, loved, and cared for by our faithful team of staff and volunteers! Each night includes intentional free time, large group worship time, and small group challenge time. So if you are in 5th or 6th grade, join us for games, crafts, snacks, and studying God’s word every Wednesday until April 27.


Special Events

In 56, we have a monthly event for our students. These high-energy activities are made to create lasting memories for our students as well as give them an opportunity to invite a friend to church. Keep your eyes peeled for what crazy ideas we come up with this month and check out our 56 Calendar!

When you invite a friend, please have them complete this Calvary Release Waiver or complete our at-home printable Waiver/Release and bring it to the event!



Sunday Mornings

Our Sunday morning class has been specially designed for parents to take WITH their fifth or sixth graders!  In this class, together you’ll discover the common threads of scripture. Students will be equipped with tools to better understand how to read and study the Bible for themselves and parents will be equipped to take a hands-on role in teaching these skills to their students! This interactive and fun course will have projects that match each of our units and lessons, culminating in a museum event that walks people through the Bible!


What Every Parent Needs to Know about 56!

We are a Gathered Assembly where we encourage students to worship with their families during the main service on Sundays to better understand what it means to gather together to worship God. In addition, we host 56 on Wednesdays and an Equip class for parents and students during the 2nd service on Sunday mornings.

We are a Caring Family and have awesome leaders who know our students by name, pray over them and engage with them every week!

We are a Maturing Body and understand that middle school is not an easy time for many students! Through small group discussions and interactions with peers, we encourage each student to grow in their faith.

We are a Serving Community and encourage students to be servant-leaders, celebrating those who engage in serving here at the church and in their community. We also strive to help students see that can be a light and serve others simply by having a great attitude and showing positive behaviors!

We are a Witnessing People and host monthly events that our students are excited to invite friends to!

How Do I drop off and pick up my student?

In 56, we offer a graduated experience from Calvary Kids. Although we love to see and talk to parents that stop by our space, students are allowed to sign themselves in and out of class during weekly programming. There is someone stationed at our check-in desk to greet everyone and when programming is done, we encourage families to have a designated meeting place in the church!

We will always have a greeter at the designated Calvary entrance to welcome and say goodbye to our students during special events!

Why does Sunday morning programming include parents?

We encourage families to worship together on Sundays and then during the 10:45am service, we are offering an interactive and fun class that is designed for parents to take with their fifth or sixth grade child . Together with your pre-teen, you’ll discover the common threads of scripture and will work on creating a museum that walks people through the Bible!

What happens when programming is canceled?

If 56 programming is canceled, we do our best to send you an email! Calvary follows the Forest Hills Public School System for weather-related cancellations. Whether it is due to a snow day, illness, or trip out of town, we all have to miss a Wednesday night now and then. In order to continue moving forward with our schedule, we record and upload our Wednesday night lessons each week on our 56 YouTube Channel so you can stay up-to-date with what we are learning!

Can my child bring a friend?

The answer is YES! Your child may bring another fifth or sixth grade student to any of our weekly programming or special events. When you invite a friend, please have them complete this Calvary Release Waiver or complete our at-home printable Waiver/Release and bring it to the event!

In 56, our rules for staff, volunteers, and students are to stay FRESH!

F – Friendly. We are to be kind to one another, just as God commands in Ephesians 4:32.

R – Responsible. We are to be mindful of how we are engaging with others in our space. It is up to the individuals how responsible they are willing to be, but according to Romans 14:12, we know we will be held accountable for how we act.

E – Encouraging. We want to encourage and spur one another on as Proverbs 27:17 says.

S – Selfless. Thinking of others will help form us to be like Christ. He was willing to make a big sacrifice for us, so we should be willing to make sacrifices for one another just as I Corinthians 11:1 tells us.

H – Helpful. Keeping our eyes peeled on how to help one another is a specialty in the church. Just as the Holy Spirit is our helper, we are to help one another, as we see in John 15:26-27.

I am so glad you asked that question – YES we do! You can find weekly uploads of our Wednesday Night Lessons and be sure to subscribe to our 56 YouTube Channel!

Meet Our Team!

David Prichard
Associate Director, Fifth & Sixth Ministry

Betsy Nolan
Facilitator, Calvary Kids
& Special Needs Ministries

Ann Bagley
Ministry Assistant, Calvary Kids,
Students & Young Adult Ministries