The MIX: Mid-Week Student Ministry

UPDATE: The MIX will be VIRTUAL for the month of January 2022. The MIX program will take place for TK through 12th graders from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom. To join the MIX’s Zoom meeting, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Candice Hubbard at themix@atascaderoumc.org or 805-466-2566.

Virtual MIX Schedule:

  • 6:30pm: Login and Welcome (Zoom link)
  • 6:35pm: TK-5th grade group activity/7th-12th grades in breakout room for programming
  • 7:00pm: MIX in break out rooms for Bible study
  • 7:28pm: WHOLE GROUP closing

The MIX is our exciting intergenerational mid-week program, in which our church buildings burst with the energy and laughter of children and teenagers. Though we had a year of meeting online, we plan to hold the 2021-22 year IN-PERSON. We will start the year meeting outside. Masks are not needed for outside time, though participants and volunteers should bring masks because they will be required for going inside. Depending on how things are doing, we will evaluate and adjust. When outside, we will social distance, including at dinner time. Care and thought are going into how we can meet in person, yet keep everyone safe. At this time, the plan is to have all parts of the program outside.

The MIX is for children in TK (4 years old) through 12th grade. The MIX will take place on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. for those in TK through fifth grade; 5:15 to 8 pm for sixth and seventh grades; and 6:15 to 8 p.m. for those in eighth through 12th grades. For more about the youth program, CLICK HERE. Dinner will be included in the program for all participants. Food restrictions and allergies can be accommodated.

Registration is open!

COVID Protocol @ The MIX

We are so excited to be getting back together in-person for our mid-week intergenerational programming!  In order to do this in a safe way, we will need to make sure that we are doing our due diligence in setting some guidelines for participants to follow.

Here are our expectations for participants at this time (9/15/2021), please note that these may change given any updated information from the United Methodist Church and our county.

  • All participants (children and adults) must wear masks in situations where they will be closer than 6 feet away from one another. The ONLY exception will be during dinner time.
  • As much of the programming will happen outside as possible, we will do our best to provide shaded areas.
  • Participants will need to bring their own water bottles, water stations will be provided.
  • Participants will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer stations around the church.
  • Pick up and drop off will be at the gate to the playground area in order to avoid congestion at the front of Dexter Hall.
  • In case of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, all participants will be notified so that they may take the precautions they feel is necessary for their family. We are encouraging individuals to follow the measures set forth by the County Health Department.

Going Back to Virtual?

It is possible that The MIX will need to return to a virtual setting at some point this fall due to rising COVID cases in our community. The following is what you can expect will happen at that time.

  • Participants will be notified as soon as possible and a zoom link will be given to everyone to use for our meetings.
  • The program would meet for 1-1.5 hours and include an all ages fun recreation activity, a bible lesson with our fabulous teachers (divided into age groups), worship skills and a take away challenge activity.
  • Materials needed for each week will be provided to families for pick up or delivery. 
  • We may also do some other fun activities in addition to the Wednesday nights, that will be decided as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times.
  • We will follow the same schedule for the year and participate in MIX Sunday activities.

The 2021-22 MIX Year

Monthly Theme for September: God Created You & Me

Sept. 8, 2021
Lesson: Season of Creation: Sky
Scripture: Gen. 1:1-8 & Psalm 104:1-18
Dress up: Wear Blue

Sept. 15, 2021
Lesson: Season of Creation: Water
Scripture: Gen. 1:20 & Psalm 104:10
Dress up: Beach Day

Sept. 22, 2021
Lesson: Season of Creation: People of the Promise
Scripture: Gen. 1:24-2:2 & Gen. 6
Dress up: Wear Blue

Sept. 26, 2021—MIX Sunday

Monthly Theme for October: A Neighborhood for All

Oct. 6, 2021
Lesson: Treasure in Heaven
Scripture: Mark 10:17-31
Dress up: Pirates

Oct. 13, 2021
Lesson: Stewardship/A Servant’s Heart
Scripture: Gen. 1:1-8 & Psalm 104:1-18
Bring a non-perishable

Oct. 20, 2021
Lesson: What is it WE need?
Scripture: Mark 12:31

Oct. 24, 2021—MIX Sunday

Monthly Theme for November: With a Grateful Heart

Nov. 3, 2021
Lesson: Remembrance
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:25
Bring a picture of someone special to you

Nov. 10, 2021
Lesson: Giving Thanks
Scripture: Psalm 9:1-2
Dress up: Backwards Clothes

Nov. 17, 2021
Lesson: A Grateful Heart
Scripture: Psalm 126
Dress up: Something with hearts

Nov. 21, 2021—MIX Sunday

Monthly Theme for December: The Greatest Gift

Dec. 1, 2021
Lesson: Love: Preparation for Jesus’ birth
Dress up: Light it up! Wear clothes that are bright and shiny

Dec. 8, 2021
Lesson: Joy: Good News
Dress up: Newsies Dress Up

Dec. 15, 2021
Lesson: Hope: Who will Jesus Be?

Dec. 19—MIX Sunday

2022 dates

Jan. 5, 2022
Lesson:
Baptism
Scripture:
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Dress up:
Blue
Meal: TBA

Jan. 12, 2022
Lesson: Giftedness
Scripture:
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Dress up:
Circus
Meal: TBA

Jan. 16, 2022—MIX Sunday

Jan. 19, 2022
Lesson: One Body, Many Parts
Scripture:
1 Corinthians 12:12-31A
Dress up:
Sports Day
Meal: TBA

Feb. 2, 2022
Lesson: Fishing for People
Scripture:
Luke 5:1-11
Dress up:
TBA
Meal: TBA

Feb. 9, 2022
Lesson: Trust in the Lord
Scripture:
Jeremiah 17:5-10
Dress up:
TBA
Meal: TBA

Feb. 16, 2022
Lesson: Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Scripture:
Genesis 45:3-11,15
Dress up:
TBA
Meal: TBA

Feb. 20, 2022—MIX Sunday

March 2, 2022
Lesson: TBA
Scripture:
TBA
Dress up:
TBA
Meal: TBA

March 9, 2022
Lesson: TBA
Scripture:
TBA
Dress up:
TBA
Meal: TBA

March 16, 2022
Lesson: TBA
Scripture:
TBA
Dress up:
TBA
Meal: TBA

March 20, 2022—MIX Sunday

April 6, 2022
Lesson: TBA
Scripture:
TBA
Dress up:
TBA
Meal: TBA

April 20, 2022
Lesson: TBA
Scripture:
TBA
Dress up:
TBA
Meal: TBA

April 24, 2022—MIX Sunday

April 27, 2022—MIX Celebration/volunteer appreciation

The RULE of the MIX:
You are a child of God and I will treat you like one.

Jesus’ ministry focused on teaching people what the Kingdom of God was like: non-competitive, inclusive, sharing, and life-affirming. The MIX is a metaphor for that Kingdom and is an alternative for children who are being reared in an image-based culture that’s driven by competition, individualism, and consumerism. Based on a nation-wide proven church program called “LOGOS,” we began our MIX with an in-depth training for adult leaders. After much prayer and preparation, we kicked things off in September 2011 and quickly doubled in size from what we had hoped for.

The goal of the MIX:
To grow intergenerational Christian relationships.

Any child is welcome to attend The MIX; families do not have to be church members in order to participate. We have found The MIX to be an excellent way to learn about Christianity, play together, get to know each other more deeply, and bridge the time in between Sundays. Email our MIX coordinator for more info at themix@atascaderoumc.org.

To subscribe to The MIX email list, CLICK HERE.