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Middle School Ministry (6-8th grade)

During Hosanna Church’s Middle School Ministry, students are given an opportunity to embrace the faith through small groups, Jesus-centered teaching, engaging worship, serving opportunities and prayer ministry.

According to our vision, Confirmation is an optional milestone that marks the transition from embracing the faith to living the faith.

Our first night of programming will be Wednesday, September 23, 2020, either online or together in person. Please look for email communications from Student Ministries throughout the summer.


Register for 2020-2021 Middle School Ministry by clicking your campus


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We will challenge students to embrace the faith and make it their own by covering relevant topics and key pieces of what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus today. Teaching topics include: the radical life of Jesus, his death and resurrection, our identity in Christ, sharing our faith, serving others, the Bible, prayer, worship, and the Holy Spirit.

Key Mile Markers on a student’s journey towards Embracing the Faith include:

  • 7th and 8th Grade Retreats
  • Confirmation
  • Small Groups
  • Transition to 6th Grade


Confirmation at Hosanna Church is a chance for students to publicly acknowledge faith in Jesus Christ and make their faith their own. Confirmation is not the “end” of one’s faith journey, nor is it equivalent to salvation. Confirmation students affirm they are on a personal journey to know Christ more. Participation in Confirmation is an optional part of our Middle School Ministry. Regardless of the choice to go through confirmation, all 8th-grade students will transition to the High School Ministry as a small group in the spring.

Rescheduled Confirmation Services for 8th Grade & High School Students in the 2019-2020 School Year

If your student was in 8-12th Grade in the Spring of 2020, we have rescheduled those services to the Fall. Below are the new Dates. Please be watching your emails for any potential changes. 

  • Lakeville | Saturday, October 10, 2020 | ODD Number Groups at 10 am | EVEN Number Groups at 12:30 pm
  • Shakopee | Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 12:05 pm (following 10:45 am service)
  • Rosemount | Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 12:05 pm (following 10:45 am service)
  • Northfield | Sunday, October 4, 2020 | 12:05 pm, (following 10:45 am service)

What is the Confirmation Process?

The Confirmation process ideally begins in 6th grade in the Middle School Ministry (MSM), though students may join as late as their 8th-grade year. Throughout a student’s time in Middle School Ministry, they will have opportunities to embrace core elements of their faith during weekly worship, messages, and small group discussions. Weekly programming and the annual retreat serve as building blocks for students in preparation for Confirmation. Once a student reaches 8th grade and completes their Confirmation requirements, they will have several opportunities to discuss their choice with the Middle School Coordinator, their small group, and their Small Group Leader(s). Whether a student chooses to confirm their faith or not, 8th grade students transition into the High School Ministry (HSM) from April-May to give students a preview of HSM and what living the faith looks like.

Students in grades 9-12 that are interested in participating in Confirmation, please contact your Campus Student Ministries Coordinator to get more information! 

Confirmation Requirements:

  • Consistent and active participation in MSM or HSM
  • Participation in at least one Middle School or High School Retreat
  • Completion of a written Faith Statement
  • Faith Statement Meeting with Small Group Leader(s)

Students in grades 9-12 that are interested in participating in Confirmation, please contact your Campus Student Ministries Coordinator to get more information!   

Important Confirmation Dates For Programming Year 2020-2021: 

  • 7/8th Grade Girls Retreat: January 22-24, 2021 (Refund and Registration Deadline is Friday, February 8) 
  • 7/8th Grade Boys Retreat: February 19-21, 2021 (Refund and Registration Deadline is Friday, January 5) 
  • Confirmation Parent Meeting: Wednesday, February 17th, 2021: 8:15-8:45 pm at all campuses immediately following the Ash Wednesday services in the respective Worship Center.
  • Student Faith Statements Due Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
  • Confirmation Services:
    • Lakeville |Saturday, May 8, 2021 | Small Groups ending in an ODD number at 10 am |  Small Groups ending in an EVEN number at 12:30 pm service 
    • Northfield | Sunday, May 9, 2021 | 12 - 12:45 (immediately following the 10:45 service)
    • Rosemount | Sunday, May 9, 2021 | 12 - 12:45 (immediately following the 10:45 service)
    • Shakopee | Sunday, May 9, 2021 | 12 - 12:45 (immediately following the 10:45 service)

    Small Groups

    Small Groups are a key component of Middle School Ministry and consist of 10 or more students of the same grade and gender and two Small Group Leaders. Returning students will be placed in the same small group as previous years unless otherwise requested.

    Small groups create a safe place for students to discuss questions about God while encouraging each other in their faith journey. To allow for the rapid growth Student Ministries is experiencing, when students reach 10 per group, sub-groups will be formed for small group discussion time. In this way, students can enjoy being part of their larger group but continue to invite friends and have more chances for meaningful small group discussions.


    Retreats are a milestone for students in grades 7 through 12 as they embrace and live the faith. When you register for Middle School or High School Ministry, the registration for an annual retreat is included. Retreats are typically a highlight for students, a pivotal moment for many in their relationship with Jesus and a unique opportunity to unplug from their everyday routine. Retreats help build small group relationships to foster more meaningful discussions on regular programming nights. 


    Guests are always welcome. If your guest is interested, they are encouraged to register and be officially placed in a small group. Small groups are central to the Middle School Ministry experience and new students are welcome to join a small group anytime throughout the year.


    Registering yourself or your student for Hosanna Student Ministries is 100% free to you. If you would like to make a donation to Hosanna’s General Fund, which supports all ministries, please click the button below. Your donation is tax-deductible and will be included on your Hosanna giving statement.


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