Middle School

We want to come alongside parents as a resource to help students grow in their faith and build strong connections to their family, friends, school, and community. We have a great team of adults who love middle school students and want to build relationships and walk with them as they get to know Jesus better. Our programs are intentionally simple and uncluttered to make what we do excellent, focused and effective. 


Our large group gathering is every Saturday night. It’s full of music from our very own MSM Band, lively games, a relevant message, and special events and activities throughout the year. Everyone's encouraged to bring a friend.

Saturday Nights
6:30 - 7:45 PM
The Block Dock (upstairs in the Student Ministries building, next door to our Main Auditorium) 


Our small groups are one of the best things we offer for students to connect in community and grow in their faith. Groups meet two Fridays a month - once at The Block and once off-campus (either at a leader's home or out in the community for a group activity).  Groups run throughout the school year, typically from August to May.  Click here for more information and to register.


Our Special Needs ministry is prepared to serve all children, teens, young adults, and families with unique needs.  Our programs offer children and teens with special needs an opportunity to interact with each other and with typical peers in a variety of environments. We offer special needs classrooms and buddies for children and teens during all of our weekend gatherings, and seek to support parents and siblings in their unique family situations

We also offer a monthly Kidsfest Respite Night for children, teens, and their siblings to gift parents with a night off. Our Respite Nite is typically held on the first Friday of each month (6:00 - 9:00 PM) at the church. Advanced reservations are requested so that we can ensure we have the proper staffing in place to welcome and care for your children.

Click here to learn more about our Special Needs classrooms and Respite Night.


On February 7-9, 2020 we'll join hundreds of students from the Sacramento area and head to The WOODS at Woodleaf Young Life Camp for an adventure filled and life-changing weekend.  Registration opens in November with our Winter Camp Rally. 


Join us over Spring Break April 15-19, 2019. We head to San Francisco to serve the poor and marginalized with City Impact in the Tenderloin district.  More information available in December.


Students entering 6th-8th grade volunteer to help in Small Groups, Art, Dance/Worship or Little Steps Preschool area. Students must attend two specially designed leadership trainings where they will discover how God has shaped them to make a difference in this world. They’ll learn tools for communication, conflict resolution and skills to equip them to work with kids through adults. Serve with an assigned group mentor for the week and come to the “LiT only” Inflatable Madness and Lunch(AM) and dessert(PM) on the Tuesday of BLITZ week.


Middle School students head  to Hume in beautiful San Diego for a week of adventure, fun, friendship and faith.  July 7-12, 2019. Registration opens April 8.


We want to be sure that you have all the information you need to get plugged in with everything great we have to offer. Along with this website we also post information about the weekly happenings on Facebook (/msmlakeside) and Instagram (@msmlakeside). Be sure not to miss the monthly email that gives an outlook of the upcoming dates, events, and important information.  Click here if you would like to request to be added to the email list.


MSM is a whole lot more than a “religious service” for teens. We’re not about just creating an experience for your student, we want your child to feel like they belong and call MSM theirs. At MSM, they will find friends, adult leaders who genuinely care about them, a great place to have fun, and most of all learn how life with Jesus is better than anything else.

You can help your student connect by making MSM a weekly priority and staying updated on the topics we’re covering - as well as the events and activities that are happening.  Be sure to take advantage of the special events offered throughout the year and encourage your student to invite their friends to both the special events and the Saturday night gatherings.  You can also help your student connect by getting involved yourself and serving as an MSM volunteer.

We are privileged to have top-notch adults serving in MSM who offer our young people love, guidance, support, and encouragement.  All of our volunteers go through interviews, background checks, reference checks, and are lead in regular volunteer meetings.  

We are always looking for parents that are interested in becoming a part of our volunteer team.  MSM has several opportunities to get involved – from small group leaders, to helping prepare food for special events, there’s a place for you to come alongside our students. Or you may have something to offer this ministry to help us with annual events (i.e. the use of your pool for a BBQ event or your cabin for one of our trips).  If you would like to learn more about ways you can help, please contact us!

Looking for some great resources?  We teach through a curriculum at MSM Weekly from a company called Orange. The goal of this organization it to bring together the church and the home to partner in the spiritual growth of the student. If you'd like to learn more about what we're talking about and discover ideas to spark conversation at home, check out our "MSM Calendar and Topics" page. You can also check out our "Current series parent" page and/or