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General Questions

What is Transit?
I keep hearing about large group. What is that?
What is a small group?
When and where does Transit meet?
When does Transit end each Sunday?
What camps/events does Transit have?
How do I volunteer to become a part of Transit?

Parent Questions

Can a parent be a Small Group Leader of his or her student?
How can I, as a parent, get involved with Transit?
How is my student’s Small Group Leader or group chosen?
Can my student bring a friend to Transit?
What if my student doesn’t have a small group yet?
What is On-Deck?
My student has expressed a desire to be baptized. What is the process for Transit students?


General Questions

What is Transit?
Transit is the dynamic Sunday morning environment where middle school students (6th–8th grades) gather to explore their relationship with Christ and others. There is nothing stale about this gathering! Your middle schooler will swiftly discover why hundreds of students enthusiastically return each week to explore faith, friendships, and accountability.

I keep hearing about large group. What is that?
Transit impacts your student through two environments every Sunday. One of these is large group in the Attic, where students first meet to interact in zany team games and vibrant worship with their own live band, as well as to learn from inspirational speakers. The goal of large group is to set up fun and meaningful discussions in small group.

What is a small group?
Small groups provide the fuel that drives students to make good choices during the week. Ideally led by two adult leaders and a high school mentor, each small group includes students from the same school grade, geographic area, and gender. This gives them the opportunity to develop a group of Christian friends close to home, which leads to further encouragement and accountability. Students enjoy getting together outside of church with their Small Group Leaders and small groups for community service, personal/spiritual growth, and additional fun. Our goal is that each small group remains together for the duration of middle school. On occasion, a group that grows too large will be multiplied to keep relationships personal. But don’t worry—friends and former leaders are always around!

When and where does Transit meet?
Buckhead Transit meets each Sunday morning at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. in the Attic.
Browns Bridge Transit meets each Sunday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. in the Attic.
Gwinnett Transit meets each Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in the Attic.
North Point Transit meets each Sunday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. in the Attic.
Watermarke Transit meets each Sunday morning at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. in the Attic.

When does Transit end each Sunday?
Students typically get out of small group a few minutes after the main service ends. However, since conversations are geared to help students explore issues important to them, Transit does not have an official end time. Each group wraps up discussion at its own pace.

What camps/events does Transit have?
6th grade – Boot Camp & Walking Wisely Weekend
7th grade – Frequency & Walking Wisely Weekend
8th grade – Frequency, Walking Wisely Weekend & Service Line Mission Trips
Click HERE to go to our Events page.

How do I volunteer to become a part of Transit?
When you look at the beaming faces in Transit, you see far more than middle schoolers. You also see dozens of energetic adults and high school students who were once in your shoes—wanting to jump in, yet wondering whether they had time or energy to commit to mentoring. They discovered what you will soon recognize: our volunteers aren’t merely here to help. The relationships they form become their ministry and a treasured priority. In fact, small group leaders engage with the same students for the entire three-year duration of middle school—laughing, listening and leading. We’re delighted you want to become part of the reason that middle schoolers love Transit! For more information, click HERE.

Parent Questions

Can a parent be a Small Group Leader of his or her student?
Becoming a Small Group Leader is a fun and exciting way to stay engaged with your own middle school student. We absolutely encourage parents to become Small Group Leaders—and, with our rapidly expanding student ranks, we need you—but we do not permit parents to lead their own children during Transit. Some students need more space than others and are far more likely to be candid in small group discussions when parents are not present. We’ll help find the best fit for you, as well as the right place to maximize your student’s experience in Transit.

How can I, as a parent, get involved with Transit?
We’re glad you asked! There are lots of ways to participate in the fun, even as you experience your own spiritual growth through serving. You can start by asking your student’s Small Group Leader how you can support him or her. Offer to set up a trip, provide transportation to an outing, or host a gathering. You could also send an encouraging note. Any time you can provide the leaders an opportunity to just hang out with their students, ministry is happening. If you want to do more, consider contributing as a Small Group Leader, On-Deck Leader, Event Volunteer, Host Team Member, or Kitchen Team Volunteer. For more information, click HERE.

How is my student’s Small Group Leader or group chosen?
Small Group Leaders volunteer to participate and then go through an interview/approval process before being selected to lead students. We group all students by school grade, geographic area, and gender.

Can my student bring a friend to Transit?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. Transit is designed to be fun and inspirational for every middle school student. We’re thrilled when your student is excited to share what he or she is experiencing at church. Middle school is a critical time when relationships can begin to get messy and emotionally challenging. Developing spiritual strength now will influence critical choices in the future.

What if my student doesn’t have a small group yet?
After large group, your student will go to On-Deck in the Attic to learn more about Transit and how we operate.

What is On-Deck?
We all know how it feels to be a first-timer who is not quite at ease. On-Deck takes the “awkward” out of “trying to fit in.” Designed specifically for students who do not yet have a small group of their own, it is a transitional environment that bridges the gap. When large group dismisses to small groups, your student will go to On-Deck for two weeks. Then, based on grade, gender, and school, he or she will be introduced to a permanent small group.

My student has expressed a desire to be baptized. What is the process for Transit students?
That’s awesome! We’re excited with you! Click HERE to visit our Baptism page.

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