Junior High Ministry

5th - 8th GRADE



We recently announced that due to health concerns in our community, Heartland Church will be temporarily closed for two weeks, effective Friday, March 13.

Thanks to technology, we can still worship together, even if we're not physically in the same building! We are excited to offer you some great resources for you and your kids during our time away from JHM & City Group.

Below, you'll find a link to a 12-part series on the book of James by world renowned author Francis Chan. In this series, Francis works through James verse-by-verse, challenging followers of Christ to move beyond a private, intellectual knowledge of God and His Word, to a vibrant faith that impacts every square inch of life. We believe that by viewing these short sessions as a family, and working through the downloadable participant guide, you and your kids will have rich conversations about what it looks like to live out an authentic faith.

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We hope this is helpful to you and your family and we look forward to being back at JHM & City Group soon!

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What We Do:

  • Junior High services meet at our NE Indy Campus on Sundays at 10:15 a.m.
  • 7th and 8th grade students can attend Student Night on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:45-8:15 p.m.
  • Special events throughout the year that focus on building relationships, growing as a community and serving together.

What You Can Expect:

  • Your student will get connected to a protection-approved and trained adult small group leader who will be there every weekend to lead them.
  • Their small group will be based on their grade and gender where the adult leader will help them connect with other students in the group. 
  • Partnering with parents is a core value to us, and we will communicate weekly about our sermon series, upcoming events and parent trainings (periodically). 

Why We Do It:

  • To love students well. To help them experience the love of God through consistent, loving relationships with our leaders and other students.
  • To lead students in a growing relationship with Jesus. To help them get closer to God and other people through more intimate relationships (small groups).
  • To launch students out to be the church and change the world. We give them opportunities to serve within our church and around our community and city.

Testimonies from students and small group leaders


“Serving as a small group leader in the student ministry has allowed not only me but my whole family to encourage, disciple, and live life with these students. It is not just having fun seeing a movie, grilling out, or playing video games either. It has also been spiritually challenging in the best way possible. In order to help these students become God dependent and draw closer to Him, I have learned I have to be open and authentic about my own struggles when I was their age and how God brought me through them. Seeing God work in these student’s hearts and lives has made all the time and effort worthwhile. There is no greater reward than knowing your humble efforts are making an eternal impact.”    

“Being a small group leader is easily the most rewarding thing I do with my time. It amazes me how pouring all of myself into these girls, in turn, fills me up! My heart has never felt the overwhelming amount of love that it has since becoming their small group leader. These are relationships I treasure; with students and fellow small group leaders. We are one family and for that, I am blessed beyond measure!”

Junior High Students:

“I love having such a cool small group leader that I can talk to.”

“I love how in JHM everyone there is so friendly and treats you like family whether it's your first day or if you've been going for years. Another thing I like is that they incorporate games into the service, while learning about Christ. It's cool because you're having fun while learning about Jesus and other life lessons. Lastly, I love how all of the leaders can relate to you and give you advice no matter what the situation is.”

“I like being in JHM because it helps me understand the Bible better. It really speaks to me and it translates the confusing words in the Bible to something I really can understand. It's also just really fun and gives us fun ways to learn about God!”

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