Echo | Middle School

Your kids, thriving in Jesus.

A Place to Grow & Belong

Cranberry Twp. and Meadville Campuses - 5th – 8th Grade
New Castle Campus - 5th - 12th Grade

Middle School Youth is a place of energy, connection, and fun. We also focus on faith foundations while making sure students know how much Jesus loves them.

Middle School Youth meet during regular services in a space and with activities crafted just for them.

  • Cranberry Twp.: Sundays at 9 and 11 am
  • New Castle: Sundays at 10:30 am
  • Meadville: Sundays at 11 am only

What happens
 at Echo 

Lots of fun!

Every moment is designed for your teen to have a blast.

Great Music

High-energy music. Led by young people.

Inspiring Message

Bible-based, faith-filled messages designed for students.


Every week we have activities, social time, and small groups.

Meet our Youth Pastors

Pastors Ben & Alyssa Archer

As the Student Ministry Pastors, Ben and Alyssa Archer are responsible for pastoring and overseeing our middle school, high school, and young adult ministries. Their heart: helping people walk in God’s unconditional love, no matter their age.

Middle school girls talking with Alyssa Archer

What they’ll experience

Kids Have a Blast Here!

Every week is a party. We love kids as they are and partner with you to prepare them for their next stage in life.

Kids Feel Connected Here!

We designed the Middle School service to connect with Jesus and each other.

Kids Grow Here!

We design experiences and Bible teaching to help your child discover their purpose and realize their full potential.

First time? Here’s how it works.


Step 1. Check in.

You can stop at Guest Services when you arrive. We’ll show you what to do and how your students can check in. You’re welcome to tour too.

Step 2. The party begins!

Middle School Youth enjoy hangout time, group games, and connection with friends at the beginning of service. Then praise and worship, a message just for them by one of the communicators. After the message, they break out into small groups to discuss the message and discover what life in God is all about.


Step 3. Secure check out.

Grades 6-8 may leave after service without a parent picking them up.

If your child is in fifth grade—at check-in, we’ll give you a ticket that matches a sticker you’ll place on your child. After service, you’ll pick your kiddo up where you dropped them off.

SOZO Parent Connect Facebook page on a mobile phone

Parent Connection

We’re here to partner with you.

We know you want to see your middle school-aged child thrive as they navigate life through the in-between of kid-life and teen-life. That’s what we want, too.

Our team is here not only to support your kids but to partner with you. We are here to provide the connections and resources you need.


Do students need to register or check in?

We ask that students check in every service so they can be properly placed in the correct small group with the same students and leaders every week. Name tags and parent pick up required only for 5th graders.

Can my student pick their small group?

Small groups are assigned based on gender, grade, and zip code (Cranberry Twp. and New Castle campuses) and based on gender (Meadville campus). We want to set students up to have relationships at school with their small group peers. However, if their assigned small group is not working out, we can assign them to another.

What if my student can't come every week to small group, will that affect anything?

Whatever their attendance, they are always welcome. However, consistency is a key in building relationships. If the student doesn’t come for a few weeks in a row, the student’s small group leader will follow up to make sure everything is okay.

What if my student doesn't have a preferred service? They may come either Saturday or Sunday, depending on their schedule. Will they still have a group?

Yes, but they will be treated like a first-time guest and placed into a temporary group for those services. It is best for students to pick and commit to a preferred service because this helps the connect to their peers and leaders.

What if my student is having a hard time connecting with their group and wants to switch?

We ask each student to attend their small group for 4-6 weeks. If they have a hard time after that, we will assign them another small group.

High school students talking
High School
Pastor John preaching on stage
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People talking in the church foyer
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