Welcome to Student Ministries!

No matter your background, your past, or your present – we invite you to simply show up to Greenhouse. We exist to create a Jesus-centered environment that draws all students to belong, no matter what. 

Get Connected By Taking a First Step

  Weekday Time
Middle School Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m.
High School Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m.
H.S. Small Groups Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Greenhouse is a youth environment for 7th-12th grade where students come to belong no matter what. We meet on Wednesday nights throughout the school year at Appleton Alliance Church. At Greenhouse you will experience, authentic community with other students and leaders. A time of worship, a message from one of our pastors, as well as a time for small group discussion. 

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Event Calendar

MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

How We Communicate with Parents

  1. Weekly Parent Updates: status updates our Facebook Page
  2. 60 Second Video Updates: a brief overview of upcoming events sent by email
  3. Our AAC app under the Student Ministry tab. 
  4. Inclement Weather or Cancellation: communication posted on all social media channels

Resources

FAQ

Can parents stay with the students?

We want Greenhouse to be an “student” environment where students can bring friends, get involved in conversations and ask “student like” questions within their groups. We’ve noticed they’re more comfortable doing that if they know they’re not being watched by parents or a friends' parents. We encourage parents to allow their student to make Greenhouse their own space. This also allows us to provide a safer environment for students, as all adult volunteers go through a screening process.

Does Greenhouse cost anything?

No, just have your student show up and have fun.

Does a student need to register for Greenhouse (check in)?

No pre-registration required.

When your student arrives to Greenhouse for the first time, they will be placed into our system for Check-Ins. This is their general information as well as your (parent) contact information. From then on, we will use that information to check them into Greenhouse each week.

How are a student's small group and small group leaders chosen?

High School
If the student was in a Small Group last year, they will be placed in the same group unless they request otherwise.

Middle School & Incoming 7th Graders
Students will sign up for Small Groups in the fall. If the student was in a Small Group last year in Awana or BTBTL, we will do our best to place them in the same group unless they request otherwise.

How are the middle school programs different than Discovery Land?

While most are similar in goals and approach, there are a few differences.

No parent check in required: middle schools students are able to check themselves in and out of Greenhouse and special events.

Global Connections: We offer domestic mission trips for middle school students.

How can parents get involved?

If you want to join our team of volunteers, please contact us at students@appletonalliance.org. Start small by joining our Hospitality / Welcome Team, Café team or Tech Team. Or for less-consistent schedules, our Special Events Team is a party-waiting- to-happen. If you have time during the day Wednesday’s come help us set up for the night. No matter your experience level or passion, we have a spot for you.

How do students sign up for a small group?

Students have the opportunity to sign up for Small Groups in the fall. If they choose to join after the initial sign up, they can do so at Greenhouse Connect booth.

Is there anything for students on Sunday mornings?

We believe that students are not only the church of tomorrow, but the church of today.  So we invite all students to not only experience the worship service with their family and friends but to serve in a variety of areas of the church.

For middle school students who want to learn more about the multigenerational service, we will be hosting a middle school worship service at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Ministries Center. 

For High School students who want to dive deeper into studying God’s word they can sign up for our Sunday morning class called “Uncharted”.  Pick up an application and schedule at the welcome desk.

 

Is this environment special needs-friendly?

To discuss accommodations, please email Tammy Ross, AAC Special Needs Coordinator at tross@appletonalliance.org

What does Student Ministries look like in the summer?

Wednesday Nights - Greenhouse Summer Nights take place Wednesdays throughout the month of July at various locations throughout the valley. Our volunteers and staff will be hanging with the students and encouraging them to get involved and stay connected. Check out the event calendar for dates and locations of Gh Summer Nights.

What does a standard Greenhouse night look like?

HIGH SCHOOL

6:00-7:00pm | Greenhouse Café (Optional)

Students have the option to arrive as early as 6pm to hang out, grab a snack or dinner, and catch up with friends. This is an informal and optional time to hang out.

7:00 -8:00pm | Greenhouse

We kick-off with awesome live music and then we explore Scripture’s answers to questions and challenges that come with real life in high school today.

8:00-9:00pm | Small Groups 
(Sign up required)

For students who want to take a next step to develop deeper faith and friendships, they can sign up to join a Small Group. Small Groups are for students to discuss the message, connect with friends, and get the support of a trained mentor. If a student doesn’t wish to be apart of a small group, they are free to head home at 8pm.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

6:00-6:30pm | Greenhouse Games

After checking in at the West Entrance, students head for the gym to play games or catch up over a snack at Greenhouse Café in the Hub.

6:30-7:15pm | Greenhouse

After games, students head to the Student Ministries Center for a message from one of the youth Pastors. During this time they’ll explore Scripture’s answers to questions and challenges that come with real life in middle school today. Immediately following the message is student led worship.

7:15-8:00pm | Small Groups

This is where students take the next step to develop deeper friendships. Small Groups allow students to discuss the message, connect with friends, and get the support of an adult small group leader.

When do incoming 7th grade students transition to middle school programming?

Incoming 7th graders are welcome to join Greenhouse during our Greenhouse Summer Nights in July. Otherwise, at Greenhouse Kick-off in September.

Where can I find out what's going on in Student Ministries?

Through our app and social media accounts. 

AAC App
Facebook
Instagram

Where do students get dropped off for Greenhouse?

Because the church is closed during Greenhouse, students need to exit and enter through the West Entrance of the building.