NextGen is Nativity’s Ministry for Kids and Students of All Ages.
From six weeks to 18 years old, there is a Gospel message and program at Nativity for every age and stage where you will be known and noticed, grown and focused on what matters most. We are ready to hear and be part of the stories our young people are living and to invite them to the greatest adventure of their lives, reminding them week after week, year after year that our Father is madly after their hearts.
Find the perfect program for any age.
- 6 Weeks to 5 Years
- Grades 1-4
- Grades 1-4
- Grades 5 & 6
- Grades 7 & 8
- Grades 9-12
- Grades 5-12
Our youngest children will dance, sing, play, and use their imagination as they hear Bible stories, meet heroes of our faith, and become familiar with God, their Heavenly Father. All Stars isn’t babysitting but a worship experience for preschoolers starting as young as six weeks and going all the way to age five. Watch this week’s cnKids message online here. If you are interested in coming in person, let us know ahead of time by registering here.
The Word of God comes alive for kids in grades 1-4 as they join Time Travelers during Mass for a special message that takes them back in time to the same Bible stories adults are hearing in the Sanctuary. Through music, videos, stories, games, and friends, Time Travelers will learn how God’s Word can help them make wise choices, that they can trust God no matter what, and how to love God with their whole heart, soul, and mind. Watch this week’s Time Travelers video online here.
Kids find friends in faith and experience everything from science experiments to brain teasers to laugh-out-loud skits that help them know Jesus loves them (and that’s cool!). We learn and worship in Mass, and we grow in small groups. In Quest, kids are in a consistent group each week that prays together and plays together. Their faith will change and grow, they will laugh, they will ask questions, and they will start with a small group that we hope will be consistent throughout their childhood and adolescence in Next Gen Ministry.
Interested in registering for Quest? Register here.
In one power-packed hour per week, preteens will compete over meaningful games, enjoy a message for their growing faith, and start a conversation with friends. Resurrection Roots groups are mixed gender and reflect the engineer-like minds that want to know how things work in concrete terms. There are also opportunities for all our students to periodically pack the theater for a live message, worship with the Student Band, and a sense that we are part of something big together. If you would like to register for Resurrection: Roots, click here.
As middle schoolers rise, their small groups become more independent: They choose their time and meeting place, break into boys and girls groups, and continue to receive a message and discussion tailored to their age and stage. The games and discussions grow in maturity, the topics are slightly deeper, and there’s time for laughs, stories, group challenges, and prayer together. If you would like to register for Resurrection: Rise, click here.
Once teens reach high school, they are dared to make faith their own through weekly commitment, more challenging messages, questions, and activities. Small groups meet at a time and place of their choosing. Often in Uprising our leaders don’t offer answers but questions because we want to teach high schoolers how to think rather than what to think since they increasingly face adult decisions. If you would like to register for Uprising, click here.
What is a Kid?
Nativity Kids are anyone from six weeks old to 4th grade. Kids participate in All Stars, Time Travelers, and Quest.
What is a Student?
Nativity Students are preteens and teens from 5th-12th grade. Students participate in Resurrection and Uprising.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What will my child learn in NextGen?
Our mission in NextGen is to connect kids and students with leaders, peers, and parents who help them to love God, love others, and become disciples. Through this mission, each of our programs is rooted in Basic Truths. In All Stars (our preschool program), we teach three Basic Truths: God loves me, God made me, and Jesus is God’s son. Each age group has further Basic Truths all the way through Uprising when our high schoolers cover our final three Basic Truths: I have a faith of my own, I am not alone because God is always there, and I can share my faith.
How do I check my kids into NextGen?
Each program differs slightly. If you’re children would like to be in a Quest, Resurrection or Uprising small group you must register ahead of time and we’ll give you a time for your group. If kids are interested in Time Travelers, right now you can watch online here. Currently our All Stars program is not meeting due to Covid restrictions. We can’t wait to bring All Stars back in person, but for now, preschoolers can watch online here.
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What safety measures do you take for kids?
We want you to have confidence that our systems and spaces are good places for kids. We have emergency plans, a uniformed police officer at programs, and well-trained, background-checked, and thoroughly screened volunteers and staff. We also have a secure check in-check out system for preschool and elementary-age programs. The environment we aim for is one of understanding, openness, and support. No question is stupid, no opinion is unheard, and no secret is unsafe. We want kids to trust us enough to tell us anything, and we reassure them that God will love them no matter what.
What Covid-19 precautions are you taking?
We follow the guidelines for safe gathering set by the State of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. As part of our precautions in 2020, this included masking, social distancing, avoiding food and drink, and no sharing of common utensils or objects. Since the guidelines change often, we will be in regular contact with families about what precautions are in place to keep your kids and families safe.
Do I need to register my child for programs?
The registration we need from you depends on the program. For All Stars and Quest, we need prior registration to participate. For Time Travelers, Resurrection, and Uprising, there’s no sign up–just show up! If you like it, we will capture your information and follow up with you to register.