Planet 56 is a special place just for 5th & 6th grade kids… for kids from our church and kids in our community. It continues to be a great bridge between our elementary program and the junior and senior high youth group.
All are welcome!


Throughout the school year, we meet together up to four times a month.  Two Sunday mornings a month we meet during the second half of the service where Scripture is taught and discussed, and the kids participate in various activities.  Two other Sundays a month, we meet for two hours in the evening – at the same time the junior and senior high youth group meets.  During this time, the Planet 56 kids have free time to talk and get to know each other, participate in an ice-breaker activity, enjoy a snack together, participate in a Bible lesson and discussion, and play group games in the gym. 

This year we are continuing to use a video-based curriculum called “The Gospel Project” by Lifeway.  We have found it to be excellent!  The students are learning how the Gospel message is interwoven all throughout Scripture, starting back in Genesis.  We are also working on memorizing the “10 Commandments” in Exodus 20.  In addition, we’ve encouraged all the kids to take part in reading the New Testament this school year.  We pray that they will LOVE God’s word and feed on it daily!


We hold special events throughout the year such as:

  • a fall kick-off event
  • a black light dodge ball event
  • a Veteran’s Day leaf-raking event where we rake the yard of a veteran family in Horseheads
  • a Christmas party with fun games
  • a roller skating event at Joycrest
  • a bowling event at Paramount Lanes
  • a movie night
  • a game night
  • an end-of-year party
Please view our calendar to learn when we will be meeting for AM classes and PM youth groups. Special events are announced via email and our private Facebook group. Feel free to contact Julie Burgess at with any questions or to join our mailing list.