About Uplink Ministry

Preteens are seemingly in a constant state of change. Everything is changing, from physical appearances to relationships with family, friends, and God. Uplink seeks to partner with parents and preteens to help prepare them for adolescence. 

Uplink Special Events

Uplink preteen ministry has periodic special events where we shine the light of Christ into the world by engaging in various service projects, sharing the gospel and following Jesus' command to share His good news through mission trips. We also have events where we fellowship together and have a ton of fun!

Our upcoming events include: 

Uplink Campout: Uplink boys and girls and parent(s) are invited to join us from Friday, 04/28/23 @ 6 PM - Saturday, 04/29/23@ 2 PM for camping & outdoor activities: fishing, canoeing, shooting, archery and more! Cost is $10 per person. We will meet at Mr. Tim’s Deer Lease: 2379 HWY 281 North, Jacksboro, TX 76458


Uplink Sunday Mornings

On Sunday mornings preteens are ushered into an atmosphere of worship as they sing worship songs, seek God in prayer and study God's word with an adult leader who is excited to help them see its meaning in their lives.

If you plan on joining us on campus for worship, please fill out our "Welcome To Southcliff" form.

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Uplink Grow Groups

Preteens will have the opportunity to test out the things they're learning by participating in a Grow Group.  They will also occasionally serve within the church, or share in the community. 

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Preteen Ministry Director

Gabriel Verrone

About Gabrel Verrone

Where did you graduate from high school?
I graduated from Marlboro High School in Marlboro, NJ! Go Mustangs!

How long have you been on staff at Southcliff?
I have been serving on staff at Southcliff Baptist Church since March 2018.  However, my family and I have been members since 2010 and I have been working in the Children's Ministry, in one capacity or another, since that time.

Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my wonderful wife, April, since December of 2003.  April and I met at Southwestern Seminary and after we were married were honored to serve as IMB missionaries for two years in Mexico City.  Our first son, Malachi, was born in Mexico City!  Malachi is now a member of the Southcliff youth group and volunteers in Children’s Hall and plays percussion in the Youth praise band.  Our second son, Zachary, is a part of the Uplink Preteen Ministry, loves dinosaurs and inherited his father’s propensity for joking around!

What was your first car?
My first car was my parents' old 1990 Ford Taurus station wagon!  It was hideous and got the worst gas mileage, but I was always piling friends in for trips to the Jersey shore on the weekends!

What is something that you are known for?
Like the guy Billy Joel sings about in Piano Man, I'm always, "Quick with a joke..."  However, I am serious about worshipping the Lord!  I lead both the Uplink workship band at 9:20 AM and the Kid Connection worship band at 11:00 AM where I get to do my best Phil Collins impersonation as I play the drums and sing lead vocals!

What is a book that you have read recently that you would recommend to others?
I think we could all stand to read our Bibles more, after all, "...whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it--not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it--they will be blessed in what they do (James 1:25)."  You're also safe with anything by John Piper; always convicting, always thought-provoking and always inspiring!

What was your favorite band/singer when you were a teenager?
As mentioned above, I've always been a huge Billy Joel fan.  Also, I learned to play drums by playing along to countless Led Zeppelin songs.  However, after becoming a Christian, I've been an avid listener of worship music and although it's sounds very dated today, I am not ashamed to admit that I loved me some Petra!

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Not doing lawn work!  Seriously though, Saturdays are usually for family time!  We usually clean the house together, do lawn work, or some kind of chores and then go to the park, go to the movies or do some family activity as time permits.  Also, whenever possible, Saturday night is date night with the love of my life! 

Frequently Asked Questions

When do we meet?

Uplink students meet on Sundays from 9:30- 10:45 AM for a time of worship. On Wednesdays, our Uplink Grow Groups meet from 6:30- 8:00 PM.

Where do we meet?

The Uplink Ministry meets in the Uplink Cafe in the Annex.

What age group attends Uplink?

Uplink is for current 5th and 6th grade students.

What curriculum do we use?

Our Sunday morning our students use Lifeway's "Gospel Project" curriculum.  This curriculum is used by grow groups of all ages across Southcliff to facilitate families discipling their children.  By studying the same curriculum at the same time, spiritual conversations about what God is teaching each member of the family in His word become a little easier!  On Wednesday nights Grow Groups use the Scriptural passage from Sunday morning in a discussion group format. This allows them to explore God's word more deeply and challenge each other to grow in knowledge about who God is and obedience to what He wants us to do. 

Who are the teachers for Uplink?

All of our teachers are active members who feel called to work with Preteens. They have all completed the "Reducing the Risk" screening process.

Where do I drop my preteen off & pick them up?

On Sunday mornings at 9:30, parents may drop their child off at the Annex Building located to the east of Southcliff's main building. Preteens can then follow the signs to the cafe located upstairs.  At 10:45 preteens will be escorted by our volunteers to the main building and parents can pick them up in the Concourse by the elevator just outside Kid Connection.

On Wednesday nights at 6:30, parents may drop their child off at the Annex Building located to the east of Southcliff's main building. Preteens can then follow the signs to the cafe located upstairs.  Parents can pick their preteen up at 8:00 outside the Annex Building.

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4100 SW Loop 820 | Ft Worth, TX 76109
(817) 924-2241

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