July 7, 2020


Hello new six graders and parents!                    


Ben Croston here.  I am the Middle School Director at Canton First Friends.  I want to take this time to welcome you into the Middle School Ministries.  I am excited about this new stage of life for you and your family.  God has a lot of adventures, wisdom, joy, and love to show you throughout these upcoming years.  We want to partner with God and you to serve your family throughout these middle school years.  We also want to be a community where you and your family can grow. The Middle School community here at Canton First Friends is called Greenhouse 242. Greenhouse represents a desire to have an environment for you and your family to grow into more mature followers of Jesus. 


242 represents Acts 2:42.  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” I believe that growing in devotion in these areas will help you and your family grow as followers of the Resurrected Jesus.  Your time in Middle School will involve being educated, equipped, and encouraged in these areas. Our goal is for you to enjoy God and the abundant life that He has for you, to grow in love, and to worship Who God is. 


Here are a few details I would like to bring to your attention:


  • The Middle School website is www.greenhouse242.org. Here you can find our monthly calendar, our values, upcoming events, testimonies, permission slips, and more.  If you would like to be added to our email list, please email msassistant@firstfriends.org. Also like us on Facebook: GreenHouse 242. 


  • Sunday, August 9th, 1-2:30 pm, we are having a Middle School Family Picnic just for new 6th graders.  New 6th graders and their families are invited to come at 1 p.m. at the FFC Pavilion.  This will be a time to communicate some vision for the Fall, to fellowship, and  ask questions.  Due to Covid-19, we will have families bring their own food and sit together.  Also, after this date, new 6th graders are invited to come to regular Wednesday Night Youth Group at the church.  


Many of you I already know.  For those I do not know yet, I look forward to meeting you.  


My contact information is 330-966-2800, or bcroston@firstfriends.org.  I would love to hear from you.  Please be in prayer for this upcoming school year.   


In Christ, 



Ben Croston

Director of Middle School Ministries

With His Family (l-r) Issac, Emily, Katelyn, Noah