As kids head into the tween then teen years, it is important for them to have a place where they feel they belong and where they can grow in their faith with like-minded peers. We accept teens wherever they are with all the ups and downs, all the emotions, and all the chaos and fun.
We strongly encourage parental involvement in all aspects of a student’s faith journey. We strive to help parents and teens navigate this stage of life along side one another by regularly involving parents in youth activities and meetings and using technology to keep communication open.
Brick Confirmation Class
Sundays | 10:30 am-11:30 am | school year only | Grades 6-8
The goal of the Bible Instruction Class is to help middle-school students develop a greater understanding of the “big picture” of God’s story. Students will follow this program for two years, one year focusing on the Old Testament and one year focusing on the New Testament. With so much to cover, this class starts promptly at 10:30 am.
Wednesday Nights | 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm | Grades 6-8
Immerse is a community of 6th through 8th grade students who meet together every Wednesday night during the school year. Wednesday nights focus on what it means to be a disciple in the body of Christ, who God really is, and how to follow Him no matter what the cost. We strive to value relationship, the truth of the Bible, community groups and discipleship. Oh, and it’s a lot of fun, too!
A typical Wednesday night starts out with an ice breaker or game, then moves onto large group topic introduction, breakout into small groups, and finishing with large group time and worship. Small groups are sorted by gender and age and directed by a leader for more intimate discussion and prayer time.
Students wishing to participate in Immerse are asked to fill out the following forms and return them to Pastor Steve Wick:
Sunday Nights | 5:00 pm to 7:15 pm | Grades 9-12
We place a lot of importance on our teens attending the regular services with their families on Sunday mornings. If teens never see the importance of being part of a church community, and only feel comfortable in a youth group setting with people their own age, they are more likely to not attend church when they leave home.
However, our teens still need to be able to dive deeper into learning the bible together and applying it to their lives so that they will move towards become mature believers in Jesus. We meet that need through our Infuse ministry. The main goal of this time is for our oldest students to wrestle with deeper questions of life and faith with their peers and adults, and to be able to navigate them from a Biblical perspective.
We start each Infuse night with a meal where we all sit together and talk. It’s a great time for relationship building. We ask the families of the students to sign up for a Sunday evening to provide the meal. Click HERE to sign up for a Sunday meal. We encourage parents who bring the meal to join us for the meal and get to know the students.
Students wishing to participate in Infuse are asked to fill out the following forms and return them to Pastor Steve Wick:
Large Group Events
Throughout the year, we host several large group events where both Immerse and Infuse students can participate together and have a lot of fun. Some of the regular events include: Annual Lock-In & Nerf War, Summer Blast Party, BBQ Kickoff, Amazing Race, and the Turkey Bowl.
Any students wishing to participate in our fun, large-group events need to submit a release form:
Each spring our youth raise money to attend the ECFA District Conferences for youth called District Blitz. The District Blitz is a 3-day, high energy youth conference that challenges students to love God, love one another, and love the lost.
Students receive teaching that is biblical, energetic, and challenging. There are worship times, practical workshops, and prayer rallies. Of course, there’s also lots of time for the youth to be together as a group, building and deepening relationships.
District Blitz takes place in April of each year.
Consent forms for the 2018 District Blitz are not yet available.
Youth Staff and Leaders
Associate Pastor Steve Wick | (630) 699-1779 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Relational Investors spend a lot of time with our students, both within our regular group times, and in daily activities. They plan events with the kids in their group, attend the student’s activities, and invest in their lives. We are always looking for more Relational Investors in both our Immerse & Infuse programs. Contact Pastor Steve or click HERE if you’d like to learn more.