Koinonia | Small Groups
High School Ministry
A weekly rhythm is important for high school students to keep Jesus in the center of their lives. Our three weekly connection points are designed to help our students, wherever they are at with their faith, to live a life where they worship, grow, and serve as followers of Jesus Christ.
Koinonia | Small Groups
Koinonia (Greek for "fellowship" or "community") is the high school ministry at Christ Church. We believe that the church can and should be a place where students understand their identity in Christ, experience belonging in His family, and value their Kingdom purpose. Our prayer is that Koinonia can be a place where those things are true for our high school students. Outlined below is the structure of student ministry this fall:
Small Groups | Weekly In-Person beginning 2/21
We are so excited to be offering high school small groups weekly in-person beginning 2/21. Find more details and a calendar by clicking HERE.
Prior to attending in-person small groups, each student must have a parent/guardian complete our Weekly COVID Check-in by clicking the button below.
For students who are less comfortable meeing at person at this time, our small groups leaders will be working to offer the option Zooming into the in-person group.
Next Date | Sunday, May 16
Worship is an important part of the life of our students and we are excited to offer monthly worship nights for our student community to come together. Gather evenings will feel like camp sessions with amazing worship, biblical teaching and encouragement, great fellowship with friends, and a whole lot of fun! Gather is hosted in the Worship Auditorium at our Oak Brook Campus. All church-wide COVID Protocol will be strictly enforced indoors.
Please note that for all our in-person student events this season, students will be required to:
- Register for the event
- Wear a face covering
- Maintain social distancing
Chicago Mission Project | July 12-16 | 9am - 5pm
High School Mission Project | Grades 9 - 12
Chicago Mission Project
July 12-16 | 9am - 5pm
Our high school students (incoming 9th-12th) have the opportunity to serve alongside two oneof Christ Church’s beloved mission partners, By The Hand Club for Kids, to see how the Lord is at work in the city of Chicago. Our students will have an opportunity to experience new perspectives of life and faith in the midst of urban poverty and will be able to see the amazing work that God is doing in those neighborhoods through our Christ Church mission partner. Each day, we will travel from Oak Brook to By The Hand to spend the day serving and learning in those communities. This year's mission project will not be an overnight - all students will return to Christ Church for large group debriefs every afternoon, and head home each evening.
For the safety of our staff and students and the By The Hand community, special COVID protocol and procedures will be in place, and space will be limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot!
If you need assistance with registration or would like to register by phone please contact our registration desk at 630.321.6752 x293 between the hours of 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday or email Linda Caron at email@example.com with a time and number for a convenient call back.
Summer Retreat | August 5-7, 2021
High School Summer Retreat | August 5-7, 2021
We are so excited for our first ever Summer Retreat! This three-day retreat held at Expeditions Unlimited in Baraboo, WI, will provide students with a much needed opportunity amidst the pandemic to connect with the broader high school community, and space to grow deeper in their faith in Christ or get to know Him for the first time. We are so excited for a few days of adventure, worship, and community! Due to the pandemic, special COVID protocol and procedures will be in place, and space will be limited.
Questions? Contact Julie Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2021 Graduation Banquet
Sunday, June 6 | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Monday, June 7 | 6:00-8:00pm
The Graduation Banquet is an annual celebration for the parents and students of our senior class as they come to the close of their high school career. If we are able to meet in person with one another, we will share a meal together and individually celebrate each of our seniors and usher them into the next steps of their journey!
Ninth Grade Entry Point
Confirmation Journey 2020/2021
Our confirmation program serves two purposes: 1) A journey that walks students through the basics of the Christian faith, practices, and beliefs, and 2) an in-road for freshmen into our high school community.
This year we have shifted our confirmation curriculum to provide students and families daily devotionals intended to help guide students to claim the faith journey as their own. Students will be partnered with an adult mentor to help guide them through this process and meet with a small group of students every other week via Zoom to check in on progress, help answer questions, and build meaningful relationship with one another. As the landscape continues to shift around COVID, there may be changes for how these groups engage down the road. This year confirmation will be separate from our weekly student small groups, and part of the confirmation expectation will be for students to be regularly engaged with their small group community through Koinonia.
The journey will begin in February and culminate on Saturday, May 8th at 3pm with our Milestone Celebration worship service. At that time, we will celebrate this milestone in the lives of our students as they confirm their intention to invite Jesus into the center of their story - into the center of their lives. Toward the end of January, we will connect students with their mentors and groups and equip everyone for the confirmation journey ahead!
Click the link below to watch the Confirmation Info meeting from Thursday, January 21.
Confirmation Service | Saturday, May 8, 3pm | Oak Brook Sanctuary
Please note: due to capacity restrictions in this season, we are limiting 4 guests per student to join the service in the sanctuary, all other guests will be welcomed to watch in an overflow space in the church, or online via livestream. Overflow registration will come in the bounce-back email after you register guests for the confirmation service. Please reach out to Julie (email@example.com) with any questions!
Digital Resources Amidst the COVID-19 Closures
Digital resources for families amidst the COVID-19 closures
With schools and church services canceled, our family team is working hard to produce and curate materials that point families towards God. Please check out the links below for great youtube content and fun family discussions.
Text Updates: Receive regular updates about new content and Weekly Digital Programming. Text the following codes to the number 81010.
- Early Childhood - @wonderzone
- Elementary - @cc-kidzone
- Middle School - @COW19
- High School - @HSUpdate
YouTube Channels: We will use these channels to create and curate video content for families and youth. Our student ministry will be using their accounts to have live programming Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Middle School) and Sundays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (High School)
Social Media: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we regularly post content and create community engagement opportunities.
- Facebook - Children
- Instagram - Family
- Facebook - Middle School
- Instagram - Middle School
- Facebook - High School
- Instagram - High School
Family Discussion Guides: Utilize these discussions in partnership without YouTube devotionals!
- 3/16 - God's Perspective
- 3/18 - Second Chances
- 3/20 - Treasure in Heaven
- 3/24 - Word Have Power
- 3/26 - Listen - For Younger Kids (3yo-2nd)
- 3/26 - Listen - For Older Kids (3rd-8th)
- 3/26 - Listen Journal (3rd-8th)
- 4/1 - Remember
- 4/3 - UNIQUELY DESIGNED
- 4/3 - EASTER VIDEO PROJECT
- 4/8 - Deliverance
- 4/22 - Complain
- 4/29 - Lost Sheep
- 5/6 - Balaam's Donkey
- 5/13 - Crossing the Jordan
- 5/20 - Joshua's Perspective
- 6/3 - CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE AND JUSTICE
- Mortimer's Christmas Manger
- The Lights in the Church
- Who Built the Manger
Outside Resources: Great digital resources from around the web.
Contemporary or Classic Worship
Worship With Us!
Sundays 10:45 am (year round)
This worship service has become a place where many of our students effectively connect to God and His People. We meet in Auditorium for contemporary style worship and the Sanctuary for classic. Our hope is that our students will enter into a weekly rhythm of corporate worship — at 10:45 am or at one of our other worship services.