Sundays 7:00 – 8:45pm (Sept – May)
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.
Sunday Nights | September - May | 7:00 - 8:45 PM
Koinonia (the Greek word for community) is the heart of our HS ministry here at Christ Church. Throughout the year, our Sunday nights will be a mixture of Small-Group focused nights where students will spend time with their grade + gender-based small groups discussing the teaching content for that week, outreach-centered Gather nights (large-group events), and nights that have a healthy split of large + small groups.
October 15-17, 2021
October 15-17 | Phantom Ranch Bible Camp
Fall Sabbath is a weekend retreat at Phantom Ranch that offers students a time to recalibrate amidst their busy schedules of school and extra-curriculars. This weekend is often the highlight of our students’ years as they can move away from the many distractions of their weekly lives and fully focus on their relationship with Christ. Register now!
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.
Ninth Grade Entry Point
Confirmation Journey 2021/2022 | Sundays, August-December 7:00-8:45pm
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.
The journey will begin in September and culminate on January 15th 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 August, we will connect students with their mentors and groups and equip everyone for the confirmation journey ahead!
Please reach out to Julie (jjohnson@ChristChurch.us) with any questions.
Wednesday Night Leadership Group
September - May | Wednesdays | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Oak Brook | Mosaic Room
Mosaic provides an opportunity for our committed students to develop and grow as student leaders. Mosaic is a leadership community broken into 'Tiles' (adult leaders and students) who desire to serve out of how they are wired. Whether students feel most alive connecting to God and His people with their hands, heart, soul, or mind, Mosaic has a “leadership tile” for them.
Our weekly gatherings are divided into two chapters:
- Mosaic Community | 7:00‐7:45 pm
Students gather for a spiritual exercise, leadership training, and collaboration in the designing, developing and ownership of our ministry.
- Tile Time | 7:45-8:30 pm
This is where students collaborate within the specific tasks connected to their tile to design, develop, and own the various aspects of the entire High School Ministry. Each tile has an adult volunteer leader who is wired just like the students in his/her tile, creating a multi‐generational approach to leadership development.
Mosaic begins on Wednesday, September 15!
- Mosaic Community | 7:00‐7:45 pm
Contemporary or Classic Worship
Worship With Us!
Sundays 10:45 a.m. (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 a.m. or at one of our other worship services.
High School Ministry Update
September 26, 2021
HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY UPDATE
September 26, 2021
Dear Koinonia Family,
We’re writing to share with you a transition that will be taking place this year in our high school community. After seven years of serving with Koinonia, Aaron will be moving into a new season of ministry within our worship ministry at Christ Church. Over the next three months, Aaron will be taking a less involved role in the Koinonia community to begin a new position with our worship team, coming alongside their ministry on Sunday mornings. Steve Noble will be taking a more active pastoral role to serve in the high school community.
Aaron Foster & Steve Noble
A Note from Aaron:
About two years ago, I started more intentionally asking God to show me the places that He has gifted me and the things He has given me a passion for within ministry – praying that He would shape me to better serve our Koinonia community. Over the course of that year I sensed a few areas that the Lord was encouraging me in most specifically, all to the end of helping people encounter the love of Jesus in fresh and meaningful ways. In the last year a position was formed within the worship ministry at Christ Church that mirrors the exact gifts and passions to which God had been encouraging me. Looking back, God was putting pieces in place to catch my attention and lead me toward something new within ministry at Christ Church.
But even with all the excitement and confidence in the movement of God in my life toward “new”, there are deep feelings of loss as I move into a less involved role with Koinonia, the ministry and community that God has used to shape me in so many ways over the years. Serving in this ministry for the last seven years and having been deeply involved since I was a freshman myself, it is impossible to fully describe how impactful the Koinonia community – students, volunteers, and families – has been in Cara and my lives. You pastored me as I grew in my faith as a Koinonia student, encouraged me as I processed a call to ministry, celebrated Cara and me at our wedding, and loved us like family as we welcomed our little Eloise into the world this past April. I would truly not be where I am in my faith or in my life if it were not for you all. Thank you for your trust and for sharing your hearts and lives with us, it has been a true blessing for our family.
It would be an overstatement to say that Koinonia was in my hands over the last seven years (as it is truly the ministry of God and our student community); and it would be an understatement to say that it will be in great hands moving forward as Steve Noble has been praying and caring for this ministry, and leading through the transition already. As we move into a season of transition, Steve’s role will also be slightly shifting as he takes on an active pastoral role in Koinonia (as well as COW), while working to also hire new partners to help guide our middle and high school communities.
A Note from Steve:
At Christ Church we are all in for our student communities. We are committed to supporting our students, your families, and the rest of our broader communities. For decades, Koinonia has been a meaningful place for students to grow in their faith. We are committed to continuing this legacy in the years to come. I am looking forward to continuing to walk alongside our students (in partnership with Julie Johnson, our other student ministry staff partners, and our exceptional team of high school mentors) in this next season of ministry at Koinonia.
I hope you will join me and the rest of our student community in celebrating the massive impact Aaron has had over these past seven years and cheering him on in his new role in the worship department. Aaron has been, and will continue to be, an important pastoral voice at Christ Church! While his role in the Koinonia community is diminishing, we are looking forward to the important impact Aaron will have moving forward in our broader church.
Please join both of us in praying for this transition in our high school community, that God would continue to be faithful in how He shepherds our community into “next” and continues to use Koinonia for a force of His goodness in our community!