Middle School

Middle School

Our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders meet at Christ Church to be in community with each other. Students are engaged in living a personal faith with Jesus in both large and small group gatherings Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.

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    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.

    Family Discussion Guides: Utilize these discussions in partnership without YouTube devotionals!



    Outside Resources: Great digital resources from around the web.



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    COW Summer Park Groups 2020
    Wednesdays | 10:45 - 11:45 am | Starting June 24

    COW Summer Park Groups
    Wednesdays 10:45 - 11:45 am | Starting June 24

    We are so excited to be able to meet in person again! Starting Wednesday June 24 we will be holding in-person hangouts in groups of 10 at Oak Brook Park District’s Central Park. Each Wednesday through July, we will be reading and discussing the book of Philippians and spending time in prayer with one another.

    Here is what you need to do: Be sure to sign up for each Wednesday that you will be coming – because of our number restrictions, we cannot allow anyone to participate who has not signed up ahead of time. Bring a mask (we will all be wearing masks while we are together), your Bible, and a lawn chair or blanket to sit in. We cannot wait to see you! If you have questions, feel free to reach out tojjohnson@christchurch.us or snoble@christchurch.us  

    Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!


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    Camp COW 2020 | NEW DATES | September 4-7
    Middle School Camp | Grades 6 - 8

    Camp COW
    Sept 4-7, 2020 | Baraboo, WI 

    *NEW DATES* Please note we have moved this camp to a Friday - Monday, during Labor day weekend. 

    We will have a lower capacity on site due to Covid-19 restrictions, and will be implementing new procedures to ensure that students are as safe as possible. 

    Camp Cow is an experience designed to challenge, encourage, refresh and empower middle schoolers. The entire week is made to engage individuals on multiple levels. Biblical, relevant teaching challenges the campers to discover what it means to follow Jesus Christ. Authentic, engaging staff lead campers in discussions and times of recreation during their week at camp. Our morning and evening programs are the highlights of the day as campers are given the space to praise God together through music and experiential learning. Of course all of this is complemented by crazy games, paintball, high ropes, knocker-ball, archery, rock climbing, swimming, kayaking and a day at the Wisconsin Dells! A week at Camp Cow provides middle schoolers with engaging conversations, life- changing moments, fun-filled days and lasting memories. 

    Camp Cow is ultimately an opportunity to create spiritual markers in the lives of middle schoolers so they can look back and say... 

    “I remember God did something in my heart, and it happened at Camp Cow!” 

    • Registration Cost: $480
    • *The first 25 people to register will receive $35 off  - use code EARLY at registration. If you type in EARLY and it says the code is not valid, that means all 25 spots have been used.
    • Please do not let money be an issue. Need-based scholarships are available upon request.
    • After registering, click on ALL FIVE LINKS BELOW to read Parent Letter and FAQs plus all paperwork to complete (Expeditions Unlimited Forms, (Required) Medication Permission Form, Authorization to Administer Medication Form). ***All forms due 1 week after registering***
    • Purchase COW Bucks by June 12th.


    2020 Expeditions Unlimited Forms – REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS 

    Medication Permission Form – REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS

    Authorization to Administer Medication – for students bringing medications 

    2020 Camp COW Parent Letter (With Packing List)

    2020 Camp COW FAQs



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    Louisville Mission Project 2020 | July 19 - 24
    Middle School Mission Trip | Grades 7 - 8

    Louisville Mission Project
    July 19-24, 2020 | Louisville, KY

    Music City Mission Trip is an urban missions trip, for 7th and 8th grade students, to the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Students will have the opportunity to serve in soup kitchens, youth charities, and other urban outreach ministries unique to Louisville!

    PAPERWORK (links below): Within one week of registering, please complete the Youth Works online paperwork as well as the Medication Permission Form that is required for ALL students. If your student will be bringing their own medications, please bring meds in ORIGINAL CONTAINERS and fill out the Authorization to Administer Medication Form as well. All medication forms must be emailed to Julie Johnson at jjohnson@christchurch.us.

    Pre & Post Trip Meetings Dates (All at 9:00 a.m. in the Student Center):
    Sunday, June 7th – 9:00 am                Parent Info Meeting (Parents/Students/Leaders)
    Sunday, June 14th - 9:00 am                Meet Your Team! (Students/Leaders Only)
    Sunday, July 5th - 9:00 am                  Team Training (Students/Leaders Only)
    Sunday, July 12th - 9:00 am                 Final Team Training (Students/Leaders Only)

    Complete all Youth Works Online Paperwork

    Medication Permission Form - REQUIRED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

    Authorization to Administer Medication Form

    Parent Letter and FAQ


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    30 HOUR FAMINE (Postponed)
    Postponed, Date TBD | Christ Church Butterfield Campus (Open to all COW Students!)

    March 14 & 15 | Christ Church Butterfield Campus

    The March 14 & 15 event will be postponed until at least April. Please stay tuned for more details. 

    WE HAVE A HUGE GOAL - To raise $15,000 for children in need around the world!  Last year we reached our goal, and were able to help change peoples lives. This year we want to continue that legacy!  All of our funds go straight to our awesome partner World Vision to be distributed to some of the poorest communities in famine stricken Kenya.

    Who: All middle school students are welcome!

    What: World Vision's 30 Hour Famine

    Where: Christ Church's Butterfield Campus 

    When: Saturday 3/14 - Sunday 3/15

    Drop off: 3pm - Butterfield Campus

    Pick up: 10am - Butterfield Campus

    *Parents join us as we celebrate together and break our fast at 9am!*

    Where will we be? - 4-6 pm Suburbanite Bowl, Downers Grove (Other than that at the Church!)

    Cost: $15 will cover all of your snacks and activities for the night!



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    Middle School Parent Resources
    Faith Resources for your Family


    COW Acts Series 
    Watch on YouTube 
    3.14.20 Video - Dan Meyer 
    3.14.20 Parent Convo Sheet
    3.21.20 Acts Video 11 - Parent Convo Sheet
    3.29..20 Acts Video 12 - Parent Convo Sheet 
    4.5.20 Acts Video 13 - Parent Convo Sheet
    COW Prayer Videos
    Watch on YouTube
    COW Storytellers Series
    Watch on YouTube
    COW Mark Devotional
    Download Mark Devotional

    COW Devotional Conversation Guides

    ​​​​Friday 3.20 Convo Guide  ​​​​​​​


    Family Devo Guide

    God's Perspective

    Listen, Learn, Lament ​​​​​​​

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    COW Herds 2019-20
    Wednesday Night Youth Group

    Wednesday Evenings | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Oak Brook | Student Center
    Kick Off - September 4, 2019

    COW is the heartbeat of our middle school ministry. It is a community of students that get together every Wednesday night in the Oak Brook Student Center for games, challenges, worship, prayer, and small groups. We'd love for you to join our middle school community!


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    Sunday Morning COW 2019-20
    9:00 & 10:45 am | Oak Brook & Butterfield

    Breakfast Club | Oak Brook

    9:00am September 8, 2018 - July 26, 2020

    Breakfast Club is our Sunday morning small group based Bible study.  Come grab a donut, watch a few cartoons and then dive into some great biblical content!

    COWam | Oak Brook & Butterfield (formerly Downers Grove)

    10:45am September 8, 2019 - July 26, 2020

    COWam is our large Sunday morning gathering. It is a place for students to come, play a few games, and then dig into God’s word in a way that relates to their lives. COWam is a great way to continue to invest in your Herd community over the weekend!

    COWam meets weekly through the school year at both our Oak Brook and Butterfield (formerly Downers Grove) branches.

    Email or call Steve Noble at 630.321.3939 with any questions.



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    Follow COW on Social Media!

    One great way to stay up to date with what's going on at COW is to follow our social media presence. Click the links below to find our Instagram & Facebook pages.