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.

Registrations are now open for Camp COW & the Chicago Missions Project!

View the video below for more information about summer!

Beginning February 21, we will move back to every week in person small groups!

 

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    COW 5th Grade Transition 2021
    Sundays | 7- 8:15 pm | Starting April 11 - May 16

    COW 5th Grade Transition
    Sundays 7 - 8:15 pm | Starting April 11

    We are looking forward to inviting our upcoming 6th grader to COW! In order to make the transition as seamless as possible, we will be inviting offering 5th grade COW small groups from April 11 through to the end of the year! We hope your student will be able to join us!

    Here's everything you'll need to know about our 5th Grade COW small group: 

    When will they meet? Sundays, April 11 - May 16. All Groups are 700-8:15 p.m.
    Where will they meet? Christ Church's Oak Brook Campus. Enter Door 17 (look for the COW sign) & our team will guide them from there!
    Will COW always be on Sundays? We are gathering on multiple nights right now due to COVID-19. We hope to go back to our primary Wednesday night gathering time next school year. 
    Do I need to register? That would help us a lot! Please follow this registration link, and forward it to your student's friends!
    Is there a cost? Nope
    Who is leading the groups? We have a team of awesome COW mentors who are going to be working with this group of students!
    Can I work with Students? You bet! COW is a great place for kids because of our incredible volunteer staff team, we'd love for you to be a part of it! Reply to this email, and we will get back to you with more details!
    How do I stay up to date on COW stuff? Our text alert system is the best bet! We send most information out that way. To join text: "@COWTexts" to 81010

     

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    8th Grade Celebration
    May 12 | The Noble's Backyard

    8th Grade Celebration
    May 12, 2021

    Hard to believe that our 8th graders will be moving on from COW soon!  It has been an awesome 3 years and we have been so blessed to have their smiling faces in our middle school group!  Come join us for a last hurrah as we wrap up our time in COW together with some games, a bonfire, and a lot of stories of all that God has done these last three years. 

    Who: Current 8th Graders!

    When: Wednesday, May 12th from 7pm - 9pm

    Where: The Noble's House, 235 S. Williams St, Westmont

    Cost: $5

    *Students will stay outside and will remain masked*

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    Gather Worship Night | May 16, 2021
     Monthly Worship Gatherings

    Gather | Student Worship Nights | Monthly | Sunday Night | 7:00–8:30 p.m. 

    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!

    We hope you'll join us for our final  "Gather" Worship Night of the school year!
    7pm | Sunday, May 16 | Oak Brook Auditorium


     

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    Summer COW in the Park 2021
    Wednesdays | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m | June - July

    Summer COW in the Park
    Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | June - July | Oak Brook Park District

    This summer our COW community will gather together in the park on wednesday evenings, for a time of games, worship, and community! In a year where we've been divided into smaller groups more often than not, we are looking forward to gathering the whole COW community together!! Students will have opportunities to play games all together, worship, learn, and then divide into groups for meaningful conversation!

    Friends are welcome & registration is free. Registering here simply helps us know how many students to expect!


     

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    School Year COW 2020-21
    Weekly Small Groups & Monthly Worship Gatherings

    COW is the heartbeat of our middle school ministry. In this unique season we will be gathering weekly for small groups (herds) and monthly for worship! We'd love for you to join our middle school community!

    Small Groups | Sunday (6th), Monday (7th), & Wednesday (8th) | 7:00–8:15 p.m. 

    Small groups in this season will become even more central to our ministry. Students will meet with their small groups in person at our Oak Brook Campus on Sundays (6th), Mondays (7th), and Wednesdays (8th). If your student cannot make their assigned night, please feel free to hop in with another age group! These groups will work through Scripture together via curriculum sent out by our Student Ministry team and facilitated by our amazing volunteer team. ‚Äč

    For the spring semester, student small groups will be moving back to an every week model. Find out more 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 still unable, or uncomfortable meeting in person, we will premiere our weekly video teaching on YouTube. If your student would like to zoom into our weekly small group, please email Julie Johnson (jjohnson@christchurch.us)

     

    Please note that for all our student events this fall students will be required to:

    Gather | Student Worship Nights | Monthly | Sunday Night | 7:00–8:30 p.m. 

    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!

    We hope you'll join us for our next "Gather" Worship Night 
    7pm | Sunday, April 18 | Oak Brook Auditorium


    *the above health check in is mandatory for all in person gatherings

     

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    Camp COW 2021 
    Middle School Camp | Grades 6 - 8

    Camp COW | Baraboo, WI 
    Session 1 - June 27-29 (NOW ON WAIT LIST) | Session 2 - June 30 - July 2 

    We will have a lower capacity on site in each of our two sessions 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: $285
    • Please do not let money be an issue. Need-based scholarships are available upon request.
    • After registering, click on ALL 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***

     

    Click here for All Camp COW Forms

    SUMMER TRIP COVID FAQ

    Parts of this year's camp will be slightly different, as we continue to grapple with COVID 19. As always, the safety of our students, staff, and their families are our highest priority. Please join us for our Parent Meeting (March 14) as we discuss all of the safety protocols we'll have in place for camp. 

    A detailed FAQ, packing list, and note about safety protocols will be available after that meeting. 

     

     

     

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    Chicago Missions Project 2021 | July 12 - 16
    Middle School Mission Trip | Grades 7 - 8

    Chicago Mission Project
    July 12-16, 2021 | Chicago, IL

    The Chicago Missions Project is an urban missions trip for 7th and 8th grade students, here in the city of Chicago. During this week, we will partner with missions partners in the city of Chicago, explore our great city, and worship God together. This will be set up very similarly to a normal COW missions trip, with the only difference being that students will sleep in their own beds at night. 

    Paperwork & Pre/ post trip meeting information will be emailed to all participants as we get closer to the summer!

     

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    Sunday Morning COW 2020/21
    9:00 & 10:45 am | Oak Brook & Butterfield

    *All Sunday Morning COW gatherings have been paused due to COVID 19*

    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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    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.

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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.