School Year COW 2020-21
Wednesday Night Small Groups & Montly Worship Gatherings
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.
School Year COW 2020-21
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!
Worship Nights | Monthly | Sunday | 7–8:30 p.m. | Beginning September 13
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. These evenings will feel like camp sessions with amazing worship, biblical teaching and encouragement, great fellowship with friends, and a whole lot of fun! To begin the year we will host these outdoors at our Oak Brook campus and as the weather changes we hope to bring them inside our Oak Brook Auditorium (social distancing permitting).
Small Groups | Wednesdays | 7–8:15 p.m. | Beginning September 16
Small groups in this season will become even more central to our ministry. Students will begin the year by meeting with their small groups on Wednesday evenings. These groups will work through Scripture together via curriculum sent out by our Student Ministry team and facilitated by our amazing volunteer team.
COW Small groups will gather outside on campus at our Oak Brook branch to start the year. As the weather requires we will move indoors to rooms where we will be able to gather with appropriate social distance.
Please note that for all our student events this fall students will be required to:
- Register for the event
- Wear a face covering
- Maintain social distancing protocol
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.
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!
- 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
Outside Resources: Great digital resources from around the web.
Camp COW 2020 | CANCELLED
Middle School Camp | Grades 6 - 8
Camp COW CANCELLED
Sept 4-7, 2020 | Baraboo, WI
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...
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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
Listen, Learn, Lament
Follow COW on Social Media!