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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    Camp COW 2019 | June 24 - 28
    Middle School Camp | Grades 6 - 8

    Camp COW
    June 24 - 28, 2019 | Baraboo, WI 

    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!” 

    2019 Camp COW Forms

    Authorization to Administer Medication

    *no registrants will be added after Friday, June 21 

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    Purchase Camp COW "Bucks" Snack Shop Punch Cards

    In past years at Camp COW, we've had a lot of cash lost around camp, and have had a hard time returning it to it's rightful owner.  This year, we will not accept cash at the snack shop at all.

    Instead, parents will have the opportunity to purchase snack shop cards in $10 increments for their camper.  These cards will have the students name on them, making it easier to return it to it's owner if misplaced!

    Cards may be purchased at Camp COW check-in, or online before camp. 

    *Cards must have a students name on them to have value. 

    ** Left over funds after camp will be transferred to next year's Camp COW scholarship fund. No Refunds. 

     

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    8th Grade Celebration
    May 3 | Meet at Oak Brook Campus

    8th Grade Celebration
    May 3 

    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 have a blast at Enchanted Castle and look back over the past 3 years together!

    Who: Current 8th Graders!

    When: Friday, May 3rd at 4:00pm - 9:30pm

    Where: Meet at Christ Church Oak Brook before heading to Enchanted Castle. 

    Pick-up: Students will be picked up at 9:30pm from The Erhardt’s house at 704 S Bryan Street in Elmhurst.

    Cost: $30 will cover all of your costs at enchanted castle and dinner!

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    Nashville Mission Project | July 21 - 26
    Middle School Mission Trip | Grades 7 - 8
     

    Music City Mission Trip
    July 21-26, 2019 | Nashville, TN

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

    Registration is nearly full. Sign up soon to avoid a wait list. 

    No participants will be added after July 17, 2019

     

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    COW 2018-19
    Wednesday Night Youth Group

    Wednesday Evenings | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Oak Brook | Student Center
    September 5, 2018 - May 8, 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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    COW Refugee Experience

    COW Refugee Experience
    March 16-17

    This year we'll be exploring what it might be like for families who have come to live in the United States as refugees. We'll gather at Christ Church's Oak Brook branch for an overnight refugee experience (and a bit of fun of course). In conjunction with this event, we'll be raising money to support Resilient's ministry to refugee populations in Villa Park. www.resilientstrong.com

     

    Where/ when we'll meet - We will be gathering together with all our overnight gear at the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center (3609 Spring Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523) at 5pm. From there we'll experience what it might be like to have to leave our homes, by walking through Fullersburg woods to Christ Church's Oak Brook Branch. 

    What will we do next?- Once at church students will have a small meal, similar to what a refugee might experience upon arriving in a new home, then we'll together move through different experiences to help us grow in empathy towards the situation of people who are newly arriving in the United States. 

    After our refugee experience, we'll hang out, watch a movie, and play some games together!

    When does it end?  We'll have a meal together just before the 9 o'clock service, then will wrap up our program during that service time and dismiss as the service lets out at 10am.

    Fundraising - By signing up for this event you are committing to spend 2 hours working to fundraise for our friends at Resilient. Resilient is an incredible organization that works with at risk communities right in our backyard. Some of the primary people they work with are young people who's families have recently come to America!

     

     

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    Sunday Morning COW 2018-19
    9:00 & 10:45 am | Oak Brook & Downers Grove 

    Breakfast Club | Oak Brook

    9:00am September 9, 2018 - July 28, 2019

    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 & Downers Grove

    10:45am September 9, 2018 - July 28, 2019

    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 Downers Grove branches.

    Email or call Steve Noble at 630-321-3939 with any questions.

     

     

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    COW Summer House Groups
    Wednesdays | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m | June - July

    COW Summer House Groups
    Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | June - July

    During the summer we have a unique opportunity to meet in homes throughout our community.  Our students break off into five different house groups to engage in fellowship, fun, snacks, and an awesome video series where we'll explore the stories of some of our incredible volunteer leaders. 

    Students can sign up for house groups based on where they live or where their friends will be attending. It's your call!

     

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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.

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    Stampede: Middle School Retreat
    February 1-3 | Lake Geneva, WI

    Stampede: Middle School Retreat
    February 1-3, 2019 | Covenant Harbor | Lake Geneva, WI

    What is Stampede? 
    Stampede is a weekend long winter retreat for our awesome middle schoolers!  The winter can get pretty stressful with sports schedules, homework, and nasty weather. We hope that our students can take a chance to refresh physically, emotionally and spiritually by joining us for an incredible weekend at Covenant Harbor. We will worship, learn and grow as a group through our incredible sessions.  We will also have a chance to Laser Tag, Rock Climb, Ice Skate, Snow Tube, test out the adventure swing, and maybe even jump into a frozen lake! Join us for Stampede, we promise you wont regret it, and you will come away with a ton of incredible new friends! EVERYONE IS WELCOME SO BRING A FRIEND!

    Students will arrive at Christ Church at 6:00 pm on Friday.  We will travel by bus to Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, WI, and will return to the church at 2:00 pm on Sunday. 

    • Early Bird Cost (Register before October 31): $170
    • Regular Cost (Register after October 31): $195
    • Please do not let money be an issue. Need-based scholarships are available upon request.
       

    2019 Stampede Forms, Packing List & Details  

    2019 Permission to Administer Medication Form

     

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