Connect Students is designed to be a source of encouragement for kids making their way through middle and high school. Our teenage years present opportunities for some of the greatest moments of our lives. At the same time, we often face some of our toughest hurdles at this age. The goal for Connect Students is to be there for all of it — the good and the bad. This group will be a touchpoint that teaches kids to rely on Jesus and connect with other students and leaders who love God like crazy.



When do we meet?
We meet most Sunday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. We often meet at Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, so we have access to a fantastic facility. On Sunday mornings, our teens worship in our main service at the school. If we aren't at the camp on Sunday evenings, we might be hanging out at a pool, a bowling alley or around a bonfire in someone's backyard.

What do we do?
Every week we get together to hang out, connect with some games, have teaching centered around the Bible, and grow through small group time. Our Student Groups are led by Matt Messenger, our Students Pastor, and his team of adult volunteers who have a shared passion to see students connected to Christ. 

What about the parents?
Connect Students exists for parents, too! We are here to partner with you in leading your students as they face everyday challenges. We're also here to celebrate them alongside you. We believe kids this age can never have too big of a cheering section.

What else should I know?
Every year, Connect Students offers teens an opportunity to take part in some amazing experiences through Christ in Youth (CIY). CIY Believe is an overnight trip designed for 7th and 8th graders where they meet with thousands of other middle schoolers to worship, learn and have a blast together. CIY MOVE is similar but involves a whole week through the summer when high schoolers live with thousands of others from around the country on a college campus to attend amazing daily worship and fun activities designed to help them have a blast while deepening their faith in Jesus.


Stay in touch
We want you to know what’s going on with Connect Students and what we’re talking about each week. The best say to stay connected is to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.