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To ensure the health and safety of our students and adult leaders in this COVID-19 season, we have made some adjustments
to our Student Ministries weekly and monthly programming.

welcome.

Thanks for checking out Student Ministries here at our Leawood Campus! Across all of our campuses, we desire to be a caring family of multiplying disciples, influencing our community and world for Jesus Christ. We recognize that the years in middle school and high school are incredibly formational, and therefore, want to journey alongside our students and parents through this season as we learn, love, and live into the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

New to Christ Community? or want to learn more about Student Ministries, we would love to connect with you. Contact us if you have questions, comments, or are seeking care or support.

Parents

At Christ Community we truly believe that parents hold the primary role in discipling their children. We also believe that students play a vital role in the spiritual formation of their parents. Find out more about our programs and events below.

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annual events

During this COVID-19 season we will not resume our annual events until further notice. Once we feel that we can ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students and adults, we will return back to these incredible events and experiences.

programming

At all the Student Ministries gatherings we require students to bring  and  wear their mask
if they are unable to socially distant. We will adhere to social distance parameters,
and  will provide hand sanitizer as well.

Sunday

At 10:45am on Sunday mornings, our Middle School students gather in the Café for a time to connect and hang out before heading into the Student Center for age-appropriate teaching and conversation.

First time guests are encouraged to connect with our student leaders at our Visitor Check-in table in the Student Center lobby.

Wednesday

Midweek Gatherings are a safe and healthy space for students to connect with Jesus, other students, and trusted-loving adults. We hope all students will feel welcomed and loved—and have a place where they belong. Our students will be encouraged and challenged to grow in their knowledge and love of Christ, regardless of where they are on the faith spectrum.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

This October, Middle School Ministries will continue to gather on Wednesday evenings for Midweek on the Lawn and on Tuesday/Thursdays for Middle School After School. Starting in November, we will begin to gather on Sunday mornings at 10:45am for age-appropriate teaching and connection! 

MIDWEEK ON THE LAWN

Middle School Midweek “On the Lawn” is the hub of our weekly gatherings—a space where students can connect with friends and the one true God through the Scriptures. Students can expect to have a lot of fun playing games, grow in their faith and their understanding of Christianity, and process through their own story and their place in this strange world.

• Wednesdays
• 6:30-8:30pm
• On the South Lawn + Parking Lot
• Games, Lesson, & Small Groups
• Bring Personal Water Bottle
• Friends are Welcome

MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL

As our students increase their amount of time online for school, it is important to carve out space for fresh air, fitness, and friendship. We hope our Middle Schoolers will meet up with us for Middle School After School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm. Friends are welcome, and we will have some fun exploring the trails, woods, and relationships that God is providing during these strange days.

• Tuesdays and Thursdays
• 4:00-5:30pm
• Various Locations (See Web for Details)

If you have any questions concerning Middle School Ministries, please contact Joey Wilson joeyw@christcommunitykc.org

HIGH SCHOOL

During the month of October, High School Ministries will continue to gather on Wednesday nights for Midweek at the Gurley’s house (address below) from 7-9:00pm. High School Midweek Gatherings are a safe and healthy space for students to connect with Jesus, other students, and trusted-loving adults. We hope all students will feel welcomed and loved—and have a place where they belong. Our students will be encouraged and challenged to grow in their knowledge and love of Christ, regardless of where they are on the faith spectrum.

HIGH SCHOOL MIDWEEK (through October)
• Wednesdays
• 7:00-9:00pm
Gurley’s Home (14004 Windsor St., Leawood, KS 66224)
• Music, Message, & Small Groups
• You belong here!
• #bestnightoftheweek

HIGH SCHOOL HOME GROUPS (Starting November 11-January 20):

Starting Wednesday, November 11-January 20 we’ll gather in Home Groups by grade and gender (For example, ALL 12th Grade Girls at one home, 11th Grade Girls at another home, etc), which we will call “Home Groups.” This will happen every Wednesday evening, unless we have a scheduled “meet-up” or “fun event” etc., which will be incorporated throughout the school year for the purposes of getting the “HS Large Group” all together a few times throughout the semester. (See below Potential Schedule). Also, at each HOME GROUP we will have food/snacks, mixers/games, large group message/teaching and discussion/videos, community, and fun. (Read below Potential Schedule)

“HOME GROUPS” AT “HOST HOMES”

Due to the virus and in the event that guidelines become more strict, we have a method in place already, which will be HOME GROUPS at HOST HOMES. We are opting to intentionally gather by grade, ideally outdoors to have meaningful community, discussion, etc. Further, we recognize that we will still have to socially-distance and wear masks for the foreseeable future when we can’t distance, but in order to care well for our students, neighbors, and families we believe this allows for a great experience and prepares us for the future if we have to adjust or pivot again.

WHERE ARE “HOME GROUPS” LOCATED?

All of the HOST HOMES that will be hosting our HOME GROUPS are Christ Community families and have all been background checked so that our students can have the safest and best experience around our area. The locations of these HOME GROUPS are below:

• 9th Grade Girls – The Jones Home
• 9th Grade Guys – The Lettow Home
• 10th Grade Girls – The Merritt Home
• 10th Grade Guys – The Lettow Home
• 11th Grade Girls – The Dightman Home
• 11th Grade Guys – The Rothwell Home
• 12th Grade Girls – The LaGue Home
• 12th Grade Guys – The Gurley Home

“HOME GROUP” SCHEDULE:  (Here’s an EXAMPLE schedule):

6:50pm – Leaders Arrive
7:00pm – Students Arrive
7:10pm – Welcome, eat snacks, introduce yourself
7:15pm – Game: 6 Minute To Win It games
7:35pm – Announcements + Reminders
7:40pm – Large Group Message/Discussion/Video
8:00pm – Break into small groups
9:00pm – Students + Leaders depart

We are taking a new approach to Sunday mornings for our high school students. Instead of offering specific age-appropriate teaching, we want to mobilize our students to mentor and teach those younger and engage in serving our congregation on Sunday mornings (making coffee, playing in the worship band, welcoming and greeting adults/families). This is a great opportunity for our high school students to engage their faith in a fresh way as they are being mobilized to serve Christ and His church. Check our Leawood – High School Ministries webpage for service opportunities.

If you have any questions concerning High School Ministries, please contact Jason Heppner jasonh@christcommunitykc.org

Parents

We desire to come alongside parents of teenagers in order to encourage and equip. In no way do we wish to minimize your role in the life of your student. Statistics continue to indicate that you are the most influential person in the life of your teenager, even if you don’t feel like you are. We want to build healthy relationships with (and around) your student and seek the good of your entire family. We are on “your team” and want to serve in any way possible.

Here at Christ Community you are likely to hear the phrase “intergenerational ministry”—seeking to communicate our deep desire to bring the everyday lives of all generations together. We recognize and affirm the need for age-appropriate ministry, but not at the expense of getting our entire church body together. Intergenerational Ministry is not in place for a top down experience, but for a shared, learning relationship that goes both ways. Therefore, we want to encourage you, as parents, not only to invest in and care for your own teenager(s), but to do likewise for the many other young people at Christ Community. We believe our students will grow the most when they have at least five adults speaking into their lives and caring for them. We hope that you would consider being one of those five adults for a teenager outside of your own home.

If you would like to find ways you can serve students and other families, please check out our Opportunities to Serve section on this page. If you would like to get connected or have questions about Student Ministries, please contact us.

Resources

At Christ Community we truly believe that parents hold the primary role in discipling their children. We also believe that students play a vital role in the spiritual formation of their parents. That is why we, as a Student Ministries team, desire to encourage and equip both parents and students in your efforts of mutual discipleship. Below you will find a collection of books and websites that you may find helpful as you seek to grow in the likeness of Christ together.

Resources on Student Development

Ever wonder how you can connect on a deeper level with your student? Or ever wonder what’s going on with my student? Or maybe you’ve just cried out to the Lord asking for help during this tough season of life and parenting? Well, we hope the list of Resources on Student Development that you see below helps you navigate these very important conversations, provide language that will be essential for you, and we hope these are encouraging and helpful resources as you parent during this phase of life.

Books for Students

Books for Students

Can I Ask That? Volume 1 (Student Guide) by Jim Candy, Brad M. Griffin, and Kara Powell

Can I Ask That? Volume 2 (Student Guide) by Jim Candy, Brad M. Griffin, and Kara Powell

New City Catechism by Tim Keller

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung

Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today by Mark Labberton

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Before You Go: Following Jesus and Growing in Your Faith After High School by Gerald Fadayomi

Resources on Sex and Sexuality

Wendell Berry once said, “Sex, like any other necessary, precious, and volatile power that is commonly held, is everybody’s business.” Sex is a good and glorious gift from God. But like all of God’s gifts, it is easily distorted and twisted by sin. Sex has such a great deal of power both for good and for evil. It is for this reason that we have decided to keep a list of resources specifically devoted to this subject on this resource page. Below, you will find a list of resources for parents and students on the subject of sex and sexuality.

Books for Parents

Books for Parents

Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children by Joe McIlhaney Jr., and Freda McKissic Bush.
This is one of the best book we have read, thus far, on the subject of sexuality and adolescence. It is a well-researched book that is very accessible for both teens and adults. We have found it very insightful and would strongly recommend you read this book.

So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can do to Protect Their Kids by Diane E. Levin and Jean Kilbourne
A fabulous commentary on the over-sexualized culture that our children are growing up in and how it is impacting their sexual development. While it is a great book on how to talk to your children about sex, there is a great deal on practical information for parents on how to guide and protect their children in a sex-saturated culture.

Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity by Lauren Winner
This is a phenomenal book for both parents and older teenagers. It approaches the subject of sex in a much more holistic sense, as well as in a communal sense.

Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William Struthers
While this may not be all that helpful for teenagers, it is a great resource on understanding how pornography hijacks our brain and distorts the way we think about sex.

Teaching Your Child Healthy Sexuality: A Biblical Approach to Prepare Them for Life by Jim Burns
This book is similar to The Purity Code, but addresses you, as the parent, giving valuable ideas on how to address some of the biggest sexual issues our teenagers are facing today.

Sex, Dating and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand
You will find some very clear, practical, and more importantly biblical wisdom in this book. This may be a great book for students and parents to read through together.

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill
The subject of homosexuality is increasingly a significant topic of conversation. With so many voices and opinions on the issue out there, Wesley Hill (a gay Christian) provides some helpful words on how the church can begin to think and talk about it in ways that are both faithful to scripture and helpful to those with questions and struggles.

Books for Students

Books for Students

Sex: It’s Worth Waiting For by Greg Speck
Greg Speck has been doing youth ministry for more than 30 years and has a remarkable ability to connect with students on difficult topics in ways that are relevant and helpful. This is a great read for any teenager who has questions about sex.

Sex Has a Price Tag: Discussions About Sexuality, Spirituality and Self Respect by Pam Stenzel
Pam Stenzel is not shy about the subject of teenage sexuality. She is very blunt, but also very clear. This book is addressed to both boys and girls. You will find personal testimonies, medical stats and practical solutions in this book.

Pure Eyes: A Man’s Guide to Sexual Integrity by Craig Gross and Steven Luff
Craig Gross is the founder of XXXChurch, which is a ministry to people who struggle with pornography and sex addiction, as well as to people in the sex industry. This is a great book designed for men and the struggles they face to maintain sexual purity.

Pure Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Integrity by Shellie Warren
This is an official resource of XXXChurch and is the female counterpart to Pure Eyes. This book addresses real and honest issues that women face in regards to sexual temptation and maintaining sexual purity.

Sex, Dating and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand
You will find some very clear, practical, and more importantly biblical wisdom in this book. This may be a great book for students and parents to read through together.

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill
The subject of homosexuality is increasingly a significant topic of conversation. With so many voices and opinions on the issue out there, Wesley Hill (a gay Christian) provides some helpful words on how the church can begin to think and talk about it in ways that are both faithful to scripture and helpful to those with questions and struggles.

Web Resources

Web Resources

pureintimacy.org
This ministry includes articles on sexual addiction, homosexuality and a proper theology of sexuality. Also, it offers resources for spouses of those who struggle with those issues.

purelifeministries.org
Founded by a former sex addict and his wife, this ministry offers articles and resources for those who struggle with sexual sin and for spouses of those who struggle.

xxxchurch.com
One of the leading resources in helping men and women fight the battle for their sexual purity, XXX Church offers resources, blogs, videos and confessional opportunities for men and women struggling with sexual sin. Also, they feature a section for those dealing with the repercussions of their spouse’s sin.

fightthenewdrug.org
Fight the New Drug’s message is based on science and facts. In a sense, science is an international currency. They explain why porn is harmful by educating people about the negative psychological and physical reactions it causes.

Opportunities to Serve

Service is a vital area of life for the follower of Christ, and we value both adults and students serving here at Christ Community Church. Below are some general and specific ways you can serve other students and families and our broader church family. If you would like to see opportunities to serve our local community, city, and world, please head to the Outreach section of our website.

If you are interested in serving in any of these following ways, or want to talk to a pastor about serving, please contact Debbie Perry.

Opportunities for Students

Musical Worship: Serve with your gift of music and art by helping lead fellow students in musical worship on Wednesdays and occasional Sundays—whether, you play an instrument, sing, or create visual art.

Student Contributors:

Children’s Ministry: Serve as a Children’s Ministry volunteer on Sunday mornings alongside trusted/trained adult Children’s Ministry workers. There are a variety of ways you can invest in young children here at Christ Community.

First Impressions Team: Serve our Christ Community guests through hospitality. We hope for Christ Community and Student Ministries to be a welcoming place—a place where students and families feel at home.

Sunday Cafe Team: Serve on our coffee or Cafe team—brewing and serving coffee to our congregation on Sunday mornings or selling food items from the Cafe counter.

Opportunities for Adults

Small Group Leader: Co-lead as small group of students according to grade and gender.

Wednesday Night Cafe Team: Serve in our Cafe on Wednesday nights—serving pizza, candy, and drinks—all while building relationships with students.

Team Player (behind the scenes): Serve our students and families with tasks and projects behind the scenes—like planning, preparation, and prayer.

Musical Worship: Support our Middle School or High School praise bands with your gifts in music and art.

Teaching: Serve with your gifts in teaching God’s word to students in a Sunday morning D-Group, at Wednesday night youth group, or in the context of a Small Group.

Set-Up Team: Help set up and prepare for gatherings on Sundays, Wednesdays, or for special events.

Decorating Team: Help us make the Student Center and Small Group rooms look awesome.

Host Families: Serve by offering up your home as a space for students (and families) to gather.

Mentors:

Small Group Sponsors: Sponsor a specific Small Group through prayer, connection, and treats.

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