Cross Winds Youth

Students in 6th-12th Grade

Our Mission

Cross Winds Youth are committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and Jesus-centered community where everyone can live out their faith.  

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment. A second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’    Matthew 22: 37– 39

What We Offer

We offer Christian community for students to grow in their faith, friendships, service, and leadership. Students are given time to develop Christian relationships with their peers and have the gift of building mentoring relationships with caring Christian adults, including our pastor. We aim to provide a space and place for students to be known and to develop their gifts for the transformation of the world. During the school year we gather weekly on Wednesdays for meals, classes, and fellowship. On Sunday mornings there are opportunities to serve through worship leadership, Sunday School, and hospitality Throughout the year, we have regular off-site service opportunities to make a difference in our greater community, seasonal social events, and summer camp trips.

Wednesday Middle School Program

Wednesday Middle School Program (6th-8th Grades) 

Meets September through April 

Community Dinners offered from 5:30pm-6:30pm 

Middle School Group meets 6:30-7:30pm 

New groups start in the fall, winter, and spring. Each series begins and ends with a community night celebration and includes approximately 6-8 weeks for middle school group time. The teaching times are facilitated by our pastor along with trained adult volunteers who assist with small group time and mentoring. The fall semester focuses on exploring the Bible. The winter group includes mentor involvement as students go deeper into questions about faith and life. The spring focuses on Christian living, service, and social time. Students interested in being confirmed attend the Middle School classes as part of their confirmation requirements, but students do not have to seek confirmation to participate. 

Learn more about this year’s classes:

2023-2024 Middle School Brochure

Mentor Program

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Wednesday High School Program

Wednesday High School Program (9th-12th Grades)

Meets September through April  

Community Dinners offered from 5:30pm-6:30pm  

High School Group meets 6:30-7:30pm 

New groups start in the fall, winter, and spring, each lasting about 6-8 sessions. Each series begins and ends with a community night celebration and includes approximately 6-8 weeks for small group time. Groups are facilitated by trained adult volunteers and focus on creating a space for students to find support and encouragement for their lives of faith.

2023-2024 High School Brochure

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Confirmation Program

Confirmation (6th-8th Grades) 

For students at Cross Winds, Confirmation is a time in a student’s life to discover and claim the Christian faith for themselves, deciding whether they want to say yes to the promises made at their baptisms by their families. It is an exploration of what it means to love God and love the world like Jesus through the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.  

Confirmation students commit a 2-3 year journey alongside our pastor, small group leaders, adult mentors, and peer small groups through shared classes, service, and worship. At the end of Confirmation, they will be invited to make a public commitment to Christ and become a full member of our church community.  

Students may begin their confirmation journey as early as 6th grade. Students are eligible to be confirmed in 8th grade or high school. New students who have completed work in other churches can speak with pastor about adapting the requirements to meet what they have already completed elsewhere. Confirmation Students complete their class requirements through attending Wednesday youth programs. Service hours and worship requirements are also a component of the confirmation experience. For additional information about the program, please refer to the brochure or contact a pastor.

2023-2024 Confirmation Brochure

Mentor Program

Confirmation Requirements Form

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Worship and Music Leadership

Worship and Music Leadership

At Cross Winds, we value that worship is the work of the people to glorify God. We provide spaces for people of all ages to serve as worship and music leaders. Seasonal music and worship leader activities meet on Sunday mornings at 9am.  There is also the opportunity to take part in the Christmas Musical Program which meets on Wednesday evenings during the Winter season.

2023-2024 Youth Music Brochure

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2024 Youth Mission Trip

Youth Mission Trip 2024

Support the 2024 Senior High Mission Team work as they prepare for their trip to Benton Harbor, MI from July 6th through July 12th. During a week in Benton Harbor, the group will partner with local organizations to serve the city across age and racial divides. In the evenings, they will tour the community and learn about the fine arts revitalization in Benton Harbor from a community friend.   

Partnering with YouthWorks,  our team will be immersed in experiences that point all sorts of people to Jesus. YouthWorks seek to restore relationships, love others and serve communities because Jesus set that example for us. Everything the team will do with them comes out of this desire to follow the greatest commandment that Jesus gave us—to love God and love others.  In partnering with YouthWorks, we also celebrate that a commitment to a community always begins with humility. YouthWorks desires to walk side-by-side with our friends in service and helping support the work God is already doing through them. Together, we have a lot to learn from our community partners, so this trip will be an opportunity to share their history and God-moments with our team.

Mission Trip Team Information

Mission Team Sponsor Letter

Registration

Trip Payment

Support a Missionary  

If you know a team member and would like to contribute financially or through prayer support towards their missionary experience, consider giving online today. 

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