Youth Ministries

Mid-week youth activities run from mid-September through mid-March and begin at 5:30 each Wednesday evening with a free community supper provided for anyone who would like to come and enjoy good food and fellowship. Sunday afternoon and evening youth activities are offered year-round. 

Sunday School

Sunday School classes are held in the Upper Room of The Christ Center for Jr. High students after Sunday church services, meeting from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. They meet the first Sunday after Labor Day until the Sunday before Mother’s Day each year. The Gospel Project curriculum is used.

Jr. High Ministries

Jr. High JAM

Jr. High JAM (Jesus and Me) meets year around on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and is open to students from 6th through 8th grade. The focus of JAM is to teach an understanding of how students can deepen their relationship with Christ. Students in this group start to learn that their faith is an individual responsibility and something that becomes part of their life.

One of the highlights of the Jr. High Ministries is the Youth Lock-In. Usually happening on the first weekend in December, the youth Lock-In is full of food, friends and fellowship from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Some of the highlights are an indoor snowball fight, sports tournaments and a relevant Christian discussion.
Lock-in students playing basketball

Sr. High Ministries

Sr. High Youth Fellowship

Sr. High YF (Youth Fellowship) is a gathering of imperfect people who come together in the simple belief that God makes a difference in our everyday lives. We fellowship. We eat. We laugh. We pray. We study God’s Word. We fail. We succeed. We live our lives in the certain hope that nothing can separate us from the love of God made known in Jesus Christ. We meet every Sunday night from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  in The Christ Center of Emmanuel Church. Come and join us!! We aren’t a goofy game group. We are a come and hang out in a safe place group. Whatever you believe, whatever is weighing on your heart, just come as you are. We trust that you will come to understand the words of the psalmist and “Taste and see that the LORD is good!”

One the of the highlights of High School Ministry is our Summer Mission Trip. Usually happening in the beginning of the summer just after school lets out. Past trips include Jamaica, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Many of our trips have challenged students to grow spiritually, socially, and emotionally.
Sr. High YF Mission trip
high schoolers at 5th quarter party

Emmanuel is the place to be on a Friday night after a home football game until 11:00 p.m. 5th Quarter Parties are the place to be for high schools students in the Fall, with food, drinks, snacks, and local highlights of area teams. Students are welcome to come and go as they please in a peaceful and safe environment.

Church Camp

Emmanuel Church shares in the ministry of the Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center Camp, located in Frankfort, Illinois. Children age 8 can participated for 2- or 3-day camps, with older children, in 3rd through 9th grades spending a week at camp. More information about the camp can be found at Emmanuel Church supports student participation in the camp experience by paying for part of the cost of the week for children who attend from the congregation, and/or participate in DELTA Club or the church’s Sunday School.