Sunday Worship Service at 10:30am

EDGE - Middle School

Grades 6-8

Our goal is to help students grow in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ by partnering with parents in the spiritual development of their children.  We realize that it is the Lord’s working in a person’s life that brings about change. For more about this purpose, go here

On Sundays, we meet in room 208 (Gym).  We meet at 9:00am, during the Sunday school hour.  Our time on Sunday starts with a student-led ice breaker.  After the ice breaker, we have a Bible lesson.  There are several men who rotate through the teaching schedule. After the lesson, we break up into small groups for the remainder of our time together.  This group is grade and gender based.  For example, 6th grade girls are a group, and 6th grade boys are another group.  Each small group has two or three adult leaders of the same gender.  This small group time is a very special part of our ministry as it is spent on building relationships between the students and small group leaders, thinking through age-appropriate applications from the lesson, and praying together. 

Wednesday night Youth Group during the school year is from 6:00-7:40. We meet at the church building. At 6:00, we start with fellowship/game time, this could either be in the gym or outdoors, weather permitting.  Around 6:30, we move into the high school youth room for worship.  We have a group of high school students who lead worship, which consists of three songs.  After worship, the EDGE and IMAGE (high school) split into their respective rooms for teaching time (EDGE meets in room 101C).  This time consists of announcements and a lesson.  Following the lesson, snacks are provided, and the students split into their small groups.  Small group time looks the same on Wednesday night as it does on Sunday mornings. 

Every month, we try to do an activity with the EDGE in order to build relationships with other students and leaders.  Some months we do service projects and some months are just fun activities.  Some months we are with the IMAGE and some months the activities are separate from the IMAGE. Each Fall, we have an EDGE Fall Retreat.  We thoroughly enjoy this time as we have seen students and leaders benefit greatly from spending a weekend together. This year, our EDGE Fall Retreat is on October 27-29, 2023.

If you are interested in serving in youth ministry, please click on this link to fill out an application and to give approval for a background check.

Each year, we ask our families to fill out a participation form for each of their students in the EDGE.  Please click here to fill out the form for your child(ren).  Please fill out a separate form for each child.


Jake Valencic
Phone: 309-508-1755
Role: Family & Discipleship Intern

Phil Smith
Phone: 309-508-1755
Role: Family Pastor


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