Koinonia | High School Ministry
Sundays | September 10–May 8 | 7:00–8:45 p.m.
High School | Koinonia
A weekly rhythm is important for high school students to keep Jesus in the center of their lives. Our three weekly connection points are designed to help our students, wherever they are at with their faith, to live a life where they worship, grow, and serve as followers of Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in serving in Koinonia as a small group leader or a disability buddy, please complete and submit the interest form below.
Koinonia | High School Ministry
Koinonia | High School Ministry
Sunday Night | September 10–May 8 | 7:00–8:45 p.m.
Oak Brook | Student Center (lower level)
Koinonia (the Greek word for community) is the heart of our High School ministry here at Christ Church. Our weekly night of connection includes, friends, fun, worship, large group teaching and small group time where students will spend time with their grade and gender–based groups discussing the teaching content for that week, praying and enjoying fellowship. Please register with the link below. Please note that there is a $25 fee to cover materials and supplies for our weekly gatherings. If this is a hardship for your family email Mandy at mjanuszewski@ChristChurch.us.
*If you want to register your student for Sunday Koinonia, Wednesday Koinonia, and/or Confirmation, use this link below.
Questions? Email Emily Maruyama at emaruyama@ChristChurch.us
Mosaic | Our Student Leadership Community
Wednesdays | September 13–May 8 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Mosaic Leadership Community
Wednesdays | September 13–May 8 | 7:00–8:30 p.m. | Oak Brook | Auditorium
This is our mid-week check-in where we gather for fellowship. It is designed for students who want to develop and grow in their personal relationship with God in a smaller community. All high schoolers are welcome!
*If you want to register your student for Sunday Koinonia, Mosaic, and/or Confirmation, use the Koinonia link.
Confirmation Journey | Grade 9
Sundays | September 10–December 17 | 7:00–8:45 p.m.
Confirmation Journey 2023 | Grade 9
Sundays, September 10–December 17 | 7:00–8:45 p.m.
Confirmation Service | Saturday, January 20, 2024 | 3:00 p.m. | Oak Brook
Confirmation is an annual experience for our students in grade 9 where they have an opportunity to deepen and proclaim their Christian faith. Confirmation is not mandatory, and students have the freedom in this program to explore the basics of the Christian faith, understand the theological traditions of their faith, and decide if they want to publicly proclaim that faith.
We believe that students learn best through personal engagement with mentors and small groups, so this program is structured to provide a small group of their peers who are guided by an adult mentor. Mentor groups will meet weekly in connection with our larger High School community (Koinonia) and will process the Confirmation curriculum together with their group. Confirmation mentors are parents and other adults who love young people and are coached and trained to have conversations about life and faith with adolescents.
Parent support and investment in Confirmation is essential and we invite every family to encourage their student in this experience. For parents to be equipped to engage with their Confirmand, there is a mandatory parent AND student meeting at 5:45–6:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 17.
We know that family life is hectic and that wonderful activities like music, theater, dance, and sports fill our schedules. The opportunity to deepen and confirm our faith is significant and we ask that families make every effort to attend our mandatory Confirmation meetings and the Fall Retreat. Life happens so there is some flexibility, but we ask that students not miss more than two meetings throughout the Confirmation experience.
Register your student for confirmation using the link above. However, if you have already registered for Sunday/Wednesday Koinonia and indicated that your student wants to participate in Confirmation then you do not need to register again.
Please reach out to Mandy at mjanuszewski@ChristChurch.us with any questions.
Fall Retreat 2023
High School Retreat | October 20–22
Fall Retreat 2023
October 20–22 | Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, WI
Fall Retreat is a weekend away at Covenant Harbor that offers students time to rest and recalibrate amid their hectic school and extra-curricular schedules. This weekend is often celebrated as the highlight of our students’ years as they can move away from the many distractions of their weekly lives and fully focus on their friendships in this community and space to worship and connect with God.
Students meet at the Oak Brook campus in the early evening on October 20 and take coach buses up to Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, WI. After enjoying a weekend of fun and friendship as well as worship and teaching, they will return to the Oak Brook location in the afternoon of October 22. This weekend is a ‘can't miss’ for any high school student!
If you have questions about the Fall Retreat, please reach out to Emily Maruyama at emaruyama@ChristChurch.us
Register using the link below. Please also fill out all applicable required retreat forms that must be submitted within 3 days of registering and send them to Mandy at mjanuszweski@ChristChurch.us.
ALL students are required to fill out the online REQUIRED MEDICATION FORM & COVENANT HARBOR WAIVER (links below):
If you are bringing your OWN medication, please complete Med Authorization Form below and email to Mandy at mjanuszewski@ChristChurch.us
Contemporary or Classic Worship
Worship With Us!
Sundays 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. (year round)
Worshipping as a part of a larger community is significant for the spiritual developlment of an adolescent. Research suggests that high school students who were regularly part of an ongoing worshipping community were more likely to maintain their faith beyond high school. At Christ Church, we are eager to help our students develop not only in their peer communities, but as part of the wider church. We encourage students to sit with their families for worship or, feel free to join other students who sit together. Our staff and volunteers attend worship and are eager to help studnets connect with one another or to sit with a student who may not be attending with their family. If you have any questions about Sunday morning worship, please contact Emily | emaruyama@ChristChurch.us
Student Serve Opportunities
Sundays, Weekdays & Summer
Vacation Bible School | Butterfield | June 26–30
Students entering grade 6 in the fall through adult can register to volunteer. Classes will be grouped with mixed ages. Register here.
Christ Church Kids Volunteer | Sundays, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. | Oak Brook
Help children experience and know God’s love and grace. Join us in creating a place where kids feel safe and secure and littles can participate in worship and learn from God’s Word. If you are interested in being a faith mentor or a helper in classes with children birth to grade 5 during church services, please register here to let us know your preferences (availability, age, grade, etc.). The youngest volunteer can be in sixth grade. Email Jennie Amidei at jamidei@ChristChurch.us with any questions.
Christ Church Kids Check-in Volunteer | 40 minute commitment on Sundays, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. | Oak Brook
We are in need of volunteers to welcome parents and kids, check in new kids at the computer kiosks, and show families to classrooms. If technology or hospitality is your gift, this is the role for you! We would need help 20 minutes before and after service starts. For example, for the 9:00 a.m. service, we would need you at check-in 8:40–9:20 a.m. Then you can join your family for the service. High schoolers and adults welcome! Register here and share your preferences with us.
Buddy for Children with Special Needs | Sundays, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. | Oak Brook
Provide one to one support for a child with special needs or assist in a classroom that has children with needs helping them experience God’s love and offering appropriate support. Register here if you would like to join our team in this role.
Child Care Helper | Weekday Mornings & Special Events | Oak Brook
Support families seeking to grow in their faith by providing a safe and engaging place for their children, infants through kindergarten. Email Jordan Stevens at jstevens@ChristChurch.us to join our team.
Roca y Agua | High School Camp
June 9–14 | Incoming Grades 9–12
Roca y Agua
June 9–14, 2024 | Bull Shoals Lake, AR
Incoming Grades 9–12
Roca y Agua is an annual summer camp unlike any other. We’ll spend the week water skiing, tubing, swimming, cliff jumping and spending quality time with friends on houseboats on Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas. Each day also includes rooftop gatherings of worship, biblical teachings from a speaker, and meaningful boat group conversations. You won’t want to miss this!
Registration opens February 1.
Questions? – Please reach out to Emily Maruyama | emaruyama@ChristChurch.us | 630.407.7079
Confirmation Daily Devotional 2023
Welcome to the Confirmation Journey!
Our eleven–week confirmation journey is divided into three sections:
- Worship – Who is God and what does it mean to worship Him?
- Grow – How can I grow deeper in my relationship with Jesus?
- Serve – Is serving others important? It is faith in action!
Click the links below to access the appropriate daily devotional.