Our Junior High ministry (The rOck) and Senior School ministry (The grOve) are communities of students exploring what it looks like to ignite a passion to follow Jesus. The main connecting times for both age groups are a weekly large group gathering and weekly small group gatherings. Throughout the year there are also several events, retreats, serving opportunities, and mission trips that all foster vibrant community among our students.
Jr. High - the rOck
The rOck is a community of 7th and 8th grade students. We meet have two weekly gatherings, both in the rOck room (located inside door 3 at the North Indy campus at 96th St. & Towne Rd.).
- Sunday mornings large group gathering: 9:45 a.m. - 11: 05 a.m.
- Wednesday small groups: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Once a month on Sundays when we have Fresh Encounter Prayer Services, junior high students are encouraged to serve in a ministry during the 9:45 a.m. service in place of our regular Sunday morning meeting. We also meet throughout the year for service projects, retreats and social activities.
Sunday mornings use a mix of music, teaching, discussion, videos, prayer and snacks to help students connect with God and with each other.
Wednesday Night Small Groups
Wednesday nights are a time for students to break into student small groups for the purpose of digesting God's word and discussing how scripture applies to their everyday lives. This is a time for students to grow closer to fellow believers and hear truth from an adult leader. Junior high small groups are gender-specific and include a combination of both 7th and 8th grade students.
Students are placed in small groups through a selection process by both the students themselves and Student Ministries leaders. The aim of the process is to group students with both peers and leaders who will best encourage them in loving God, loving others and putting their faith into action. If you or your student has not completed a Small Group Preference Form for the 2015-2016 school year and would like to join a rOck small group, please complete the online form by clicking on the button below. If you or your student has questions regarding their placement for the year, please contact Pastor Joe Wittmer.
Once a month on Sundays when we have Fresh Encounter Prayer Services, junior high students are encouraged to serve in a ministry during the 9:45 a.m. service in place of our regular Sunday morning meeting.
Junior high students will spend each Serve Sunday during the fall months preparing for serving in the spring. Participating ministries will lead students through a series of trainings that will prepare them for service starting in February. Training is required for both new 7th graders and returning 8th graders who served last year.
Students who have not yet signed up for an area of service will have an opportunity on Serve Sundays to sign up. Questions? Contact Pastor Joe Wittmer.
- List of Serve Sundays
- Training Sessions: Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20
- Serving Days: Feb. 28, Mar. 20, Apr. 24, May 22
Sr. High - the grOve
The grOve is a community of 9th through 12th grade students. High schoolers, join us for our two weekly gatherings, both at the College Park Ministry Center:
- Sunday Night Big Group gathering - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Wednesday Small Groups - 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
We also meet throughout the year for service projects, retreats and social activities.
Sunday Night Big Group
Sunday nights in the grOve are student worship services that include music, videos, prayer, discussion and Bible teaching. Music is led by the grOve Worship Team and teaching is led by Pastor of Student Ministries, Joe Wittmer, or Student Ministries Coordinator, Alex Anderson. Our time consists of studying Bible passages in a verse-by-verse method as well as short topical studies on things like relationships, stress, dating, or sharing your faith.
There is not an organized class for high school students on Sunday mornings. Instead, we encourage students to use this time to participate in the congregational worship service as well as serve in ministries of the church.
Wednesday Small Groups
Wednesday nights are a time for students to break into small groups to digest God's word and discuss how scripture applies to their everyday lives. This is a time for students to grow closer to fellow believers and hear truth from an adult leader. Senior high small groups are gender-specific and include a combination of 9-12th grade students.
Students are placed in small groups through a selection process by both the students and Student Ministries leaders. The aim of the process is to group students with both peers and leaders who will best encourage them in loving God, loving others, and putting their faith into action. If you or your student has not completed a Small Group Preference Form for the 2015-2016 year and would like to join a grOve small group, please sign up by clicking on the button below. If you or your student has questions regarding their placement for the year, please contact Pastor Joe Wittmer.
Events and Retreats
Parents & Volunteers
According to Scripture, the primary responsibility for raising a child belongs to the family. But the church is also ordained by God to train people to know, love, obey, worship and serve God - and this includes training teens. Therefore the Student Ministry team desires to partner with parents in the spiritual formation of their teens. We should not (and cannot) take the place of the home, but we can play a vital role in the discipleship of students.
We want parents to stay informed on what the Student Ministry is offering so parents can make the best decisions on how to help their teenage children grow spiritually. Subscribe to our weekly eNews through the button below to stay up-to-date.
Interested in serving in Student Ministries at College Park Church?
The following are volunteer opportunities available for the 2015-2016 year.
- Student Ministry Leader
- Substitute Leader
- Auxiliary Leader
- Support Team Leader
Sign up to receive email updates about North Indy campus Student Ministries here.
Service Opportunities, Worship & Vision Trips
There are opportunities to make a difference all around you. Some are inside the Student Ministries; some are at other College Park events; many are outside the walls of College Park all together. The Student Ministries Team sees one of our roles being to connect you to service opportunities. This is how we fulfill our duty "to equip the saints for the work of the ministry" (Ephesians 4:12).
The application season to be considered for the rOck and the grOve worship teams is now closed for the 2015 - 2016 academic year. Applications and information about the 2016 - 2017 worship teams will be posted in the summer of 2016.
College Park’s Pure Sound Teen Choir is for students in grades 7-12. The teen choir will rehearse every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. beginning May 1, 2016 in preparation for two performances this season - one being the singing of the national anthem at an Indianapolis Indians game Saturday, June 11. Interested in joining Pure Sound? Register below.
Student Vision Trips
Taking a trip to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of our global strategic partners can be a life-transforming experience and is the best way to get a real vision for our ministries. We are confident that this year's Student Vision Trips will give students a first-hand experience of ministry and culture.
The application season for 2016 Student Vision Trips is now closed. Applications for the 2017 Student Vision Trips will be available in October of 2016.
2016 Student Vision Trip Important Dates & Documents
Students selected for 2016 trips will meet on the following dates.
Parents are requested to attend the January & May meetings but are welcome to attend all meetings.
Sunday, Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m. in the Rock. (Students & Parents)
Sunday, Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in E106. (Students)
Sunday, Mar. 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the Rock. (Students)
- Copies of passports and state-issued IDs are due.
Sunday, Apr. 24 in the Rock. (Students)
- 75% of funds to be raised.
- Hungary Team - Word of Life forms are due.
Sunday, May 15 in the Rock. (Students & Parents)
- 90% of funds to be raised.
A schedule of assignments and lessons can be found in the Resources section below by clicking on the Meeting 1 Handout button.
Cost: $1300 - $1400
Dates: June 11 - 18, 2016
Students: Current 8th - 12th graders
Cost: $2400 - $2600
Dates: July 1 - 11, 2016
Students: Current 8th - 12th graders
STUDENT VISION TRIP RESOURCES
Summer Service Opportunities
WORSHIP ARTS CAMP VOLUNTEER
Information coming soon. Learn more about Worship Arts Camp happening June 20 - 24.
Counselors in Training for SpringHill Day Camps
SpringHill Camps is looking for Counselors in Training (CITs) for College Park’s SpringHill Day Camp on June 27 - July 1. As a CIT you will have the opportunity to engage with a small group of campers, build relationships with the campers, and assist the SpringHill counselors. SpringHill is looking for CITs that will bring lots of energy and a desire to get to know campers on a spiritual level. Interested in becoming a CIT? Contact Rebecca Franks.
EXTREME TEENS VOLUNTEER
Information coming soon. Extreme Teens will be taking place from July 11 - 15 at the Ministry Center.