NEXT is the student ministry Christ Community Church in Murphysboro, IL. We meet every Wednesday night at the CCC Life Center at 6:00 PM for students in the 6th-12th grades.
On the first Wednesday of each month, we throw a big party for our students. This is the one chance a month when all of our 6th-12th graders come together for a worship experience created just for them. Each United Night includes amazing worship and a message from a guest speaker or one of our pastors, plus an opportunity to hang out, meet new friends and play some games. It also gives our students an opportunity to serve as part of our worship team, drama team, or student leader team. We look forward to it all month long.
For the rest of the Wednesdays in the month, we do connect nights for our 6th – 12th grade students. This is our bread and butter. We believe that spiritual growth happens best in the context of relationships, and small groups give our students the best chance to develop those relationships with a mentor and other students. Connect Nights begin at 6:00pm with a full meal at the CCC Life Center.
For our 6th and 8th graders, we have a service that corresponds with all of the weekend services at Christ Community. Each week these students have an opportunity to run around and play some games, hear a message that is geared to them, and join in on small group discussions where they can apply what they are learning to their life. NEXT Jhi meets in the Chapel in our main building. For help finding it, simply ask an usher or anyone at the Community Kids Check-in Kiosks.
One of our favorite things to do is to meet new students, get to know our current students better, and provide opportunities for them to get to know each other. We have found that there are 2 things that pave the way for such conversation: food and activities. So we plan things all over town with the sole purpose of hanging out. It could be anything from serving opportunities, bowling, watching a movie, grabbing a snow cone or just meeting to hang out at the mall. Sometimes we announce it weeks in advance, and other times we will send out a text or a tweet the day of the event. Our goal isn’t for hundreds of people to show up each time. Our goal is to get to know the ones that do.
CCC Life Center
805 N 16th St, Murphysboro, IL 62966