ABOUT MAPLE CITY STUDENTS
Our goal is to experience God, grow in faith, and love others.
Here at Maple City, we love students and they meet every Wednesday at 7:07pm! We know the 7th to 12th grade years can be challenging and we want to be a place where students feel completely accepted and supported. A place where they love to come and are encouraged to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Student Coaches are our team of adult leaders who volunteer each week to spend time with students and lead their small groups. Without this team, we cannot complete our mission, so if you would like to learn more about becoming a coach, click the links below to get started today. Thanks for your heart and interest in serving our current generation!
If you would like to help in a more “hands-off” way, you can email Justin to ask how you can still be involved in our ministry.
Click here to download our coach handbook.
Student Teams are multiple groups of students who serve in different areas of our student ministry and are led by student leaders. At Maple City, we believe saved people serve people, and this includes students, so we want to raise up students who crave serving and wish to get more involved in their own youth group. Some of our teams include hospitality, tech, worship, and social media.
Student Scholarship is a program intended to enable students to earn money to reduce their cost for mission trips, retreats, etc. Here’s how it works: people donate to our Student Scholarship Fund, students volunteer to serve, and then they turn in a signed Student Scholarship slip to receive digital funds. Many students serve in our Kids or Creative Arts Department on Sunday mornings, babysit for church-wide legacy groups during the week, or volunteer at Revive Kids Club in Elkhart. If you would like you or your child to receive text updates for new opportunities, text JHserve or SHserve to (574) 500-2506.
Click here to request students to serve your need.
We meet at Maple City every Wednesday evening at 7:07 to hang out, worship together, hear teaching, be in small groups, and have fun all around! Check-in starts at 6:45 in the student hallway and then they connect with their friends, coaches, and small group either in our student café or the recreation room. We then gather together in the main auditorium for a time of worship. From there, we break off into Junior and Senior High for teaching and end our night with small groups to dive deeper.
Small Groups are our intentional time where we break off into groups based on gender and grade to dive deeper into that evening’s teaching and discover how it applies to our lives. Each group is led by a couple of adult coaches who create a loving and intentional environment for community and discovery. It is also our goal for small groups to also exist outside of Wednesdays in order to be a relational ministry.
We mostly rely on Grow Students, but use a mix of others from time to time. Topics will range from twists on classic Bible stories to living a life like Jesus to dealing with cultural issues, and all teachings have a central Bible passage and a bottom line with real-life application. Everything we do that evening is intentional and contributes to driving the bottom line home so it sticks!
No, there is never a cost to come on a typical Wednesday! However, there will be times we host events and go on trips and retreats where there will be a cost. We do not want cost to be a hindrance from a teen’s attendance, so we have a Student Scholarship program that any student is welcome to join to help alleviate any costs.
Yes, we strive to create both a physically and emotionally safe environment for all teens. We have a team of adult coaches who undergo an application process (complete with a background check) who supervise your teen. At any given moment, a teen will not be left alone without an adult present. In addition, we have a front desk and security team monitoring the building and ensuring its safety. For events and trips, we have a minimum of a 1:5 coach to student ratio.
We want to partner with parents so every parent feels supported and informed. At the beginning of every month, we send out a monthly parent newsletter with everything you need for that month including resources, tips, and keeping you informed about our ministry. We also post frequently to our Facebook and Instagram page. If you are not receiving our updates, please join our Youth Group Parents group on the Church Center app.