First of all… THANK YOU for checking us out! If you’re here, we assume you either saw an ad on social media, heard about CROSSROADS from a friend, or recently attended one of our events. There are tons of different ways you can get involved in youth ministry as a student. Below are summaries of a few elements in our ministry program. As always, feel free to reach out to Joseph Pack if you have any specific questions on any particular events or services.
Are You New?: If you’re new, please take a moment to download our Welcome Packet available on our Ministry Resources page. It includes a welcome message, event calendar, release form, and parent-student info sheet. The release form is something we need to make sure we are aware of any medical or ‘special’ needs your student may have. The parent-student info sheet is to tell us how best to reach you. Our primary method of communication of events and announcements is e-mail, so please make sure we have your parent-student info sheet so we can add you to our database!
A Note on Costs: Most events are free of cost with the exception of our major events (WinterFest, summer camp, and PlanetWisdom). For our major events, we offer several opportunities for fundraising and while we can’t promise these are ‘average results’, we have had years where students (read: the students’ parents) haven’t had to pay a single dime to head to major events. If you are in a situation where cash is a little tight, just let us know and we’ll work with you. No student will ever be kept from attending camp because they can not afford to attend!
WinterFest – We recently started attending WinterFest, which is a two-day music event held at Liberty University. During the day, we head down to the ice-skating rink, bowling alley, or one of the other activity centers open on Liberty’s campus. At night, we are blown away by an incredible line-up of top tier performers! It’s hard to put into words exactly how incredible this event truly is. The best part about it? It’s held over New Year’s Eve so you get to ring in the new year surrounding by a ton of friends listening to heart-pounding tunes! Details are typically given out in the first couple of months of the school year for this event, so be on the look-out!
(Typical cost to student without fundraising: around $80 – includes two nights, most meals, most activities, and concert tickets)
Summer Camp – Like most other youth programs, we host one or more summer opportunities for youth to head to camp or participate in short-term mission work. Traditionally, we have taken advantage of offerings from Fuge Camps to meet our summer needs. Each year we have gone to camp, we have come back with students who can’t stop talking about how much their lives have been changed (real, lasting change)! We generally begin sign-ups for summer camp at the beginning of the spring semester and offer a host of fundraising events. For event deadlines and costs, download our event calendar from the ministry resources page!
(Typical cost to student without fundraising: around $200 – includes 4 nights, meals, activities, missions expenses, and camp tickets)
PlanetWisdom – For decades, PlanetWisdom has been offering students an immersive weekend of fun, giveaways, music, entertainment, and Bible study that connects in ways you don’t see elsewhere. Many great bands have started at PlanetWisdom (such as Mercy Me who was the ‘house band’ at PlanetWisdom for years) and several notable entertainers have gotten their start here (such as The Skit Guys). Bible sessions are presented in easily digest bites and mixed with music and giveaways to keep even the most hyper-active student’s attention! If you’re ready for an event weekend you won’t forget, check this one out. You won’t regret it!
(Typical cost to student without fundraising: around $75 – includes 1 night, most meals, and event tickets)
Throughout the school year, CROSSROADS holds several smaller events that may or may not be listed on the event schedule. Our program strives to have something to do each month but also holds several “spontaneous” events with around two week’s notice. These events are simply to provide students more opportunities to engage with each other and with their leaders. Youth ministry is all about relationships and the best way to build those relationships are often over a slice of pizza or a basketball!
Lock-Ins – Once a year we always host a lock-in. Where and when the lock-in will be held changes from year to year, but it’s always a good time of games, sports, activities, and sleepless nights. Lock-ins are listed on the event schedule and will typically be held once a year.
Movie Nights – Throughout the year, we hold several movie nights, typically alternating between Christian-themed movies and random comedies. After each Christian movie, we typically have a 5 minute wrap-up where we go over what was watched, discuss things that were accurate/inaccurate, and allow for students to ask questions. Some kind of dinner or heavy snacks are always provided.
Open Gym – Recently, a number of youth asked for open gym days and we are delivering! When school is out, and leaders are available, we will be opening the gym during the day so students can play basketball and hang-out with their friends. This is also a great way to invite visitors to the church in a fairly low-stress environment!
Parties and Outtings – Sometimes we get random opportunities to celebrate accomplishments or attend local events. These are things that can’t always be planned for, but we try to get involved nonetheless! If you or your student have an idea for something fun to do or would like to celebrate something special, let us know and we’ll try to put something together.
Service Projects – Sometimes people need help. Throughout the year we have opportunities to help people in our church and in our community. At times, these service projects have been merged with other events, but other times it’s just about helping out. As a matter of personal principle, we try not to do service projects for the sake of providing “free labor” to other community groups, but if there is a need, and an opportunity to get our students some practical experience in showing love to others through sacrifice of their time and effort, we’ll jump at the opportunity. Please let us know if you know of a need that could use a little youthful attention!
Wednesday Nights – 6pm to 8pm, Wednesdays – Every Wednesday, CROSSROADS holds evening programs with games, music, and relevant Bible teaching. We currently average around 20 youth per week from a wide range of area churches and denominations. Our focus is always striving to build Christians who understand who God is and why God desires a personal relationship with each one of them. We are thrilled to have anyone who wants to join us on Wednesdays regardless of whether you call Bowling Green Baptist Church your home or not! Hope to see you there!
Sunday School – 9am to 10:55am, Sundays – We wouldn’t be much of a church without Sunday school! Our Sunday schools are a low-key affair with rotating teachers each month. This allows students to get to hear about the Word from a variety of personalities with different teaching styles. Some students prefer the academic approach while others like the more conversational style of leading. There’s a little something for everyone on Sunday mornings. If you’re going to join us on Sundays, consider attending our contemporary service at 8:45am or our traditional service at 11:00am.
Office Hours – 7pm to 8pm, most Fridays – Need to talk to Joseph or just want to hang out? Joseph and his wife, Meredith, are available weekly for students in the basement from 7pm until whenever the students need. This is a time when students may pop up without any kind of appointment and discuss whatever is on their minds or blow off some steam after a rough week. The speakers are always on and the projector is available. If you would like to meet, please get there before 8pm. We can talk as little or as much as you need!