Who. Am. I?
The teenage years are all about asking and answering this question, but nowhere is this more forefront than in high school. Teens are on a quest to discover their personal identity.
In the world of today’s teenagers SWITCH makes a difference.
You see, for students, the pressure comes from all sides. It tells them to compromise. It takes their lives and tries to tell them that now doesn’t matter. High school is just a time to have fun and experiment because real life won’t start till after. It’s a time for partying, having fun, experimenting, and doing whatever you want, because none of this really counts anyway. It’s just practice.
The problem is that this isn’t practice, this isn’t rehearsal, this is it. High school matters, and how you live while in high school matters. The Student ministry at Crossbridge Community is designed to help students make the SWITCH.
SWITCH High School Ministry exists to lead students and their families into growing relationships with Jesus Christ.
SWITCH is the on purpose, intentional, deliberate stance that Crossbridge Community takes regarding the current culture of youth in America, and our specific initiative in the Illinois Valley. SWITCH is our response, our fight, our challenge of the status quo, and we do this by reaching, growing, and going. These are our core values that you will find woven throughout every part of SWITCH.
Reach: We are committed to reaching the students and families in the Illinois Valley by whatever means necessary.
To reach the students and families in the Illinois Valley we have monthly fun events designed to be a place where students can invite their friends to come and be introduced to SWITCH.
Grow: We are committed to accepting students and families where they are and helping them to move forward spiritually.
Every Sunday evening at 6:00 pm we have a SWITCH.it.up! SWITCH.it.up! is an environment designed with high school students in mind. We have time for students to just hang with other students then get everyone involved with some games, transition into a message and finish by dividing into small groups where we can dialogue about the big idea for the day. SWITCH.it.up! is both a reaching and a growing event.
Go: We are committed to serving and loving the students and families in our communities.
Once a quarter SWITCH offers opportunities for our students and families to serve others in both our local communities and around the world. Each summer we focus our energies and resources on a short term mission trip.