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Registration for THE BIG CHILL is open! The Big Chill is our annual winter weekend retreat. Hands down the best weekend your kids will have next year!! Scroll down our page to read more and register.

haywire weekly schedule

sundays 9:00am, bison room

Hope Student Sundays is your opportunity to begin making some relational connections with others through our Small Groups. You’ll have a chance to hang out with kids your age, sing along to some great music, have fun competing against other Small Groups for prizes, and learn a lot about how to make a connection between God, the Bible, and your real life! Come get to know some other middle school kids and learn to live your life with purpose. We are off Nov 28 and Dec 26.

wednesdays 6:30PM, bison room

At HOPE STUDENTS on Wednesday nights you’ll be able to come and enjoy a variety of ways to express yourself through games and discussions, as well as learning about the life of Jesus. We meet in the Student Center just inside the middle entrance. We aren’t just sitting around, so make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Looking forward to seeing you and meeting your friends. We won’t meet again until Jan 12, 2022.

the big chill – February 4-6, 2022

We have designed a retreat specifically for middle school students. Why? Because we get what makes them tick: Food. Fun. Friends.

We serve the best food you’ll ever have away from home. None of our food is frozen and warmed up. It’s freshly made and served home-style. Sooooo good!

There will be a ton of fun stuff to do with your friends as well. We love playing Nine Square in-the-air and have a pretty serious Gaga Ball tournament during our free time and our game master always has a ton of stuff to play morning, noon, and night as well. BUT, by far the students favorite, is our Zombie Apocalypse! It’s a lot like a scavenger hunt and an escape room across the entire retreat center in the dark… with zombies chasing you. It’s a fun intensity, but not meant to be ‘scary’ to the kids.

On Saturday night we will host the Abnormal Formal. We describe it as a ‘dance’ that’s ‘not a dance'(LOL). Attire for the Formal is a mashup of wearing thrift store clothes and spirit week at school. The Cardinal Lane Band will be performing and leading us this year!

The sleeping arrangements are like any typical camp/retreat. We are in cabins that sleep about 10 people each (8 students 2 leaders). The cabins are also warm, toasty, and have their own private showers.

$100.00 covers everything we described above… food, lodging, transportation to Westminster Woods, proper adult supervision, tshirts, and a few extra surprises not mentioned here. Registration runs through January 30 (no expections).

To receive Big Chill text alerts please follow the steps below:

Step 1: enter this number – ‘81010’

Step 2: text the message ‘@bigchill’

Step 3: hit send!

Click the other links in this section to get more information about specifics about our retreat to help you with planning, scheduling, and packing. In the meantime please feel free to reach out to our student ministry staff if you have any questions.

Summer Camp June 28-July 2, 2021

As restrictions across the country begin to relax and doing an overnight trip seems to be a possibility again, we are trying to put a plan together to go to camp. We’ll update the information below in the next couple of weeks as we prepare to head to camp again.


We are again looking forward to another great summer camp trip. This year it will be May 30-June 3. Registration links are live and open below.

Camp is only for currently 6-8 grade students.

To REGISTER click here 👈
To save your spot with a DEPOSIT click here 👈

We will again have a limited number of spots for camp. Early registration is HIGHLY recommended! Please remember that your $50 deposit is not refundable and 60 days prior to camp you will be fully responsible for the full balance of your camper’s registration fee. The last day to register is March 29, 2021.

We will be attending Camp at Windermere Conference Center on Lake of the Ozarks, MO. It’s an amazing and beautiful camp setting with modern cabins, air conditioning, and private restrooms. The camp is hosted by Christ In Youth (CIY) and they do an amazing job communicating God’s Word and challenging our students to be Kingdom Workers.

The cost for camp ($420) includes transportation, housing, food (except those meals we eat on the road), recreation options (archery tag, ropes course, water park, and boating/tubing) and a field trip to HaHa Tonka’s famous cold spring natural water slide!

NextGen/Middle School Pastor Shane Friesen

Shane, who has been working with students at Hope since 1995, has long had a passion to see young people begin to make an impact on their world and culture. He likes to help kids cultivate their gifts, engage the culture, and leave some Jesus behind because of the way they lived their lives. Having raised 5 kids of his own, Shane also has a passion for seeing families become the primary discipling influence of their own children. He enjoys helping equip adults on how to raise kids who love Jesus in a culture that is constantly changing through Hope’s Hope@Home ministry which helps equip our homes to become the primary place discipleship takes place.

Interested in becoming a part of our team to students? Please fill out our Next Gen Volunteer Form to get started today. Someone from our ministry staff will call you within a couple of business days and set up an appointment to meet in person.

We value our kids and students along with their safety. We’d love to have you, Lord willing, find a place to serve alongside us to draw them closer to Jesus.