Middle School Gathering |Sundays| 10:30-11:30AM
A weekly gathering for 6th-8th graders to laugh, connect with friends, and grow in their faith through exploring the Bible together. Doors open at 10:00AM for "pre-services" fun and light breakfast.
Afterparty! A FUN community-building time to eat lunch, hang out in The Loft and play games. This happens once a month from 11:30AM-1:00PM
High School Gathering |Thursdays| 7:00-8:30PM
Every week, 9th-12th grade students gather to build community and explore faith through conversation. Check out the “Ignite 2018 Fall Calendar” in the download center for more details about what is happening week to week this fall on Thursday nights.
High School Lunch: One Sunday per month, after the second service, high school students can hit up a local restaurant with Pastor Joe for lunch.
The Loft is where 6th - 12th grade students connect with God and each other every week at C1. It's a great spot to play games, hang out, and meet some new people. If you've never checked it out, head upstairs and take a look!
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Joe joined the C1 staff as the Student and Family Pastor in August, 2016. He and his wife Molly live in New Lenox with their two sons, Bracy and Anderson, and their two dogs- a beagle named Chief and a Coonhound named Lady Bird.
Joe earned both his BA and MA in Youth Ministry from Olivet Nazarene University and his MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. As part of the C1 family, Joe and Molly have been active in Life Groups and the Ally Ministry and Joe also served as a Pastoral Intern as part of his MDiv program. Joe is a Cubs fan, an avid reader, lover of Starbucks Coffee and enjoys hiking with Molly and dogs. Joe’s hope and prayer for his ministry is that God will use him to enable students and families to meet, fall in love with and grow with Jesus as they journey through their everyday life.
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Matthew Spear is the director of Middle School Gathering, as well as the Family Ministry Administrative Assistant. He works with grades 6-8, helping connect the gospel to a modern context. He earned his BS in Christian Education, with minors in Theology and Religious Studies from Olivet Nazarene University. His hope and prayer for C1 is to help students grow and learn, as they develop their faith and relationship with Jesus.
His hobbies include reading and writing, as well as enjoying a good cup of coffee with friends. Matthew is also a fan of music, but lacks the ability to play a single instrument; go figure. He is a sports fan, who cheers for the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Flyers. Therefore, he is well acquainted with passages like James 1:2-3, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."
Matthew's plan is to seek further education, and continue to grow in his ministry context.
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