Special events and trips are often the student’s first exposure to our ministry. These events are geared for students to bring their friends who don’t “do church” or “God stuff”. The goal is to break down any barriers that stand in the way of them coming to an understanding of the loving relationship that their Father in Heaven longs to share with them.
EBC STUDENT MINISTRY
Fall Retreat (6th-12th grade)
DNOW – is our fall retreat taking place the last weekend in August. This is our launch into the fall semester helping students get off on the right spiritual step and plan to follow Jesus in the fall semester. We go out to YouthFront Camp West in Edgerton Kansas for a fun filled and spiritually challenging weekend. We partner with 2 other local churches in our area because we can be better together.
College Road Trip (11th-12thGrade)
This is our annual trip in October to visit KSU and KU. The purpose of this trip is to give students a vision of what it looks like to stay faithful to God in college. We visit a campus ministry, stay with our EBC college students, and visit the campus with a school guided tour. This trip takes place from a Thursday after school through Friday. Students may have to request off for school.
Winter Retreat (6th-12th Grade)
Elevate – this retreat focuses on one of our 7 checkpoints and typically takes place President’s weekend here in town at The Great Wolf Lodge and Snow Creek. Students will get fun in the water and on the slopes. We have a theme with teaching, worship, and breakout small groups. Students will be challenged and fired up to make a new or renewed commitment to Christ.
Route 66 Road Trip
We take turns each year going to Chicago, St. Louis, and Branson. This road trip is a fun, cheap get away to “The Big City.” One of our values is to engage the culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Big cities are the place of influence. Other than exploring the city for all it’s worth, we have 4 sessions about the Gospel. Each year we take a popular narrative in the culture and connect it to the larger narrative of God, because we believe that every great story finds its origin in God’s great story.
Soup-er Bowl Party
We host an event during the Super Bowl for the whole family. We watch the game and have a chili/soup contest. We also have our very own half time show of commercials or short films that students/families submit for the contest.
Monster Metcalf 5K and Fall Fest
We started our first 5K in 2015. It is an annual community event in October to help bring support and awareness for youth missions.
Summer camps are a great time and place to encounter Jesus in a special way. We have discovered that youth in our ministry come from a list of different summer camp traditions. Each of these camps has its own unique benefits and challenges. Instead of picking one camp over another, we help inform our youth families of great summer camp opportunities to get plugged into. Please contact the Minister of Youth for more information.
The Journey is another option we have done in addition to camp. The Journey is a more high adventure camp experience with tent camping, hiking, caving, and canoeing at Windermere on the Lake of the Ozarks. This experience is 4 to 5 days tops and half the cost of other youth camp experiences. The journey will take place, if the schedule allows, during the summer that we don’t go on our over sees summer mission trip. Stay tuned for when we go on “The Journey”
Camp Barnabas and Teen Staff at YFcamp West (9th-12th)
Camp Barnabas is a camp for special needs kids ranging from deaf and blind students to down syndrome and quadriplegic students. Camp Barnabas is located in the Ozarks and affiliated with Kanukuk Kamps. High school students will be partnered with a special needs student and have a camp experience with them. This will change your teenagers life!
Teen Staff is a program at YFcamps that high school students can apply for and serve for a week of camp. There are a group of 30 high school students each week that are accepted. Students will get a camp within a camp experience. The best part is it’s free!
We have discovered that high school students are more interested in missions and making a difference in the world than going to a regular camp. The two options above address that need.
Los Sansak (6th-12th grade)
“Los Sansak” is a cleaver way of saying “the Kansas” and sounding like a city in Mexico. Los Sansak is a mission trip in our own backyard. We want to make sure students know that the mission field is not just over seas or far off. We spend 5 days in KCK doing a weekly VBS program and service projects in the afternoon.
Ends of the Earth (9th-12th grade)
Every other summer we take students on an overseas mission trip. We have taken students to Jamaica and the Czech Republic. This trip exists to take the gospel to unreached people groups in the world and to give our students a global perspective of missions. The junior and senior class take turns each year choosing the location. In order to go on an international mission trip, students have to participate in 6 monthly local serve projects that year and have gone on at least 3 of our other mission trip experiences since their 7th grade year.