High School MINISTRY

GatheringPoint HSM

We are FOR your High School Student

Our goal at GatheringPoint's High School Ministry is to create environments where students are able to build relationships with caring adult leaders, who don’t have all the answers, but are willing to have the conversation.  We desire to see our students in a safe place where they can wrestle with the tough issues of doubt, fear, uncertainty, and more.  We believe through relationships, trust is built and when there is trust, students will engage in open, honest dialogue.

Sunday Evenings

9th-12th Grade

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

We will meet together, socially distanced, at GatheringPoint at 6 p.m. on Sundays. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Mark.  And if you're a parent or guardian,  be  sure to connect with us on Facebook!

Upcoming Events

Weekly Summer Bible Study

Have you ever wondered how to read the Bible and go deeper in your faith? We want to invite any high school student who has ever answered "yes" to that question to join us weekly to focus on growing their faith. We will look at important topics like how we connect the Old and New Testaments and what scripture has to say to us 2000 years later. More details coming soon!

Nazarene Youth Conference

July 5-10, 2023

Every four years, Nazarene Youth Conference (NYC) is an opportunity for students to grow in their walk with God. This conference has proven to be a milestone in the lives of many students. It impacts the ongoing formation of their worldview while challenging and encouraging students to have the compassion to be a world-changer and show others the love of Christ. NYC 23 takes place in Tampa, FL, July 5-10, 2023. To stay on a manageable payment schedule, we encourage students to register by July 1, 2022. Click on the following link for more details and register for NYC 23 today.

Cookout & Games @ Riverfront Park - June 5

June 5

 High School Students are invited to join us for food and games on June 5 from 6-8 p.m. as we kick off the summer season. Riverfront Park is located at 1201 Canterbury Ln in Bourbonnais.  Students can bring their own outdoor games, disks for the disk golf course, or fishing poles to fish in the Kankakee River (fishing license required). Hope to see you there!

Summer Camp (Grades 7-12)

June 9-12

Summer Camp provides a unique place where students are encouraged to set aside their summer routine, and are invited to encounter God through times of worship, prayer, games, and friendship. This year's theme is At the Table. Together, we'll explore the invitation that comes from our relationship with God. An invitation to experience life in a richer, deeper, and more meaningful way. At the Table, we'll consider what it means to see Jesus as our Host, as Someone who knows us, cares for us, and as Someone we can trust.

Meet Me at Jaenicke’s

June 12

Join us June 12 from 6-7 p.m. at Jaenicke’s in Bourbonnais for a time to hang out with friends. Bring money for food and drinks

Mini Golf at Adventure Commons

June 26

We’ll meet at Adventure Commons by the mall for mini golf on June 26 from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $8 and students should bring extra money if they would like to grab some snacks

Joliet Slammers Game

July 3

After kicking off the Sunday morning At the Movies series with a look at The Sandlot, you will not want to miss our all-church trip to the Joliet Slammers game on Sunday, July 3. The evening will be complete with a fireworks celebration for Independence Day and is the perfect summer outing for the entire family. Space is limited, so secure your tickets today!

Reserve and pay for your tickets from our group portal at the link below. Once you select your tickets from the group portal, you will be required to sign in to your existing TicketReturn account or create a new account to complete your transaction.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build

July 9

Did you know that there are children in our community that do not have a bed to sleep in? We want to be part of that solution and are inviting students and families to join us for building beds so that “no child sleeps on the floor in our town.” This is a great way to serve and be FOR Kankakee Co. 

We’ll meet from 9-Noon on July 9 at 6893 W 3000 S Rd., Kankakee, IL 60901. 
Registration is required as we only have space for 35 people. Parents are welcome to join in the build.

All-Church Movie Night

July 17

Join us on Sunday morning, July 17 for our At The Movies series we're we will take a look at the hit movie, Encanto. Then, come back later that evening to enjoy an all-church movie night at 6 p.m. in the GatheringPoint Auditorium. Singing along is optional, but strongly encouraged! Popcorn will be provided.

 Deep River Water Park

July 29

High School Students are invited to join us for a day trip to Deep River Water Park in Crown Point, Indiana. We’ll meet at GatheringPoint and load a bus at 9 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. Cost will be $30 per person for admission, and students should bring extra money for lunch and snacks throughout the day. Please use wisdom and discretion in choosing a swim suit considering we’ll be on high-speed water slides.

Meet Me @ PJ's Ice Cream

August 7

High School Students are invited to join us on August 7 from 6-7 p.m. at PJ’s in Manteno for some of the best ice cream in Kankakee County! Students should bring money to purchase their snack and we’ll hang out in the park across the street.

GP Freshman Orientation

August 14

We’ll invite all incoming Freshmen and their parents to join us at GatheringPoint immediately following the second service on August 14 for an informational meeting about what high school ministry looks like and how it differs from middle school ministry. Incoming Freshmen students are invited to join us for a student cookout later that evening to jump start their high school ministry experience. 

Student Cookout

August 14

Students are invited to welcome our new freshmen as we cook out, play some games, and hear from our upperclassmen about things they wish they knew before coming to high school, what they love about high school ministry, and so on.  Place and Time TBD

Trip to the Chebanse Recreation Center

August 21

Affectionately known as “The Pit” our students look forward to every year.  We’ll load a bus after second service and be back between 4-4:30 p.m.  We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch with fried chicken and potato wedges, and students are invited to swim in the pond (please use discretion in swim suit choice) or play various yard games.  We’ll also have a time to break into our small groups to set the tone for the upcoming year.

Fall Kick-Off 

September 11

We’ll meet on the front lawn for food and fun with inflatable games such as bubble soccer, a giant dart board and more as we say good bye to summer and hello to fall.


We think High School students are AWESOME!
If you're interested in serving as apart of our HSM team, we'd love to talk to you!
Click the button below to connect with Pastor Mark. 

Partnering With Parents

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