Student Ministry


Welcome!

We exist to spreading the hope of Christ to every student; one friend at a time

Our ministry is a strategic approach to influencing teens and young adults within their world, so they, in turn will shape their culture. At Richwoods Christian Church, we believe this age group is capable of changing the community. 

Scroll down to learn about each of our ministries and purpose


The Junior High Ministry (6th-8th grade)

Our Junior High ministry is focused on connecting students to an environment where they can be loved and feel excepted. This is done through caring adult leaders who continually show up and invest in the students. This age comes with significant changes in almost all areas of life and we desire to help them along the way.

Midweek Program

Every Wednesday Night we provide a place we call “JrHi Uthgroop” where students engage with leaders and peers through small groups (which we call PODs). Our purpose is to create an environment where students can find belonging, be loved and have fun…So that ultimately, they can grow spiritually.

When: Wednesday @ 7pm-8:45 // doors open at 6:30

Where: Knoxville Campus | 8115 N. Knoxville Ave. | Peoria

Weekend Worship

Richwoods does not provide a Sunday school class separate from the weekend’s worship. Students and adult leaders are encouraged to sit together in service and worship as a group. 

at our Knoxville Campus we provide the Cloud where students can hangout before and after service.

Events

Throughout the year, Uthgroop provides a variety of special events, activities, and retreats to promote community.

EVENTS

Parents

EMAIL UPDATER

Join our weekly Parent Updater for current information on events and lesson series in the JrHi and SrHi ministry.

TEXT GROUP

Join our Parent Text group for emergencies and rare updates on events.

LEADER MEAL SIGN UP

Sign up to provide a meal for the Adult Leaders!

Every Wednesday night we try to provide a meal to the Adult leaders to say “thanks for giving up your time to love those students!” If you would like to serve in this way, Sign up here!

Connect

TEXT GROUP

Join the ministry text group for current updates on events and random gatherings.

The Senior High Ministry (9th-12th grade)

Our Senior High Ministry is focused on helping students take the next step in their journey toward Christ. The is done by creating an environment where students can come as they are and be cared for and loved by their leaders and peers.

Midweek Program

Every Wednesday night we provide a place we call “SrHi Uthgroop” where students engage with leaders and peers. Our purpose is to continue the healthy environment of love and belonging set out from the JrHi Uthgroop, but to also go deeper in conversations…so ultimately, as a group, they can grow in both their relationships with God and each other.

When: Wednesday @ 7pm-8:45 // doors open at 6:30

Where: Knoxville Campus | 8115 N. Knoxville Ave. | Peoria

Weekend Worship

Richwoods does not provide a Sunday school class separate from the weekend’s worship. Students and adult leaders are encouraged to sit together in service and worship as a group. 

at our Knoxville Campus we provide the Cloud where students can hangout before and after service.

Small Group

PODs (what we call small groups), provide an environment where students can engage on a deeper level than Large Group. They consist of 5-8 students and meet in different homes in the surrounding Peoria area. These groups are student led, but facilitated by an adult leader.

Joining a POD is the best way to create healthy relationships with other students as well as with the adult leaders involved. Trying to go through life alone is very difficult… we’ve all been there, and we’ve all needed someone to talk to or hang out with. Find a group of friends who are dealing with the same stuff you are, because living life along is never a good idea.

JOIN A POD
LEAD A POD

Events

Throughout the year, Uthgroop provides a variety of special events, activities, and retreats to promote community.

EVENTS

Parents

EMAIL UPDATER

Join our weekly Parent Updater for current information on events and lesson series in the JrHi and SrHi ministry.

TEXT GROUP

Join our Parent Text group for emergencies and rare updates on events.

LEADER MEAL SIGN UP

Every Wednesday night we try to provide a meal to the Adult leaders to say “thanks for giving up your time to love those students!” If you would like to serve in this way, Sign up here!

Connect

TEXT GROUP

Join the ministry text group for current updates on events and random gatherings.

Young Adult Ministry (ages 18-23)

Our College-age Ministry is focused on connecting students to a community where they can hangout with others their age and discover Christ together.

Weekly Gatherings

Every Sunday night we provide a place we call “TheCrux”. This is a comfortable environment where you can engage with others your age on a personal level; and be encouraged, equipped and challenged.

When: Sundays @ 6:00pm-8:00pm (From June 1st – August we will be meeting on Thursday nights)
Where: 1414 W Covington CT, APT 4 | Peoria

Events

All Student Ministry Events can be found here.

EVENTS

Connect

TEXT GROUP

Join the ministry text group for current updates on events and gatherings.

  Uthstaff  

David Bell

Student Ministry Pastor

Micah Dryden

SrHi Area Leader

Micah

If you have questions email us so we can serve you.

uthstaff@richwoods.org