Whether it’s a Sunday morning, a Wednesday night, or a day in between there’s an opportunity for your student to connect with Jesus, adult leaders who love and care for them, and their friends as they study Scripture and learn how it makes a difference in their lives.
This week's resource
Wednesday Nights: D-Group Begins September 9th
D-Group is our middle school and high school program that combines age appropriate Biblical teaching with relational small groups. Small groups are made up of students of the same grade and gender who meet on Wednesday nights with really amazing adult leaders.
To join a small group, scroll down to forms, and fill out the Small Group Covenant. This will also enable your child to check in on Wednesdays as well as getting your family in the loop for all our Youth Ministry Communication.
- Grades 6 – 9 will meet from 6-7 pm at Christ United
- Grades 10-12 Students who are already in a small group should check with their small group about meeting time and place for the Fall semester.
- We also want to share a NEW OPPORTUNITY for high school students. Beginning Sunday, September 13th we will have high school girls group and high school guys open groups. These groups will meet every other week and while the time and place are subject to change, it will be posted in the weekly email and on social media. Please contact J (662)574-0900, Katherine (601)573-1537, or Lauren (662)207-0641, and we will work to connect your child to these Sunday night groups.
Please be sure to subscribe to the Weekly Email and Social Media for the most up-to-date details. To subscribe to the Weekly Email, click here. To follow us on Facebook, go to Christ United NextGen Ministry, and to follow us on Instagram, go to @christunitednextgen.
We believe that practicing our faith is important, and one great we way we can do that is through service. We have three opportunities for service on Sunday Mornings:
- Kids Ministry
- Tech Team
We are happy to help train your student. If your student would like to be involved in any of these service opportunities, we would love to help get them connected. Contact J Nelson at (662)574-0900, Katherine Jordan at (601)573-1537, or Lauren Sledge at (662)207-0641.
The goal of confirmation is to provide your student with an opportunity to encounter Christ and grow in his/her faith. We do this during a student’s 9th grade year via a retreat in the Spring. To be clear, Confirmation and church membership are two separate things. When your child is ready to join the church, he or she will need to go through Discover Christ with the pastors. This is the path for membership for everyone wanting to join Christ United. At the conclusion of Discover Christ, your child will have the option of making a public profession in a future worship service, and we hope you will be a part of it. This is a great way to celebrate what Jesus has done in the life of your child and is doing in the life of our congregation. Discover Christ is offered quarterly on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. As soon as more information about the next Discover Christ is available, it will be in our weekly email.
- Mask Policy - Current CDC Guidelines suggest that all children 3 and above wear a mask. Christ United’s policy is that masks will be required for children K-5 and above.
- We will not be taking temperatures on site so please keep your child at home if they have a temperature.
- All volunteers and staff on the youth wing will be wearing a mask at all times.
In lieu of the café this fall, students will have to preorder Chick-Fil-A boxes for each Wednesday night. The link will be emailed out each Sunday, and orders are due no later than each Monday at midnight.
Race & Unity: Preparing the Next Generation
Want to get started in a conversation with your youth on race?
- Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans on RightNow Media
- Emmanuel Acho's video "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man"
- Emmanuel Acho's video "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Episode 2"
- Emmanuel Acho's video "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man – Episode 3 with Chip and Joanna Gaines"
- Conversation on Race and the Church by CUMC
Who: 6th - 12th Grade Students
Where: Timber Creek Camp | Pulaski, MS
When: January 15 - 18, 2021
For grades 6-8, November 1st at 2pm CST
For grades 9-12, November 1st at 3pm CST
How will I register: Online only - Register Middle School Here and High School Here
Note: This year Breakthru will function at 75% capacity. What this means for Christ United is we normally take 205 students and this year we are only able to take 142 student spots divided equally over grades 6-12.
Fill out Christ United Medical Release Form
Register (link goes here)
For grades 6-8, November 1st at 2pm CST
For grades 9-12, November 1st at 3pm CST
Medical Releases for each individual are required by the date of registration to be considered registered. If you have any questions about whether or not you have turned in this form for the 2020 - 2021 school year, please email , and we will be happy to check on this for you. Please remember, this form must be updated each year. For example, if you went to BreakThru last year with us, that form is NOT valid. If you have filled out a form since August 2020, that form IS valid.
You can access the Medical Release Form here.
Who can I register? You may only register your own child/immediate family (or yourself) for this event. For example, you may register your child, step-child, or grandchild (or yourself). You may NOT register your friend or cousin.
You must only register high schoolers (9-12th graders) in the high school registration and middle schoolers (6-8th graders) in the middle school registration to be considered registered. If you register your child with the incorrect age group, the registration is not valid.
Wait List: If registration fills up before you can register, you may email to be put on the wait list. Please include student name, grade, and school in the email. Texts, phone calls, or emails to any other person/email address will not be accepted for the wait list.
Refund/Cancellation Policy: We understand that life happens and things change. If you need to cancel your spot, please contact us at If you cancel by December 2, you will receive a refund of $265.00. If you cancel after December 2, we can only give you a full refund if someone can fill your spot. Refunds will not be issued until after the retreat.
Due to COVID-19, Breakthru has put safety measures in place to keep all attendees safe while at camp! Below are the changes worth noting for safety measures.
Before coming to camp
Prior to entering Christ United for check-in, all students’ temperatures will be checked. If the student has a temperature of 100.4 or greater, they will not be allowed to attend BreakThru.
We will also require a parent/guardian to sign a waiver for their student verifying that they have not been exposed to COVID and do not have COVID symptoms. This waiver can be downloaded HERE.
Travel to/from breakthru
There are two options:
1. Students can ride charter buses as we have done in the past
Note: Masks must be worn the entire time
2. Parents can transport to and from camp
Note: If you choose this option, you must transport to camp on Friday and from camp on Monday (you provide round trip transportation for your student)
Mask Requirements at Breakthru
Students will be required to wear masks:
- in the dining hall unless they are seated at their table eating
- waiting in line to enter the chapel for worship or bible study sessions
- inside buildings during all sessions (this includes worship)
The dining hall will remain at 50% capacity and the tables will be spread apart.
Cabins will eat together at the same table.
TC Staff will be masked and gloved to hand trays, drinks, silverware, and serve food.
TC will have 6’ markers on the ground and students will be encouraged to stand on the markers.
Cabins will rotate through the Dining hall on a schedule.
Masks are required during serving line and until seated to eat.
Small Groups will line up in order on the porch and enter the dining hall by group. Students will HAVE to be with their small group, lined up, outside the dining hall at the appointed hour to be served at meal-times.
Hand Sanitizer will be available at all entrances of the dining hall.
All tables and chairs cleaned and disinfected after each use
Cabin capacity will be reduced.
Small groups will stay together.
Bunk sleeping is head to toe and toe to head.
Antibacterial soap will be provided in every bathroom.
Christ United will also provide hand sanitizer for groups.
Worship/sessions/late night protocols
Masks will be required while in line and during worship sessions.
Seating will be assigned based off small group.
All chairs will be sanitized after each use.
Hand Sanitizer will be available at every entrance.
Students will gather in the open-air pavilion with their small group.
Games will be played within small groups.
free time protocols
Dining hall will be open at 50% capacity.
Common bathrooms in the dining hall will be closed.
Outside activity area numbers will be limited according to the state regulations at the time of camp.
Masks must be worn inside indoor common areas.
TC Staff will wipe down and disinfect common surfaces throughout the day.
Rec equipment will be cleaned throughout the day.
suspected COVID-19 Symptoms while at camp
If small group leader or student notices symptoms, they must be immediately reported to J, Katherine, or Lauren
The person will then be isolated at a quarantine room set apart at Timber Creek.
- The small group connected to the person will be temporarily quarantined in their cabin.
The student or leader will see the Doctor/RN on site.
- If the Doctor/RN suspects COVID, the person will be sent to Brandon for Rapid Testing.
- If the test is positive, the person and their small group will stay in quarantine until taken home.
What to Bring
Bible, notebook & a pen/pencil/crayon/marker (whatever you like to take notes with).
Toiletries, Shower Shoes, & TOWELS
Pillow, sleeping bag and/or sheets and blankets
Comfortable clothes for 3 days (you may get dirty during recreation one day so you’ll need 2 sets on that day). Watch the weather and plan accordingly!!!
Rain coat (Not a necessity, but nice to have if you need it)
If you have an eno, it’s a fun thing to bring and hang in the trees! (Please do not go buy one for this, just an idea of a fun thing to bring).
A trash bag for wet clothes.
Personal size hand sanitizer
All food except extra snacks are included in the price. Extra snacks include chips, candy bars, sodas which sell for anywhere from $0.50 - $1.00. Also, there will be a retreat bookstore with devotional books and long sleeve t-shirts; suggested spending money: Max of $20-$30
Each year students are divided into teams for recreation and activities. We will update participants with team colors when we know them!
What not to Bring
No alcohol, tobacco products, or adult oriented material.
No fireworks, shaving cream (unless you intend to shave with it), or water balloons.
No laptop computers or tablets.
Please don’t bring excess food! We’ve had problems with trash!
No weapons of ant kind
Questions? Email us at