College Heights Christian Church middle school ministry (Odyssey) is going to CIY MIX this summer!
What is MIX?
MIX is a summer event by CIY (Christ in Youth) specifically designed for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. It is intentionally crafted in ways that will engage middle school students through tactile, interactive and fun activities coupled with Bible-based teaching and small group interaction.
MIX is an event that understands middle school students need their own experience. This age group is at a unique time in their lives – they’re growing and learning different than any other age group. They’re still young enough to need to play, but old enough to start to understand some core ideals that will stay with them the rest of their lives. For this reason, MIX isn’t designed for high school students, or for preteens. It’s specifically designed for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students – it’s their chance to be exactly who they are: to play, listen and learn as themselves.
It’s also created for adult leaders to build relationships with students that will last long after the MIX experience. At MIX, students will come to understand their identity in God’s Kingdom, and be challenged to embrace the Kingdom work He has prepared for them.
Who is it for?
6th–8th grade students.
Important: June 10 (the Sunday after VBS) is “Promotion Sunday”, when students move up into their new grades and ministry departments / programs. So by the time this trip takes place, all the 5th grade students will have “moved up” into the middle school ministry.
Where is it?
University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK.
When is it?
June 18–22, 2018.
We’ll meet at the church at 11:30 AM on Monday June 18, load up and head out! (Eat lunch before you come, or bring lunch with you!)
We’ll return to the church around 12:00 PM on Friday June 22!
How much does it cost?
$320 if registered and paid in full by 5/14/16.
$350 if registered and paid after 5/14/16.
When registering, you’ll be given the option to either pay online, or bring cash or check to the church offices.
What should I bring?
A full packing list will be sent via email to the parents of those registered. One thing to point out is that we do not allow students to take their personal cell phones on trips like these (and strongly discourage them bringing any other expensive electronic devices). Emergency contact information will be given to all the parents of those registered.
Please join us in PRAYING for the middle schoolers at College Heights Christian Church to have an amazing experience on this trip, GROWING in their faith in God!
Ready to register? Hit the “Register” button in the image.
Still not sure? Below, you’ll find some Frequently Asked Questions. Also, feel free to hit the “Contact Us” button in the image and shoot us a message!
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you have a strategy or philosophy for helping kids grow in their faith, in particular with regards to summer trips?A: We do! The Children’s, Middle School, and High School ministries work with each other to meet the specific needs of students in the various developmental stages represented. We feel that younger kids really need to know the basics of faith and the story of the Bible, while middle schoolers are ready to start asking some tough questions about their faith and seeking to love Jesus, and high schoolers are excited to live out their faith in tangible ways, testing God’s truth in their day to day lives.
Children’s Ministry is the WHAT, or HEAD.Middle School Ministry is the WHY, or HEART.High School Ministry is the HOW, or HANDS.
Obviously there is some overlap in each of these, but these emphases are the main mission of each ministry. We believe this summer trip helps accomplish these missions, and we are excited to see what God does through it!
Q: When do the kids “move up” into their new grades?A: June 11 (the Sunday after VBS) is “Promotion Sunday”, when students move up into their new grades and ministry departments / programs. So by the time this trip takes place, all the 5th grade students will have “moved up” into the middle school ministry. For example, if you have a 5th grader in school before summer, you’ll send them to VBS as a 5th grader (because t’s before Promotion Sunday), but then to MIX as a 6th grader (because it’s after Promotion Sunday). Or if you have an 8th grader in school before summer, you’re going to want to look at the MOVE trip for grades 9–12.
Q: Are there scholarships available?A: Yes. We have a limited number of scholarships available. Any scholarship will only be up to half the total cost of the trip. No full scholarships are available. You must apply for a scholarship by filling out the scholarship form (available in the youth office). All scholarship applications will be reviewed and awarded as deemed appropriate by the ministry leadership.
In order to preserve resources for those in serious need, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship only if absolutely necessary, and to exhaust all other options of coming up with the money.
Q: Can we sponsor another student to attend, or donate to the scholarship fund?A: YES! Thank you for your generosity. We recognize that these trips can be very expensive, especially for families with multiple kids who want to attend.
If you’d like to sponsor a specific student to attend, we recommend working that out with the individual and their family directly.
If you’d like to donate to the youth trip scholarship fund (in general, or a particular ministry), you can bring a check or cash to the youth office, and we’ll make sure it gets to the right place!
Q: What if we can’t pay for the trip at all?A: We encourage you to ask your friends and family if they can help! Students can also seek out jobs to help earn the money necessary for the trip (babysitting, lawn mowing, etc.). Students also frequently use their birthday or other gift money to help pay for trips, or request trips as gifts for those occasions.
Trips like these happen every summer, so we also encourage families to plan their budget with these expenses in mind, as they would any family, school, or extracurricular activity that has fees associated with it. This will free up resources to help those less fortunate be able to participate.