Youth Ministry

At Countryside, we strive to provide opportunities for youth to Love God, Love Others, and Go.  This is our discipleship process.  We want the youth of our community to genuinely fall in love with God, to build that community as they love and fellowship with others, and use their unique SHAPE to GO and be a light.  We offer weekly study and fellowship times along with special events to encourage the youth of our community to live for Christ.  Request to be in our Facebook Group to stay updated.  Below are some youth events at Countryside.  Check it out!  

Weekly Events

Sunday Morning Bible Study at 10:00 am
  • Come join us in studying God's Word.  This is a dedicated time to read and talk about the Bible and how it changes our lives. We have Middle School classes and High School classes led by some great couples. 

Youth Group

Youth Group is for 6th-12th graders on Sunday evenings during the school year from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm led by Kurt and Bri Downing.  Dinner is provided by some wonderful volunteers! We spend most of our time playing games, singing songs, and praying for eachother. We love building community!

Youth Bible Study on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

This semester, we are continuing some student-led book studies and prayer times. Join us Wednesdays at 6:00 for a meal and 6:30 for study. It's a great time!


More Youth Events

Youth events vary from year to year, but here are some of our regular youth events.  Contact youth pastor Kurt Downing for more information about youth ministry and youth events.  

Youth Retreat/Lock In
  • Start your year off right with a Countryside Youth Retreat (REBOOT) or Youth Lock-In in late December or early January.  Check back in December for more information about the next retreat!
  • TEAM SERVE is a service program during our annual day camp for youth entering 6th - 8th grade.  Last year's Team Serve was held on June 5, 6, and 7.  Check out our Facebook page to see pictures of last year's team serve/day camp!
 Mission Trips and Summer Camps
  • Countryside's youth group participates in several mission trips and summer camps each year.  Past events have included serving at Countryside's Day Camp, Uff-Da mission trip, Camp Como Middle School Challenge, and CIY (Christ in Youth) Conference, and Shelby County Camps.  In 2018, Countryside plans to take a group of high schoolers to attend MOVE, a CIY Conference in Joplin, MO on June 3 - June 7.  Contact Kurt Downing for more information about this and other youth trips/camps in 2018.    



See You After the Pole
  • This youth rally is held on the evening of the national See You At The Pole student-led day of prayer and incudes worship, testimonies, and teaching!  See You At the Pole and See You After the Pole (youth rally in Kirksville) will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.  Contact Kurt Downing for details.