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Students need a place to connect.

The Student Ministry program at River West Church connects junior high, high school, and college students with Jesus Christ, the community of Christ, and the mission of Christ. This happens as students worship, learn, serve, and hang out together.

Our mission is to raise students who find their identity, purpose, and hope in the Gospel of Christ. We aim to equip every student that walks through our doors with:

Informed Minds

every time we gather we seek to teach students about who God is and who they are!

Enflamed Hearts

our gatherings are marked by numerous opportunities to worship because we believe faith is more than an intellectual exercise.

Engaged Lives

throughout the year we encourage students to live missionally as lights in the darkness, knowing that true faith is lived out in love.

Covid Update

In light of the ever-changing rules around how we can gather, please be sure to check back here for updates! Also, if you aren’t already, please sign up for our email updates for the latest information.

Philosophically, our goal is to create spaces for ministry and connection that are available to as many students and families as possible. We understand that many people have different feelings and needs as it pertains to COVID, and we have been intentional about creating spaces for those with medical limitations as well as those who are desperate for in-person connection. With this in mind, all of our gatherings involve social distancing and the requirement to wear a mask. Our mid-week Bible Studies will be in-person, but outdoors (as long as this is possible), while our Small Groups will be in-person and indoors (with the option to join virtually if you’d like to!).

Junior High + High School

Students in 6th-12th grades.

  • JH + HS Youth Group | Sundays | 5:30pm | Sanctuary
    Junior Highers and High Schoolers, join us for worship, teaching, and games all together in the sanctuary before breaking off into age- and gender-specific small groups (see below). Social distancing and mask wearing protocols will be observed. If you’d like to join this time virtually, email jeff@riverwest.org.

Junior High

Students in 6th-8th grades.

  • JH Small Groups | Sunday Nights | River West Church
    We know the importance of spaces where students can discuss what is going on in their lives, and how the gospel speaks to them right where they’re at! We have an amazing team of volunteer small group leaders who are faithful to walk alongside students in this season of life. Each Sunday we’ll gather in the sanctuary for Youth Group (see above) before processing what we learned with small group questions. If you’d like to join this time virtually, email jeff@riverwest.org.

Sign up here to receive Junior High email updates!

High School

Students in 9th-12th grades.

  • HS Small Groups | Sundays | River West Church
    We know the importance of spaces where students can discuss what is going on in their lives, and how the gospel speaks to them right where they’re at! We have an amazing team of volunteer small group leaders who are faithful to walk alongside students in this season of life. Each Sunday we’ll gather in the sanctuary for Youth Group (see above) before processing what we learned with small group questions. If you’d like to join this time virtually, email jeff@riverwest.org.
  • HS Bible Study | Tuesdays | 6-7:30pm | Courtyard
    An opportunity for high schoolers to meet together during the school year for time in the Word. For the link to join, email jeff@riverwest.org.

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College Age

For folks 1-5 years out of high school.

  • College-Age Bible Study | Wednesdays | 7-8:30pm | Student Ministry Room
    Throughout the school year (as well as occasionally over the summer!) we meet to open the Word and hang out together. We’re gathering at the church and we’d love to have you join us!

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For more information

Contact Student Pastor, Jeff Spiegel, at 503.699.2226 or jeff@riverwest.org.

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