Critical Mass Youth Ministry

About our Youth Ministries:  The 21st century brings great challenges to the hearts and lives of teens and their parents. We at River Bend understand this and strive to work under God’s leadership to meet these challenges. We offer a variety of ministry points for students who want to grow and mature in their spiritual journey. We challenge students “to press on toward the goal,” and boldly take the gospel story unapologetically to their friends and beyond.
River Bend offers mission trips, camps, and retreats for the purpose of outreach to the lost and internal growth to the willing. We offer worship experiences, music, and creative ways of expressing one’s love to God the father, His son and the Holy Spirit. We at River Bend build strong spiritual lives on the unshakable, unchanging foundation of Jesus Christ and his teachings. With Cell group ministries, Sunday morning Bible studies, and Wednesday night youth worship services. We reach out to students, from all walks of life (6th grade through 12th) to join us for the challenges that await us in the 21st century. Together, under the leadership of Jesus Christ we can be what is needed to heal our world.

Russ’ Ministry Statement:
“I want to help students take the faith that has been handed down to them and make it their very own.”



25 – See you at the pole (time of prayer) – area schools  

Sunday School Guide
Permission Form for Youth

Fusion  (Youth Bible Study)

On Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM youth are encouraged to attend a high energy worship service geared toward their specific needs.  Youth are led in worship by our student-run praise band.  God’s Word is presented in a devotional format that challenges and encourages students in their faith.  Games and fun events are included in this high impact hour and half.  Jump Start is for all youth in grades 6 through 12.  

Mpact (Youth Choir and Puppets)

Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to lead in worship through youth choir.  The choir and drama group meets on Sunday nights at 5:45 PM.  Each year, participants take a mission trip to make a difference in the name of Christ.  

Trek & Journey:

Did You Know…

¨ Trek is our 6th-8th grade program that will answer questions about God, Jesus, and the Bible and apply those answers to students’ lives through an engaging Bible study?

¨ Journey is our 9th-12th grade program that will do two Bible studies:  The fall study is on Galatians and Ephesians.

¨ Trek and Journey put their faith into practice by participating in mission projects throughout the year.

Trek and Journey meet from 4:45 – 5:45 PM on Sundays in Ground Zero youth building.  

Youth Camp and Mission Trips

Students take a fresh look at scripture and have a great time with students from other churches in the area during summer youth camp.  Mission trips have included participation in Vacation Bible School in churches, hurricane clean-up, and church repairs.