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.”


Youth Christmas Party is Saturday, December 8, at the Walje home 6:30pm.  Bring a $5 white elephant gift!

Youth Eat Out  is Sunday, December 9, after worship service.

Sunday School Guide
Permission Form for Youth & Children

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.

Core(Cell Groups)

This in-home cell group ministry is for students in grades 6 through 12.  Cliffhangers is age-oriented to better meet the different challenges facing students in today’s world.  Our Sunday night studies begin at 5:00 PM and end at 6:30 PM.  The studies are selected by students in order to better equip them spiritually for the ever-growing challenges facing them at home and in school. This group does not meet during the summer.

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 6:30 PM.  Each year, participants take a mission trip to make a difference in the name of Christ.

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.

Summer Camp 2019: A $50 deposit will secure your spot for camp next summer.  Sign up by Sunday, November 4.  Sign-up Here