Middle School is the time when our children need to be grasping hold of faith for themselves, and not because their parents tell them it’s right. The Cove keeps the emphasis on serving, leadership and fun while deepening the concepts that the students are learning. Retreats and mission trips appropriate to this age group give students a new perspective on life.

Middle School Staff

Middle School Director: Crossroads
Josiah Fuchs
Middle School Director - Vernon Hills
Associate Student Ministries Pastor
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The Cove Mornings

(Grades 5-8)

The Cove Mornings meets during the services at each campus for community, worship, biblical teaching, and discussion.

Lake Forest: Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. & Sundays, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

Highland Park: 10:00 a.m. (Middle School students stay with their families during the first part of the worship service, and then are dismissed to meet for Cove.)

Crossroads: 11:00 a.m.


The Cove Wednesdays

(Grades 5-8)

COVE Wednesday is a time each week for students 5-8th grade to come hang out, hear a lesson and have a small group!

Lake Forest: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in room B201.

Crossroads: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the youth room.



(8th Grade)

Compass meets approximately twice per month on Sunday nights and runs from September-May. During these times your child will grow in his/her faith in Jesus by learning from Christ Church leaders, elders and pastors; by meeting in small groups with dedicated adult leaders; and by having fun with new and old friends. We look forward to the privilege of investing this important time in your children!