Tuesday, May 17, 2022

This Summer we are creating an opportunity for incoming 8th grade students who want to dig a little deeper into their relationship with Jesus. Our plan is to meet during lunch, from 12-1:30, on Thursdays, starting on June 9th. We will meet 6/9, 6/16, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, and 7/21 (We can provide rides to/from if needed). Over those six weeks we will talk through things like studying our Bible, journaling, prayer, evangelism, service, and leadership and probably have a little bit of fun added in there as well. The goal behind this is to be more than just a Thursday hang out in the summer, but an opportunity to challenge students to continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus. If you're ready to be challenged this summer, click this link to answer a couple questions and sign up, https://form.jotform.com/211234426420038

Monday, April 25, 2022

8th Grade Celebration

It is almost that time of the year again when our 8th grade students get to make the move from the Middle School Ministry to our High School Ministry. That promotion will happen the first Sunday in June! While we will definitely miss them at MSYG, Josh and his team of volunteers are so excited to continue to pour into the lives of your students. And I think they are going to love what our High School Ministry is all about too! 

But, before they jump up to High School, we want to celebrate our 8th graders one last time. On May 25th, instead of having regular youth group, we will be taking only our 8th graders to PowerPlay in Kansas City! While there students will get Pizza, unlimited Arcade games, Laser Tag, and go-karts (go-kart rides are $5).

When: On May 25th, we will be leaving from the youth building at 3pm on May 25th. Please plan on being there by 2:45 so we can leave on time. We plan to have students back to the youth building at 10pm.

Cost: The cost to attend is $25. That will cover transportation, pizza, arcade games, laser tag, and more.  Students can bring extra money for snacks or rides on the go-karts.

Registration: You can register your student at this link, https://ucc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1276842

Forms: Students will need to have a UCC Medical Release form filled out and dated within one year of our event. You can find that form at this link, https://www.jotform.com/uccmhk/ucc-msm-medical-release-form

Please let me know if you have any questions, I'm hoping to have everything verified and finalized ASAP! Can't wait to celebrate our 8th graders one last time!

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

King Solomon Camp | June 20-24

Join us for Middle School Camp at King Solomon Christian Camp! Make new friends, escape from the pace and distractions of life, enjoy the outdoors, be mentored by local youth pastors & caring adults, build genuine community, and take steps toward Jesus. This is a great opportunity for you to grow in your faith in a safe, fun environment.

All camps are designed for the grade your student will enter in the fall of 2022. 

Costs/Earlybird Deadline:

  • $ 112.50 / May 1

  • $ 132.50 / after May 1

The above prices reflect the discount given to members & regular attendees of UCC. (Full price costs are $225 early / $245 after early deadline.) If registering/paying online, be sure to enter the Discount Code during checkout to get this discounted price! (Email Bryan to get the code! bryan@university.church)

​How to Register:

Option #1: Fill out the online form, sign digitally, and pay with your credit/debit card all in one secure, convenient place!

Click here to access King Solomon's 2022 Online Registration Form & Payment. (coming soon)

Option #2: You also have the option of registering the traditional way with the paper registration form and paying by cash or check. If you select this option, print and fill out the 2022 King Solomon Paper Registration Form (coming soon) and turn it in to Bryan along with your payment. (Checks should be made out to UCC.)

You don't want to miss being part of this special week! 


Click here for a Google Maps link for King Solomon Camp's location.

For more info about King Solomon Christian Camp, go to kingsolomon.cc!

CIY MIX | July 25-29

This summer, we’re headed to CIY MIX in Siloam Springs, AR on July 25-29! If there’s an event to be a part of, this is it!

MIX is a 5-day, middle school event designed to be high-energy, creative, tons of fun, and relevant to your world right now. Students will be challenged through interactive worship, dynamic speakers, fun & challenging small groups, and community building, discovering ways that God will use them to be a greater help to the world.


This is a great event whether you've been going to church your whole life or you aren't so sure of this whole church/Jesus thing.


All middle school students are invited to attend—those who will be going into 6th-8th in Fall 2022. (Current 8th graders will attend CIY MOVE with our high schoolers)

This year, CIY MIX registration opens Wednesday night, March 23rd at 9:00pm, after youth group. If you register within the first 24 hours, you get a $25 discount off of the Earlybird price!


​COST (Price / Deadline / Date):

  • $270 / First 24 Hours / March 24, 11:59pm

  • $295 / Earlybird Deadline / May 1

  • $340 / after May 1

A $65 non-refundable deposit is all you need to pay to reserve your student's spot.  This paid deposit will count toward your full payment. Your student will also need money for 3 fast-food meals while traveling; optionally they can bring extra money for snacks or merchandise/souvenirs (t-shirts, hats, notebooks, etc.).

The deadline to pay any remaining balance owed is July 1st. 

If the cost or finances are genuinely an obstacle for your family, please contact Bryan to discuss options including payment plans, scholarships, and more. If interested, you can fill out our Event Scholarship Application.



To register and reserve your student's spot on this trip, turn in the $65 deposit or partial or full payment by the applicable date above. Registration opens on 3/23 @ 9pm.


Pay Online – You can pay the deposit, partial payments, or the full price online! *Click here to do so!*  When registering, you will be asked to log-in and you will be sent a code on your phone or email.

Pay In Person – You may also pay in person via cash or check. If writing a check, please make it out to UCC. Please give the payment to Bryan or mail to UCC, Attn: Bryan Sammons, 1506 Browning Pl. Ste. 101, Manhattan, KS 66502.


The first five students to pay online will receive some added perks for the trip! Things like 1st choice of where to sit in the van, who they sit with, who their roommate is, a snack bag loaded up by Bryan, and will even get to be first in every line that our group is in (bathroom lines, lunch & dinner lines, lines within the cafeteria on campus, etc. Registration opens Wednesday night, March 23rd at 9:00pm! Be one of the FIRST5!

This week has great potential to change your life! I can't wait to experience it with you!

**Registration/Refund Policies**

No refunds of the $65 deposit will be given. In addition, no refunds will be issued for registered/paid spots that are canceled after July 1st. This includes but is not limited to cancellation for reasons such as sickness, injury, anxiety, scheduling conflicts, etc. The only way we can refund any money to you is if another student can fill the spot of the canceled registration. The reason for this is that UCC will have already paid in full to Christ In Youth for your student's spot and we will not be refunded that money.

March Madness Dodgeball | 3/30

On March 30th we are ending our month of March Madness big! We will be having youth group at Howie's Activity Center at Manhattan Christian College. While there, we will play a lot of dodgeball, as well as hear some testimonies about what God is doing in the lives of students and leaders. We will meet at our normal youth group time, 6:15-8:15pm.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Spring Retreat | April 8-9

Spring Retreat is coming! April 8-9 we are going to host our own retreat for students right here in Manhattan, KS. This weekend will be an opportunity for students to grow in their faith and learn how to live out their life for Jesus in plain sight. So when people see them they will also see Jesus. We will have an amazing youth pastor from Abilene, Andrew Jansen, coming to share the word that weekend. 

This weekend will be full of worship, teaching, small groups, a service project, a fun activity around town (hoping for Leap but finalizing those details), bon fire, and growing closer to our friends, leaders, and Jesus. 

We will be transforming the garage at UCC into a worship venue for our main sessions. Friday evening we will be staying in the cabins at Camp Toma Shinga in Junction City. To help students get the everything they can out of this retreat, I'm asking to please treat it like an out of town event. The less students have to leave and come back for various reasons, the more they will be able to engage and learn what Jesus has for them. 

Including in every students registration is lodging, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, a t-shirt, and the cost of our fun afternoon activity. Please eat dinner before dropping your student off! Dinner will not be served on Saturday evening. Registration will open at 9pm on February 23rd.

When: April 8 (6:30pm) - April 9th (6:00pm)

Where: UCC, MHK, and Camp Toma Shinga

Cost: $55 if registered in the first 24 hours of registration opening (Feb. 23 @9pm)

         $70 between 2/24 @ 9pm and 3/16 **March 16th is the last day to register and guarantee a shirt

         $80 if registered between 3/16 and 4/1 **April 1st is the last day to register

Registration: REGISTER HERE!

Other forms needed: UCC medical release form dated within 1 year

                                  Leap Release Form (please show me confirmation when completed)

We hope your student can join us for an incredible weekend this Spring!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Operation Christmas Child | 11/17


If you haven't heard, Operation Christmas Child is happening at our church! It is also the mission focus of the Oasis conference this weekend. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Through this project, Samaritan’s Purse partners with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations. They do this by sending shoeboxes around the world filled with things such as hygiene items, school supplies, clothing, and toys for kids who might not normally ever receive gifts like this. Along with the items there are ways for them to learn about Jesus in the boxes as well.

Here is where the Middle School Ministry comes in! I would love to give our students opportunities to serve and give to other people in tangible ways like this. So, on November 17th, during our small group times, we are going to pack boxes. Our goal will be to pack 50 shoeboxes as a ministry!

Here is where YOU come in! There is a financial piece to sending these boxes. Each box costs $9 to ship oversees. Would you consider bringing or sending with your child these two things:
1) $9 to cover the shipping cost of one box (checks can be made payable to "OCC" or "Operation Christmas Child"
2) A "wow" item to put in a shoebox (soccer ball with pump, doll, toy truck, stuffed animal, outfit, a harmonica or recorder)

If you would provide these two things we will provide the hygiene items, school supplies, small toys, and other items to go into these boxes.

This is a small opportunity for our students to tangibly show the love of Jesus with people across the world. Would you consider partnering with us??

You can drop off money and wow items to youth group on the 10th or the 17th. Thank you!