Collide: A Student's Story

This summer, our junior high ministry, Elevate has an incredible opportunity for all incoming kids grades 6–8: Collide!

Collide is a fun, engaging, wacky camp held at Wheaton College, June 23–25. Each year, we hear stories from students about how Collide impacted their own faith journey.Here's Abigail's story:

“The first Collide I went to was my summer going into 6th grade. A few months before Collide, my sister had gotten really sick and almost died. These were some of the hardest months I had ever experienced and I remember feeling so alone. I remember going to Collide and spending an amazing weekend with God and friends. I went and had so much fun with the best leaders out there Tracy and Syd! But most importantly I went and realized I wasn't alone and God was always with me. I remember coming home that Sunday and crying and feeling an overwhelming amount of joy because I realized I was never going to feel alone I was always going to have someone in my corner.

After that first Collide, I started to attend Elevate every Sunday and I looked forward to going. I loved being able to go every weekend and hear different people speak and I loved spending time with my small group. Through Elevate, I have been able to meet some of my best friends. Elevate always gave me such a good start to my week. With the help of camps, church on Sundays, and the support of my small group I have been able to grow so much closer God and it's really changed my life for the better.”

There are so many other students, like Abigail, who have had life changing experiences at Collide. And it isn’t just because Collide is fun or they like hanging out with their friends—it’s because Collide gives junior high students the opportunity to unplug for a weekend and learn more about the God who loves them! 

We’d love for you to be a part of what God is going to do at Collide:

First, if you have a student or know of an incoming 6–8 grader, register them for Collide! Learn more and here.

Second, would you consider investing a few hours of your time that weekend to help serve? If so, you can sign up here.

Lastly, please pray for all of our students and leaders who will be joining us at Collide!

We’re grateful for a church who believes in the next generation!


-The Elevate Staff

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