Youth Groups

MISSION: Countryside's ministry to children and youth is an inclusive community building lifelong Christians who gather together, grow in their faith, and go into the world.


  • Leadership: Preparing to be bold change-makers in the community
  • Acceptance: An inclusive community, welcoming all children and youth
  • Faith: Continually growing as a follower of Jesus
  • Grace: Loved and valued by God no matter what
  • Relationship: We have fun with friends while building respectful connections with self, peers, and adults.
  • Safety: We diligently attend to the physical and emotional safety of all who gather in our church community.

Youth participate in Illumin8, God Squad, mission trips, bell choirs, puppetry and so much more. Contact Rebecca Bowles, Youth Ministry Coordinator for more information -

Please take a look at the wonderful opportunities for youth & join us!

Youth Ministries

Sundays are fun days!


5:00pm: All 6th-12th graders arrive

5:00pm: Dinner

5:30 pm: Lesson 

6:00 pm: Games

7:00 pm: Send off

Music & arts

Puppet Ministry:

Hands in Praise is our award winning puppet ministry open to all youth grades 6-12. They meet on  Sundays. They schedule performances throughout the year and sometimes compete nationally in an annual competition.

Bell Choirs:

Countryside Ringers is our youth bell choir of 6-12 graders. They rehearse on Sunday Mornings in the bell room.


God Squad:

This is our ongoing youth service group that provides hands-on service in the community through a variety of means and places.

Community Garden:

Every spring our youth prepare and plant a garden in the church south lot. They water and care for the plants, and invite the community to enjoy the harvest!

Bibles & BBQ: During the summer, youth group meets at member homes to enjoy a casual Bible study and BBQ.

Mission in motion

Youth Mission Trips:

Countryside youth are committed to making this world a more beautiful and just place for God's creation to exist in. We are committed to mission at the local, national and international levels, and to developing leadership in our youth as they learn the importance of mission and service.

Our mission trips spend a week of hard work helping others in need. The final day of our trips are spent sight-seeing and doing other fun activities.

  • Hands in praise puppet ministry

    Hands in Praise is our award winning puppet ministry open to all youth grades 6-12. They meet on Sunday mornings. They schedule performances throughout the year as well as compete nationally once a year. Please join in the fun!

    Dr. Bill Anderson will be happy to help get you involved!

  • Youth bell choirs

    Countryside Ringers, directed by Jane Anderson, is Countryside's advanced group of youth who enjoy the experience of ringing in a handbell ensemble. Playing handbells regularly throughout the year, our youth handbell ensemble brings excitement and drive to Sunday morning worship services. 

    Contact Jane for more information.

  • Youth mission trips

    Youth looking for an adventure will get that and more! Countryside Youth take missions trips at least once a year in the summer. This summer, Youth will travel to Daytona Beach, FL to help communities in need. Youth 2023 is also coming up this summer and offers ways to challenge and build faith, network with other Youth from around the country, and gain confidence in their ideas & actions!

    Contact Rebecca Bowles, Youth Ministries Coordinator for details!