encounter student ministries


Encounter Student Ministries is an environment where middle and high school students, grades 6-12, are provided opportunities to recognize and respond to encounters with God. We desire that each student obtains the knowledge and experience to pursue life-changing encounters with God and to incorporate them into his/her daily life. We strive to see each student have a meaningful relationship with God. MIDWEEK meets every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm. Come ready to experience powerful worship, engaging messages and friendly small groups.

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Beach camp in Daytona, featuring a guest worship band, comedy by Isaac Improv, teaching by Pastor Bryan Roe and plenty of relationship-building opportunity.

When: June 2-4

Who: Middle - High School Students

This is not your average church camp! Make sure your middle and high school students join us for Camp Gnar. Students will experience phenomenal teaching and small group time that really dives into our relationship with God and holding each other accountable! Not to mention, it's on the BEACH! All food is provided and our line up of comedians, worship band and speakers are the best yet! 

Space is limited, so make sure you sign up right away! Good news for all you graduated 5th graders, you can join us, it's a great way to meet your small group and bond with them for next year! 

drop off / pick up

All students will meet at the Ocala campus on Friday, June 2 (2:00pm for check-in). Ocala & Southwest Students will arrive back to the Ocala campus, and The Villages students will arrive back to The Villages campus.

They will attend our second service Sunday, June 4 (Ocala, 11:15am // The Villages, 11:00am). Please pick up your kid(s) after our service. Typically our services last 1 hour (Ocala, 12:15 // The Villages, 12:00pm).

**For more information or any questions, please contact Christine Cramer at Christine@thesprings.net**