CORE is a place for high school and middle school students to connect with one another, with older mentors, and with Jesus. Our desire is to help students become disciple-makers and to walk alongside both them and their parents in their faith journeys.
We meet on Sundays at 10:30 AM, with high school students in the Core Cafe and middle school in the auditorium. On Wednesdays during the school year, we meet at 6:45 PM. Both Sunday and Wednesday meeting times have a blend of games, community, small and large group teaching, and discipleship.
Our special needs ministry is designed to support families and make sure you can come to church and worship together. Our CORE Ministry (6th to 12th grade) has a specially designed sensory room. Our goal is to come alongside your family and be a support to you. CORE meets at 10:30 AM only. Currently the CORE special needs ministry is full.
Click here for the latest newsletter for CORE Student Ministries.
LOVE THIS BOOK: Meeting God in his Story
Starting in January we are journeying through a series as an entire church called LOVE THIS BOOK: Meeting God in his Story. This is set up so that everyone from KidStep through adulthood is going through the same material to foster conversation and growth just like we did last year with our study of the Gospel of Mark - Follow. We will have devotional guides available for adults and students that will help in generating conversation points as we study this together.
Love, INC. Sneaker Drive
Beginning in February, CORE will be collecting new sneakers and socks to donate to Love, INC.. Love, INC. is a collaboration of churches who seek to alleviate poverty for those in need. They believe that everyone’s journey matters and aim to provide a relational and caring environment to offer hope and help. Brand name sneakers are preferred for quality and durability. The most commonly needed sizes are listed below.
- Boys (youth) = sizes 12 to 6 ½
- Men’s = sizes 7 to 15
- Girls (youth) = sizes 12 to 4
- Women’s = Sizes 5 to 11
We will collect the sneakers and socks on Sundays and Wednesdays through April, and will also have coupons available for 20% off any purchase of shoes at Reebok in the Hershey Outlet store. Our goal is to be able to bless Hershey and the surrounding communities in a tangible way through a partnership that shares our vision and passion for ministering to others.
CORE Community Night | Wednesday, February 26 | 6:45 to 8:45 PM
This is a great opportunity for students to invite friends! Middle school students are going to go on a Photo Scavenger Hunt at church. Students will compete to creatively interpret picture settings and search for specific things in order to take group photos. Meet at Hershey Free in the 400s.
High school students will be participating in 'Cutthroat Kitchen'. Students will be competing in their small groups to outwit and possibly even sabotage their opponents in order to win bragging rights as Kitchen Champions. Meet in the Core Cafe.
UNITE Young Men's Conference | Saturday, March 14 | 9 AM - 3 PM | Auditorium
Courage is the theme of this year's conference. Courage to live as a man of God! We are hoping to have 200 boys from the community working together to participate in this wonderful event. Our goal is that the young men would see themselves as disciples of Jesus who are uniquely created to be men. We'll be spending a lot of time living with Jesus and our steps of obedience afterwards will be our expression of our love for Jesus. The speaker for this event is Chad Williams, former U.S. Navy Seal and author.
This conference is for boys in grades 6 through 12 and costs $35, which includes a T-shirt and lunch. Register for the event here.
Confidence Conference | Saturday March 21 | 8 AM - 6 PM | Hershey Free Church
This conference is jam-packed with worship, teaching, and breakout sessions for girls to realize their value in Christ and how to live with passion for Him! We pray that each girl is brought to the conference intentionally by God and that they all learn lifelong, valuable lessons from the gospel about God's amazing plan for their beautiful lives! Register here for the conference.
CORE Brunch | March 29 | 8:30 AM to Noon | Core Cafe
On Sunday, March 29, CORE will be serving brunch in the Core Cafe. We will invite the entire church to purchase brunch items and support the students going on trips this summer. We're asking all students to help with the brunch, especially each student who is going on a trip.
Camp Orchard Hill
Camp Orchard Hill 2020 | Sunday, July 5 (10:15 AM drop-off) to Saturday, July 11 (2 PM pick-up)
It has been proven that when kids get involved in serving, it becomes a significant part of their discipleship journey. This year at Camp Orchard Hill Missions Week we will get to experience the best of both worlds. The serving side of missions and the fun side of camp. When students think back on their youth group years we want them to remember God working through them in missions experiences like these. If we would ever beg for a student to be involved in something, this week would be it! Join us for the Best Week Ever on mission with Camp Orchard Hill!
A Brunch Fundraising Event will be held on Sunday, March 29 from 7 AM to 1 PM. In preparation for the fundraiser, there will be required training and preparation on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:45 - 8:45 PM and Saturday, March 28 from 8 AM to noon.
The following dates are Mandatory Meetings in the Core Cafe (lunch will not be provided): Sunday, April 26 from 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM; Sunday, June 7 from 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM; and Wednesday, June 24 from 7 - 8:30 PM.
Camp Orchard Hill is for Middle School students in grades 6 - 8. Click here to register.
Regular: $520 deadline April 5
Last Chance: $545 deadline May 3
There are payment plan options available if needed.
Challenge 2020 | July 12 - 18 | Kansas, MO
Challenge is a national gathering of high school students. It has proven to be a catalytic environment challenging students to live on mission with Jesus every day, everywhere, and with everyone!
High school students (grades 9 - 12) are invited to join CORE for this awesome conference from July 12 to 18 in Kansas City, MO. Join us for a week of learning together, serving together, and exploring Kansas City together. Visit the Challenge website for more information about the conference.
Registration has closed due to all the spaces being filled.