CORE Student Ministries Events & Registrations

A Place for the Next Generation

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.


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Middle School Fall Retreat | Friday, October 18 (drop-off at 4 PM) - Sunday, October 20 (pick-up at 1 PM)

This year our Middle School students will be going to Camp Calvary The name of this year's retreat is Ebenezer. We want students to be freshly reminded of God’s faithfulness. God is always faithful, according to His timing, even when things are hard. We will spend time reflecting on God’s faithfulness in our lives, families and throughout history. Registration deadline has passed.

CORE Community Night | October 30 | 6:45 to 8:45 PM

Periodically throughout the year we have Community Nights. These are designed to be off-site, fun events that an easy initial event for students to invite their friends. Enjoy outdoor games, fire pit, and snacks.

High School is meeting at the home of Jeff and Karen Stover.

32 White Pine Drive, Hershey

Students can meet directly at the Stover home.

Middle School is meeting at the home of Dave and Mary Smith.

2501 Church Road, Hummelstown

Students can meet directly at the Smith home.


Baptism Classes | November 3 and 10 | 9 AM | Room 604

Baptism represents a believer’s public confession and celebration of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and symbolizes new life in Christ. Baptism does not mean you have everything figured out but it means you are committed to the journey of following Christ. Come to our baptism classes on November 3 and 10 at 9 AM. Adults will meet in room 10 and children will meet in room 604. Baptism will be held on December1. Register here for baptism classes. 

The Struggle Is Real

We will be beginning a new sermon series on October 20, “The Struggle is Real,” which will cover topics that are a little different from a common Sunday morning.

Series Topics:

October 20 - Family Dynamics

October 27 - Lust

November 3 - Anxiety and Depression

November 10 - Abuse

November 17 - Gender and Identity

Parent Seminar | November 9 | 8:30 to 11:30 AM | Core Cafe

This seminar will be for parents of children and students in KidStep and CORE, covering the topics of anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm and anger. Professional counselors and experts in these areas will share with us this morning on how to identify signs of these struggles, come along side kids who are struggling, and will host a Q&A. Save the date to join us this morning. This seminar is for parents only. 

Family Forum | November 10 | 10:30 AM | Auditorium

Family Forums are held twice a year for students in 4th to 8th grade and their parents to have intentional discussion time about various relevant topics. The next Family Forum will be on November 10 and will be on healthy habits and coping strategies for some of these struggles covered in our sermon series and from the previous days’ seminar. 


High School Winter Retreat | Friday, January 17 (drop-off at 4 PM) - Sunday, January 19 (pick-up at 3 PM)

Cost: $180

EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD STORY! We’re gripped by the characters, by the conflict, by the unfolding drama and the resolution. Stories help us organize the world around us and make sense of the chaos. Stories illustrate lessons and illuminate truth. Stories soften us and connect us. STORIES CHANGE US. Our goal at Camp Orchard Hill's Winterblast 2020 is to remind students that Scripture is more than just ancient text…it’s GOD’S STORY; a beautiful, unified, unfolding truth, all pointing to the final resolution: Jesus Christ. And it’s OUR STORY too. We are beloved children of the King who has gone to incredible lengths to pursue us and bring us back into relationship with Him. We have the privilege of knowing the hero of the story and He gives us a role to play in His kingdom. And just as Scripture is OUR STORY, it’s also THEIR STORY – those who are still far away, rebellious and unaware. When we live our lives for God’s glory, honoring and worshipping Him, He can use our story to bring them home.

Registration deadline: November 17