Student Ministries

Mission Statement: 
 To provide biblical teaching and instruction in order to reach those who may not know Jesus as well as to encourage those who do know Him into a closer personal relationship and to equip them with the knowledge of God’s Word.
Student Minister
Kari Otto, 217-419-2215
Smyser Christian Church Student Ministry’s Easter Drama is a 2 hr program put on by 30 area high school students.  This 20th annual drama “Believe” will be held at Smyser Christian Church, 1521 Whitley Point Road, Gays, IL  on April 19 & 20 at 7pm.
What you believe about Easter determines what you believe about Christmas. The students will take you through what we believe about Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection through the use of skits, dramas, praise music, and various artistic expressions. Refreshments will be served and a love offering will be taken to support the youth’s summer conferences. RSVP is requested to 752-6896 or at
They also invite everyone to Easter Worship Services on April 21 at 8 & 10am at Smyser Christian Church. Come at 9am for coffee and donuts and snap a family photo in front of one of the photo booth backgrounds available.
Fusion logo 2015
(5th-8th grade youth group)
Fusion Youth Group
 (5th – 8th grades
  (8th graders will attend Easter Drama practice with the HS students))
Feb. 24, 5-7pm Fusion at church
Mar. 3, 5-7pm Fusion at church
Mar. 10, 5-7pm Fusion at church
Mar. 17, 5-7pm Fusion at church
Mar. 24, 5-7pm Fusion at church
Mar. 31, 5-7pm Fusion at church
Apr. 7, 5-7pm Fusion at church
Apr. 14, 5-7pm Fusion at church
Apr. 21, 5-7pm Easter No Fusion
Apr. 28, 5-7pm Fusion at church
Fusion Sunday School
9:10-9:55am each Sunday morning! This is a time of Biblical study just for Middle Schoolers (5th-8th grade). Meet in the Jr. High Room in the Shed.
IMPACT logo 2015 blue copy
(High School Youth Group)
IMPACT Youth Group
9th grade – 12th grade
Feb. 24, 5-7pm Easter Drama Pract
Mar. 3, 5-7pm Easter Drama Pract
Mar. 10, 5-7pm Easter Drama Pract
Mar. 17, 5-7pm Easter Drama Pract
Mar. 24, 5-7pm Easter Drama Pract
Mar. 31, 5-7pm Easter Drama Pract
Apr. 7, 5-7pm Easter Drama Pract Walk through
Apr. 14, 5-7pm Easter Drama Dress Rehearsal
Apr. 17, 6-9pm Dress Rehearsal
Apr. 18, 6-9pm Dress Rehearsal?
Apr. 19, 7pm Easter Drama
Apr. 20, 7pm Easter Drama
Apr. 21, 5-7pm Easter No IMPACT

IMPACT Sunday School

We will meet for Sunday School at 9:10-9:55am in Kari’s office. Let’s dig into the Word together!

IMPACT LifeGroup (Bible Study)

Join us at church for a meal and Bible study on Wednesday nights at 6:30. Call Kari for dates of the next Bible Study. 
We will not meet during Easter Drama Practice weeks.

(College Age)
 C4 Leaders: Ted & Anne Walk,
Anne-273-0802  Ted- 273-1427

C4 LifeGroup

Sunday nights, 7:30. Meet at the Walk’s home. Contact Ted or Anne or Kari if you have any questions.

Lincoln Christian University Students

Scholarships are available for SCC members attending Lincoln Christian University. The following downloadable application further explains the eligibility requirements. 

Applications are due April 30, 2019. Send them to Smyser Christian Church, 1521 Whitley Point Road, Gays, IL  61928 or place them on office desk. You will be notified of acceptance/denial soon after.


 SCC Medical Release Form

Click on the link to fill out and submit
your student’s Release Form.
If you have any problems filling out the on-line form call 217-752-6896 or email


June 24-29 in Holland, MI (8th-12th Grades)
Cost $250 if you participate in the Easter Drama
$75 deposit due Feb. 3
$45 due Mar. 3
$45 due Apr. 7
$45 due May 5
$40 due June 2


Overtime is a faith based after school program at Windsor High School for Jr & Sr high students. They meet on Thursdays after school, 3:15 to 5pm for homework help, activities, encouragement and snacks.


Windsor FCA

(Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
(Jr. & Sr. High)  They meet at 7:45 each Thursday at the High School. 

Sullivan FCA

(Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
Sr. High meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday mornings at 7:45 in Mr. Richter’s room.
Middle School meets on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday mornings at 7:45 in Mr. Richter’s room. 
They will meet together on the 5th Wednesdays.



past events


See You At The Pole 2018




 Graduation Sunday 2018

Some of our HS graduates had a time of question and answers on Grad Sunday 2018.

CIY Believe 2018

This group of students had a great time at Believe in Springfield, IL. Thank you to Dee Henderson for letting them stay the night at your home and for spoiling them so well!

Operation Christmas Child

Packing Party- Jr High


College Christmas Party


CIY MOVE (HS) 2017


CIY BELIEVE (for Jr. High) 2017

2017 High School Graduates

FUSION  (Jr. High Youth Group)

 Jr high 2015
 Jr. High group 2014-2015
CIY BELIEVE (for Jr. High students)
2015 group of Jr. High Students that went to "Believe"

2015 group of Jr. High Students that went to “Believe”

IMPACT (H.S. Youth Group)
HS group 2015
2014-2015 H.S. group

  VBS Jr. High Style 2014–                                               10564796_10152252658346238_1767729980_n 10536470_10152249011276238_65112982_n  10515019_10152247109091238_1790217209_n 10554955_10152247106361238_2141635100_n

Jr. High Kick-off 2013!  

Jr H kickoff


High School Kick-off 2013!

Click HERE  for a link to all the Jr. & Sr. High Kick-Off photos.

High School/College Mission Group

They volunteered at Roseland Good News Day Care in south Chicago in June, 2013.

Mission Group

Mission Group with Ms. Pearl


High lights from Operation Christmas Child shoe box packing party.