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Who We Are

Mission Statement

The student ministry of Armstrong Chapel welcomes students and families to worship, learn, serve and grow in the development of a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ.

Core Values

Christ-Centered:  We create a ministry where Christ is at the heart of everything we do and everything we are.
Christ’s Love:  We demonstrate unwavering love for all, including those who are different from ourselves.
Biblically-Based: We design programs that explore the teachings of the Bible and connect them in relevant ways to the lives of today’s students.
Serving Spirit: We humbly and joyfully put the needs of others before our own.
Welcoming: We foster an inclusive, accepting, and nurturing community. 
Student-Led: We empower students to lead through relational ministry among their peers and the world.   

Meet our New Director of Student Ministries, Rebecca Swanson Groves

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Weekly Activities


Wednesday VI

Every Wednesday we gather down in the L, as in lower level lounge, at 7pm to play some crazy VI games, sing along with the praise band, and hear a great message as we hang out together.  Be sure to get here early and check out the fabulous food spread before we start. We look forward to seeing you!

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Vertical Impact is Hungry! 

Students appreciate a light meal prior to the evening programing. Some students come from practice or rehearsal and are eating on the fly.  Your help is appreciated by providing meals. 

The Basics: 

Food needs to be delivered to the Cafe in the lower level by 6:45pm
Please provide drinks
VI provides: cups, plates, napkins, and utensils
The average number of kids is 10-12 in the summer and 25-30 during the school year.

Suggested Foods:

Entrée: Pizza, pasta, subs, Chick-Fil-A, 
Sides: fruit or veggie plate, small/medium size salad
Desserts: Cookies, Brownies etc.
Drinks: Soda, chocolate milk, Apple Juice
Other: chips or pretzels are also appreciated, especially by those who arrive a little late to find only empty plates!

Students really love a home cooked dinner such as mac and cheese, pulled-pork sandwiches, baked ziti, taco bar, lasagna, brinner (breakfast for dinner: pancakes, bacon etc.) or spaghetti.

Alternatively, places that have been used in the past include Mio's, Kroger's, Servatti's, La Rosa's, Snappy’s, Chick-Fil-A. Some of these places are happy to deliver. 

Suggested Quantity:

As a guide to quantity, 1 large pizza for 4 students, 2 Kroger wraps per person, or 2 Servatti pretzel sandwiches for 36.  Most places are happy to help you get it right.

 You may also sign up with a friend.  One parent claims the spot on the sign up but you are welcome to enlist someone to share the work with you. 

 Contact Wendy Ransom in the church office if you have questions. 513-561-4220

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Small Group Ministry (SGM)

Our Wednesdays and  Christian Education offerings are great for bringing everyone together,  but sometimes it is nice to  discuss life in a smaller  more intimate environment.   That’s why we have our small group ministry! It is a time set aside for us to grow closer to each other by discussing questions about how our lives and walk with Jesus are going. It’s a wonderful time of encouragement and prayer.  Small groups run from 6:00p to 7:30p on Sundays  from October to April in the lower level.

 VI Christian Education

At VI we love to worship with our congregation on Sunday mornings at the 8:20, 9:40, or 10:00 am services. Then, periodically, on Sundays we offer Christian Education opportunities from 11:00 to 12:15. Those range from confirmation class, to a college prep class for our seniors, and other specialized opportunities as they arise.

We also have a weekday Bible Study that meets every other Monday at Coffee Please in Madeira. It’s a great place for students to gather to have some informal and organic conversations about scripture. Check out our calendar to see specific dates for this opportunity.

Special Offerings and Events


Vertical Impact is all about fun and fellowship.  These are regular events or outings that take place during the year.  Stay tuned though because you never know when another one might pop up.  Reference the full calendar for all the details. 

Retreats and Mission Trips  

Fall Retreat - New format this year.  A fall retreat for Confirmation Students and all other students too!  A great weekend to celebrate the beginning of confirmation, each other and our new Student Ministries Director.  Save the weekend of November 16-18 and watch for details to come out in the fall. 

Mission Trip 2018 is headed to Nashville! During the week in Nashville students will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of unique ministry experiences that can only be found in the Music City.

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Confirmation is a time for our students learn about and grow in their walk with the Lord. This journey runs from January until early June every year with classes being held on Sunday mornings from 11:00a till 12:15. During this time students will learn both the foundational tenants of the Christian faith and some of the wonderfully unique facets of the United Methodist Church. At the end of that journey, they will have the choice to become an official member of Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church. Details and registration information will be mailed to all 8th-grade students and any interested high school students. Contact Wendy Ransom in the church office if you have any questions.

College Prep Class

This class is designed for our seniors as they prepare to transition to college, or the next stage of life. It is 10 great sessions covering practical spiritual and life lessons that will help prepare you to make the jump out of high school and into college/workforce and successfully take your faith with you. It covers everything from budgeting to how to find Christian community on and around the school to reminders of God’s grace. Usually offered between November and March. 


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