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Register Now for Spring Classes

Grow in your Biblical knowledge and wisdom by taking a Xenos class this spring. The first session of spring quarter starts the week of March 28th.

Several core equipping classes are being offered like Intro to the Bible and Christian Growth (with childcare available at the Saturday sessions). Also several elective classes are available including Ezekiel and Teaching Through Group Discussion.

You can see the full list of classes at and you can "register" link on that page. Contact Kim Phillips if you have questions at

Classes are a great activity for friends to share together, so consider signing  up with a friend!

Bring Your International Friends to an Easter Movie

Xenos invites you and your international friends to an Easter-themed movie, dinner, and discussion event, Friday, April 6th. It's at the 4th Street Pavilion (1934 N. 4th St., 43201).

The movie "Risen" will be shown, which depicts the story of Jesus' resurrection through the eyes of a non-believer, Clavius. He has been given the job of investigating and disproving rumors that Jesus rose from the dead.

There'll be a potluck dinner at 6:30 pm, with the movie starting at 7:00 pm. Bring your own drinks!

If you have questions you can email Jill Waterman at

Xenos Plans Special Easter Meetings

The message of Easter--Jesus' resurrection and its implications--offers profound hope in a dark world. You have a special opportunity to share that hope with friends and family members Easter morning at the three adult Central Teaching locations. Many times guests are willing to consider attending a Christian meeting on this holiday.

That morning Xenos teachers will be laying aside their regular series to present the Easter message, with a clear message for those who are not Christians. In addition there will be great atmosphere for guests, including free coffee and doughnuts, and live music.

Please note: There will be no evening Central Teachings that day to put the focus on these morning meetings.

Discipleship Cafe Needs More Volunteers

If you have some free time during the day, consider becoming a volunteer with the Discipleship Cafe. The Cafe offers parents with young children a safe place for their kids to play while they study and talk with friends. Many parents have taken advantage of the service, allowing them to meet for mentoring time or personal study.

The Cafe urgently needs more childcare volunteers at both locations: on Monday mornings at Main Campus (1340 Community Park Dr, 43229) and on Thursday mornings at 4th Street (1934 N. 4th St., 43201). It's a flexible time commitment--you can volunteer once a month or more.

All volunteers are required to pass a background check. They should be able to handle the kids' needs of different ages and ready to have some fun, so it's an enjoyable time for the kids as well as the parents.

March Parenting Meeting on Avoiding Over-Protecting

Each month the Xenos Parenting Meeting offers talks on practical topics like discipline, expectations, and family fun. they're presented from a Biblical perspective but are relevant to people from all points of view.

This month Paul and Becky Alexander will be sharing their thoughts how to avoid over-protecting your kids. It's next Wednesday, March 7th at 9:30 am.

The meeting is at the Warehouse (600 Oakland Park Dr. Columbus, 43214) and childcare is provided. Invite a friend to join you!

Get Expert Help Keeping Your Kids Safe on the Internet

Meet the challenge posed by internet dangers with help from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office ICAC Task Force. Detectives will present an internet safety program at Xenos on March 14th from 7:00-9:00 pm. It's open to anyone, but could be particularly helpful for parents and those who work with young people in their ministry.

During this presentation, you'll get the opportunity to hear some task force undercover detectives speak about recently sentenced cases they've investigated. They'll cover internet safety, sexting, and the dangers presented by online predators and social media. They'll also discuss how to report situations that concern you, and how to preserve evidence if you suspect your child has been exploited online. And they''ll help you know how to prevent your child from communicating with predators in the first place.

Calumet 8th Graders Bring Peter Pan to the Stage

Make plans to bring your family to "Peter Pan," performed by 8th graders at Calumet Christian School. It's March 21st and 22nd in the Calumet Multi-Purpose Room (2774 Calumet St., 43202) at 7:00pm.

The story follows the adventures of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn't grow up, as he leads Wendy and her brothers through Neverland. As they go, they encounter pirates, the terrible Captain Hook, and other characters.

Admission is free, but there will be a benefit bake sale for the Friendship School in Cambodia. Put it on your calendar and support the hard work of these students!


Special Meeting Planned for Parents of Incoming High-Schoolers

With spring comes the time when students involved in Xenos’ junior high ministry transition to high school groups. To prepare for that, each year high school leaders host an event for parents, to learn about the process and how they can help their students spiritually succeed in the high school years.

The meeting is Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm at the Warehouse (600 Oakland Park Drive, 43214), and is for all parents of 8th graders in junior high groups. High School Central Teaching Leader Nick Hetrick says they’ll get an overview of the high school ministry and how it’s different from junior high.

At the meeting parents will be able to talk with other parents whose kids have already been through this transition. They can also meet with high school home group leaders, including ones from groups their child is most likely to consider. 8th graders will be assigned a specific home church to visit in early April, and then are free to try out other groups to see what’s a good fit. They have a few weeks to visit groups before making their decision.

Meet the Elders: Bret McCallum

From time to time, we offer a closer look at one of the Xenos elders. This time we highlight Bret McCallum.

Bret is the newest Xenos elder and is also a senior sphere leader in the college ministry. As the son of one of the founders of Xenos, Dennis McCallum, he grew up in the church. But what’s kept him here? Bret says one of the main things is great friendships. “They hooked me early on, and to this day it’s still great to enjoy deeper and deeper friendships.” 

He says an early experience engaged him with a lifelong appreciation for ministry. “When I was in high school I remember playing a role in leading one of my friends to Christ. The experience gave me a vision for how valuable my life could be if I used it to help save other people.”

As a leader in the college and high school ministry, Bret has looked into many churches’ student groups. He says Xenos has the best student ministry he’s seen, with top-notch equipping and discipling, and the sense that every member can make an important contribution.  He also appreciates the deep sense of community at Xenos.

Review Session Coming up for Ministry Comprehensive Exam

If you have completed your Christian Ministry level classes, but haven't yet taken the comprehensive exam, take advantage of an exam review session on Wednesday, February 28th. It runs from 5:30-6:45 pm in room 201 at the Xenos Main Campus (1390 Community Park Dr. 43229).

The exam is required to be considered a graduate of the ministry class series. The review session will cover every area of it in detail. Once you've reviewed, you can take the exam at the Study Center.

Pizza will be provided, so if you're attending please RSVP to Kim Phillips at