Senior High
Junior High
Club 56
Senior High

 FirstCov Senior High Students is a community of teens being transformed. We want them to know God and become fully committed followers of Jesus Christ to bring glory and honor with their lives. We hope and expect to raise up spiritual leaders to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

We are a community of students from 9th grade - 12th grade.  It’s a place for fun! It’s a place for students to connect in small groups with peers and leaders. It’s a place to explore the story of God and to find a place within it. It’s a place to experience the life-changing power of Jesus through acts of service. It’s a place to express real faith in the real world. It’s an experience not to be missed.

Purpose Statement:  to REACH students for Jesus Christ, CONNECT them in fellowship, DISCIPLE them in their faith, reach out in SERVICE by loving their neighbor as themselves, and thereby WORSHIP God with their whole life.

Goal: Students becoming fully committed disciples of Jesus Christ!  (John 3:16 & Luke 9:23).

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SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS

BIG LIFE (Youth Group) |We gather to seek God and to be changed by him. Our gatherings include a central focus on the Word of God, high intentionality of prayer and worship, games, life groups and continual growth through community. The gatherings take place every other Sunday evening (usually 1st & 3rd Sunday) at FirstCov (1933 Tremont Blvd NW Grand Rapids, 49504) from 6:00 - 8:00p in the youth room/gym. 

BIG EVENTS |We aim to offer 3-5 BIG EVENTS throughout the semesters.  These events will vary with different degrees of purpose within the year.  Look to communication platforms as events will be posted!  

BIG LIFE:Hangout/Serve |We offer relational/fun & serve nights throughout the year.  We understand that building Godly friendships in community is key to the growth of our students. We also acknowledge that the act of service encourages the focus off of one’s self and directs us towards Christ. Usually on the 2nd Sunday of each month we will have a hangout night and/or serve night.  These opportunities will typically be between 6:00 - 8:00p (times and locations may vary depending on the event). 

LIFE GROUPS (Small Groups) |Each student has the opportunity to be involved in a small group by school grade that is rooted in discipleship.  Students who engage in LIFE GROUPS will build Christ-centered relationships with their peers, study of God’s word, and participate in prayer and accountability. Our LIFE GROUPS will meet during BIG LIFE, But also more importantly in host homes usually on the 4th Sunday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00p.  Transportation is provided for the freshman, sophomore, and junior life groups.  Meet at FirstCov at 5:30p & we will return by 8:30p.

ENCOUNTER (Sunday Morning Bible Study) |Each student has the opportunity to be involved in a Bible study/book study rooted in discipleship.  Students who engage in Sunday mornings will build Christ-centered relationships with their peers, have in-depth study of God’s word, and participate in prayer and accountability. We meet in the youth room on Sunday mornings at 10:30 - 11:45a. Join Us!

WINTER RETREAT & MISSION TRIP

Winter Retreat: Portage Lake Bible Camp | February 8-10, 2019

Mission Trip to CMMBC: July 7 - 13, 2019

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COMMUNICATION |We will do our best in keeping you update with all the information we know!  We do this through The Messenger (Sunday Mornings), Senior High Parent E-mail (Robly), Facebook (FirstCovGR Youth Group), Instagram (firstcovgr_sh), Texting (txt “firstcovseniorhigh” to 31996), & our Google Calendar (http://bit.ly/firstcovsh_cal). 

Josh Hinken - Pastor of Senior High & Young Adults (Contact Info: 616.295.0772 or jhinken@firstcovgr.org)

Junior High

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Junior High Students are invited to join our Discipleship and Confirmation class between 10:30-11:45am. This year we are looking at the New Testament and our foundations for faith – our building blocks.  We will be answering questions like; Who is God? What do we believe about the Bible? What is God’s relationship to the world? Who is Jesus Christ? How does one become a Christian?

We answer these questions and explore God’s word together through large and small group discussions and activities.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

Junior high students meet every Wednesday night during the school year for youth group at church.  Youth group starts at 6:30pm and ends at 8:00pm. Our night involves high energy games, interactive lessons, small group break outs, and crazy, memorable moments!

Club 56

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Club 56 meets every Sunday morning between 10:30 – 11:45am.  We use a curriculum called The Gospel Project.  Our students are engaged in the Bible through video, games, large group teaching, and small group discussions.  In addition to the Bible lesson, each week kids engage in group activities, work on a scripture memory verses, and have a lot of fun with their leaders!

 

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

CLUB 56 students meet every Wednesday night for youth group at church during the school year.  Programs start at 6:30pm at First Cov  and end at 8:00pm. Our night involves high energy games, interactive lessons, small group break outs, and crazy, memorable moments! It’s a great night for kids to figure out what they believe and WHY they believe it! 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Get Involved?

If you are interested in being a Club 56 or Junior High leader, contact Michelle Ludge

If you are interested in being a Senior High leader, contact Josh Hinken

Who Are Your Youth Leaders?

Our youth leaders are active participants in the life of FirstCovGR. Some were born and raised at FirstCov, some have students in the ministry, and some are local college students and young adults.

We do background checks on all of our leaders and continually train and equip them for serving in their roles.

When Can I Join?

It doesn't matter what time of year! We'll get you plugged into the appropriate group no matter what time of the year. We have different programs happening all year long.

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