FirstCovGR Student News (10/23)

by Josh Hinken on October 23, 2023

Hello Students and Guardians!

Hooray, you've made it to our student news! This is a one-stop for all things student ministry at FirstCovGR. We appreciate you hangin' out with us and for all the support. Check out the rest of the email to hear about some important upcoming events.


What is BLAZE? BLAZE is a community of 6th-8th graders that meet every Wednesday evening at FirstCov. We gather to seek God and to be changed by him. We will focus on the word of God through the reading and teaching of scripture, prayer, worship, service, life groups, and some super fun games!

Wednesday, October 25: BLAZE. Take a look at the details:

WHO? Middle schoolers and their friends, classmates, teammates, etc. are invited!
WHAT? We will be having a regular BLAZE YOUTH GROUP night. Come join us for snacks, games, worship, and teaching on what it means to be known by God, and life groups!! Bring a friend to come hang out with us. It is going to be a BLAST!
WHERE? In the youth room at FirstCovGR!
WHEN? Wednesday, October 25 from 6:30-8p.

Take a look at our Sunday learning opportunities:

ABIDE 67: 6th & 7th graders are invited to build community, practice spiritual devotion, and learn what it means to abide in the presence of God. This week, join us for our continual conversation on the Lord's Prayer! Meet in room 112.
Confirmation: 8th graders are invited to join our confirmation and discipleship class. This week, join Jodye Dennis in the conversation about sin and the results of sin! Meet in room 109.

SIGN UP NOW - November 10-12: Junior High fall retreat!! Sign up HERE or talk to Lauren - Please register by November 1.

SAVE THE DATE - November 19: Cliffhanger Info Meeting!

Students and guardians are invited to join us for an informational meeting regarding our summer adventure and worship experience to Colorado! This trip is for incoming 8th and 9th graders (for the 2024-25 school year) - this would be our current 7th and 8th graders. Join us from June 15-22 for a week of going outside your comfort zone, fellowship, and discipleship! We will meet in the youth room (222) after the 10:30a service. See you all there!


What is RADIATE? RADIATE is a community of 9th-12th graders who gather to seek God and to be changed by him. We will focus on the word of God through the reading and teaching of scripture, prayer, worship, life groups, and some super fun games! We meet every Sunday evening at FirstCovGR.

Sunday, October 29: NO RADIATE .

There will be no radiate this week! We are encouraging our students to host a trunk at our trunk-or-treat event (sign up HERE) or to wear a costume and join us/eat some candy! If you are hosting a trunk, please arrive at the FirstCovGR parking lot at 3:45p to set up. If you are "treating", join us anytime from 4:30-6p. We look forward to seeing you, your trunk, and your costume!

4-D is back on Sunday mornings! High schoolers are invited to join Patty Hansma from 9-10:15a in room 224. Come eat some donuts and study the power of stories with us!

SAVE THE DATE - November 19: Unite Info Meeting!

Students and guardians are invited to join us for an informational meeting regarding our summer discipleship trip to UNITE. This event is for incoming 10th graders - outgoing 12th graders (for the 2024-25 school year). We will be heading to Bowling Green State University in Ohio for UNTIE 2024! The dates for this trip are July 15-20. Join us in the fellowship hall from 5:15-6p for more information. We will go over cost, fundraising, tentative schedule, and more details than you could imagine!


Are you in a sport, band, choir, school musical, and/or something else that we can cheer you on at? Send us your schedules! Our leaders would love to come and support you! Send any schedules/details to Lauren Abrell at (630)750-6458 OR


Please note that you must have a FirstCovGR Student Registration/Waiver for the 2023-24 school year submitted in order to participate in FirstCovGR's student ministry events. Please fill out THIS form. We need one form per student.


We are super excited to walk alongside you, your student, and your family this year! We believe that what we do in student ministry is important when it comes alongside what you already do at home. In order to bridge the gap between home and church, the two must not only encourage one another, but they must work together. We hope to use this section of our newsletter to provide you with resources to use at home as well as to share opportunities to get involved at church with your student(s). Our student ministry team is very excited about partnering with you!


Our team loves the resources that Fuller Youth Institute provides. Fuller Youth Institute is a branch of Fuller Theological Seminary that has paved the way for youth ministry and intergenerational discipleship. They have a whole library filled with books, articles, podcasts, and more that are directly for parents. Check out THIS link to find out more about it.


We are also looking for parents, ministry teams, and other volunteers to host OR or provide a meal for our Middle School Bro/Gal Nights. Here are some dates we are still looking for:

Provide a meal on Wednesday, Nov. 1 for our gals
Host our gals on Wednesday, Dec. 6
Provide a meal on Wednesday, Dec. 6 for our bros

Please fill out THIS link if you are interested. We appreciate your gift of hospitality!


Join our Facebook group: FirstCovGR Youth Group. We often post about upcoming Middle and High School events, post ETAs when we have group outings, and upload lots of pictures to this page!
Follow us on Instagram @firstcovgr_ms & @firstcovgr_sh
Check out our High School LinkTree:
Want to find out more about our student ministry? Click HERE to visit our website!


Our team would love to connect with you! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Josh, Michelle, or Lauren via phone call, text, email, or office visit. We are looking forward to partnering with you this year!

YAY! You successfully made it to the end - thanks or reading and being diligent will all the details. Looking forward to seeing you all so soon!

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