FirstCovGR Student News (11/13)

by Josh Hinken on November 13, 2023

Hello Students and Guardians!

This fall sure has been a busy one. We have LOVED getting to hang out with you all and we look forward to those times each week! For us, we already feel like a family - we hope you feel it too! Check out the rest of our FirstCovGR Student News 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!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the junior high retreat this past weekend. We had a BLAST and will still be catching up on sleep for the next couple of days! We hope and pray that you all find some time this week to reflect on the ways that God was moving. May you continue to seek Him and go all in!!

Wednesday, November 15: BLAZE SERVE. Take a look at the details:

  • WHO? Middle Schoolers (6th-8th graders) and their friends!
  • WHAT? We have a BLAZE SERVE night this week. We are going to become "blanketeers" for the night by working with Project Linus! Project Linus aims to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are sick and in need through the gifts of new handmade blankets. Each life group will work together to create a fleece tie blanket to donate. Serving out of our own youth room shows that our students can create change in the world around them from where they are at. After all, small things that are shared with great love lead to a kingdom difference!
  • WHERE? In the youth room at FirstCovGR
  • WHEN? THIS WEDNESDAY, November 15 from 6:30-8p.

We have some learning opportunities for our middle school students on Sunday mornings! Check them out:

  • ABIDE 67: 6th and 7th graders are invited to build community, practice spiritual devotion, and learn what it means to abide in the presence of God. This week, Lauren will be teaching Unanswered Prayers. Is there such a thing? Com find out on Sunday! Meet in room 112.
  • CONFIRMATION: 8th graders are invited to join our confirmation and discipleship class. Join Jodye Dennis as she leads us in a conversation about God's covenant! Meet in room 109.

THIS SUNDAY - 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, November 19: We have quite a few different events going on this Sunday for our RADIATE crew! Take a look:

  • 9A Life in 4-D
  • High schoolers are invited to join Patty Hansma in room 224 this Sunday for donuts, stories, and community. You won’t want to miss it!
  • 5:15P 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 UNITE 2024. The dates for this trip are July 15-20, 2024. 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!
  • Want to learn more? Check out the UNITE website! Click HERE
  • Here is the link to the PROMO video if you want to catch a glimpse of what the week will look like.
  • Look below to get more details!



  • WHO? Junior High AND High School Students (6th-12th graders) and their friends!
  • WHAT? Friendsgiving is coming up fast! Friendsgiving is a COMBINED junior high and high school event where we gather to share a meal, praise the Lord, and celebrate the things and people we are thankful for. Students should join us for a super fun, yet reflective, night. This year, we are doing it potluck style! Take a look at the list below to see what dish you should bring.
  • 6th Grade - Drinks (2 liters are great!)
  • 7th Grade - Sides (EX: mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, green bean casserole, etc.)
  • 8th Grade - Chips (large bags and individual bags are appreciated)
  • 9th Grade - Appetizers (EX: wings, pigs in a blanket, veggie trays, dips, meatballs, etc.)
  • 10th Grade - Dessert (EX: pie, ice cream sandwiches, brownies, cookies, etc.)
  • 11th Grade - Rolls (bring any of your favorite bread - don’t forget the butter!)
  • 12th Grade - Salad (lettuce salads, potato salads, fruit salads, and pasta salads are all welcome!)
  • WHERE? Meet in the Youth Room at FirstCovGR
  • WHEN? Sunday, November 19 from 6-8pm

We hope to see you all there! We can't wait to break bread with you all :)


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.


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.


  • 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.

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

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