FirstCovGR Student News (11/6)

by Josh Hinken on November 06, 2023

Hello Students and Guardians!

We hope you enjoyed the extra hour of sleep this weekend - we sure did!! Check out the rest of our FirstCovGR Student News 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, November 8: BLAZE YOUTH GROUP NIGHT. Take a look at the details:

  • WHO? Middle Schoolers (6th-8th graders) and their friends!
  • WHAT? We have a regular BLAZE night this week! Come eat some snacks, play some games, and hang out in your life groups. We will be talking about what it means to be forgiven by God.
  • WHERE? In the youth room at FirstCovGR
  • WHEN? THIS WEDNESDAY, November 8 from 6:30-8p.

There will be no ABIDE 67 or Confirmation class this week due to the Junior High Retreat at PLCBC. We look forward to seeing you all next Sunday morning!

Are you signed up for the Fall Retreat? Take a look at the email Lauren sent you for more information about departure, arrival, and details on what to bring!

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, November 12: RADIATE SERVE NIGHT. Take a look at the details:

  • WHO? High Schoolers and their friends, classmates, teammates, etc. are invited.
  • WHAT? We will be having a RADIATE SERVE night! On this night, we will be working together to tear down the playground at FirstCov because we have a super cool new one being put in!! We will remove the old one and clean up the area so a group of professionals can install the new one in the near future. It will be a great night of teamwork, getting our hands dirty, and serving our church. You won’t want to miss it.
  • WHERE? Meet in the youth room at FirstCovGR!
  • WHEN? Sunday, November 12 from 6-8p.

Our student leadership team is meeting this week! We will be meeting at the Droski’s house (3726 Bradwood ct, Walker, MI 49534) to talk about what Christian leadership looks like inside and outside of the Church. Make sure to bring your training materials with you. Talk to Lauren Abrell or Josh Hinken if you have any questions!

Life is 4-D is here! Join Patty Hansma in room 224 this Sunday for donuts, stories, and community. You won’t want to miss it!

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 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!


  • 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 - Side Dish (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



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.


  • 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.

YAY! 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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