FirstCovGR Student News (9/25)

by Josh Hinken on September 25, 2023

Hello Students & Parents!

Can you believe this is already week 4 of our new “FirstCovGR Student News” email?! It’s incredible how time flies! FirstCovGR Student News is a weekly newsletter sent out on Mondays that contains middle and high school events for the week, information about our leaders, resources to use at home, and more. This is a one-stop for all things student ministry. Continue reading below for more details about upcoming events!


Our BLAZE and RADIATE leaders are awesome! For the next few weeks, we would like to highlight our leaders for you. Our leader spotlight this week contains Sam Hagberg and Jeff Peterson. We are so glad they are on our team and that they love our students! Click on the “Leader Spotlight” PDF below to read their full bio.


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, September 27: BLAZE. Take a look at the details:

  • WHO? Middle schoolers (6th-8th graders) and their friends are invited!
  • WHAT? We have a regular BLAZE youth group night! We will eat some snacks, play some super fun games, discuss Romans 12:1, and spend time in our life groups. Our leaders are pumped to hang out with you all!
  • WHERE? At FirstCovGR in the youth room.
  • WHEN? THIS Wednesday, September 27 from 6:30p-8p.

Sunday morning programming has started! This year, we are offering two different classes for our 6-8th graders on Sunday mornings. They will both be from 9:00-10:15a. Take a look below for the descriptions.

  • ABIDE 67: 6th & 7th graders are invited to join us for snacks, games, and scripture. Our main focus will be to build community, practice spiritual devotion, and learn what it means to abide in the presence of God. This week, we will be talking about prayer: what it is and what it isn’t. Meet in room 112.
  • Confirmation: 8th graders are invited to join our confirmation and discipleship class. We will walk through the Bible and explore God’s word together through large and small group discussions and activities. This week, we will be talking about The Bible. Meet in room 109.


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 1: RADIATE. Take a look at the details:

  • WHO? High schoolers (9th-12th graders) and their friends!
  • WHAT? RADIATE youth group night! Join us for dinner (we will be having some delicious tacos), games, worship led by our awesome praise band, teaching on Romans 12:1, and time in our life groups.
  • WHERE? At FirstCovGR in the youth room.
  • WHEN? THIS SUNDAY, October 1 from 6-8p.

Our youth praise band and tech team is starting up again THIS Sunday, October 1 at 4:15pm. We would love to have you join us if you are musically or technologically gifted! If you are interested in joining our band, fill out THIS short form! We would love to have you.

If you're interested in joining our Student Leadership Team, fill out THIS form! It's a great place for students to explore their spiritual gifts, leadership skills, and lean into a posture of service. We will focus on encouraging their peers through prayer and mentorship, planning and leading events, and discover how to be a servant leader. Our first meeting is Sunday, October 8 at Applebee's (4475 Lake Michigan Dr) at 4:00p! We hope to see you there.

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 Word with us. Contact Josh Hinken with any questions.


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 looking for parents, ministry teams, and other volunteers to provide dinner on certain Sunday nights for our High School youth group! Fill out THIS link to sign up or pass it along to others. We could not do it without you!
  • 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. If you are interested, please fill out THIS link. We appreciate your gift of hospitality!


  • Take a look at our fall calendars (attached)! We would LOVE to see you.
  • 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!

Yahoo! You made it to the end! Thank you for reading and being diligent will all the details. Looking forward to seeing you all so soon!

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