High School Info (8/5)

High School Happenings @ FirstCovGR

by Josh Hinken on August 05, 2021

Good Morning, 

This PAST SUNDAY & MONDAY we had our Serve & Adventure experience! We were able to help supply and set up for an open house in Grandville; tie-dye shirts with Patty Hansma for Union High School (these shirts are given as prizes to students who have good attendance records and raising their grade point averages. They’re incentive prizes!); and lastly we did a prayer walk in downtown Grand Rapids. We laughed a lot, built new friendships, ate good food, and had fun at Michigan’s Adventures (check Instagram & Facebook for pictures).  THIS SUNDAY we are floating down the Muskegon River (RSVP by 2p TODAY!).  NEXT SUNDAY we are back to the Hinken’s cottage!  2 WEDNESDAYS from now is the Whitecaps Game. Our student leadership and adult leadership meeting is schedule for August 29 (Students @ 4:30-6:30 & Adults @ 6:00-8:00 in the youth room). Look below for more info and details.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer! I can’t believe that the school year is coming soon! 

Blessings! Josh Hinken (616.295.0772 | )(Facebook.com/josh.hinken | Instagram.com/hnkn11). 

AUGUST 2021

THIS SUNDAY (8/8) 
TUBING DOWN THE MUSKEGON RIVER! // 11:45a - 5ish

  • MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL 
  • Come & chill on the Muskegon River! Meet in the youth room at 11:45 for lunch and then we will head to Wisner’s Tubing in Newago for a fun time! 
  • Cost: $15 // Money is due on Sunday, August 8 (Cash, Check to FECC, or Venmo Josh @hnkn11). Bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, drink/snacks, a friend and/or water shoes. We will txt/post with an ETA back to church. 
  • MUST RSVP by TODAY, August 5 by 2p! Link: https://linktr.ee/firstcovgr_hs

SUNDAY (8/15) 
HINKEN’S COTTAGE HANG 2.0 

  • 3:15-8P  // Get pumped for some tubing, swimming, fishing, kayaking, food, friends, and yard games at the Hinken’s Cottage on Payne Lake. Meet at FirstCov, hop on the bus, and let’s have some fun!  (Bring a life jacket if you have one, otherwise we have extras). 

WEDNESDAY (8/18) 
WHITECAPS GAME // 5:45 - 10-ish

  • MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL! We are heading to the Whitecaps game! Cost is $10 for your lawn seat ticket. PLUS bring $$ for food. Meet at church at 5:45p and we will return after the game (approx. 10… we will have your kid text on the way back and post on FB). Bring a friend and a blanket for the lawn. 

FIRDAY - SUNDAY (8/20-22) 
FIRSTCOV PLBC RETREAT

SUNDAY (8/29) 
STUDENT & ADULT LEADERSHIP MEETINGS

  • Let’s plan for youth group in the fall! Student leaders from 4:30-6:30p & adult leaders will join us from 6:00-8p. Where? In the youth room at FirstCov. 

SEPEMBER 2021

SAVE THE DATE: 

  • ALL CHURCH KICK OFF POTLUCK & FUN (9/12) 
  • HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP KICK OFF (9/19) 
  • *A note about high school Sunday school: Later this month the church will release a new schedule for Sunday mornings at FirstCov due to the service time changes this past year.  We won’t be having a formal high school Sunday school hour during the 9/9:15a time. Yet, we are encouraging students to SERVE at church OR CONNECT in a DNA group onsite or even offsite.  DNA is groups of 3-4 people connecting and encountering Jesus’ stories and commands.  As we kick off this fall we will have a meet up location to formulate DNA groups for those students. DNA groups can meet anytime throughout the week or bi-weekly they are not only for Sunday mornings.  We believe in relationships and encountering Jesus together.  DNA provides opportunities to be real with each other and with God. 

DNA GROUPS
We have a few DNA groups already connecting and encounter Jesus together! More groups to come! What is a DNA group?  DNA groups are an awesome opportunity for a deeper Bible study and a disciple making opportunity for our middle school and high school students outside of our normal weekly gatherings. We are calling it DNA (Discipleship, Nurturing, Accountability). In short, DNA is a process of inviting 2-3 students on a journey to become committed followers of Jesus. The concept is first recognizing that the Holy Spirit is the teacher. Then through a simple process together we will discover Jesus’ commands and stories, engage daily with God’s Word, listen to each other, and hopefully grow our faith in a new, and meaningful way.  Then we will ask… Whose is next?! The hope is to equip our students so that they would be able to initiate their own DNA group. 

CONNECT
We will do our best in keeping you update with all the information we know!  We do this through: E-mails, Texting, Facebook (FirstCovGR Youth Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/firstcovgr.youth), Instagram (firstcovgr_sh), Website (firstcovgr.org/students), & Calendar (https://bit.ly/students_calendar). You could also just visit our link tree (https://linktr.ee/firstcovgr_hs) for all these links and more! 

OUR MISSION/VISION
FirstCovGR Student Ministry 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.

REGISTRATION/WAIVER
You must have a current FirstCovGR Student Registration/Waiver for August 2021 - August 2022 submitted to participate at FirstCovGR's student ministry events. Please fill out one form per student. (Form: https://bit.ly/student_waiver)

WAHOO!! 
WAHOO!!  You read the whole thing... Give yourself a pat on the back and have a great week. Peace! :) 

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