FirstCov Students

Who We Are

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 7th 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.


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Blaze 78 (Middle school)

SUNDAY MORNINGS: Middle School (7th - 8th Grade) Students are invited to join our Discipleship and Confirmation class between 10:30-11:45am. This year we are looking at the New Testament and our foundations for faith – our building blocks.  We will be answering questions like; Who is God? What do we believe about the Bible? What is God’s relationship to the world? Who is Jesus Christ? How does one become a Christian?

We answer these questions and explore God’s word together through large and small group discussions and activities.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS: Blaze 78 students meet every Wednesday night during the school year for youth group at church.  Youth group starts at 6:30pm and ends at 8:00pm. Our night involves high energy games, interactive lessons, small group break outs, and crazy, memorable moments!



RADIATE (Youth Group) | We gather to seek God and to be changed by him. Our gatherings include a central focus on the Word of God, high intentionality of prayer and worship, games, life groups and continual growth through community. The gatherings take place every other Sunday evening (usually 1st & 3rd Sunday) at FirstCov (1933 Tremont Blvd NW Grand Rapids, 49504) from 6:00 - 8:00p in the youth room/gym.

CONNECT EVENTS | We aim to offer 3-5 BIG EVENTS throughout the semesters.  These events will vary with different degrees of purpose within the year.  Look to communication platforms as events will be posted! 

RADIATE:SERVE | We offer serve nights throughout the year.  We also acknowledge that the act of service encourages the focus off of one’s self and directs us towards Christ. Usually on the 2nd Sunday of each month we will have serve night.  These opportunities will typically be between 6:00 - 8:00p (times and locations may vary depending on the event).


DNA (Going Deeper/Discipleship) | 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. Txt or E-mail Josh if you are interested and we will set you up!

PRAISE BAND | We are called to live a life of worship to God and serve God with our gifts and talents. We are looking for musicians and vocal leaders to join us!  We practice on RADIATE nights Sundays at 4:45p in the youth room. See Josh for more information!

STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM | This is a place for students to explore their spiritual gifts, leadership skills, and empower them serve.  We will focus on encouraging their peers through prayer and mentorship.  They will have the opportunity to plan our hangout/service nights and other events! Meetings are usually 4th Sunday and times vary.


COMMUNICATION | 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:, Instagram (firstcovgr_sh), Website (, & Calendar (

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:

YOUTH GROUP DINNERS | We are looking for people to help make dinners on Sunday nights for youth group (6-8p).  We will have about 30 people this year for dinners.  Give Josh the receipt & we will reimburse. Interested? Contact Josh

Winter Retreat
Mission Trip to Guatemala: TBA 2022





Michelle Ludge

Pastor of Middle School Ministries / Children’s Ministries

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Get Involved?

If you are interested in being a Ignite 56 or middle school leader, contact Michelle Ludge

If you are interested in being a high school leader, contact Josh Hinken

Who Are Your Youth Leaders?

Our youth leaders are active participants in the life of FirstCovGR. Some were born and raised at FirstCov, some have students in the ministry, and some are local college students and young adults.

We do background checks on all of our leaders and continually train and equip them for serving in their roles.

When Can I Join?

It doesn't matter what time of year! We'll get you plugged into the appropriate group no matter what time of the year. We have different programs happening all year long.