Student Life

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SIGNIFICANT
made in the image of God

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SAVED
by Jesus' death on the cross

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SENT
into the world on a mission

Everything we do — whether a fun event or a mission trip (which are fun, too!) — is centered around Jesus. Students are encouraged to attend the weekend worship services (Saturday at 5pm and Sunday 9am and 10:30am) and then gather together every Sunday from 4:30-6pm for age-specific teaching, student-led worship, and small groups — helping students GROW in their relationship with God.

Middle School Ministry


SUNDAYS FROM 4:30-6PM
Student Life Middle School is a place where students will find fun, community with each other, and growth in their relationship with God. Middle School students are at a critical place in their life and we want to walk through this journey with them! Every week we will have a high-energy game, worship, an age specific lesson, and an opportunity to dig deeper during our small groups. Questions? Contact Heather at hvance@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.

High School Ministry


SUNDAYS FROM 4:30-6PM
Student Life High School is a place where students can grow in community with each other, develop their relationship with God, and learn more about His desire for their lives! In our H.S. group, we have age-specific teaching that allows our students to explore their faith and talk about the big issues in life that they face. Our desire is to create a place where all students can connect with God through worship, teaching, and small group discussions. Questions? Contact Heather at hvance@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.

Upcoming Events

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Skating Party


MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020

We’re having a skating party at Krazy Skate (3710 Greenswitch Rd, Decatur) on MLK Day!Cost is $5/person. Bring the whole family and invite friends to join you!

  • FirstKids (K-5th Grade): 9:30-11:30am
  • Student Life (Middle & High School): noon-2pm

Questions? Contact Janie at jkane@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.

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Winter Retreat


JANUARY 31 AT 7PM TO FEBRUARY 2 AT NOON

We are excited for all 6th-12th grade students to join us for our Student Life Winter Retreat this year at Camp Warren (4225 Camp Warren Ln, Decatur). Our theme this year is "Beyond." It comes from Ephesians 3:20, and we look forward to how God will move us beyond our successes and failures and do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine.

The cost is $80 which includes meals, lodging, all activities, and Student Life gear. Here is what you need to bring:

  • Bible
  • Towels
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather. Layers are good... we will be inside and outside. Snow pants and boots are a plus. Dress comfortable for activities. Be prepared to possibly get muddy (extra clothes/shoes, plastic/garbage bags, etc.)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Money for Camp Warren's Snack Shack. $10-$20 would be plenty

Please note the following:

  • Bedding is provided.
  • We will ask students who drive to turn in their keys to us for the weekend.
  • If your student has medications they will need over the weekend, please send only what they will need for the days they are at the camp. Our small group leaders will give the medication as needed.

Questions? Contact Heather at hvance@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.

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SuperStart! Pre-Teen Conference


FEBRUARY 28-29, 2020

SuperStart! is a high-energy event at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, IL. Preteens learn and grow in their relationships with friends, leaders, and most importantly God. All 4th-6th grade students are invited to join us. The cost is $75 per person which includes a SuperStart! ticket, lunch on Saturday, bowling, & transportation. (Note: We are not staying overnight this year.) The deadline to register is January 22. Register below. Questions? Contact Janie at jkane@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.

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Cuba Mission Trip


JULY 7-14, 2020

Students entering their senior year of high school along with college-age students will make a trip to Matanzas, Cuba. While in Matanzas, our students will work alongside the church in Cuba to provide the children of the community with a VBS program. The trip will also focus on evangelism in the city of Matanzas as we will spend time visiting in homes and praying with families associated with the church. Click below for details & registration.

Student Resources


Here are some great resources for both students and parents!

Questions?


We'd love to hear from you! Simply contact any of the following family ministry staff members:

Heather Vance
HEATHER VANCE

Family Ministries Director
hvance@firstdecatur.org

Nic Mayberry
NIC MAYBERRY

High School Director
nmayberry@firstdecatur.org