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Welcome!

Student Life exists to lead students to experience the life-changing love of Jesus. We desire to provide a faith community of students who learn, grow, worship, and serve together and challenge them to become a generation of fearless followers of Jesus living in a way that leads others to Him.

We meet on Sundays from 4:30-6pm during the school year to create an environment where students can connect with peers and adult leaders in both large and small group settings. We are intentional in helping students know Jesus through worship, age-appropriate teaching, fun games, small groups, and other experiences. Check out our summer 2022 schedule here.

 

We are happy to accommodate for teens with disabilities. Simply contact Heather at hvance@firstdecatur.org or text (217) 747-8392.

Our Core Values

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GOD'S WORD

The Bible is relevant & relatable. We teach the Bible in an age-appropriate way so students can understand what they believe, why they believe it, and have a faith that will endure even in difficult times. We want students to have the skills and discipline to take responsibility for their own spiritual growth.

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IDENTITY

We want students to know they are created in the image of God, saved by God’s grace, and defined by who God says we are . . . we are so loved by Him and He wants a relationship with us.

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PARTNER WITH FAMILIES

Each student’s family has the greatest influence on their student’s faith journey. We communicate with families, give them resources, and encourage them to make faith a priority in their daily rhythms.

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SMALL GROUPS

We want students to develop friendships that challenge them to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus and provide encouragement in their faith journey. We have dedicated adult small group leaders who invest in the lives of our students, communicating with them, and are a part of their lives outside of Student Life.

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ON MISSION

We want to prepare our students to change the world for Jesus. We want students to be influencers, leaders, and world-changers. We give them weekly opportunities to serve in the life of our church, while challenging them to faithfully attend and serve in a church consistently throughout their entire life.

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FUN

We will laugh loud and often. We recognize that fun over time equals connection and this helps to build relationships among our students and our leaders.

Connect with us!

Text our family ministry number at (217) 747-8392 to say "hi" or for any questions you may have. To get automatically signed up for text updates, use the keyword SLPARENT or SLTEEN.

Also, please give us your student's information so we can stay connected together.

Upcoming Events

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Summer Schedule


SUMMER 2022

Mark your calendar for a fun summer with Student Life!

  • Saturday, May 14 - Mission Trip Fundraiser Dinner at 6pm at the church
  • Sunday, May 15 - Student Life Summer Fun at the church from noon-2pm
  • Saturday, May 28 - Mission Trip Fundraiser Car Wash from 9am-noon at the church
  • Sunday, June 5 - Nerf Wars & hanging out from 4:30-6pm at the church
  • June 26-July 1 - Student Life Mission Trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Saturday, July 9 - St. Louis Cardinals Game  REGISTER HERE
  • Sunday, July 10 - Summer fun from 4:30-6pm at the church
  • Sunday, July 24 - Water Wars: Students vs. Parents from 4:30-6pm at the church
  • Wednesday, August 3 - Altitude Trampoline Park in Bloomington, IL from 5-9pm
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Summer Mission Trip


JUNE 26-JULY 1, 2022

Sixth-12th grade students are invited to participate in our mission trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin!

We are partnering with Group Mission Trips, and our theme this year is Go Serve. The mission of Group Mission Trips is to serve others through home repair and community service experiences that transform communities and help participants, residents, and partners grow closer to Jesus. Find out more about what we'll be doing.

REGISTRATION
The registration fee is $425/person. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due by May 11. The full amount is due by June 5. You will need to fill out the registration form as well as read and sign Group Mission Trips' Code of Conduct.

Registration officially closed May 11. However, Group Mission Trips may have a few openings once they've received all registrations from the churches they are partnering with. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please email Heather at hvance@firstdecatur.org.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Heather at hvance@firstdecatur.org or text (217) 747-8392.

Questions?


I'd love to hear from you!

Heather Vance
HEATHER VANCE

Pastor of Family Ministries
hvance@firstdecatur.org