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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.

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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Winter Retreat


MARCH 4-6, 2022 AT LITTLE GALILEE CHRISTIAN CAMP

Calling all middle & high school students! We are excited for a fun weekend with you at Little Galilee Christian Camp near Clinton, IL! Our theme for this retreat is LOVED. Self-esteem issues are a big problem facing you today. You are bombarded with images of what the world says you should look like and how you should live your life. We hope to help you redefine your self-worth and purpose according to what God says in His Word.

The cost is $150/student which includes lodging, meals, activities, and Student Life gear. Starts Friday at 7pm and ends Sunday at noon. Drop off and pick up at Little Galilee.

What to bring with you:

  • Bible
  • Bedding (pillow and sleeping bag or fitted twin sheet & blanket)
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes that are ok to get wet or dirty/muddy
  • Layers are good... we'll be inside and possibly outside, weather permitting
  • Tennis shoes and extra shoes if a pair gets wet or muddy
  • The proper clothing for the weather (snow: boots, snow pants, etc.; rain: jackets, dry clothes, etc.)

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

Questions?


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

Heather Vance
HEATHER VANCE

Pastor of Family Ministries
hvance@firstdecatur.org