Student Life

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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 — both in person and online — 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 implement accommodations for students with special needs. Simply contact Heather at hvance@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.

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

All events will be held both in person and online

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Summer Schedule


SUMMER 2021

Normal Sunday Night Student Life programming will resume Sunday, August 15, but we have some fun summer events scheduled for us:

  • Sunday, May 23 from 4:30-6pm — Nerf Night . . . All things Nerf!
  • Sunday, June 6 from 4:30-6pm — Student Life Olympics
  • June 22-24, each day 8:30am-5:30pm — Student Life Mission Trip @ FCC
  • Sunday, July 11 from 12:30-5pm — Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Cardinals/Cub game on screens, hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, kickball, basketball, 9-Square
  • Sunday, July 25 from 4:30-6pm—Water Wars . . . All things water!
  • Sunday, August 1 at 12:30pm — Student Life Parents' Lunch
  • Sunday, August 15 from 4:30-6pm — Student Life Fall Kickoff

Masks are up to parental discretion. Questions? Contact Heather at hvance@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.

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2021 Mission Trip


JUNE 22–24, 2021

Sixth-12th grade students are invited to participate in our mission trip to . . . (drum roll, please) the Decatur area! Yup, during this three-day mission trip, we are thrilled to serve each morning the people and agencies in our community, being the hands and feet of Jesus. And then in the afternoons, we have a ton of fun planned. We have partnered with tagillinois.com and will feature the following:

  • Tuesday - Laser tag and sno cones
  • Wednesday - Archery tag and cotton candy
  • Thursday - Food trucks, soccer darts, life size Connect 4 and Jenga

Each day will end with a service filled with worship, teaching, games, and small groups. We are excited to see how God will work in us and through us as we connect with one another.

Our theme is "I Am." Jesus says a lot about who He is in the Bible. Because of who He is, we can also know who we are. When we understand all of this, it should change who we are and how we live our lives.

We will meet and end each day at the church (8:30am-5:30pm). The cost is $125 per student. This includes breakfast and lunch each day, a t-shirt, local transportation to and from service projects, and Tag Illinois activities.

Masks are up to parental discretion.

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

Student Life Sundays

Student Life Gathering


BEGINS AGAIN SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2021 FROM 4:30-6PM

Regular Sunday programing for students 6th-12th grade is off for the summer, but we have a lot of fun events scheduled for the summer of 2021 (see above).

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

Nic Mayberry
NIC MAYBERRY

High School Director
nmayberry@firstdecatur.org