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Hello from the FGS High school team!

Parents, we believe the high school years are crucial in the life of every child, and we want to do our best to partner with you through this season. One way we do that is by keeping you in the loop about all that is happening in our high school ministry. In this newsletter, you will find an update on what is currently happening on Sunday nights, and some things to know in the coming weeks.

RECENT EVENTS

March Crackness: Our 2020 FGS March Crackness tournament finished the first week of May with Dallas the egg winning the championship! (We promise this was not rigged, and we were just as happily surprised as you all!) Thank you for joining us over the last month as we cracked all but one of our 64 eggs! If you or your student would like to go back and watch any of the hilariously fun videos, you can find them on our FG Students YouTube channel! After our students finish submitting the final scores of their brackets, we will announce our 2020 March Crackness bracket winner!


WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH FGS?

FGS Re-Opening: Fellowship Greenville will be opening in-person services (with registration & many precautions) on May 31! And we will suit at FGS! At this time, we will have 1 in-person service for both middle AND high school together, spread out in Auditorium 2 from 6-8pm on Sunday nights. We will still maintain an online service for our middle and high school students at home at 10:15am on Sunday mornings with similar content to our in-person services that night. Please see the recent parent email for the steps that we are taking to provide a safe environment for our students and volunteers and for the steps we are asking our students and volunteers to take if they are planning to attend our in-person FGS service.

Current Series: Our Middle School and High School students are in the middle of a series we are calling “FGS 10 Practices.” Our hope is that our students would begin to apply these practices each week to their lives so that their faith may thrive during this season. Our 10 practices are building relationships, praying daily, reading Scripture, resting your soul, practicing solitude, being in creation, remaining responsible, participating in worship, practicing restraint, and thanking God daily. Each week, we are focusing on one of these practices and pairing it with a challenge to help our students apply the practice to their life.

Instagram: The FGS Team also uses Instagram (@fgstudentministry) as a way to connect with students. In addition to regular posts and stories, the FGS Staff will do an Instagram Live video over lunch on most weekdays. During Instagram Live videos, students can watch and engage with FGS Staff by chatting during the video! This has been a great touch-point with students each day as the FGS Staff answer student questions and ask students questions too! If your student does not have their own instagram account, your family may consider making a family instagram account so your student can engage with FGS on instagram!

Talking with Matt & Rachel: The FGS Staff would love to continue to connect with our students in this time where they might feel more anxiety, less social interaction, and more loneliness than they’re used to. Even though we can’t meet up in person right now, we would love to “meet up” over FaceTime with your students if they’d like to talk with us. If this is something your student would be interested in, please email Matt (mdensky@fellowshipgreenville.org) or Rachel (rbailer@fellowshipgreenville.org) to set up a time to talk!

Important Note: The FGS Staff believes that all students need community and belonging. Given our current circumstances with students engaging in less face-to-face interaction and feeling more isolated, we believe our students need community and belonging more than ever. We’d love for students to engage during our Sunday YouTube videos and on Instagram, but we know that this alone is not enough to foster real community. Please encourage your student to reach out to their small group and their small group leaders during this time. Many of our groups have utilized video chats like group FaceTime, Zoom, or Marco Polo to stay connected!

UPCOMING EVENTS

FGS Zoom: (NEW) We really miss seeing our students and being all together, so the FGS Staff will be hosting a virtual hang out with students Thursday, May 14th from 3pm-4pm on Zoom! We will have a time to check in with students and play some games together! This zoom call is open to all of our Middle School and High School students! Parents, please check your email for the Zoom call information. If you did not receive the email with the Zoom link, please email Brentley (bwilliams@fellowshipgreenville.org) for the information!

Live at Lunch: Join the FGS Staff on Instagram Live during lunch time on most weekdays! During IG Live, students can watch and engage with the FGS Staff by chatting during the video, asking the FGS Staff questions, and even answering some fun questions in the chat.

Small Groups: If you have yet to register your student for a small group or have questions about small groups, please reach out to Rachel Bailer, our Small Groups Coordinator, at rbailer@fellowshipgreenville.org.

PARENT RESOURCES

The Culture Translator

This is a weekly email from a group who focuses on helping parents navigate the changing culture and news that keeps coming at us at a rapid pace. Each Friday they send an email that takes five minutes to read but keys you in on three major culture/news happenings. A lot of us on staff have subscribed and have found it very insightful.

We hope this helps you stay in the cultural loop and gives you strategic ways to keep speaking into the life of your children! Thanks for being the awesome parents that you are!

FGS YouTube Channel

Here you can find videos from FG Students including FGS vision, training for small group leaders, volunteer highlight videos, and insights on adolescent culture. Two new videos will be added each month.


If you ever have any questions about our ministry or about navigating life with a high schooler or small groups, feel free to reach out to the student team at students@fellowshipgreenville.org.

The FGS High School Team 

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