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Hello from the FGS Middle School Team!

Parents, we believe the middle 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 middle school ministry. In this newsletter, you will find a look at recent events, an update on what is currently happening on Sunday mornings, and some things to know in the coming weeks.

RECENT EVENTS

A group of 24 middle and high schoolers with 6 adult leaders to a trip down 385 to Lexington, SC. This was our second year returning to serve there with Next Step Ministries and it was another year to remember. Our students gathered some new construction skills, built some strong relationships as a team, and saw God stretch them as they stepped out of their comfort zones. Be sure to ask the participants on this trip about their experience and look out next year for our serve days and week-long trips. 

CURRENT SERIES

Our Next Gen staff had the chance to read a book over the summer called A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. The book looks at 15 Psalms (120-134) known as the Psalms of Ascent. Each one is a song that would've been sung by the Hebrews as they were traveling up to Jerusalem for feasts and festivals and it also would've been a song that reminded them to keep their hearts and eyes focused upward to God in the many ups and downs of life. We are taking two weeks in middle school to look at a couple of these Psalms and flesh out what they mean for our relationships with God today.

UPCOMING EVENTS

9Rise: They grow up so fast! Anyone who is a rising 9th grader or the parent of one is invited to our 9Rise event on Sunday, August 11th. You'll get a taste of what our high school weekly environment looks like, hear the vision of our student ministry, and have a chance to meet staff, parents, and other 9th graders. Find more information, including registration, here.

6Rise: Moving from child to pre-teen is arguably the second-biggest life transition after birth. To help families navigate this change, we're inviting all rising 6th graders and parents of rising 6th graders to join us Saturday, August 17, for 6Rise. We'll talk through many of the changes and challenges during this phase, give you a glimpse into our middle school ministry, and provide plenty of fun for parents and students. Find more information, including registration, here.

Next Gen Sunday: The morning of August 18th is our Next Gen Sunday at Fellowship Greenville. Students will be serving on and off stage, Matt Densky will be teaching, and the whole morning will help our church body see the challenges and hope that comes with the next generation. Middle School services will be canceled during these special services so that students can serve or attend service with their family. If your middle school student is interested in serving for this Sunday, please email Dallas at dgreenaway@fellowshipgreenville.org. We currently need 15-20 students willing to serve as door holders and greeters.

6th Graders Move Up: August 25 is first Sunday we are welcoming new 6th graders into our Sunday morning environments. 

EPIC Retreat: Our annual Middle and High school retreat is less than a month away and registration is still open! Anyone who is in middle or high school is welcome to join us on this trip, including someone who may not typically attend our church or any church at all. Information and registration can be found here.

Small-Group Registration: All of our middle schoolers are placed in a Sunday morning small group, which begins September 15th. In order to make these the best they can be, we ask that you sign your middle schooler up online. Even if they have been in the same group for the last 2 years, this sign-up helps us build all the groups and make any changes for the new year. Please sign up here is you have not already.

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 5 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!


If you ever have any questions about our ministry or about navigating life with a middle schooler, feel free to reach out to Dallas at dgreenaway@fellowshipgreenville.org.

The FGS Middle School Team 

STUDENT MINISTRY
students@fellowshipgreenvile.org

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