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Hello from the FGS Team!

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

RECENT EVENTS
  • Next Gen Baptism: At the beginning of May, we gathered for another Next Gen Baptism! This was our largest group yet with 23 kids and students being baptized! We loved getting to celebrate these kids, students, and their families!
  • End of Small Groups for the School Year: In May, our Middle and High School small groups ended for the school year. We love our small groups, and we believe transformation happens within community. We take a break from our regular small groups over the summer because of family vacations and giving our volunteers a break, but small groups will begin again in September!
  • FGS United Night: On May 19, FGS Middle and High School students celebrated the beginning of summer with the last United Night of the school year! We loved dressing for summer, eating pizza, playing games, and worshiping together! Our next United Night will be in October.
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH FGS?
  • FGS Middle: Middle School meets Sunday mornings at 9 and 11 AM in the Student Building! Small groups have ended for the school year and will begin again in September! In the fast paced world we live in where everyone and everything is grabbing for your attention, it can be all too easy to forget who you are, why you are here, and what life is all about. The Apostle Paul has a lot to say about this in the book of Colossians. Over the next 5 weeks, FGS Middle will be in a series exploring this letter where Paul helps us see Jesus in everything and how that reality frees us to live the life he has invited us into.
  • FGS High: High School meets Sunday nights from 6-8 PM in the Student Building! Small groups have ended for the school year and will begin again in September! In May, High School will continue our “My Story” series in which some of our students and volunteers share how God has worked in their lives.
  • FGS Online: For our middle and high students at home, we offer our weekly service online on YouTube. This online service will be a livestream of our first hour middle school service at 9 AM on Sunday mornings. Our high school students at home can watch the livestream of the main FG service at 11 AM and keep up with our current high school series by listening to the FG Students Podcast or watching the message on our YouTube channel later in the week.
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • FGS Summer Programming: Our Summer Programming for Middle and High School will launch on Sunday, June 2! Over the summer, Middle School will meet weekly (except on July 7), and High School will meet on select Sunday nights (June 2, June 9, June 23, June 30, July 14, and July 28) from 6-8 PM. Small groups do not meet over the summer.
  • Senior Sessions: All graduated seniors are invited to join our summer Senior Sessions after High School Programming on Sunday nights from 9-10:30 PM during June and July! We will meet in the Student Cafe as we spend time worshiping together and discussing a variety of topics about your next stage of life. These Senior Sessions are free to attend with no registration needed, and all dates can be found online.
  • MS Missional Impact X-Days: On June 10 and June 17, FGS Middle will be coming together to serve the Greenville community. To foster growing hearts and minds focused on serving, students will have the opportunity to learn and serve alongside some of our local partners. Students can sign up for just one of the two days (Monday, June 10 or Monday, June 17), to allow as many students to participate in one of these days as possible. Students will meet at FG, ride in vans together, and return to FG that afternoon for pickup. The cost is $15 per student to cover transportation and food. There is limited space so make sure to sign up online as soon as possible! Once the days fill up, you may email us to get your student on the waiting list!
  • No FGS HS on June 16: FGS High School will not be meeting on Sunday, June 16 because a group of students and staff will be in Costa Rica for one of our FGS Summer Mission Trips!
  • MS Park Day: It’s time for some fun in the sun! On June 20 from 11 AM - 1 PM, all Middle Schoolers are invited to join the FGS Staff at Pittman Park to play some games and hang out. Feel free to invite any of your Middle School friends! Make sure to bring your own packed lunch. Registration is not required, but visit our website for the address.
  • HS Pool Party: High School students are invited to cool off from the summer heat with us on Thursday, June 29 from 6-8 PM at our HS Pool Party! Join us for a fun evening of swimming, grilling out, playing outside games, and hanging out with other students and leaders. Invite a friend and register for this free event on the website to receive the address.
  • No FGS on July 7: FGS Middle and High School will not be meeting on Sunday, July 7 because it is the weekend of July 4! We know many of our families and volunteers will be out of town, but we encourage our students who are in town to attend the main FG service.
  • Discovery Island: FGS invites all Middle and High School students and their immediate families out to Discovery Island Waterpark for a fun evening of water sliding, flo-riding, and enjoying summer with our FGS families! This free event is on Tuesday, July 16, from 5:45-7:45 PM.
  • No FGS HS on July 21: FGS High School will not be meeting on Sunday, June 21.
  • HS Missional Impact X-Day: To foster hearts and minds focused on serving others locally, our High School students will have the opportunity to spend the day on Monday, July 22 learning from our local partner JumpStart and tangibly serving together in our community. Students will meet at Fellowship Greenville at 8:00 AM and be picked up from Fellowship Greenville at 5:00 PM. The cost is $15 per student to cover the cost of transportation and food. There is limited space so make sure to sign up online as soon as possible!
  • MS Park Day: It’s time for more fun in the sun! On Monday, July 29 from 11 AM - 1 PM, all Middle Schoolers are invited to join the FGS Staff at Pittman Park to play some games and hang out. Feel free to invite any of your Middle School friends! Make sure to bring your own packed lunch. Registration is not required, but the address can be found online.
  • HS Pool Party: High School students are invited to cool off from the summer heat with us on Thursday, August 1 from 7-9 PM at our HS Pool Party! Join us for a fun evening of swimming, smores, playing outside games, and hanging out with other students and leaders. Register online for this free event to receive the address!
  • EPIC Retreat 2024: FGS is offering an amazing experience for your students on Labor Day weekend—our annual EPIC Retreat! Students can escape for a weekend at Woodlands Camp in Cleveland, GA. This year, the theme for EPIC is The Way! The life Jesus models for us in the gospels is meant to be adopted as our new way of living. In fact, early Christians were referred to as followers of The Way. Our Middle and High School students are invited to EPIC 2024 as we study The Way of Jesus in the book of John and consider what it looks like to live like our 1st century rabbi in a 21st century world. This is an incredible opportunity for physical and spiritual rest, loads of fun, and a unique opportunity to jumpstart our students’ faith as they enter into the new school year. EPIC is also a great way for students to build relationships with other students and leaders that could be in their small group! Register online by June 30 to pay the early bird discount of $199 per student!
PARENT RESOURCES
  • Parent Podcast: FG has launched our parent podcast, Parenting for a Change, with Next Gen Pastor, Matt Densky, and Executive Pastor, Rob Marks. How do we parent our kids well in the midst of all kinds of change? How do we change as parents so that, in turn, our kids change for the better? Our hope and prayer is that parents would grow in their own faith in Christ and then pass on that kind of authentic faith to the next generation. This first series of podcasts will break down 5 principles of what it looks like to pass on our faith. Listen on Spotify or the FG Website!
  • 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 along with questions to discuss with your students. 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 lives of your children!
  • FG Students Podcast: Each week, we upload our Middle School and High School Sunday messages to our FG Students Podcast. This is a great resource for parents wanting to have further conversations with their students about what they are learning on Sundays! If your student misses a week, they can also go back and listen to past messages. Our podcast is available on Apple Podcasts or on the FG Students page of our website under Resources.
  • FGS YouTube Channel: Here you can find videos from FG Students including Middle and High School messages, FGS vision, training for small group leaders, volunteer highlight videos, and insights on adolescent culture.

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

The FGS Team