Parent Connection

We believe (and research shows) that parents are the most influential people in a teenagers life, even if sometimes it doesn’t seem that way! We want to help you be the spiritual leaders of your family, including your pre-teens and teenagers.
Our youth programs are meant to supplement that leadership, by providing other adult and peer influences that believe in Jesus Christ and want to follow Him.

Grade 12 Launch Retreat

September 27 @ 5:30pm – September 29 @ 2pm

$80.00

REGISTER YOUR STUDENT HERE

Registration, waivers, payment, and other items required (see parent letter) by September 23.

Parents of the Class of 2020,

We hope that GroveYouth has been a home away from home for your student. For some, they’ve been coming for 6 years, for others, maybe they’ve only come a few times. Either way, we want to celebrate your Grade 12 student! For the last few years we have held our Grade 12 retreat at the end of September with the purpose of launching the students into their final year of high school as well as into young-adulthood. That is why this retreat is called LAUNCH.

In the spring, we met up with the students and asked them to plan their retreat. They came up with the theme, the teaching topics, the games, and even what they would like to see on the menu. However, even with their planning, there are a few details that we want to keep a secret to surprise the students. Here are the details that just the parents need to know:

  • The location is a secret! The location was sent to you in the parent letter in the mail. If you need an electronic copy, please let Lizzie know (lizzie@forestgrovecc.com).
    • Students will meet at the church at 5:30pm on September 27 with clothes and bedding for the weekend. We will let them know about any other specific things they need to bring.
    • We will return on Sunday, September 29 around 2:00pm. Please arrange to pick up your student then if needed.
    • The cost of this retreat is $80.00 which helps us to cover the cost of the camp rental, food, transportation, and other activities for the weekend. If finances are an issue for your family, please let us know so that we can make other arrangements. We want to make sure that all students are able to come on this retreat.
      • Payments can be made by cash, cheque (made out to FGCC), debit or credit during office hours. Credit card payments will be subject to a $1.00 service fee and can be made over the phone. Cash and cheque can be accepted during GroveYouth Sr. High on Tuesdays.
  • If you have any questions regarding this trip, please contact Spencer (spencer@forestgrovecc.com) as soon as possible. Again, please keep everything in the parent letter a secret and remember the Monday, September 23 deadline for registration, waiver, payment, and other items. We can’t wait to celebrate your students!

Peace,

The GroveYouth Sr. High Leadership Team

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We send weekly text messages to let you know about the upcoming events and if there is anything extra you need to know that week!

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  1. Enter this number into your phone: (306) 992-7228
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Expectations of a GroveYouth Student

We love each and every student that comes to GroveYouth each week! We want our youth program to be a welcoming & accepting environment. Because of that, we feel it’s important that students know that there are expectations of them during their time there. To assist us in keeping a safe environment, we would love it if you, as parents, would also reiterate these priorities of their conduct at our youth program as well.

WELCOME: 

All students are welcome at GroveYouth. We expect them to feel that way and to express that to other students. 

SAFETY: 

We want each student to feel safe to have fun, express themselves, and explore their faith freely. This safety should be felt both physically and emotionally. Because of this, we want our words and actions to reflect openness to what others believe even if it is different than ours. We expect that GroveYouthers would not mock, make fun of, or degrade others for what they believe or how they express that.

RESPECT:

We believe that each student and leader deserves dignity and respect. Again, we desire GroveYouthers’ actions and words to reflect this. We expect them to respect other students, what the leaders ask of our students, and our facility. We also expect them to be respectful during learning times and worship times, even if they do not choose to believe or participate in those times themselves.

PHONES:

We love that students want to stay connected with their phones. We are welcoming of the usage of phones in the first portion of our night. We have a point called GRACE PERIOD right before our learning time together. Grace Period usually happens around 9 p.m. and is a couple minutes for students to send their last texts, snaps, and instas. After Grace Period, we expect students to put their phones away until the end of the night so that we can engage in learning together as a community. We would also expect that students would not take and post pictures of others who are not aware, especially in a mocking way. This is considered online bullying, and we take it very seriously.

STAYING AT THE CHURCH:

We expect that when students are dropped off//show up for our program, that you as parents are trusting them to stay in our facility. We cannot force a child to stay at the church. We have had many students leave during our learning time and go to McDonald’s and other areas of the neighbourhood. We cannot control this. If you do not want your student to leave the church, please talk with them about your expectations.

CONSEQUENCES:

Having a student not adhere to these principles can be a disruptive and hurtful thing for our community. If we find a student has not followed through on these expectations, we will first address it with the student. If they continue the action, we will call their parents and ask them to pick the child up. They will not be welcome again that night but will totally be welcome again the next week and any week after. If we feel like an action is persistent and harmful enough that it is seriously endangering safety in our youth community, a meeting will be set up with parents and the student to address that student’s further presence at GroveYouth.

We feel these expectations are appropriate for an environment that all are welcome and safe in. If you have any questions about these expectations, please contact Chandra (306.221.8733//chandra@forestgrovecc.com.

Get Involved

If you want to help out at GroveYouth, there are a few different ways you can do it! Here are some examples:

  • Cook a meal for one of our leadership teams (approx. 25 people)
  • Provide snack for Sr. High (approx. 100 people)
  • Drive students for an event (if needed)

If you are willing to help in any of these areas or if there is a different way you’d like to serve, please contact Lizzie Rowan (lizzie@forestgrovecc.com)