STUDENT ONLINE MEETINGS

If you are a parent or care-giver helping your student connect to our daily features and weekly virtual small group meetings, see the information below.


FOR THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE INSTAGRAM:

We know there are several students in our ministries who do not have personal smartphones or Instagram accounts. As we discerned what online platform to use for connection, we felt that Instagram was the most accessible, used, and known. We realize this may conflict with your parental desires for your student. We cannot force you to allow your student to have Instagram, but we can offer you some ways of healthy engagement that allows for your monitoring if you do want to allow them to utilize this platform:

  1. LET THEM USE YOUR ACCOUNT. If you have an Instagram account, you can follow our account so they can see our feed and stories. They can also add your account to the direct message video group chat. This way you can see everything they are interacting with.
  2. CREATE AN ACCOUNT JUST FOR THIS. You don’t have to use your real name or identity on Instagram. You can create an account for your student to use only to interact with the GroveYouth accounts and limit//monitor their usage according to your parental desires. If you have the app on our phone, you have control over when the student has access to it. If you have the app on their phone, you can be the only one with the password and sign out every time.
  3. CREATE A FAMILY ACCOUNT. Have an instagram account that your whole family can access that they can utilize for this time.
  4. ALLOW THEM TO ENGAGE ALONGSIDE A FRIEND WHO HAS INSTAGRAM. If you feel comfortable with allowing them to be physically near a friend from their small group who has access to Instagram, you could allow them to access their small group meetings with them.


HOW TO CONNECT TO US FOR DAILY FEATURES AND VIRTUAL SMALL GROUP MEETINGS ON INSTAGRAM:

Here are instructions for how to access our features and small group chats:
-FEATURES//FEED POSTS:
Follow these accounts to access these things (@groveyouthjrhigh or
@groveyouthsrhigh)
-SMALL GROUP MEETINGS:
  1. Sign up // Log in for Instagram.
  2. Have your student follow their small group leader // Ask them for their username, click the magnifying glass on the bottom of the app, search their username, click on it then press “follow”.
  3. Your student’s small group leader will add them to a group chat in which they will schedule a time for the live video chat with all members.
  4. When it’s the agreed upon time for your virtual small group meeting, click on the arrow in the top right corner, then click on the group that their small group leaders has started there.
  5. To join into the video chat, click on the blue glowing camera button on the top right of the screen to be added.
  6. Enjoy meeting virtually with your small group!
We want to continue to support parents through this time as best as we can. Please reach out if you are in need of help!

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.

Parent Communication

Parent Facebook Group

GroveYouth Parents

Weekly updates and other information about what’s going on at GroveYouth.

Weekly Text Messages

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!

To subscribe to our weekly text messages, following these instructions:

  1. Enter this number into your phone: (306) 992-7228
  2. If you are a Sr. High Parent, text this message to that number: @groveyou // If you are a Jr. High Parent, text this message to that number: @groveyout
  3. Wait for your confirmation and then you’re all set!
  4. If you ever want to unsubscribe to the text messages, please send this message: unsubscribe @groveyou // unsubscribe @groveyout

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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. 50 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)