Strive daily to live like Jesus

for Middle School Students

STRIVE is a safe place for middle school students to grow together in their faith . We meet on Wednesday evenings with hangout from 5 – 6 pm and our meetings are from 6 – 8 pm in the Student Room.

We start our meetings with a meal prepared by Deb Meinema. We ask that students pay $3 for the meal. If anyone forgets their money or can’t pay, not a problem, just grab a plate of food and catch up when and if you can.

We will then move on to a time of worship. Worship can be singing praise songs, watching an inspirational video, a skit, a reading, etc.

We then move on to our discussion time where we will “tackle” topics suggested by students.  Students write down topics they would like to discuss, and this can be any topic related to their life at home, school, church, Bible reading, something from social media sites, what the world says, etc. and place them in a tackle box. The topic to be discussed in a couple of weeks will then be drawn by a student from the tackle box. Topics will be discussed in a loving, Biblical manner – respecting other’s views and opinions.

On the last Wednesday of the month, we will eat and then leave the building to serve others. This year, we are partnering with the Rickman House for the first half of the year and Park Place the second half of the year. We will play games, provide meals or treats – basically just getting to know the residents and make a connection with them.

January 24 -26 we will spend the weekend at SpringHill Camp in Evart, MI. This is a fantastic weekend to recharge the spiritual batteries with super bands, speakers, small group time, good food, and lots of fun activities

STRIVE leaders this year are Gracie McDonald, Gregg Jones, Alex VanderLugt, and Ken VanderLugt.




for Middle School Students

All Middle School and High School students are encouraged to come to the preservice Education Hour. It’s a great way to get hearts and minds ready to corporately worship God.

Education hour is from 9 – 10 am on Sunday.

Everyone meets in the Student Room at 9 am for some snacks (donuts, cinnamon bread, donut holes, fruit, etc.) where we can just hang out and catch up on each other’s lives. Around 9:10, we split into Middle and High School groups. One group will stay in the Student Room and the other will meet in another classroom in the church basement.

Middle School students will be discussing LEARNING ABOUT CHURCH STUFF. Topics will include Baptism, Communion, service, study, prayer, Profession of Faith, worship, liturgy, marriage, Trinity, Lord’s prayer, creeds, tithing, scripture reading, and more. These topics will be looked at from the viewpoint of the Bible (both OT and NT) and what the church/CRC teaches. These students will also be participating in our church’s campaign in early 2020. Gregg Jones will be leading these discussions.

We are going to try something new this year. Periodically, we are going to do a “Coffee Time”, where we will just hang out and discuss whatever topic/Bible passage seems to be on either the students’ or leader’s mind.  We are excited for the discussions and how God will be leading these discussions!



Check us out on our Facebook page (Student Life Ministry at SH), or Instagram (@studentlifeshcrc). Or call Ken @ 269-270-9250.