What is Junior Fellowship?

Junior Fellowship (JF for short) is our youth group for 7th and 8th graders.  This year, JF will gather approximately once every three weeks (see the detailed schedule below), from 2:10-4:30 pm during the school year (see the schedule below).  At JF, we eat together, play games together, and participate in engaging activities and faith-based discussions together.

Here’s how you can join us for JF…

  • For Henry James students…the church bus will pick you up from school!  It’s simple, the bus will be parked and waiting for you in the back lot (the bus parking lot). Just walk out the back doors of HJMS, take a right past the gym and tennis courts, look to your left, and you’ll see the church bus parked next to the field.
  • For students attending schools other than Henry James…you can still join us, and please do!  Email Rev. Kevin at kweikel@fccsimsbury.org to let him know you will be attending.  This way, Kevin can let you know where to meet us as sometimes we head offsite for special events.  

Permission Slips and Email List…

  • We require a signed Information, Health and Medical Form for each participant.  Please download the form, fill it out, and drop it off at the main church office, scan it and email it to cbehrens@fccsimsbury.org, or mail it to 689 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury.  Once on file, your form is valid for the school year.
  • If you would like to receive meeting reminders and be added to our JF Parent Email list, contact Rev. Kevin at kweikel@fccsimsbury.org.

Junior Fellowship Schedule

  • Friday, September 9, 2:10-4:30pm                         
    • Friday Gathering:  Kickoff Meeting with lots of Icebreakers and team building games.  Topic, “Entertaining angels without realizing it.”
  • Saturday, October 1, 10am-12pm                          
    • Special Event:  Sarah Stops Hunger Mission Project
  • Friday, October 14, 2:10-4:30pm                             
    • Friday Gathering:  Topic, “Friendship.  Studying Jesus’ perfect example for friendship.”
  • Sunday, October 30, 5:30-8pm                 
    • Special Event:  First Church Extravaganza:  Lip-Sync Contest, Silent Auction and Put-Luck Dinner!  This is going to be an evening to remember but we need your support to help pull it off.  Please consider participating in the following ways…
      • Attend the Event:  Bring your favorite dish, bid on some fabulous items, and see your church staff, fellow members, and youth performing their favorite songs!
      • Donate to the Silent Auction:  We can use your donations, whether you can attend the event or not.  We are looking for weekend getaways, nights out at local area restaurants, an afternoon of yard work or house work, donated items from local stores, or anything you can think of (click this link for some ideas and this link to access the official Donation Form).  Proceeds will go to help our 2016 budget church budget, which is currently behind.
      • JF will come up with and perform a song for the lip sync battle portion of the evening!
  • Friday, November 18, 2:10-4:30pm                        
    • Friday Gathering:  Topic, “Gratitude and Thanksgiving”
  • Friday, December 16, 2:10-4:30pm                         
    • Friday Gathering:  Assemble School Kits through Church World Service for children in impoverished communities and at refugee camps; discuss the meaning of Christmas
  • Friday, January 6, 2:10-4:30pm                
    • Special Event:  Whirlyball!  Never heard of it?  Click here!
  • Saturday, January 28 at 6pm through Sunday, January 29 at 11am
    • Special Event:  Overnight Lock In at the church! Sign Up Here!
  • Friday, March 3, 2:10-4:30pm                   
    • Friday Gathering:  Topic, Sharing how we find God through music.
  • Friday, March 31, 2:10-4:30pm                 
    • Friday Gathering:  Journey to the Bell Tower
  • Sunday, April 16, 6am-10am                                    
    • Special Event:  Youth Hosted Annual Easter Pancake Breakfast
  • Change of Plans: Friday, April 21, 2:10-4:30pm  has been changed to Sunday, April 23, 5-7 pm in the Youth Room                  
    • We will still be visited by Raven the Therapy Dog and her owner, First Church member Karyn Cordner. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!
  • Friday, May 12, 2:10-4:30pm                                   
    • Friday Gathering:  Random Acts of Kindness; Topic: Generosity
  • Friday, June 2, 2:10-4:30pm                                     
    • Friday Gathering:  JF Closing Picnic

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. Contact Rev. Kevin at 651-3593 x16 or kweikel@fccsimsbury.org