Interested in a Fire-Up Weekend, but unable to commit to attending in Troy, IL? Would you be interested in doing something the weekend of February 22-24, 2019?
We’re asking parents of high school students to block off the dates in the calendar, possibly have their high school student invite a couple friends, then help host a spiritual life focused weekend as they participate in Fire-Up from afar.
Here’s our simple vision for 2019:
Register your homegroup ($15 per student for)
We will send you “Fire-Up-In-A-Box” which will include a t-shirt for each student, small group curriculum, sample schedules, ideas for snacks and meals, freebies, CD with music, and some resource links.
Arrange the weekend however it works best for you anchoring it with the two evening worship services (Friday, February 22 at 7:00 CST and Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 pm CST). We will broadcast the worship service and speaking with Bill Stanley on Facebook Live (facebook.com/fireupconference).
Parents/Leaders can bring the Fire-Up Home Groups to life by providing a great meal and/or fun snacks beforehand on Friday and/or Saturday evenings. After the worship times, there will be a few questions that can be used to discuss and debrief. From there the schedule can be as creative as you would like it to be. Plan a fun time on Saturday, figure out a way to serve in the community together on Saturday, etc.
During the weekend, let us know you’re engaged by posting pictures and posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Connect with the main Fire-Up Conference by sending a quick video greeting that we can play for the students in attendance.
Would you be interested? REGISTER HERE
Here are the basics:
- Get the date down on your calendar – February 22-24
- Arrange a place to meet – home or church – with your own student, students from the church ministry, friends or a combination of these. Small groups – even just two or three – may work best!
- Register your Fire-Up Home Group. Please have names and t-shirts sizes for each person in your group.
- Register before the deadline – in time for us to send you Fire-Up In A Box. A t-shirt for each person, access links to the private Facebook group, small group material, ideas for snacks and meals, notes from the speaker and team, prayer cards, response cards, a couple freebies.
- Gather with your group on the opening night of Fire-Up for dinner and then gather around the computer screen or TV monitor, log into facebook and watch / worship during the service live via facebook live – with Harvest Worship Band and Tom Richter.
- At the conclusion of the service, we will have Tom share a brief moment with each Fire-Up Home Group. And then you can spend some time as a small group dissecting the talk, looking over the bible study / small group material.
- Cost is $15 per student – this includes the programming, the box and the shipping.
Dear Fire -Up Home Group ~
Thank you for trying this experiment with us for 2019! You know as well as we do how busy life is these days. We hear it all the time. This track meet, that game, the part-time job, family schedules, friends, competitions, matches, rehearsals, performances, and the list goes on. Though life may be busy, we still believe in the importance of inviting students to experience times apart in worship. And since it’s hard to come by a whole free weekend, we’re trying something new – Fire-Up Home Groups! Our prayer is that through these home groups, you will be able to invest an evening or two in seeking Christ with your family and friends.
Our job on the core team is to plan a great, Jesus centered weekend. If you’re able to join us in Troy, IL, we invite you to do so! But if your schedule won’t allow for it, we’re praying you can join us in this new experiment of Fire-Up Home Groups.
We’re looking forward to connecting with you!
The 2019 Fire-Up Core Team
Clint, Brad, Erin, Brian and Tim
As a parent or leader, you’re welcome to arrange the Fire-Up Home Group as you would like… but here are some ideas:
3:00 pm – log into facebook and join Tim Price and the Harvest Band for a test run on your audio and video feed. (we will do another facebook live test at 5 pm).
5:30 pm – welcome students into your home, hand out t-shirts, pray and have dinner. Totally fine if this is two students, three or ten. It may be your high school student and two of their friends. Or it may be a student ministry pastor with six or eight high school students from a small group within the student ministry. Any configuration works in the Fire-Up Home Groups).
6:15 pm – Take a picture of the Fire-Up Home Group and post it! #fireuphomegroup include your city / state.
6:45 pm – Gathering around the facebook live feed.
7:00 – 8:30 pm – Worship service with Harvest and Tom Richter.
8:30 pm – Debrief the message using some questions we will send you in your packet.
We will keep developing some great menu ideas for your Fire-Up HomeGroup, but for now, remember it doesn’t have to be expensive. Simple stuff – pizza, chili, tacos, subs are the usual standards. Hop on google or Pinterest and you’ll find everything you need. Depending on your homegroup, you might want to involve them in helping to create or prepare the meal or snacks.
There are four small group time slots during the Fire-Up Conference. We’re planning to send each home group a packet, even though you may not be meeting all four times. You’re welcome to use this material as you meet together in a small group format following worship.
Though you will be designing the schedule and framework for your Fire-Up Home Group, there are a few basic standards that will be sent to each group.
We’re counting on Social Media to help keep us connected with the Fire-Up Home Groups. Be sure to take a picture of your group with your t-shirts on because we would love to post it for the Fire-Up Conference students to see in Troy, IL! #fireuphomegroup
We’re not making a huge splash with promotion for this. We’re counting on students to invite a friend or two to participate in the weekend (or just one evening if that’s all that can be arranged for now).
Fire-Up Sr. High Conference began in 1997 with a desire to provide a winter discipleship retreat for student ministries in the area. Thousands of students have attended Fire-Up and there are typically 250-300 students who attend in Troy each February. Fire-Up is hosted at Troy United Methodist Church but involves students from several different denominations.