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See You at the Pole is 9/27/2017…

See You at the Pole is 9/27/2017…

Students,

If you are organizing a prayer time around your school’s flag pole, please be sure to follow these guidelines:

  1. Let your teacher host/sponsor and school administration know that you are meeting to pray
  2. Plan to pray during non-academic time, before school is best (10-15 minutes)
  3. Make sure the prayer is student-led (and not adult led)

 

 

How to Start a First Priority Group on Your School’s Campus

How to Start a First Priority Group on Your School’s Campus

The following steps provide a guide for students who would like to establish a First Priority club or group on their middle or high school campuses. If the group meets on “club day” during instructional time, then it is considered a club and will follow the guidelines of the Equal Access Act. If the group meets on a non-club day and during non-instructional time, then it is considered a “group” which is afforded First Amendment rights to gather.

□ Step 1: Obtain Information
Review the First Priority website; contact First Priority for more information about starting a club or group  infofirstpriority@gmail.com

□ Step 2: Recruit a Team
Recruit Christian friends from your youth group who would like to start a new group; pray for God to guide your group through the process of bringing the message of HOPE to your school.

□ Step 3: Find a Faculty Member
Find a faculty member who is willing to host meetings. If your group meets on “club day”, you may be required to have a faculty sponsor.

□ Step 4: Complete Formal Request
Turn in any necessary paper work to the school’s administration. Request a day and time for meetings. This may require help from the faculty member (these steps are only required if your group meets on “club day”).

□ Step 5: Schedule Training
Contact First Priority to request training infofirstpriority@gmail.com.

□ Step 7: Get Organized
 agree on how students will communicate (consider using the Remind or GroupMe app)
 equip students to facilitate the HOPE cycle
 set a date and time for meetings to begin
 invite friends and promote meetings
 keep a weekly log of attendance numbers

Have questions? email infofirstpriority@gmail.com

 

Volunteer Training…

Volunteer Training…

The following training dates are for youth pastors/leaders who are currently serving with us or are interested in serving (not open to the general public). Please email us at infofirstpriority@gmail.com to sign up for  one of these training dates.

Adult volunteer training dates:

Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 6:30pm-8pm at First Baptist Riverview
Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 2pm-3:30pm at Glory to Glory Ministries in Temple Terrace

 

Click here to see the diagram for faith based organizations serving on campus: Diagram for serving on campus

How to re-launch your group

How to re-launch your group

Students, the following checklist will help you re-launch your group (additional steps may apply). Email us if you need resources or in-school training: infofirstpriority@gmail.com

Checklist for re-launch:

  • Confirm faculty member is willing to host meetings (email us for a club/group packet)
  • Confirm meeting day, time and location (for each lunch period, if applicable)
  • If needed, provide the administration with Letter of Intent (click here):Letter of Intent to Meet
  • Set a date for the first meeting
  • Meet with student leaders to plan the first meeting and first H.O.P.E. cycle
  • Be sure all leaders have access to H.O.P.E resources (download the cheat sheet): HOPE Strategy cheat sheet
  • Request help from First Priority as needed infofirstpriority@gmail.com 

Checklist for first HELP WEEK:

  • Meeting room is confirmed and meeting has been advertised to students; resources are printed
  • A student opens and closes in prayer; a student leads the lesson; a student reports attendance
  • Students are invited back; student leaders are prepared for OVERCOME WEEK

Suggested launch dates:
Week of 8/21: Leaders meet with faculty sponsor/host
Week of 8/28: First group meeting to train all students on the HOPE cycle
Week of 9/4: First cycle begins with HELP Week (lesson found under “students” tab)

 

*First Priority equips Christian students to run First Priority student groups on campus. All meetings are student-led and student-initiated, and follow the weekly HOPE model

Did you miss us on the radio?

Did you miss us on the radio?

If you missed us on the radio this week, please click the link below to listen to the podcast. We would like to thank Jim and Martha Brangenberg of iWork4Him radio show (Monday-Friday @ 3pm on 570 & 910 AM).

 

Link: http://www.iwork4him.com/podcast/2017/8/first-priority-is-making-a-difference

Check out the iWork4Him website: https://www.iwork4him.com/

Students on mission over Spring Break

Students on mission over Spring Break

Several of our First Priority leaders were on mission with us to the Dominican over Spring Break. It was a life changing experience for everyone. Please click here to read more:  Ministry Report March 2017

 

First Priority community provides for a family

First Priority community provides for a family

Thank you to all the First Priority friends who helped us provide for a family in need this Christmas. We are grateful for the opportunity to reflect Christ’s love and compassion to families in our community.

Student Training

Student Training

Request training today!

If you would like a First Priority representative to speak to your church’s youth group, please email us: infofirstpriority@gmail.com 

 

 

Blessing teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week…

Blessing teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week…

With the help of donation partners, we were able to provide a catered lunch or hot breakfast to faculty at 8 schools in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. We are grateful for the hard work of all faculty and appreciate the opportunity to thank them.

We would like to thank all of our donation partners, especially the following:

South Tampa Fellowship
Publix Supermarkets
Relevant Church
New Beginnings Church
Southside Baptist Church
Seminole First Baptist
Cindy Barksdale Catering

Understanding the Equal Access Act…

Understanding the Equal Access Act…

Under the federal Equal Access Act, students may gather on campus during non-instructional time to discuss religious, political or other topics/interests. First Priority students and our organization are committed to following these guidelines as set forth under the EAA.

To learn more about the EAA, click here:

Understanding the Equal Access Act

http://www.firstamendmentschools.org/resources/handout1a.aspx?id=14070

groupsguide (1) (federal government: guidelines for clubs)