Upstate Students exists to

connect students in the Upstate with
Jesus to change their world.


Downtown HS Students text “@upstatehs” to 81010 for text updates
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UC Five Forks Students text “@upstateff" to 81010 for text updates

Primetime is an energetic worship opportunity geared for students 6th-12th grade. Each week we have great music, games, practical application, and a message to help students grow in their faith.
We meet Wednesday nights on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Campus North Building as follows:
On the first Wednesday of every month, Middle School and High School students worship together beginning at 6:30pm.
Other Wednesdays, Middle School students worship at 6pm and High School students worship at 7pm.

Upstate Students Connect Groups

Our Connect Groups are an opportunity for students to
learn more about God in a smaller group setting.

At our Downtown Campus, our groups are separated by grades and
meet on the 3rd floor of the Worship Center - North Building,
at 10:00am on Sunday mornings.

At our Harrison Bridge Campus, we have Middle School Guys, Middle School Girls and
High School groups that meet at 10:00am on Sunday mornings.
This is an excellent time to connect with God and with other students.

Our Five Forks Campus is currently looking for a leader for our Five Forks Students.
Contact Pat Gillen at [email protected] if interested!

Upstate Students Events


Awanita Middle School Retreat!

Awanita Middle School Fall Retreat 2019 is a weekend getaway (October 18-20) for 6th-8th graders where they will grow closer to Jesus and to each other. During the weekend there will be fun activities such as: Hummer rides, paddle boats, zip line, mud pit, hayride, and a bonfire.  There will be time for games such as capture the flag, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Price for the weekend includes hot dogs on Friday night cooked by our Student Workers, 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday morning, lodging for the weekend, and transportation to and from Awanita Valley Christian Retreat. Additional money will be needed for any snacks that they may want to purchase at the Awanita Snack Bar.  Price for the weekend is $145 between September 4th - September 30th. Price increases to $160 from October 1st - October 13th.

Register Here!

Student Event Recap Videos

2018 Awanita Retreat
A time of fun and fellowship for our Middle Schoolers!
Join us next time in Fall 2019!

2019 Reckless
An awesome weekend event for all our Upstate Students! Full of awesome worship, crazy games, small group time, and relevant teaching!
Join us in February 2020!

2019 Garden City Beach Camp
A time of fun and fellowship for our Middle Schoolers!
Plan on joining us for GCBC 2020!!

2019 Serve: DC
Here's a brief recap of the week long high school mission trip to Washington, DC
2020 SERVE: Nashville! Who's coming??

Stay In Touch

With Upstate Students

Pat Gillen - Student Minister - [email protected]
Kayleigh Mayfield - Associate Student Minister - [email protected]

@upstatestudents on Instagram and Facebook

Parents MS @upstatemsp to 81010 to get special updates for middle school parents
Parents HS @upstatehsp to 81010 to get special updates for high school parents

College Connections is a ministry of FBS where we send notes of encouragement to college students throughout the year.
To sign up your first year, or returning, college student, please please fill out this form If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Watson at [email protected].


Are you passionate about investing in the next generation?

Do you like leading worship? Games? Teaching? Production?

We would love to have you be a part of our Upstate Students team!