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Looking for help trying to navigate through the teenage years? Need help communicating or with how to encourage and help your teen?

Here are some great resources for you and we'll be updating it with more regularly!



Parenting resources:

Here are 5 questions from Sunday's youth group lesson for following up with your teen... (2/18/18)

BREAK INTO THE CONVERSATION: Find a time when you're both not distracted and ask, "So, let's chat about the weekend..." (Feel free to use these questions or come up with your own).

1) Hey... we missed youth group and church services on Sunday? Did you miss it? Why or why not?

2) Do we ever really 'miss church'? Why or why not? (This question is meant to spark discussion about the fact that church is not a building, a service, something you do on Sundays. It is a group of people. It is the family of God. Never about a location or happening, always about a people. Talk to your teens and help them get that.)

3) I see that the youth group is going to see 'Black Panther' on Monday together, would you like to go? (If figuring out how to get them there is hard, email us HERE for help with rides).

4) What are you going to like about the new structure for youth ministry at JC? (Sunday nights 4:30-6:30pm and Wednesday nights 7-8:30pm)

5) Let's pray as a family for wisdom about getting involved at youth groups, starting March 4th!

Fall Retreat's (September 29-October 1) theme this year... "Greater Than" - A look into the life that Jesus offers. His life is really GREAT, greater than anything else out there.

SCRIPTURES from the weekend: Psalm 139: 1-4 & 13-16 

1) How was the weekend? What was the most fun thing you did? Any crazy games?

2) Learn any new songs that you loved? Meet any new friends? What other churches were there?

3) The theme was "Greater Than". What was that all about?

4) Did you have any cool take-aways or make any decisions for your life?

   - For middle school - Heard that the main speaker came and hung out with your group on Sunday morning. What did you guys talk about?

   - For high school - Heard that the youth group had some good conversations about unity...

5) Next year, which of your friends do you want to take with you to Fall Retreat?

  The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU) is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. All kinds of great resources for parents are available here.

A great way to understand teens today and what they're going through. We ask all of our leaders to read this book and think it will help you too to gain a greater understanding of youth and youth culture today (the picture is of the original 'Hurt' book but the link is to 'Hurt 2.0' a more updated look into the lives of teens! Purchase it here.

  Here's a snapshot on what we think about youth ministry around here.

It'll help you understand better why we do what we do and how we can work together.


As a youth ministry, we want to be a great partner to you and your family. Please feel free to contact us to talk about that process. We are honored to serve with you in helping your teens know God.


Be His,


Scott Velasquez

Youth Pastor,

Journey's Crossing





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