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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... (4/22/18)

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) How was youth group tonight? Did you have fun?

2) Today was on dating, and next week the series wraps up, I hear. Cool. How did the separate teaching go (we split them into middle and high school again)? Sounds like they're going to do that more and more at youth groups. Do you like that?

3) Tonight, you talked about looking at the dating conversation in light of how valuable OTHERS are to God. What does that mean? Is that hard to do in relationships? To really put others above yourself... so how do you do that?

4) SAME AS LAST WEEK: Spots are starting to run out for both MIX and MOVE Summer Conferences. Do you want to sign up? (IF YOU DO, AND MONEY IS AN ISSUE, LET'S TALK. CLICK HERE TO GET INFO AND REGISTER FOR MIX, AND HERE FOR MOVE - SCOTT)

5) SAY AND COMMIT TO THIS AS A FAMILY: Hey, this week, what can I be praying for you about? Let's pray for our relationships to honor God this week and draw everyone involved closer to him.

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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