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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... (9/10/17)

 TO BREAK INTO THE CONVERSATION: "Hey, are you doing anything right now? (if they are, schedule some time with them soon at home or take them out for Panera or ice cream or something else you find yummy). (If they're not doing anything...) What happened at youth group today?" (Feel free to use these questions or come up with your own).

SCRIPTURES for the DAY: Romans 12:2,9-21; Colossians 3:3-13; Ephesians 4:22-24

1) What was the best thing about the first week at school? What was something hard from the first week at school?

2) Are you a fan of the Transformer movies? Why or why not? Shia LeBeouf or Mark Wahlberg - who's the better leading man in Transformers?

3) What's hard about being transformed by God into a better version of yourself? What did scripture say about it? (refer back to the scriptures we've given you - being transformed by the renewing of your mind through scripture is a main idea here)

4) What's something that you like about reading scripture or praying? What's something intimidating about those things? What can we do to make scripture and prayer more accessible to you? (Have them come to our new series - BASICS - starting next Sunday, 9.17, where we'll teach them about the Bible and prayer in some fun new ways)

5) What can I pray for you this week to help you in your relationship with God? Here's one thing you can pray for me...

  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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