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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... (11/12/17)

BREAK INTO THE CONVERSATION: Find a time when you're both not distracted and ask, "Hey, how was youth group this weekend?" (Feel free to use these questions or come up with your own).

SCRIPTURES for the DAY: - Philippians 4:6-7 NIV 6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

1) Hey... how was youth group on Sunday? Heard you guys got something called "9-square". What is that?

2) What was the topic for the day? (How do you access God's peace in the middle of struggle? We talked about 3 things: surrendering your struggle to God, praying for the struggle like it all depended on you, and trying to see the big picture of God's plan for you and trusting that He's going to make it all right in the end).

3) Scott told you guys about what a tapestry is. What did he say about how life is kind of like a tapestry? 

4) Are there struggles right now that you feel like you need to talk with someone about? Do you want to talk to me about it? Someone else (if the answer is "someone else" don't be mad, offended, or feel like you are failing as a parent. This is often the time when teens need a 'third voice' in their lives. Someone to talk to about things that is not a parent. Please feel free to contact our youth staff [Email us HERE] if we can be helpful in that regard).

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...

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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