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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... (3/18/18)

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... how was youth group tonight? What are you liking or not liking about the new format?

2) Heard you guys talked about God wanting to help all our relationships be great? What did you say about that idea?

3) How do you think God wants to make our relationships as a family better? How do we do that?

4) Lots of great events coming up this week in youth ministry at JC. MIX and MOVE Conference this summer, Mid-week groups, Life-sized Board Game. What do you want to make sure to be a part of?

5) Let's pray for each other this week as a family that all of our relationships get better as we learn to live like Jesus, more and more!

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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