Some youth dive into youth group, while others take their time deciding if they want to be involved. Both methods are perfectly normal. If you are having trouble getting your youth involved, here are some things to consider:
- North’s youth come from all over the city. We don’t have a large pull from any specific school district
- Some youth have attended North since birth, while others have just started attending
- The best way to get a youth involved is through retreats and other overnight opportunities
- There is a high school retreat in August, a middle school overnight in August and the All Youth Lenten retreat in March, along with several service opportunities throughout the year.
If you’re interested in helping out, but not sure where to start, here’s an idea! Each Sunday night that we gather for youth group, we have meals. Volunteer to bring a meal as a family or get together with other parents to provide dinner.
Books available in the youth office:
Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World (Clark & Clark)
Engaging Your Teen’s World: Become a Culturally Savvy Parent (Housman)
The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family (Lencioni)
Relationships Unfiltered: Help for Youth Workers, Volunteers and Parents on Creating Authentic Relationships (Root)
Sacred Parenting: How Raising Our Children Shapes Our Souls (Thomas)