High School

Philosophy of Ministry
These are the best days of your life! Well they're supposed to be at least. High school teens have deep friendships, are enjoying new freedoms with growing up, and thinking about what their future holds. Unfortunately high school can also be a time of deep anxiety over self-esteem, preparation for college or other paths of growth and self discovery. 

 

Youth News - High School

 

 

Parent's Corner - High School


 
Parents are the biggest influences in a child's life and the teen years can create a shock to the relationship. It seems like just yesterday you were the biggest hero in their life and now suddenly you don't know anything. If it takes a village then we want to walk this road beside you offering time-sensitive programs that not only enhance your relationship with your teen, but also provide a resource for you in raising a child in the ways of Jesus.  We always appreciate your feedback and want to collaborate with you in the joys of parenthood!

 

Three to four times a year WPC offers programs tailored for parents of teens (but open to all) that will give you a deeper look into the lives of teenagers from a faith-based perspective. How do we instill peace in our children with so many distractions on social media? What should my reaction be to my child's choice in peer relationships? What in the world is FOMO?
 
The Prodigal Parent Series

One of Jesus' most popular parables was the "Prodigal Son." A young man took his inheritance, disowned his family, then squandered it all away only to go back home to beg to be a servant of his father. Upon seeing him, the father throws a party for the son shouting a familiar phrase, "my son was lost but now is found!"

While most people generally identify with the child in this story (after all, how many of us have messed up only to go ask our parents for help) the God character is the parent. The prodigal parent showed grace and wisdom that is transcendent. It is our hope to offer resources that help, that are current and compelling, that our parents can show grace and wisdom more naturally in their families.

 

So You Have a Teen with a Smart Phone

Parents challenged with technology's effect on their teens or younger children are invited to hear expert Bruce Reyes Chow speak about practical ways to deal with this issue.  This is the second session of a two-part series. The first session included practical information and spiritual insights and encouragement. This session will be a chance for everyone to share in a collaborative process with Bruce. Please do not miss this event if your are a parent challenged with this issue, regardless of the age of your children.

Council of Dads

All dads are invited to share in the monthly meeting o the Council of Dads. Come, share a meal and discussion topic with other dads. Check-out our Events/Calendar for our next gathering.

13 Reasons Why > You Matter  -  Sunday, May 21, 11:30am  

By now we’re sure you’ve all heard about the Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why” and it's already got you thinking, talking, and possibly worrying about your teens and their friends. While many parts of the series were extreme worst-case scenarios of teen culture it nevertheless has created an incredible opportunity to have frank and thoughtful conversations with teens about depression, cutting, suicide and more. After chatting with many area parents about the show we knew we had to do something to not only give you hope and uplift your souls as parents but also give you some really practical information about how to talk about these things with your kids. Also, you’re probably noticing that your kids might not be so apt to discuss the show or its topics with you… they’re frankly tired of hearing about. But, we all know as adults that these are important topics that should be discussed.

So we’re bringing in a speaker that we know your teens will love. Kevin Hines (www.KevinHinesStory.com) survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge at the age of 19. He suffers from bipolar disorder but has become a nationally sought after speaker for his story. He serves on multiple boards and is a trusted ally by multiple organizations even meeting with the Obama administration.

We also couldn’t have been luckier to find Dr. Julie Hartman (www.MindfulResourceCenter.com). She’s not like many therapists, she’s actually watched the entire show and already has been working with the reactions to it in her teen clients and the other therapists she manages at her practice. She really has a heart to connect with you not just as a clinician but also a mother.

Please pass this around to anyone you think might be interested. Many of us know someone personally that has been affected by suicide so we really hope people will take advantage of this. This event is for ages 13 and up. In partnership with Rodef Shalom's mental health initiative, To Write Love on Her Arms, and the Marin Interfaith Council, there will also be booths to connect you to resources in our community. Food and childcare will be provided.

And of course, if you feel like you or someone you know needs to talk to someone sooner than 5/21 please by all means contact us anytime. That’s what we’re here for.

13 Reasons

 

 

 

 

Just for High School

June 11 - 17, 2017 High School Mission Trip to San Diego

It's never too early to sign up and turn in your payments for the best week of your child's year. We will be serving the community of San Diego in a variety of ways alongside a couple other youth groups from the mid-west and Sacramento. When not serving others, we will be visiting the border wall with Border Angels, enjoying the boardwalk, checking out Balboa Park, and experiencing a bi-lingual worship service. There will be many memories made/ If we lived like Jesus for a week how would our spirit grow? This trip is for 9th through 12th graders. For more information, please contact Jeff Shankle at .

Forms to Download

San Diego Mission Trip Student Forms

San Diego Mission Trip Adult Leader Forms

San Diego Mission Trip Packing List

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Waiver

Habitat for Humanity Waiver Form

Homeless Garden Project - Registration Form

Garden Project Form

 

Serving Others - High School

Service Projects

Several times throughout the school year, we participate as a group in community service projects. This spring we hosted a Parents Night Out and spent a Saturday working together finishing one of the Habitat for Humanity homes in Marin. Working together in service to others is one of the most surefire ways to help spur those kinds of deeper fellowship we all long for and so badly we need. Check back frequently for upcoming Service Projects or contact Jeff at .

Upcoming Summer Mission Trip - June 11 -17, 2017 

It's never too early to sign up and turn in your payments for the best week of your child's year. We will be serving the community of San Diego in a variety of ways alongside a couple other youth groups from the mid-west and Sacramento. When not serving others, we will be visiting the border wall with Border Angels, enjoying the boardwalk, checking out Balboa Park, and experiencing a bi-lingual worship service. There will be many memories made/ If we lived like Jesus for a week how would our spirit grow? This trip is for 9th through 12th graders. For more information, please contact Jeff Shankle.

Forms:  High School Mission Trip - Medical Release Form

2016 High School Mission Trip to Ghost Ranch New Mexico

Bell Tower

Gardening

Weeding

CharNedweeding

Water break!

waterbreak

Hiking in the desert

grouphike

Painting