High School

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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. 

Just for High School
Jeff Shankel   Message from Jeff.....

 March 28, 2019


The first weekend of May will be the first of yearly RECLAIM All Youth Weekends. We recognize, as I’m sure you do daily, how our youth can get bogged down under the weight of their busy lives and the distractions that consume throughout the year. It is hard living a life following the life and teachings of Christ. What was a blooming spirit of joy, openness, and love after the summer can turn into frustration and stress by spring. The way we look at our youth ministry calendar, we’ve carved out a weekend to RECLAIM all that’s good in this life.

What:      RECLAIM All Youth Weekend
Where:   WPC Tiburon, 240 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon
Who:       All middle and high school students
When:    Friday, May 3rd, 6:00pm – Sunday, May 5th, 11:30am
Cost:      $75
How:      RSVP with an email to Jeff or complete the full form at https://forms.gle/Xt816fpV5ch7dxkR9

Here's how we do it...

+  worship with live music (Thanks to our own Bethany Nelson!)
+  inspired by touching messages (Thanks to the well-known Justin McRoberts)
+  time to process through conversation with peers and our amazing adult leaders
+  playing games with one another…
                -  like a HUGE game of Nerf with 100 other Marin area youth groups
+  service through local community partnerships
+  having meals with fellow WPC members who generously opened their home to us
+  taking over the 10:00am worship service

FAQs - Since this is the first time we’re doing this, I’m sure you have some questions. Hopefully we’ll answer some of them below:

1.  Does my child know about this already?
     We’ve been talking about it with them for a couple months and they should all get a text message about it.
2.  What are the sleeping arrangements like?
     Several WPC families have been kind enough to open their homes to us. We will assign 4-8 youth along with 1-2 adult leaders to a house. There will be a combination               of beds, couches, floorspace. You will also have the chance to write out the names of people you would like to room with.
3.  Do we need to be an active part of the youth group?
     No. For many of our youth experiences like this one becomes the launching point for their getting to know each other.
4.  What if my child has an appointment and needs to leave?
     Please fill out the Permission to Leave Form and we will coordinate with you.
5.  We have plans that weekend. Should we cancel them?
     Absolutely. When you pick up your kid on Sunday afternoon full of joy and life with more tools to deal with this crazy life you’ll be glad you did.
6.  Are scholarships available?
     Always. Please contact Jeff for a request form.
7.  What should we bring?
     You will get a packing list emailed to you after registration.
8.  Who will feed my child? (Have you seen them eat?)
     Our host homes, along with some other groups at the church, will be taking care of breakfast. All other meals will be provided by the youth ministry.
9.  Who is Justin McRoberts?
     An East Bay native with over 20 years’ experience in youth ministry. Currently Justin travels as a speaker, musician (8 albums), author (3 books), and                                                  podcaster (@Sea Pod). Find out more about him at www.JustinMcRoberts on most social media.
10. Will the middle and high school students be together the whole time?
      Only during our worship time and when we join the other youth groups for the Nerf Wars
11.  Will my child be safe?
       We do a thorough vetting of all our adult leaders as part of WPC’s Safe Church Policy. A lot goes into so if you would like more information about what that entails we               are delighted to discuss it with you. The physical and emotional safety of our youth is a top priority.
12.  I love it! Is there some way we can help?
        We will need some help transporting students from place to place. Also, we are happy to accept any help with food prep to lighten the load on everyone.
13.  What if I have more questions?
       Contact Jeff anytime! (415)-383-5272 x218  | 

 RECLAIM 2019 - Basic Schedule (tentative)



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!


 Fall program details are coming....check back, please.





Council of Dads

All dads are invited to share in the monthly meeting of 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 

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. If you feel like you or someone you know needs to talk,  please contact us anytime. That’s what we’re here for.





Youth News - High School


Serving Others - High School

Service Projects

Several times throughout the school year, we participate as a group in community service projects. 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 .

Forms:  High School Mission Trip - Medical Release Form