Just For Parents
place for parents to come for New Highland Youth Ministry info.
Parents are an integral
part of making ministry happen for our youth at New Highland. Our
vision for ministry is to help every student leave our ministry knowing and
serving Christ with a faith that will stick!
Parents, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! You are the one who has the most
influence on your youth, one study stated that over 72% of youth (ages
12-17) say their parents have an ongoing influence in their decisions, and
that number increases into the high 80% after college.
New Highland Youth
Ministry needs you as we minister to your child. WE NEED YOU!!
We need you to volunteer and attend ministry events with your youth.
We need you to help provide snack suppers, to pray for our youth, to
encourage them to be a part of NHYM.
And we are here to help you. We provide training and support through
our monthly parent coffee-house chat. Call on one another or call on
the ministry leaders and let them know how we can help. NHYM is
excited to reach our students for Christ and we look forward to the
partnership with each parent as we minister to each student.
Who do I CONTACT:
church office at the church -
firstname.lastname@example.org or 550-9601. One of the lead team
members. One of our parents that have been around the ministry - we
can and will help you, let us know how.
FAQ's (these are FAQ's that we have identified
of many parents, especially if they are new to the ministry.)
* PraiseNHYM (pronounced
Praise N Him) Praise bands for our youth
This is a place where those who can sing, play music, or want to help with
technical aspects can Serve Christ.
* GO! Time: Bible study for youth (click
for more info.)
What does it mean to be a GO! Time Volunteer? We ask adults to sign-up
to assist with GO! Time. We generally ask
for 2 adults to sign-up for each night. The main purpose of this is to help
with student to adult ratio. It’s also a time to
get to know the youth and other parents as well as a time to be a part of
what our youth are studying.
If I sign up to help with snack supper, what can I expect to spend and what
are some suggestions for meals?
Generally, you can
expect to spend around $30 if you are splitting it with another family.
Here are some ideas:
sandwiches, tacos, spaghetti, chicken nuggets, corn dog nuggets, hot dogs,
hamburgers, breakfast foods, pizza.
Generally, there’s a main dish and maybe a few sides like fruit, veggies
w/ranch, chips, mac ‘n cheese. Then, maybe a
dessert like little debbie cakes, brownies, cookies, cake, etc. As far as
drinks go, there is cool-aid and lemonade mix in
the kitchen that you can use which will save on your overall costs. Plates,
napkins, cups, and utensils are in the kitchen
and available for use. You can also use any of the serving utensils and
trays in the kitchen, just be sure to wash them and
put them back after you use.
What if nobody else signs up to help w/ snack supper with me?
In the weekly NYHM
email, we will ask for another volunteer to
If no other volunteers offer to help, and this is a concern, please
* Hands and Feet missions: these are mission service
projects for our community and beyond
* GO! Day: these are days focused on
reaching-out to friends that would not normally attend church.
The events are aimed at
helping unchurched feel comfortable to attend, they are usually off-site.
Parent Coffeehouse Chat:
once a month, during GO! Time, we create a “coffeehouse” with
coffee, tea, hot choc, and
water while having discussions about raising our youth. Certain dates
there’ll be specific topics and other times it’s just a
fellowship time to enjoy each other’s company and talk about whatever comes
up. We are always looking for new ideas
for topics, so if you have an idea, be sure to email Derek.
Youth Committee: this is the “official committee” voted on by the
church, tasked with the Youth Ministry. Committee
members serve on the committee as directed by the church with necessary
rotations. Lead Team meetings serve as the
meeting times for Youth Committee meetings. Any necessary voting is
the responsibility of the committee. Committee
members can also serve on the lead team after their committee service has
Team: this term is used to identify our youth and parents that help in
planning and implementation of youth group
activities and events under the direction of the Youth Committee. We invite
all youth and parents to be a part of “Lead
Team”. The purpose of lead team is to allow individuals to serve as
God has gifted them for a specific ministry area in a
non-rotating basis. This team leads by consensus and defers any voting
to the youth committee.
Team Meetings: these meetings are generally held once a month (see NHYM
calendar for specific dates). This is where
the Youth Committee and other adults and youth come together and meet to
discuss planning, evaluation, and
implementation of all NHYM ministry events.
(we know money is always an issue so we wanted
to provide some ideas for ministry cost) Trying to help your family
budget is always a consideration. ***Always remember that NHYM is
committed to every student being able to be a part of an event regardless of
cost. So if money is an issue for an event, talk to Derek or the Chair
person of the youth committee about possible scholarships or assistance.
+ Weekly events - we try to keep
these at no cost or very low cost (maybe a meal)
+ GO! Days - these can range from
free to $50 depending on what we are doing.
+ Hands & Feet missions - usually
only the cost of a meal, we try to include these events in our budget
+ Weekend Retreats - we try to keep
these around $130, but try to not exceed $175 for a weekend retreat
+ Summer Mission trip, or camp -
this is where most of our fundraising money goes so we try to keep cost down
we will publish the full cost but we usually are able to offset every
persons cost. We try to keep the out of pocket
= We know there are other cost throughout the year and
we try to advertise as soon as possible so families can plan. Always
know you can
talk to one of the ministry leaders and work out payments for budgeting