Parents – you matter
Can I be honest with you? Parenting is tough! As a parent to 3 young children, it is a job that many times feels like we are getting nowhere. No matter what we do, our children are always ready with a quick statement that is painful to hear…or perhaps they do something that leaves us wondering “How did I miss that?”
We’ve all been young, we all remember the things that we did as middle school and high school aged youth that we hope our children never do. We are careful from sharing too much, but also want to share with them the truth about where God has brought us from.
Psalm 145:4 encourages us to share with the coming generation where God has brought us from;
“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”
As a ministry at West Town Community Church, we are striving with you! We are your allies…we are your students’ allies.
Our primary focus will be on teaching and helping to disciple these youth, but the primary role of training for children is in the home. What you say, do, teach does matter.
Why these policies?
Regarding mobile phones, with exceptions provided by individual teachers, our area’s public schools do not permit mobile device usage during lecture times. These polices ensure an atmosphere conducive to learning.
West Town Community Church youth employs the same policies as our public school for the same reason, and for one extra incentive…One of our youth asked in the very first night of this transition if we could remove phones from service! Students generally will acknowledge, even reluctantly, that the phones are a big distraction.
Regarding bringing a physical copy of the Bible, as a church we believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the source of Truth. We desire for all individuals at West Town Community Church to grow in their understanding of scripture. Even many parents will readily acknowledge that they aren’t all that familiar with the Bible. We encourage the parents to set an example by bringing a physical copy of the Bible with you to church on Sunday mornings as well.
In the book of Proverbs, Solomon begins by teaching that the words of the Bible give “knowledge and discretion to the young” (1:4, NIV). Solomon goes on to declare, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (1:7).
Our prayer is that the time spent at church by our youth as well as our adults will equip them to succeed in their spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and academic/work lives.
Mobile device policy
Mobile devices are not permitted during West Town Youth service. Upon entering the main sanctuary at 5:30, students will be asked to place their devices in the basket and they will remain there until dismissal at 7 pm. Devices will be kept in the possession of a youth leader.
In case of emergency, feel free to contact Brandon.
Brandon’s Cell: (443) 517-7539
Youth are being asked to bring a physical copy of the Bible with them to church services (Sunday Morning and Sunday Evenings). If a regularly attending youth does not own a copy of the Bible, we can coordinate to help get them a copy.
Many students claim that the Bible app on their phone is where they read the Bible from. While this is a good thing, many times individuals in church are easily distracted by other things on their phones (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube)
Please partner with us in encouraging/reminding your youth to bring their Bible to church with them, and also to read the Bible at home.
Many times students openly acknowledge that finding things in the Bible is challenging for them.