HJH Parents

Junior High is a time like no other to grow in faith, and come to know the Lord on a more personal level. We want to help you be a part of this process for your student.

Upcoming Events

10/14 - Community Night - Fun night of hanging out with friends and leaders. More details to come.

11/18 - Community Night - Fun night of hanging out with friends and leaders. More details to come.

11/25 - No Wednesday Night

12/16 - Community Night - Fun night of hanging out with friends and leaders. More details to come.

12/23 & 12/30 - No Wednesday Night

This Week | Oct 21

Wednesday Night

Join us Wednesday nights at 6:30-8:00pm meeting in person and in homes! We are so excited to connect with students during this season. Dinner will be provided for students on Wednesday Night. 

Wednesday Message

This week we are starting a new 4 week series called, FAM, on family. Students will learn about loving their family, and how God calls them to love can make an impact on their family. By loving our families, our faith is shown.

Main Point -Loving your family is how your faith can make an impact.

John 13:35
"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Discussion Points

Memory Verse
John 13:35 -"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Morning Time
Write 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 that your family can see it, leaving a blank space in place of the word “love” throughout the passage. Then, fill in your family’s last name in those blank spaces. Let it serve as a reminder of the way your family wants to love one another.

Drive Time
Ask your middle schooler: “Who outside of our family feels like family to you?” Whether it’s friends, teammates, neighbors, coaches, small group leaders, or other adults, pay attention to the people they feel close to right now. Then, make an effort to get to know them yourself!

Meal Time
Find a way to stay connected with your family this week. Whether it’s sharing a meal, doing an activity, or simply going for a walk, help your family members intentionally connect with each other.

Bed Time
Is there a change happening in your home or family right now? Big or small, good or bad, change may be difficult for your middle schooler to process. This week, take time to talk with them about the changes you may be experiencing as a family and give them a chance to process how they feel with you.

Small Group Host Families

7th Grade Students | Stevens HouseJeff and Jill Stevens will be opening up their home for both 7th grade guys and girls. We have been at Highlands church since 2013 and together have served 30 years in church, mostly with youth ministry. We love students and are so excited to have the energy, excitement and sharing of the Gospel in our home.


ADDRESS: 20906 N 39th Way Phoenix, AZ 85050

Brian and Edwina Behrens will be opening up their home for both 8th grade guys and girls. We’ve been married for 17 years, 2 kids Alyssa (sophomore) and Drew (8th grade). In our spare time, we love working out together and family boating. Brian is an excellent golfer and Edwina enjoys hiking. We love serving together in HJH and are so excited to host small groups for 8th grade in our home.


ADDRESS: 4814 E Cielo Grande Ave Phoenix, AZ 85054


Wednesday Night Agenda

Fall Calendar

Safety Guidelines

Here are some safety measures we are taking while students are attending small group to ensure that everyone is safe and healthy:

  • Temp checks upon arrival.
  • Masks are encouraged but not required.
  • Students will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entry, before and after they eat, and as they leave.
  • Sanitization of frequently used/touched surfaces before students arrive & after they leave.
  • One volunteer leader will serve food to kids while wearing a mask and gloves. 
  • Most importantly, if your student isn't feeling well, if someone in your household is sick, or if you have recently been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19, please stay at home and participate with our pre-recorded message and questions below. Anyone showing symptoms or testing positive for the coronavirus will be asked to follow the CDC guidelines before returning.

HJH At Home

We know that some of you are still not ready to return in person, and that is totally ok. Below is the HJH message and discussion questions from this week so you can still help your junior high student grow in faith.

Discussion Questions


Meet your student's leader

CLICK HERE to view the volunteer staff of HJH!

small group times 

Small groups for Junior High students will meet on Wednesday nights at 6:30-8:00pm. In an effort to keep groups less than 50 people, we'll be meeting this semester with our small groups in people's homes. Meet our host families on our HJH Volunteers page. Questions? Contact Jay at


Axis creates Christ-centered resources that are from great thinkers like CS Lewis while keeping a pulse on very relevant shifts in culture. We call this “Culture Translation.” We have three types of resources: written, audio, and video. At Highlands, we have Parent Guides and Conversation Kits from AXIS for your family for FREE. 

What are Parent Guides?
It’s hard to keep track of everything teens are into, let alone know how to talk about them. But it doesn’t have to be! We created downloadable PDFs to help you understand the things your teens face, how to have conversations about them, and how to biblically disciple the teens in your life into lifelong faith through it all.

What are Conversation Kits?

Understanding tricky issues like gender, pornography, suicide, and drugs as well as philosophical concepts like evangelism, leadership, identity, and relationships with teens can be missed in the busyness of life. These topics are a tool for drawing parents and teens closer together. These video conversation starters help you learn and discuss these important issues with your teens. Conversation Kits bring generations together around a common gospel

DOWNLOAD Resources 

Parent Cue App

Download the Parent Cue app HERE! This app is a great way for you to stay up to date with the lessons that we are teaching your students, and to get daily advice on how to connect with your student regarding these lessons as well. It gives tips on what kinds of questions to ask in the car, or at the dinner table to prompt a deeper discussion on the lessons they are learning, or the questions they may have about God.


questions? contact us:

Jay Branson | Minister of Student Ministries

Doug Farrington | Family Ministries Pastor