High School 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.
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
This week - we have our Community Night!
Join us Wednesday nights at 6:30-8:00pm meeting in person and in homes! We are so excited to continue to connect in person with students. Dinner will be provided for students on Wednesday Night.
We are starting a new 4-week series called, Family Matters, on family. Our families matter and God can use us in our families and use our families for His kingdom. This week, students will learn that when it comes to your faith and your family, love matters most. We should love our families the way God calls us to love. When we do, our faith in Christ is shown.
Main Point -When it comes to your faith and your family, love matters most.
"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 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
John 13:35 - "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Find a picture of your family that captures a joyous occasion with your family and write a short note on the back of the picture sharing why this picture is special to you. Share the picture with your teen by putting it where they will see it in the morning, either under their keys, near their shoes, on top of their backpack, or on the bathroom mirror.
Next time your teen mentions frustrations with your family, allow time for them to share in a respectful way. Maybe share a time when you were frustrated with your own family, allowing them to know you get their frustrations. Then, ask your teen to think about ways they could change the situation.
Ask your teen who some of their closest friends are, and other adults who they look up to and have become like family. Invite 1-2 of those people over for dinner. Spend time getting to know them. You could also get the adults in your teenager’s life a gift as a thank you for investing in your teen’s life. If you can’t get together, schedule a zoom hang out time with them. Or, simply talk at dinner about what you love about the people who are like a bonus family to your teenager.
Before your teen heads off to bed, ask them what is one thing they wished your family did more or less of. To the best of your ability, try to make the time this week to do more or less of what your teen suggested. If your teen suggested something that can’t be pulled off in a week, get creative about trying to understand WHAT your teen liked about that thing and what you can do this week to experience the “what” in a more creative way. Brainstorm ideas together!
Small Group Host Families
Grant and Courtney Bucks will be opening up their home for our Junior Varsity students both Freshman and Sophomore guys and girls.
We moved to the Valley 2 1/2 years ago after Grant retired from the USAF. They have a freshman at the U of A, a sophomore at Pinnacle HS, and a 5th grader at Pinnacle Peak Preparatory. Grant flies for Southwest Airlines and Courtney has been an early childhood educator, but is currently teaching the Bible to women. We are thrilled to open their house to the freshman and sophomore students at Highlands Church.
Jason and Jesca Wales will be opening up their home for our Varsity students both Junior and Senior guys and girls.
We are the parents of 3 boys ages 20, 16, and 14. This is our third year serving in HSH. Our desire is to be a part of this ministry to impact the decisions in students' lives, and to be available for them to ask tough questions and grow in their faith in Christ.
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.
HsH At Home
We know that some of you are still not ready to return in person, and that is totally ok. Below is the HSH message and discussion questions from this week so you can still help your senior high student grow in faith.
small group times
Small groups for Senior High students will resume on Wednesday nights at 6:30-8:00pm. In an effort to keep groups less than 50 people, we will begin the semester with meeting in with our small groups in people's homes. Meet our host families on our HSH 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
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.
Meet your student's leader
CLICK HERE to view the list of wonderful HSH leaders!