Welcome to the Buechel Park Youth Group!
We are 6th-12th grade students who gather together regularly to study the Bible, talk about what it means and looks like to follow Jesus, and engage in missions both near and far. We also have a lot of fun together! If you are looking for a place to belong, to be honest about who you are and what’s happening in your life, to explore and ask questions about faith, BPBC Youth Ministry is for YOU! To find out more, please contact Sara Clarke Turpin, Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation or you are more than welcome to come to any of our regularly scheduled gatherings or special events.
Regular Activities & Information
Sunday School / Bible Study
Youth Sunday School (Bible Study) meets from 9:30 – 10:30 am each Sunday morning in the Youth Suite (lower level). 6th – 12th grade meet together to discuss the Scripture text of the day and how it applies to our faith and daily life.
Youth in Worship
At Buechel Park, we believe that youth should be welcomed into the full worship experience of the church body. They are encouraged to listen, sing, and participate. They often have opportunities to lead in worship as well, reading Scripture, collecting offering, and learning to engage deeply in faith together.
The Worship Cart is filled with resources for children, youth, and worshipers of all ages who would like to creatively engage in worship. There are crayons and pencils, paper and coloring pages, clipboards, quiet fidget and sensory items, along with rotating seasonal items and complete with a canvas bag to borrow all of your supplies in.
Youth Ministry Safety Policy
Buechel Park is committed to the safety and well-being of minors. The following are the specifics of our policy, updated in September 2018.
Faith and Character – Volunteers should be of the Christian faith and of good character, striving to be an effective teacher by:
- helping children to love God, love others, and love self;
- studying and being prepared to teach the material for their sessions;
- modeling desired behavior;
- communicating care to children as individuals;
- creating an environment for learning; and
- understanding developmental levels of the children being worked with.
Background Checks – Background checks must be made on all workers age 18+, prior to employment or service. This must be repeated at least every 3rdyear of service.
Six Months – All volunteers must be a member or steady visitor for at least six months.
Age Requirements – No one under 18 years of age will be responsible for caring of youth. At least one of the two adults must be at least 21 years of age.
Training – All volunteers must attend scheduled BPBC training events and/or meet with a pastor or designated leader to be trained using this manual before working with our youth.
Drug and Alcohol Policy – The possession of and/or being under the influence of illegal drugs or controlled substances is prohibited. The possession of and/or being under the influence of alcohol when serving with minors at BPBC is prohibited. Any illegal substances that are found will be turned over to the proper authorities and criminal prosecution may result.
Smoking – No smoking is permitted in the presence of youth.
Dismissal – A worker may be asked to cease their service with our youth at any time, for any reason deemed appropriate by a pastor.
SAFETY AND WELLBEING
Injury Prevention – Volunteers must help prevent injury to themselves, volunteers, and youth. Report any unsafe condition immediately and take responsibility to eliminate hazards that you observe in your routine in order to avoid accidents.
Open Windows/Doors – All rooms where minors are meeting have windows (in doors or walls), half doors, or open doors for all teaching/learning activities. Maintain an open window/door at all times when working with children.
Confidentiality – There may be times that, as a caregiver for youth, volunteers will learn personal information about families. All information concerning youth, their parents, relatives, or guardians shall be held in strictest confidence. However, if there is evidence or suspicion of neglect, abuse, or a potentially dangerous situation, you must report immediately according to the “Reporting Abuse” procedure.
Reporting Abuse – Any instance of suspected child abuse or neglect must be reported immediately to a pastor and to the authorities. It is a requirement of Kentucky State Law that abuse or suspicion of abuse be reported. Do not rely on anybody else do this for you, but do enlist the help of a BPBC minister. Kentucky’s Statewide Child Abuse Hotline Number is 1-877-597-2331 (Toll Free).
Registered Sex Offenders – Any person who is a registered sex offender, regardless of the circumstances, will not volunteer with minors. He or she is also not permitted in the children’s hallway, youth suite, or other areas when activities are taking place which are intended for minors.
Body Ownership – All minors are the owners of their own bodies. This means that no minor should be forced or excessively encouraged to give physical affection or touch of any kind. If a child is uncomfortable, that is to be respected and arrangements are to be made to encourage body autonomy.
Illness/Accidents – In order to protect all youth, parents are requested not to leave a child who is or appears ill. Should any child be found to have an illness or accident, his or her parents will be notified immediately. If an accident occurs or illness is suspected, a report must be filled out. A copy shall be given to parents and a pastor.
Disaster Plans – Review the fire escape route for your room and always remain with the youth.
Fire: Proceed out the doors by the planned route, or away from the danger, and go immediately to the side lawn (next to the Green Meadows Apartments) to reunite with families. Do not use the elevator.
Tornado: In the case of a tornado warning, proceed to the basement youth suite entrance area if possible, with all doors closed. Do not use the elevator.
Strangers and difficult persons: Only authorized volunteers and parents/guardians are permitted in the youth suite. Seek immediate help in case of trouble with anyone. The safety of the youth must be your first consideration.
Discipline – Discipline for youth should be a positive experience. An explanation of what is expected will be regularly reviewed by leaders and posted in meeting areas. If necessary, remove the youth from the room and contact a parent. Corporal punishment is never allowed.
Teaching Resources – If resources (paper, crayons, teaching curriculum) are needed, you may go to the resource room and take what you need. Please return items as you found them.
Cleanliness – Please help to keep our areas safe and clean for youth by putting away supplies, putting trash in garbage cans, and generally making sure the area is ready for the next scheduled group.
Christmas Party, December 21
The annual Youth Christmas Party will be Friday, December 21 from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Youth Suite. All youth, their friends, youth group volunteers, and college-age BPBC youth group alums are encouraged to come! Wear your fun or silly Christmas attire if you’d like. We will have dinner, games, and our annual tradition: Recycled Gift Exchange!
To participate in the gift exchange, find something that you already own or that you can get for free that you are willing to part with. Think creative, fun, and something that others might really want. No literal trash, please. Be nice! It’s always fun to see what others come up with and sometimes we go home with some real treasures!
Let Pastor Sara know you are coming! See you there.
Late Night, January 12
Saturday, January 12, 6:00 – 10:00 pm with friends from Buechel United Methodist Church. Dinner, Devotional, and most importantly – big, crazy, fun group games! More details coming soon.
Missions Weekend, March 15-17
Mark your calendars for the Youth Mission Weekend, March 15 – 17. This event is with youth groups from all over Kentucky. We gather to spread God’s love in the community through mission projects together. We also engage in Bible study, worship, and fellowship. We leave on Friday and return for church Sunday morning. More details coming soon.
Summer Mission Trip, early June
This year, we are planning to take youth to experience Extreme Build, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Kentucky’s annual project in which a home is built for a family in McCreary County. Youth will participate in basic tasks, assisting with this big project. Interested? Let Pastor Sara know. We hope to gather other youth groups to travel and serve together. More details, including specific dates coming soon.
Passport Summer Camp, July 7-12
Passport Camps is a summer camp for church groups. It is 6 days of high-energy engagement in Bible study and missions, afternoon choice groups, and fun with friends from church as well as new friends from other churches. Youth are eligible to attend Passport during the summers after their 6th-12th grade years. (6th graders are eligible to instead attend Passport Kids, but we do encourage them to attend Passport with the youth in order to develop deeper relationships with the youth group.)
Passport Youth 2019 Information
Dates: July 7-12, 2019 (Tentative: We might leave on Saturday, July 6)
Location: Greensboro, NC on the campus of Greensboro College.
Cost: Total cost per camper is $450, which includes registration ($415) and travel fee ($35). The church will cover additional transportation costs as well as group fees and chaperone registration.
Fundraising: Fundraising and financial assistance is available, with priority going to BPBC members and regular attendees. Our annual fundraiser will be Sunday, November 18, when youth will host the Youth Dessert & Gift Auction, including lunch, after worship.
IMPORTANT! Money is never a reason not to participate in church activities, especially for children and youth. Please speak with Sara about further questions and concerns about finances.
Signup: Registration is $75 and is due immediately (spots do fill up). Please communicate with Sara about your plans. We will close registration on November 18 and make final travel, chaperone, and financial decisions at this time. Please note that all campers will need to be involved in BPBC to an extent that we can get to know them before attending camp.
Questions? Concerns? Contact Pastor Sara for more information or to register!
Countdown to Passport Youth Camp 2019!