Welcome to the Buechel Park Youth Group!
Youth 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!
Youth programming is offered for 6th – 12th grade (6th graders go through a “transition year” in which they can take part in children’s and/or youth programming at the discretion of parents and pastors.)
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.
Staying Connected During Social Distancing
Due to concerns about the coronavirus, we as a church are practicing social distancing as a way to love our neighbors. This means that Retreats, Sunday School, morning Worship, 1st & 3rd Sunday Youth Group, and most other activities at BPBC are online only until further notice. Please make sure you are signed up for church-wide emails so you get the most up to date information.
Ways for youth and their families to engage:
– Make sure that you are signed up to received texts. Text @bpbcyouth to 81010 to sign up.
– Parents: Join our private Facebook group, BPBC Children & Youth Ministries for connection with other families, detailed information about events, and spiritual formation resources.
– Join us for 2nd and 4th Sunday Video Gatherings at 4:00 pm. Contact Pastor Sara or the church office for more information about how to join these.
Regular Activities & Information
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Youth meet from 9:30 – 10:30 am each Sunday morning in the Youth Suite (lower level). In the spring of 2020, we are using the Godly Play curriculum, tailored for youth and adults. This is not a youth only Bible study and is open to youth and adults of all ages.
1st & 3rd Sunday Youth Group
Youth Group meets after worship on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month until 2:30 pm. We eat lunch together, rehearse music together (see below – Youth in Worship), and study the Bible in ways that connect with us today.
Right now, due to Covid-19, these meetings are suspended until further notice.
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.
Youth Music includes youth choir, handbells, and now ukuleles! We meet during youth group on 1st and 3rd Sunday afternoons and prepare different kinds of music to perform in worship.
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.
Youth Zoom - 2nd & 4th Sundays at 4:00 pm
All youth (grades 6th – 12th) are invited to join us online on zoom, 2nd & 4th Sundays at 4:00 pm for fellowship and Bible study (if we do not meet it is because another activity is available). Contact the church or Pastor Sara for more information and how to get connected.