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Welcome to our High School Youth Ministry page. We are so glad you are wanting to know more about what’s going on at Westover, and would love to help you find a home here. Given the current world climate, our weekly programming looks quite a bit different than it normally would, but know that we are committed to continuing to meet in a safe and responsible way for as long as is necessary. If you have any questions, please email us at youth@westover.org.

Sunday Nights: Huddle Meetings and Worship time led By Christian & Kathrine Pimentel.
This is a time for the entire high school to worship together, hear personal testimonies, study the bible, have small group discussions, play volleyball, catch up on each other’s lives, and more! This will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the home of Brent and Amberly Allen. The Allen’s “backyard” backs up to a tributary of bull creek and has tons of room for a volleyball court, a fire pit, tons of places to sit and hangout, and tons of shade. While we would of course love to be meeting regularly at our building, this is an amazing alternative.

Wednesday Nights: A rotation of Girl’s and Guy’s Bible study, and Inklings (our apologetics discussion group)
This rotation will go from after Labor Day in September through the rest of the fall, and possibly into the spring. We will meet on the covered back patio of the Pimentel’s house for all 3 of these events. The timing will be announced email so that we can adjust for holidays and the like, so make sure you are on our list!

For more information on Sundays & Wednesdays, or to be added to our email list, please email youth@westover.org.

*Addresses for the Pimentel’s and Allen’s will be sent out through email.


Other forms:
Parental Consent Form
WESTOVER YOUTH RETREAT FAQ

For more information on events, please email youth@westover.org.

Bordines
This high school wide bible study is held on Sunday nights at the Freeman’s house, 11004 Bitteroot Circle, Austin. It is a time for us to look deeply at the scriptures and discuss what these scriptures mean for us personally. This is also a great time for the youth group to hang out and socialize; we usually all go out to eat together afterwards.
Worship Stew
Held monthly at Westover, this is an opportunity for our 6th through 12th grade students to worship together and hear personal testimonies.
Faith Story
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Faith Stories is a series of parenting classes designed to help parents share their faith with their children and navigate the various milestones in their children’s lives.

Faith Story: Parents of Kindergarteners
This three week class for parents of Kindergarten students is designed to help parents share their faith with their children in order to help their children navigate the various milestones leading up to middle school.

Faith Story: Baptism
This is an adult class for parents of a child or teen who wants to be baptized or was just baptized.

Faith Story: Senior Students and Parents
This class for senior students and their parents is designed to help students prepare for college and talk about what it looks like to follow Jesus after leaving home.

Faith Story: New Parents
This three week class will discuss how to raise children who are Jesus-followers. It is for people who want children, are pregnant, are adopting, or just had a child.

Faith Story: 8th Grade Students and Parents
This three week class for 8th grade students and their parents is designed to help parents share their faith with their children and prepare students to be Jesus-followers in high school.

Faith Story: Parents of 5th Grade Students
This three week class for parents of 5th graders is designed to help parents share their faith with their children in order to help their children navigate the various milestones in middle school.

Girls and Guys Bible Studies
These are held weekly and are designed to give our teens an opportunity to discuss issues of faith as they pertain uniquely to men and women. Please check our calendar for location and times.
Girls Retreat
This is a fun, outreach oriented lock-in for girls grades 6-12. We spend time worshipping, praying, and hearing testimonies about matters pertinent to young women today. We also have a pajama fashion show, games, a dance party and lots of silliness!
Guy's Retreat
The guys retreat focuses on issues specifically applicable to middle and high school guys’ lives. We’ll spend time in discussion and honest communication about God’s call on our lives. We’ll also eat lots of junk food and probably play some video games. The guys retreat is designed to meet guys right where they are!
High School Retreat
Every winter we have a retreat for our entire high school group. We retreat away to the Texas hill country for small group bible study, discussion, solo time, personal reflection, worship, in depth sharing, and fun! This is one of the highlights of our year, and all are welcome, so we encourage you to join us! Check out our Forms & Resources tab for more information!
Huddles

Huddles – one of the best things about our youth ministry

TIME: 6 – 8 PM on SUNDAYS

This is a time for the entire high school to worship together, hear personal testimonies, study the bible, have small group discussions, play volleyball, catch up on each other’s lives, and more!

This will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the home of Brent and Amberly Allen. The Allen’s “backyard” backs up to a tributary of bull creek and has tons of room for a volleyball court, a fire pit, tons of places to sit and hangout, and tons of shade. While we would of course love to be meeting regularly at our building, this is an amazing alternative.

Kadesh Life Camp
This Abilene Christian University Leadership Camp is designed for high school students to experience faith with their heads and their hearts. To do this, students are challenged to work out their faith in small group discussions, service projects, and exciting and unique devotionals. The curriculum is focused on a single theme, and each day students work in their small groups to gain a fresh perspective applicable to their everyday lives. Kadesh Life Camp is more than just another camp; it’s faith coming alive in the hearts of a generation at a turning point in their spiritual journey. This camp is one week long each summer in the month of June. Kadesh takes 250 campers each session who stay in the dorms on the ACU campus. Kadesh is for teens that have completed 9th-12th grades. Westover attends Kadesh 2, for which sign-ups are held online in early November.
Mission Trips
We participate in several mission trips throughout the four years of high school. The Peru Mission Trip is designed to allow our juniors and seniors to work with children in a Peruvian orphanage, forming relationships and teaching them about Jesus. This is held every other year during Spring Break. The Wyoming Mission Trip allows us to work with the Shoshone Head Start program and a local church in the city of Lander, Wyoming. This is held every other summer and is open to all high school teens. The Impact Mission Trip is held every Spring Break and allows us to work with Impact Church of Christ in Houston to facilitate a weeklong VBS for inner city kids.
Other Events
We also have other community building events throughout the year, such as Mother/Daughter Tea (hosted by the Children’s Ministry), Father Son Camping Trip (hosted by the Children’s Ministry), Float Trip, a Fright Film Festival, a Christmas Party, Huddle Retreats, and Huddle Parties. Please check our calendar for these events. 
Parent Huddles
This informal gathering, which is led by former huddle leaders, allows parents to discuss issues pertinent to families and faith. Come join us on Sunday nights in C201 for dessert and coffee, and take advantage of this opportunity to connect with other parents!
Service Projects
We give our high school students opportunities to serve the city of Austin every other week during the summer months. Students also serve the city of Austin in various other capacities throughout the year with their huddle groups.
Scholarship Policies
Partial and full scholarships are available to all families who have a financial need. We do not want money to ever be a barrier that keeps your children from attending youth events.
In order to have enough funds to provide the amount of requested scholarships, we do ask that each family pay whatever they are able to pay for each event—even if it’s only $5.00.
We also believe that creating buy-in with families is important, so if you are unable to give anything monetarily, we ask that you or your child volunteer to help with a youth event.
If you would like to request a scholarship, please email youth@westover.org.
YOUTH CALENDAR
Youth Calendar Oct 16 – May 17

For more information on the calendar, please email youth@westover.org.

Westover relies on volunteers to run our Children’s and Youth programs, and all volunteers are required to be KidSafe certified. If you have been a member of the Westover family for at least 6 months we would love to have you join KidSafe. To start the process for KidSafe certification, please complete the online application here. You should receive an email with a link to our online training as the next step. If you have any questions regarding the process, you may email ministrysafe@westover.org. We will do our best to answer any questions you might have about the process and Westover’s commitment to the safety of our children and volunteers.

If you are already KidSafe certified, don’t forget that you need to get re-certified every two years to stay current. If you haven’t received a link for the online renewal training, please email ministrysafe@westover.org so we can verify that we have your correct email address.

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Youth Training Permission

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