YOUNG NATION’S PARENT & TEEN HANDBOOK
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to Young Nation (YN) of Canaan Worship Center. It is our vision to
provide your teen(s) with a fun, safe environment where they will be taught the Word of
God; how the Word applies to situations they may encounter as teens; the importance of
and how to develop a relationship with God, on a level they can understand and
Teen(s) will be on time to class and service: Sunday 10am & Wednesday 7pm
(this will help cut down on disruptions of the lesson/service)
Teen(s) will bring a bible, pencils/pens, paper and offering to class and service
(we want to teach them to be responsible and to develop good habits like giving,
participating in service, etc.)
Attire worn by youth may be casual but should be decent and appropriate for
church setting (i.e. no tops, dresses or clothing that are revealing, strapless, low
cut in front or back; no clothing with holes, etc).
No sagging pants or shorts (no undergarments should be visible)
3rd Sunday of every month is designated as dress up Sunday.
The following rules have been established to ensure the safety and well being of all
participants. Parental and teen cooperation is essential to the success and proper
operation of Young Nation.
Rules of Conduct/Requirements
Parent(s) may not drop teen(s) off prior to YN opening times (6:30pm on
Wednesday or 7:15am on Sundays)
Parent(s) should make sure teen(s) enters the building and are signed in or
accounted for by a YN staff member. At no time should a parent leave their teen(s)
out in front of the YN building or unattended.
Parent(s) must promptly pick up youth immediately after service at the main
sanctuary as it has concluded.
All teen(s) will be required to have an information sheet on file. If you have
previously filled out an info packet, it will need to be returned ASAP.
Teen(s) will not be allowed to play in the gym or participate in any outings until
their info packet and waiver are completed and on file.
No beverages, gum, candy, snacks, or food of any sort in the sanctuary.
All foods & beverages must remain in the designated lounge/fellowship area.
Teen(s) will obey all staff, volunteers, or other adults assisting YN
Teen(s) will respect all YN staff, volunteers, peers, etc.,
Teen(s) are not allowed to leave Young Nation prior to dismissal unless a parent,
guardian or authorized individual (listed on info form) comes inside facility,
notifies the staff, and accompanies teen off premises.
Everyone will share in the responsibility of keeping the facility clean.
No sitting on or putting feet on any furnishings or equipment.
Teens are not permitted in the AV / sound booth area (unless authorized)
All phones must be put on vibrate or silent.
No misuse, abuse, or unauthorized use of furniture, supplies or equipment
No outside shoes on court.
No gum, candy, snacks, or food of any sort in the gym. Only bottled beverages
that have a lid/cap are allowed in the gym.
No foul language, name calling.
No hanging on rims or nets.
The safety of children is our main concern. There will be a lot of traffic flowing
through the YN parking lot.
When teen(s) are being dropped off, please help us keep the traffic flowing by not
holding conversations with individuals outside the car. If you need to have a
conversation, please pull into a parking space.
When teen(s) are being picked up, please properly pull into a parking space and
wait for your teen(s) to exit facility. Please be considerate of others as you would
want them to be considerate of you by not blocking the driveway, entryway or
We encourage parent(s)/teen(s) to car pool.
If parent fails to promptly pick their teen(s) up at conclusion of the service in
main sanctuary, teen will be not be allowed at YN for a period of one(1) month.
If your teen does not comply with the rules, they will receive a warning and up to
two chances to correct behavior. Parent(s) will be notified upon pick up.
If your child’s behavior is not corrected after warnings, this may result in loss of
social and/or recreation time and/or participation in activities and/or use of
facility. Parent(s) will be notified of behavior upon pick up.
If teen(s) has multiple occasions of disrupting or misbehaving or if any behavior
is severe, extreme or egregious, teen will not be allowed to come back to YN until
there is has been a counseling session with parents and department
leaders/directors regarding plan of action.
The Sunday morning service will be similar to that which takes place at the main
church. It will consist of prayer, scripture, praise & worship, song and dance
selections, and a message that will apply the Word to real life situations the youth
can relate to while being presented on a level they can understand.
After some services the youth may have time for fellowship and recreation.
Word Connection Wednesdays will be a time where the teens will be taught the
observation, interpretation and application of the Bible with the type of energy
that will keep them engaged.
Wednesday nights will consist of prayer time, announcements of upcoming events,
praise and worship, activities, the lesson, and fellowship/recreational time.
A full size court for basketball and volleyball
A teen lounge/fellowship area
Boys 2 Men – Mentoring
Here is a sneak peak at some of the great things Young Nation has planned.
Basketball league play
Volleyball league play
Events and Musicals
Study group and tutoring
Mentoring program for teenage girls
1. Career training and preparation
2. Scholarship and College application assistance
Any information obtained by YN will remain confidential
For questions/concerns please call the Member Services (816-268-6223), e-mail
at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to speak to one of the YN Staff before or
We want teens to feel comfortable and encourage them to speak with any staff
member regarding any situation they may be dealing with or have