walking wisely

host homes

Each year, Walking Wisely Weekend provides our students an opportunity to invite their friends to an outreach event designed specifically for middle school students. By hosting a group in your home, you will play a vital role in our mission to lead students into a growing relationship with Christ.

Walking Wisely 2019 will take place:
February 22–24 (BBC, BC, DCC, GC, NPCC)
March 1–3 (WCC)

Here are some important things to consider before signing up:

  • You will need to prepare food for up to three meals and have snacks available during the weekend (the church will reimburse your expenses). Here’s a sample menu—nothing fancy!

  • You may need to help with transportation throughout the weekend.

  • Your student should not stay in their own bedroom. They should feel like they are away for the weekend even though they are in their own home.

This is an incredible opportunity for you to partner with us to create a welcoming environment for students to invite their friends to church. If you would like to host a group for Walking Wisely 2019, please fill out the application.

If you have questions, please email us:


frequently asked questions

Where should all these kids and leaders sleep?

Many host home families wonder…where should I put all of these kids and leaders? You would be amazed at how many kids can and will want to pile into one room! The leaders should sleep in the room with their kids to keep an eye on them, so don’t worry if you don’t have a guest room – they don’t need it!

How do I prepare my home for the weekend?

We would suggest removing any irreplaceable items, any potentially dangerous items, any movies with ratings of PG-13 and above, any alcohol, any “questionable” items – basically if you’re wondering, “Should I remove this?” then you probably should.

Do I participate in the small group time while students are in my home?

No. Small group is a vital time during the weekend when small groups bond and cultivate community, so we ask that you and your family not participate during this time, and that you allow the group to meet without you present.

Do I have to attend session on Friday and Saturday night?

Friday night you may be needed to help with transportation. Your small group leader will coordinate this with you. If you are interested, we would like to invite you to come to our late night worship session, which starts at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night.

Will I be responsible for transportation throughout the weekend?

The small group leaders will arrange transportation. They may possibly need help: Friday night, Saturday for their free time activity, to/from the church for the final session Saturday night, and Sunday for drop off.

How many students can ride in my car?

While this may seem to have an obvious answer, you should not put more students/people than you have seatbelts in your car. Thank you for your attention to this.

Can my high school student help with transportation?

High school students, including high school leaders, are not allowed to drive during Walking Wisely Weekend (even if they are 18). However, college-aged students may drive and high school students can drive luggage.

How much food do I need to buy?

Please see the “Sample Menu and Shopping List” for info on food. Middle schoolers eat a lot!

Do I need to prepare a dinner on Saturday night?

No, students will eat pizza at church Saturday night.

How am I reimbursed for the food and supplies I've purchased?

You will submit all your receipts along with a reimbursement form at pick-up on Sunday of Walking Wisely Weekend.