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?

You may be wondering, Where should I put all of these kids and leaders? You’d be amazed at how many kids can and will want to pile into one room! The leaders should sleep in the room with the 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 suggest removing any irreplaceable items, potentially dangerous items, movies with ratings of PG-13 and above, alcohol, and “questionable” items. Basically, if you’re wondering if you should remove something, you probably should.

 

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

No. This is a vital time 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 the sessions on Friday and Saturday nights?

You may be needed to help with transportation on Friday night. 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.

 

Will I be responsible for transportation throughout the weekend?

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

 

How many students can ride in my car?

While this may seem obvious, you should not transport more people than you have seatbelts in your car. Thanks 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 that evening.

 

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 the Sunday of Walking Wisely Weekend.