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Dear JYG Parents,

I would like to inform you about the vision and mission I have for you and your students.

Here at The Journey, we want the whole family to be in service and Bible study together. That is the biological family and the church family.

Students are leaving the church at a higher rate and younger age than ever before. This keeps me up at night!I have been reading and in prayer on how to change that trend. Your students are very important to The Journey, and that is why we are going to be changing the way our Youth program runs.

My job as a youth minister is to walk alongside the family and help parents in their students’ walk with Christ. We also have a lot of members that love the students and would walk alongside you as well.

So we are beginning the process of creating an environment where parents do not feel alone in the building of the foundation of Jesus in their children’s lives. I will be providing parents with regular discussion material on what the youth group studies on Sunday mornings.

The events we have every week will be changing. We will no longer have Wednesday night youth group every week. Instead we will host JYG Family events like Contact Kids Night and Night Light. I ask that you bring your students to these events and serve alongside your student.

We will also have youth group events like game nights, movie nights, going bowling, and events that create opportunities for our students to invite their friends. These are more for just the youth group to hangout.

I hope the beginning of this process of JYG becoming more family based and our whole congregation walking alongside you and your students is spiritually uplifting for your family. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Nate Donley


Are you searching for a safe place for your child to belong? Do you want your son or daughter to truly believe in something more than what our culture influences? 

Our goal at The Journey is to reach out and connect your child with Christ and to help him or her develop and maintain a faith in Him that will lead to eternal life. In doing this, everyone who comes to know Christ can honor Him with their lives and experience the joy that comes with the love and mercy of the cross. 

We want the students in our youth program to become a “family" that keeps each other accountable in the daily struggles. Becoming part of this type of community will help your child build a closer relationship with like-minded people their own age, and with Christ (which is our main purpose of youth group!). 

We urge our youth to serve God’s kingdom with their God-given talents. The Journey includes youth in Sunday service, by allowing them to read scripture, tell prayer requests, share a testimony, and serve on the worship team. For those wanting to quietly serve, youth place Bibles and brochures on chairs, train and serve on the tech team, pass communion and offering trays. We want all of our youth to have opportunities to serve at The Journey. Please contact Nate Donley at 407.873.4272 or via email for more information on how to get involved.


Join us for Sunday morning class at 9:30 am at Wright Christian Academy. Our class is discussion-based, which gives your teenager a chance to talk about their faith more in-depth and ask questions about the week's biblical topic. At The Journey, we want to make sure students discover their faith and build solid relationships with Jesus -- not just their friends -- that will apply to their daily lives.


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