What age group is Switch for?
- We don’t go by age but rather by grade. Switch is designed for grade 6-12 and we are firm on this as we already have a large age span and the larger it gets the more challenging it is to cover some of the topics that we like to tackle.
How often does Switch run?
- Switch runs every second Sunday from 10:30 – 11:30. Our service is always followed up with lunch and an event that typically run for about 3 hours.
- Over the summer we hold connection events after church on the same every 2-week schedule. We encourage our teens to help out in our kid’s area and give our regular volunteer a little bit of a break.
Why doesn’t it run every week?
- This is for a couple of reasons. A Switch weekend takes a lot of planning and manpower. It also gives our teens an opportunity to experience different aspects of Friends Church like going to the main service or volunteering with our kid’s program, both valuable opportunities to connect to the larger community.
What is the cost to attend Switch?
- There is no charge for our Sunday service but our lunch and events typically have a cost associated with them. We attempt to just cover our costs and so events would range from $5 – $20. We make an effort to space out the more expensive events.
- If cost is ever an issue we are happy to help out. We never want teens missing out.
What does Switch stand for?
- We are asked this occasionally and although we have given it some thought, we actually just liked the name.
Who can volunteer?
- Our volunteers are regular people who have a desire to help teens discover their strengths and make their world a better place. They are not perfect, they have varied beliefs, backgrounds, and range in age. It is their uniqueness that makes our team awesome. So if you are graduated and want to work with teens and have a great time you should check us out.
- For more info contact Carmen Kokot at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell at 403-990-6596
What are you guys all about?
- Switch is about empowering and equipping teens. We strive to provide a place that is safe for teens to question, explore, wrestle with life’s questions and the beliefs they will choose to hold. We don’t shy away from tough topics and encourage each teen to discover the strengths and talents that they posses. It is a place where teens have the opportunity to make a difference and build confidence in their ability to make a difference in their world.
Where is Switch held?
- We meet in the social hall of a Jewish Temple (Bhai Tikvah) 900 47 Ave SW, Calgary at 10:30 am every second Sunday. Our events typically start at the church but often end up offsite.
What does a typical Sunday look like?
- 10:30-10:45 hangout and catch up. Free donuts, slurpee, and icecream. Games and music
- 10:45 – 11:20 interactive topic, engaging teens in topics focused on life skills, relationships, and how we can make our world a better place. We explore what it means to have a unique spiritual journey and how the bible can impact our lives today. We focus on making a difference in our world and believe that this is indeed spiritual. We Don’t shy away from topics that matter.
What sort of topics to you cover?
- We tackle all sorts of topics. Things like: relationships, consent, life skills, addiction, spiritual journey, stress, making a difference, purpose and so much more.
- We have a love your neighbor series which consists of an interview with people from different faiths, sexual orientations, race. People with mental health issues, eating disorders and more because the things we don’t understand or hold inaccurate beliefs about, impacts our ability to love those around us.
- e-mail – weekly parent update click this link to add your email
- newsletter – at info table at Switch service
- phone tree – phone messaging system that sends out a call with event info.
- facebook – Switch FB page
- Instagram – Switch_youth_crew
- Website – friendschurch.ca/switch
What is a Switch event?
- Switch events are broken into 2 categories. We run one of each during a month. The first has a focus of giving back and making a difference in our world “we call this taking water” The second are fun relational events which also help teens learn a skill that will help them be more effective at our water events.
Each year we host a couple of larger events.
- Project Mexico in which we take a team of grade 9 and up to Tijuana to build homes (March – spring break)
- Fall Retreat – this is a weekend in September when we take the teens to Camp Evergreen. It helps our group connect and set our intentions for the coming season of impact and making a difference.