For most of our teens, The Door’s Drop In program is the starting point for this journey into relationship. Drop In is simply a time for teens to come in and hang out with each other and with our caring adult volunteers. This is the place where trust is built, mutual respect is earned, and life-changing relationships are forged. For most of our teens, Drop In quickly becomes their place of refuge from the stormy and turbulent world of their day-to-day lives. Open most Friday and Saturday evenings, Drop In also offers our teens a safe alternative to hanging out on the streets.
At The Door, we believe the solution to today’s culture of entitlement lies in experiencing the fulfillment of serving. Project Serve is a program designed to enable our teens to reach beyond themselves and affect positive change in the world around them – both locally and globally. A 3 stage mission experience, Project Serve provides teens with training in Christlike characteristics such as teamwork, commitment, service and leadership. Through this series of mission trips and training, participants learn to think about the needs of others and experience the joy of serving.
Ugly Couch Club
Through our small group programs such as Ugly Couch Club teens are able to deepen their relationships with our adult volunteers and with each other. Together we seek to unravel the tough stuff our teens are facing, discover the relevance of biblical wisdom to their lives today, and learn how to apply that wisdom to their daily lives. Our aim is to begin building value and character into the lives of our teens and to open their hearts to the possibility of a personal relationship with a loving God.
Alpha Youth is a 12 week program designed to give teens a safe space to explore the whole idea of faith and whether or not it’s for them. Through this series of 12 videos, the Alpha Youth Film Series explores timeless questions about life, faith and God for a new generation. The series offers compelling stories, images, questions, and discussion topics, well spread throughout each episode to better engage youth, helping them think about how these issues relate to their lives as they discuss and ask questions with their friends and leaders.
We believe it’s important that we meet teens where they are. One of the ways we do this is through offering our staff and volunteers as a support to the local schools. We do this through a variety of ways at both Elementary and High School levels, including: serving meals through the local Breakfast Club programs, volunteering ourselves as chaperones for school trips, offering homework assistance & tutoring services, and volunteering our time as an in-class support for both staff and students. Through this we demonstrate our commitment to supporting our teens and building strong working relationships with the local schools.
Kidmax Summer Day Camp
Kidmax Summer Day Camp has been in operation for over 30 years. Formerly run under the Huntsville Youth Club, Kidmax has developed great summer programming for boys and girls in grades one to eight. Our qualified staff are carefully selected to provide a safe, quality outdoor camping program for all our campers. Located at Pitmans Bay on picturesque Mary Lake, it’s no surprise that waterfront activities are a perennial favourite. Other activities include Soccer, T-Ball, Frisbee, Tetherball, Archery, canoeing / kayaking, hiking, and arts & crafts. We also introduce campers to the Christian faith in a non-threatening, age-appropriate manner through engaging and interactive daily Bible time.
As parents, we often feel ill-equipped to handle the challenges of parenting in today’s ever-changing world. That’s why Huntsville YFC is proud to offer a wide variety of online parenting resources directly from our website. All of our online parenting classes, annual “rights of passage” experiences, and downloadable parenting tools are constantly updated, tailored to the age of your child, and readily available with the click of a mouse. Because let’s face it - kids don’t come with instruction manuals.
The Door also provides access to a variety of large group events throughout the year including: Campfire (a summer camping trip),Wonderland, Today’s Teens conference, Christmas Semi-Formal, and Come & See events (in partnership with local Youth Pastors). These are all great opportunities for teens to grow in relationship with each other and create memories that will last a lifetime.