COME AND BE KNOWN
Pulse // 8pm-11pm
Pulse opened its doors in 2009 and has now become the place for 8-12 graders to hang out on Friday nights. Over the last ten years, the vision has remained the same; Build relationships that would allow us to speak into their lives and coach them through the highs and lows of the teenage years. We want to give them an environment to engage in meaningful discussions about life’s current social and political issues and how it relates and effects them today. It’s incredible the opinions and thoughts the youth of this generation have when given a voice to speak. At the end of the day and through all of our efforts our ultimate hope and desire are to create an atmosphere that would lend them the opportunity to tackle through issues of faith. What is Christianity? Who was Jesus? Is there a heaven? Is there only one way to it? Is there only one faith that’s right? And so on.
It is pretty common these days for our teenagers to be vaping. However, because the appropriate health testing has not been carried out on these devices and the legal age to purchase them is 18, vaping is prohibited at Pulse and as a leadership we have established a three step process to minimize these incidences. The focus at Pulse has always been relationships over discipline. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have rules and boundaries, but it does mean that our goal will always be to try to get to the real reasons behind certain actions.
- Caught once: Give a gracious warning, no parental contact necessary.
- Caught twice: Confiscate device. Bag and jacket must now be left at the entrance. Parents contacted.
- Caught three: Short-term Pulse suspension. Parents contacted again. Follow the second step after the suspension is up.
Because Pulse is a drop-in, the young people that do attend do have the freedom to check-out when they choose. To maintain integrity, we use an electronic check-in and check-out system that is monitored throughout the night. As of 3/31/17, we have electronic logs of each young person activity.
We recognize that young people are busier than ever. Sports schedules are very demanding, meaning some youth don’t get home to eat food. Between 8-9pm we serve a free dinner for any hungry youth.
Although Pulse itself is entirely free, we do sell We sell soft drinks (Arizona’s, Arnold Palmers, Starbucks Frappuccinos, etc.). Most of them are $1, so coming with a couple of dollars is a good idea.
The Upper Lounge is a space created for 10th through 12th graders to enjoy a free mini-fridge of goodies; hammocks; games consoles and an overall relaxing environment to destress from the crazy week.
What an average night at Pulse looks like.
Please note that all items below are optional and any young person can simply choose to hang out and relax.
- Dinner & Chill
(Upper Lounge Opens)
8pm – 9pm
- Special Game/Competition
9:45pm – 10:15pm
- Pulse Talk
- Night Ends
Pulse Talk is a discussion with the youth at the end of the night about current cultural issues we face today as well as wrestling through some of life’s most important questions; why are we here? What is love? What is the meaning of life?
Every Pulse Talk will begin with a warm up question to kick-start discussion. Here are just a few for this year:
- If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?
- What would you want to be famous for?
- What is the best (or worst) thing you’ve ever made?
- If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?
- If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would you say?
- If you had the power to solve one of the world’s problem, which one would it be?
- What technology would you love to see invented?