The Parent Update//March 2016
I’m so grateful that you would take them time to read a little bit here on our Parent Update!!
Here you will find upcoming event information, a helpful article on parenting your student and information on the series your student is currently engaging in our weekend services!!
We are currently in a series called OMGMF …Oh My God My Father….where we are taking the month of March to look at Jesus’ life through the eyes of his best buddy John.
We are challenging students to read through the book of John in the month or March. They can download the Bible app from there smart phone or table and find our reading plan and read along with all of us!!! To do that just search for Anthony Taylor RED and friend me and they will have access to the daily reading plan right on their phone!! Now Im a bit old school too…so if they have a paper bible (its a new concept you might have to show them it :P ) just read a chapter a day till Easter!!
Don’t forget for every Easter adult service we have an incredible drama experience for them in our area in the back (The Hangout) We would love to see them and their friends for Easter….AND any service there after!!!
Hope you are encouraged as you read about helping your kids own their faith in the article below!
RED Student Ministries
03.12 Movie Night
03.22-03.23 Girls Lock-In
03.23 Service Day
03.23-03.24 Boys Lock-In
04.08 Beach Day
04.15-04.17 Refresh Retreat (RSL)
04.20/04.27 Baptism Classes
04.22 Mess Fest
05.06 Special Needs Prom
05.27-05.28 8th Grade D Weekend
06.17-06.18 Senior Weekend
Reading the Book of John
Find “AnthonyTaylor RED” on The Bible App (download for free from www.bible.com) and start reading the Book of John with us on our "John Reading Guide" plan OR grab that paper Bible and give it shot!
Help Your Kids "Own" Their Faith
As kids hit adolescence, one of the key issues for developing a genuine faith (or in other words,"owning" their faith) is the extent to which they are able to think critically about it. The teenage brain is developing, and adolescence is the typical time when kids who have grown up in church begin to process what they believe, wrestling with tough questions, nagging doubts, and more complex issues of faith.
Rather than repressing doubts and questions, wise parents will embrace and foster this season in a teen's life, creating an atmosphere where critical thinking is encouraged along with providing heavy doses of acceptance and coaching. Parents can express acceptance by sending their adolescent the message that genuine doubting and questioning is a normal, positive aspect of the spiritual growth process. And parents can coach their kids by coming alongside to walk with them as they work through their doubts and questions.
Encouraging and facilitating teenagers to think critically about faith issues may produce a measure of fear and trembling in parents as it means loosening the reigns of control and protection. It means embracing the possibility that their child's faith may not turn out to be a carbon copy of their own.
Kids may end up holding different beliefs on issues of faith. They may even move away from the community of faith they have grown up in because they've been allowed to think critically. But consider the alternative: a disinterested church kid who may intellectually know facts about the Christian faith, but who is unable to authentically connect faith and life. Some of these young adults walk away from church as soon as they are able.
Knowledge about the facts of Christianity alone will not make for a personal, vital, and real faith that equips kids to live out their faith in the real world. Rather, when parents who encourage their kids to think critically; to wrestle with the complex issues of Christianity and provide them with a supportive, encouraging, and safe environment to do so -- will ultimately help them to develop a genuine and enduring "owned" faith that will serve them well throughout their adult years.
Need more info? Email me at email@example.com or visit at www.miamivineyard.com/students