Wellness for Back to School: Join us for any or all sessions of a 7- week workshop series covering key topics for parents with the return to school and the opportunities and challenges that come with that. We will use the Axis Ministry Parent Guides which help parents navigate today’s culture and connect with their kids and teens through meaning full conversations. The schedule is as follows:
8/29 Back to School- Back on the Hamster Wheel
9/4 Making Your Home a Safe Place and Promoting Civility in our Families
9/11 Sleep, Rest and the Sabbath
9/18 Body Positivity and Fitness
9/25 Eating and Nutrition for Growing Kids and Families
10/2 Forced Family Fun: Family Nights and “Ordinary Time”
An open Bible Study for moms who support, encourage and grow together in their faith journeys. Looking to God’s Word for guidance through the ups and downs of parenting, this group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month to study and on the second Wednesday to serve others.
This fall we will kickoff with a study from Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson’s Desperate and discuss how motherhood can be both joy-filled and overwhelming. This study is described as a life offering filled with encouragement , help and answers to the hard questions and trials that all parents face. We will also walk through the weekly devotion by Jen Hatmaker, Out of the Spin Cycle, designed to lighten our “mother load” and remind us that Jesus’ to-do list is way shorter than ours.
Using the Season Two podcast by Christian Counselors, Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Travathan, and hosted by Sarah Bragg, we will listen and discuss who children are at each of the four stages of development and what they need from their parents during that stage. We will then share, encourage and brainstorm ideas to help to prepare each other for the next season.
As your student begins the new 6th grade community groups with their leaders, Join Alan and Jenny for our tips in tackling both the celebrations and challenges that will come during this middle school season in your family. Parents will also receive updated information on Student worship, small groups, Confirmation, mission trips and the other opportunities awaiting you and your new 6th grader in the Student Life and Parent Ministries.
Welcome to Student Life Ministry for Parents of 6th Graders
Date: August 18
Time: 11:45 - 1:00 PM
Location: The Underground Café
Leaders: Jenny Bramel and Alan White
Join your 7th-12th grade student for lunch as their small groups kick off (6th grade groups begin in January). Then break off with the community of other parents whose students are new to small groups. We will discuss the logistics of this facet of the Student Life Ministry as well as the importance of modeling and encouraging participation and growth through a small group experience. Learn and discuss expectations in communication with leaders, what battles to choose and how to prioritize the many opportunities awaiting your family in the Mount Pisgah Student Life and Parent Ministries.
Small Group Kick-Off/ Parent Lunch for Students new to Small Groups
Date: October 27
Time: 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Location: Room S139
Leaders: Jenny Bramel and Rita Felice (for decisions made during GLOW or SCREAM)
Families whose children accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior during GLOW and during the SCREAM Retreat will be equipped, encouraged and resourced for next steps they can take in order to deepen in their own spiritual journey and grow in their relationship with God.
Following Jesus- Next Step Meetings for Parents and Children
Date: October 27
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: The Underground Worship Center
Parents, adults and students, please join all of our high school Impact groups for a one hour workshop from attorney Michael Wilensky (from the Organization End Distracted Driving) as he shares the risks and dangers associated with driving while distracted, a choice that can have life-long consequences. Participants will learn about the three different types of distracted driving, be encouraged to examine their driving attitudes and behaviors and be empowered to speak up for their own safety when they are being driven by a distracted driver- even when it’s their own parent!
Distracted Driving- A Workshop for Parents and Teens
Date: September 22 - November 17
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: The Underground Worship Center
Leaders: Jenny Bramel, Alan White with Daniel Findlay, Steve Wood, and Mark Danzey
Parents of 6th-8th grade students meet for their own class (while their students are in class) for fellowship and to learn/or review the basics of the Christian faith: God, Sin, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Grace, the Bible and Keys to Discipleship, the Church and Service and explore the roles of parents within each of those topics. Parents will be encouraged and equipped to have meaningful discussions about life and faith with their confirmands as well explore weekly how God uses this crazy ride called parenting to sharpen and deepen our own faith.
Confirmation Sunday Class Schedule:
All students and parents meet in the Underground
Student classes on North Campus/Parent classes in the Underground
(Student make- up classes are held the following Sunday evenings and must be completed for each session. There are no make-up sessions for the parent classes but they will be partially available on the Student Life website the following week of each class.)
Special Confirmation Events:
Student Celebration in the Underground (6-10pm) - Mandatory for all students
Parent Time of Prayer/Communion in S305 on N Campus (6:15-7pm)
Family Celebration with Baptisms in the Main Sanctuary (5-7pm)
Confirmation Sunday (all students at the 10:30am service)
Meet individually in an informal setting with another mom or dad who has experienced this life-changing weekend with their teen or preteen. Help your child to grow in their relationship with God and talk to them about the issues of peer pressure, sex, love and God’s plan for their life. Through real-life stories, parents will briefly take you through the heart and logistics of the Passport2Purity materials and their personal approach, including the challenges, blessings and lessons learned from their intentional investment of time with their child. This program is done on a request basis. Email Jenny Bramel (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up your coffee/meeting with a parent who has walked in your footsteps. This will encourage and equip you to plan this life-changing getaway with your own child when the time is right.
Passport to Purity: A Training for Parents
Choose from hundreds of titles from a parenting resource library including books, DVDs and CDs. Topics available cover a wide range of topics including: praying scripture for your child, adjusting to the new role of parents, life skills for preschoolers, instilling Biblical character traits, teaching children about the sacraments, discovering your and your child’s love language, setting boundaries, having “the talk”, transitioning to middle school, parent confirmation, staying calm in discipline, the challenges and blessings of technology, youth entitlement, awareness of alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, money management, preparing for college and the admissions process, praying for adult children, preparing for an empty nest, embracing grand parenting, and more.
Contact Jenny Bramel (email@example.com) to make an appointment to stop by and peruse the titles. Resources may be checked out for up to two weeks at a time and are available on a first come, first serve basis.