Parenting News

OC Mission Trip information meeting

Dear Families,

We are VERY excited about the upcoming Ocean City Mission Trip, Aug. 3-10, 2019!

This trip will be open to the church but focused on families.  We invite you to join us for an information meeting to learn about the trip details, activities, cost, and deadlines.  There will also be a need to determine some of our ministry activities, which is dependent upon who shows.  So come and make your voice heard at this meeting!

What:  Ocean City Mission Trip information meeting
When:  Sunday, Feb. 24, after conclusion of 11:00 am worship (about 12:20)
Where: Held in the ROC Foyer at Redland Baptist Church
Who: Anyone interested in the trip – family units are encouraged to attend
Meal:  Pizza and drinks will be provided

No RSVP needed

Family Ministry Overview: Come hear how we help your family thrive

At Redland, we want every family to discover how they can enjoy great relationships and passionate faith that fills the home and spills out from it.  Simply put, we are passionate about families enjoying God’s best for them.  That’s why I’m so excited to invite you to hear about an upcoming opportunity.

We are holding three, one-hour sessions that give you an “overview” of our strategy to come alongside families and help them thrive.  Our family ministry team has worked hard and developed a plan to help you succeed as a parent and pass your spiritual DNA on to your children.

Join us and hear how we are coming alongside you.  Choose from three meeting options, all at Redland Baptist Church:

  • Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9:40 am in the Chapel
  • Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 pm in the Loft
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 pm in the Barn

You’ll sense our passion for your family’s success along with our plan to help you achieve it.  This is for parents/guardians of children at all stages of development or for anyone interested in starting a family or helping families succeed.  No RSVP necessary.  Just pick which event you’d like to attend.

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman


GOOOALS! Helping Your Tween/Teen Win in the New Year

Gifts are opened, and school is out.  The New Year is coming, and it’s a great time for setting goals.

I have a goal setting resource for you, and it contains practical advice for parents to help teens make good goals with ways to measure them.

But first, what does God’s Word say about setting goals?






Plan well.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28

Commit your goals to God.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

Keep eternity in perspective.

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” John 6:27

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14

I suggest asking this question about each goal we set: How will accomplishing this goal help me bring glory to God and have lasting impact for him?


Can the goal of a better math grade bring glory to God?  Yes.  A good student is doing “all to the glory of God,” and is preparing for future success.

With this eternal perspective in mind, download the Goals Resource so you can help your teen set effective goals for the New Year.

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Christmas Day Family Activity

Set the tone for gift opening this year.  Take time this Christmas to remember Christ’s birth before you open presents.  This activity combines the Christmas story with personal family memories that will help your family count your blessings and better appreciate gifts.

Just download the sheet below.  Print it out and give family members different parts to read.  It will help if they know in advance.

Christmas Blessings Family Activity

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Empowering Your Teen to Say No (Controlling Schedules), Part 2

Hello Parents and Families:

We are following up on last week’s topic, “Empowering Your Teen to Say No.” It couldn’t come at a busier time!  As I was watching the video, some verses came to mind.  One that continues to stick with me is Proverbs 90:12. It says this,

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

This month’s online parent class is all about schedules and our teen’s time. It is about empowering your teen to say no to controlling schedules. As you watch it, hopefully it will help you do what the verse asks…for God to teach us how to gain wisdom by managing our time (days).

Isn’t that what we want from our pre-teen/teen…to gain wisdom and live a life that is intelligent? Busy schedules, crammed with too many things can quickly overwhelm the most important things and even the most important thoughts. Think about this for a minute…what are your thoughts and your teens thoughts overwhelmed with…wisdom or the next activity on the schedule?

While we feel like we are doing the best things for our child’s future and dreams, are we robbing them of enjoying the present moments?

Watch again and make a list of the helpful hints from the “too-busy” check list and then sit down as a family and pray over your day, weeks, and months. Don’t number them in a way that is packed, but go over your schedule with a red pen, ready to write “No!” on top of a few things.

You are in my heart and prayers!

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

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Empowering Your Teen to Say No (Controlling Schedules)

Greetings Youth Parents:

This is the most wonderful time of year, and it also might be the busiest! The holiday season from Thanksgiving through to the New Year is supposed to be a time of “Peace on Earth,” but if we are honest, it is busyness at another level. At least it can be unless we learn to say “No!” and teach our children to say “No!” as well.

While we all seem to live with the new phobia, “FOMO”, the fear of missing out, it is time for us as parents to step back and realize we might be missing out on what matters most.

This month’s Online Parenting Class is all about “Empowering Your Teen to Say No to Controlling Schedules.”

As you process this video as parent,s and maybe even sit down and watch it as a family, remember a few key things:

  • We can’t do everything, but what we can do needs to matter for eternity.
  • If we teach our tween/teen to say “No” to busyness, we teach them to learn to say “No” more easily to other things in the future.
  • Saying “No” now will open opportunities to saying “Yes” to other things in the future you might have never known.

My heart and prayer is to help you and your family to “Seek First His Kingdom” and that means with your schedule, too!

Please check out this week’s online parenting class:

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

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The Great Date Night with Mark Cable on November 16

All adults are welcome to join us for an evening of laughter, music, and desserts for a night that will surely be memorable.  Couples of all ages will enjoy reminiscing about their own joys and struggles of married life.

The event will be held Friday, November 16 at 7pm in the ROC Foyer at Redland Baptist Church.

Visit our registration page to sign up.

Ocean City summer mission trip – Family style

Attention families, we are working to put together a mission trip to Ocean City Baptist Church on August 3-10, 2019. Youth, children, parents, and other adults are encouraged to join in! (Minimum age TBA). Begin praying about making your “vacation” a powerful family mission experience this summer!

Ministry projects may include: construction, kids Bible projects, sports ministry, outreach to internationals, and time for family outings and great relational depth with fellow mission trip team members. Cost is TBA, likely $200-$250 per person.

Contact Kevin Freeman with questions.

Family Fun Day on October 6!

Families of all ages are invited to join us for an activity-filled day at Winterbrook Farms in Thurmont, Maryland on Saturday, October 6.  Register here.

The farm is known for its corn maze and has dozens of other fun activities, including zip line, hayrides, trike track, apple cannon, petting zoo, giant slide, and more!

Stay as long as you like and stop in to visit with fellow Redland families at our bonfire space from 3-7pm with free hot dogs and s’mores! Other concessions are available.

Look for a family discussion sheet to have a faith talk on your way there.
Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids, 4′ tall or less.  Pay at the gate and get $1 off per ticket by mentioning you are with the Redland Baptist Church group.

Tractor Tire MountainMoo Choo TrainCorn MazesPrivate CampfiresThe BeeLine Zip Lines


GRACE at Home Coffeehouse

Join us for our GRACE at Home Coffeehouse!

GraceatHome Coffeehouse3 croppedOnce a month on Sunday evenings, 5:00-6:30pm we create a coffeehouse environment in the church foyer!  Parents who’s children are attending AWANA or teens are at Fuel are invited to join us for coffee and a time to share life together.  Pastor Bobby will share resources to help equip and empower families along the journey of life, using our parent ministry resources.

We hope to see you there!

2015-2016 Coffeehouse Schedule (5:00-6:30pm):

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