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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

Categories: for Parents, Parenting

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.

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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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Partnering with Parent’s through Awana


Below you will find a few resources from Awana.

Our hope is that you will find these resources encouraging to you as you parent your child.  We are only a month away from celebrating this year’s Awana season.  Check your child’s progress through his or her Awana book.  Your child maybe close to completing a book, earning a jewel or an award.  Just spending 5 minutes each day by listening to your child recite his or her verse can increase your quantity of quality time for your family.  I am praying for your family as this year in Awana.

Awana Resources for Parents: (Just click on the links.)




Kid’s Fascination with Dinosaurs

Where did Dinosaurs come from? Are they in the Bible?

Many parents may have heard these questions or questions like these at some point in their parenting.  Why?  Why are kid’s fascinated with Dinosaurs?

I believe it has much to do with secular influence of modern society.  Let me explain!  What show do most of our children watch on TV?  Does “Dora,” or “Diego” sound familiar?  What about movies?  Does the movie “Land Before Time,” ring a bell?

These types of TV shows or movies peek our children’s interest in the mystery of the giant creatures, the Dinosaurs.

In my own family, my son recently requested a Dino Birthday.  When we had a family day he requested to visit a museum that had Dino bones.  Just a few weeks ago I heard a story about a child asking his Awana leader about Dinosaurs in the Bible.  This past week I received an email from a parent asking for a resource for their child’s interest in the giant creatures.

So, this peeked my own interest and guided me to study on the topic myself.  It is important for parent’s to do the same.  Start with the Bible and use it as the framework of your study.  There are other books that can help guide you as well, such as The New Answers Book, by Ken Ham.

Here is a brief start to what I have found.

Dinosaurs!  Here are two texts to begin with; Genesis 1:24-25 and Job 40:15-24.  The Bible provides the framework for explaining the beginning and the end of the Universe.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10

From Ken Ham’s book The New Answers Book, he points out the connection that God created all kinds of land animals in Genesis 1:24-25.  All living creatures lived in harmony with each other, until the fall of Adam and Eve.  It was not until then we see a death of an animal.  God shed an animal’s blood in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:21 and clothed Adam and Eve.  Death entered in to the world after the fall of man.

The Big, SO WHAT?

So, what does this mean for me, you may ask?

This is a foundational start to understand and begin to answer our children’s fascination with Dinosaurs and other question about the world. We help them develop their Christian worldview. If we want our children’s faith in Christ to last for a lifetime we (parent’s) need to grow in our faith in Christ.  Let me encourage you to grow with your children and it is OK to say, “I don’t know,” to your child’s questions.  But do not stop there.  Say, let’s find out together.  Make a Faith Moment out of your search together.

May the Lord bless your times together as a family!


There is no “I” in Team!

Grace at HomeHave you ever heard the saying, “There is NO “I” in TEAM”?

It makes lots of sense, but have you ever thought of it in the context of your family?

“The Family” as a team.  Teams are generally made up of individuals with gifts and talents that contribute to the over all effectiveness of the team.  It requires each individual doing their part, teamwork.

I think many times in a family there is an interal competiveness that exists.  Of course, amoung your children there will be nature tendencies for competiveness.  Most of the time it is your children looking for attention.  I have three boys and the two older ones turn everything into a competition.  Many times we write it off as them just being boys.

Let’s think of the family competition in another way.  What about the husband and wife.  Does your relationship ever feel like your competing?  Do you feel like you working against each other?

I think viewing your family as a team is a healthy way to learn to work and play together, for the whole family as well as husband and wife.  Remember your on the same team!  Start in simple ways.  Look at your home responsiblities as a team effort.  However you divide up the responsiblities at home, find ways to work together.

In His Grip,


Categories: GRACE@Home, Marriage, Parenting

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