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,
Support youth in foster care by purchasing a $25 gift card from Target or Best Buy and bringing it back to the church by December 9. You may also write a check instead, and a gift card will be purchased on your behalf. Contact Linda R. for more details.
Our goal is to collect gift cards for all 36 children currently in care through Building Families for Children, the foster care agency we support.
Come join us in celebrating the music of the Christmas season as the Worship Ministry of Redland Baptist Church presents A Night of Carols! on Sunday, December 16 at 4pm featuring Kids for Praise 2 and 3 Children’s Choirs, Waves of Grace Youth Choir and Handbells, Celebration Bells, RBC Orchestra and Sanctuary Choir.
Childcare is available for three years-old and younger during the presentation.
A “Tasting Party” reception follows, featuring Christmas treats prepared by the RBC Family.
This Sunday we cover a fairly familiar story. Joseph was one color in Jacob’s eyes: Golden. His brothers turned a different, envious shade: Green. There are many more colors to this story, reflected in Joseph’s coat.
After being sold into captivity by his brothers, Joseph had to ask a key question: Has God forgotten about me?
Here’s your chance to do a fun activity and bring the question home (literally) by discussing ways God has helped your own family during disappointments and hard times. You may also want to discuss the impact of jealousy.
Either way, here’s a discussion sheet to get you going.
In addition to all of the cool electronics and other things your teen or pre-teen may get this Christmas, consider giving them a gift that will help them become the man or woman God has called them to be.
For that, I’ll recommend an easy-to-read book. Consider either…
These books are fun to read and written “devotional style,” just a couple pages for each tip. They have good advice and Scripture to solidify the message.
Due to inclement weather, all daytime and evening activities at Redland Baptist Church have been cancelled.
RBC Closures Due to Inclement Weather
The church office and all week day daytime activities will follow Montgomery County Public Schools when it comes to delayed openings, closures and early closures due to inclement weather. For week day evening activities, the Minister or Director of the activity will make a determination and the information will be available by 4pm of the evening in question. For weekend activities, the Minister or Director of the activity will make a determination and the information will be available at least 2 hours before the event begins. All of these changes will also be reflected on the church website (top right rotating picture) and on the office phone message for special announcements.
Hello Parents and Families:
We are back again with another fresh Online Parenting Class for this month! It is a good one that I am sure you are going to love. It all about “Becoming the Adviser Your Teen Needs.” It explains the shift that should be happening in your parenting style and your home as your teen gains more and more freedom.
As your teen grows up and matures, there is a shift that should be happening in the role you play in your child’s life. You go from “controller” to “adviser” as they are earning more and more freedom and independence.
Give this month’s video a watch, and then consider a few additional reflections I have added below:
- Is my parenting approach shifting and changing from when my child was younger? If not, why?
- What are the ways that you are allowing your teen freedoms in order for them to learn Godly independence?
- How do you see your parenting going from controller to adviser?
- Have a conversation with your teen and ask them in what areas of their life they would like you to be less of a “controller” and need your advice instead?
Please let me know how I can help you as you consider your parenting styles and as you make this necessary transition in your family.
My door, email, and phone are always open to you as parents. As always, I am in prayer for you and your family.
Your partner in ministry,
More details are coming, but here’s what you can expect:
- Family-style mission trip: Youth, children, parents, and other adults are encouraged to join in! (Minimum age TBA)
- Construction projects
- Kids Bible projects
- Sports ministry
- Outreach to internationals
- Time for family outings
- Great relational depth
- Cost is TBA, likely $200-$250 per person
Consider making this your family vacation.
Schedule your vacation and set aside August 3-10 NOW!
Just a few more days to register!
We already have a great crowd coming – about 60 – but there’s still room for more. Sign up for a night of desserts, laughs, and enriching discussion.
Click here or sign up in the church foyer this Sunday. (Last online date to register is Monday, Nov. 12.)
Already signed up? Great! Invite another couple to join you!
For couples who need childcare, you may sign up for this in the church foyer.