2018 Faith@Home Classes for Parents


February 25“Preparing for Adolescence”
It is critically important to help children prepare spiritually, emotionally, and physically for adolescence. Between the ages of 9 and 11 we begin to introduce these concepts to young people as they attend worship, classes, and activities at College Hills. During this time parents are encouraged to attend a class entitled “Preparing for Adolescence” where they are given tools to face the challenges of the teen years. Parents are encouraged to plan a “retreat/getaway” with their child to work through the “Preparing for Adolescence” material.


March 18 - “Establishing the Family Blessing in Your Home
The second milemarker is enacted in the second year of the child’s life. A class is offered to assist parents in establishing the ritual of praying God’s Blessing over their child daily. Parents will discover how the simple
practice of blessing your family can transform their lives forever and, more importantly, change the fabric of their daily family life. The biblical practice of blessing is a potent, yet simple way to help children come to
know and love God.


April 8“Helping Your Child Think About Baptism”
The most important milestone in the life of every person is the decision to give his/her life to Christ. For the child growing up in a Christian home and participating in a local church, a decision point is often reached between the ages of 7 and 13. At milemarker 5, we partner with and equip parents to lead their children toward this life-changing connection with Jesus Christ. Parents are encouraged to attend a class that teaches the biblical truth concerning salvation and baptism. In this class, parents will be equipped with resources to help them lead their children in making a commitment to Jesus.


April 22 - “Turning Loose and Taking the Wheel
A class is offered for the parents of those students finishing the ninth grade. The class recognizes the important milemarker when teens obtain the privilege to legally drive a motor vehicle. Parents are guided through ideas and plans on how to successfully navigate this significant moment where trust and responsibility are vital.


May 13 “Becoming Your Child’s Primary Faith Trainer”
The first milemarker along the parenting pathway is the Celebration of Life Ceremony. This ceremony is for children 1 year of age and under along with their parents. It is held once each year during the 8:45 Sunday morning worship service. The Celebration of Life Ceremony is preceded by a required class for parents. Parents learn of their biblical role as the primary faith trainers of their children. They are encouraged to embrace God’s plan for them to intentionally lead in the spiritual and moral development of their children as the church partners with them along the way.


August 12 "Helping Your Child Understand What It Means to Be a Friend"
This class is for parents of 5th/6th graders and will be held in conjunction with the class for 5th/6th graders, "You've Got a Friend in Me" or ”How Not to Be a Jerk"
Jesus said the most important thing in the world is loving God. The second most important is to love each other. One of the most crucial skills for the growing disciple to develop is the art of friendship. What does it mean to be a true friend and neighbor? What qualities make a real friend? All of life is enriched when we love each other better. This session endeavors to help our children be great friends and neighbors.  


August 19 "Exploring the Bible Together”
The third milemarker is reached upon entering Kindergarten. A class is offered to help parents model and encourage the reading of God’s Word. We want our children to make decisions based on a biblical world
view. A ceremony will take place for the elders of the church to give a Bible story book to each child to encourage them to begin their own personal walk with God.


September 9 "Helping Your Child/Parent Tame Technology”
The fourth milemarker is reached at age 8-9.   A class is provided with the goal of giving parents and children the information and tools that will help them effectively navigate the challenges of today’s technology. This session is designed to be experienced by parents and children together. It will address the use of phones, computers and gaming systems as our families strive to make good, safe, God-honoring decisions in with their devices.


September 23 "Parenting for Purity”  (along with teen class "Authentic Love" on 9/30)
This effort will expose culture’s distorted messages about purity and love and will reveal how God has created us for a lifestyle of personal holiness.  Students will examine the attributes of holiness that shape our identity. They will be challenged to reject the self-serving influences of culture and embrace what it means to live as godly young men and women who reflect the character of Christ.  Parents will have a class session before their children begin the project in order to be aware of the material and make plans for their child’s pledge.


October 21  "Grown and Flown”
Transitions can be tricky and often difficult. Letting go and moving forward is frequently more challenging for the parent than it is for the child. Parents have moved through the phases of parenthood from Commander to Coach to Counselor and now to Consultant. What new expectations and limitations does this new phase bring for parents? We cannot parent in the same way as we did when our children were toddlers or teens. This session will help parents to effectively transition into this new phase where children are now young adults.