As our mid-week programs are wrapping up at our church, I thought I’d share an idea that we put into practice last year and are still in the process of refining.
A few years ago, as we handed out awards and recognition for our students at the end of the school year, I began wrestling with how empty our awards ceremony felt. There we were, with a ton of our committed parents in the room, handing out ribbons, certificates and trophies and then sending families on their merry way for the summer months.
So, last year, I decided to turn part of the night into a vision casting session for parents. First, we show this video:[vimeo http://vimeo.com/18984255]
Then, with moms in the room getting all teary-eyed because they think of their baby leaving the house in a few short years, we give them a vision for making the next years of parenting count. We explain that our church desires to come alongside them and partner with them to raise their children to become fully devoted followers of Jesus. With the term “partnership” in mind, we then offer them resources that we feel will help them a) catch the vision of partnership with the church and b) equip them to parent more confidently over the next year.
This year, we offered three resources for parents to choose from.
You can read about them here: http://www.glenkirkchurch.org/articles1-170/ParentingResourceList
So… here’s my question, have you done something like this and, if so, what resources are you putting in the hands of the parents in your community? If you haven’t… tell me why not. I’d love to hear your thoughts!