Being the parent of a middle or high school student is has high high's and low low's. Take a deep breath, because you're not in this alone. We understand the importance of helping parents connect with God and connect with their children. We believe that parents play the most vital role in the spiritual development of a teenager.
Communication and other Touch-Points:
Online Communication: We really want parents to read our emails and online posts…so we send out things that will help parents lead more effectively. We have partnered with ParentMinistry.net to provide resources that are going to be helpful and encouraging. And yes, just being honest, sometimes our emails are just a list of upcoming events.
Trip ReCaps: After each student ministry trip we invite our parents to a 'recap' which is the following Sunday morning. At each recap we share details about the trip and about the worship times, relive the funny stuff, allow students and adult leaders to share and we watch a recap video.
Fall & Spring Parent Meetings: We kickoff each school semester with a parent meeting and/or training. It is good to see parents and be together in the same room. Vision Sunday is the Sunday before school starts and is held at both 10:00 or 11:30am. During Vision Sunday our Student Ministry Team shares the FirstWave Vision & Values, the year's upcoming plans, and where they sense God is leading the ministry for that year. A document called The FW is given to families and it highlights the upcoming year (find the digital version on the Resource Page). The new year and spring semester kicks off for parents with a parent seminar, typically on the second Sunday of January. Check out the Upcoming Events page for more information on this year's seminar.
Parent of Teens LifeGroups:
We are excited that this year there will be three LifeGroups just for the Parents of Teens. These groups will be built around parents growing in their faith, growing as a parent, and providing a place of support, encouragement and social connection. You know what is also really cool about these groups?! These parent groups will meet during our student ministry event nights. More information can be found in the coming weeks on the LifeGroup page or by contacting Noah Reid, our Groups Director.
See the Resources page for more parental resources.
Praying for Parents:
Parents, we care. It is never a burden for our team to pray for you or support in other ways. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Contact Noah Reid, Groups Director, for info about other LifeGroup offerings - email@example.com.