Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to the October Newsletter! Hopefully this finds you well as we are now in the full swing of our fall schedule! We have lots of good stuff coming in this next month, so be sure to checkout the rest of the Newsletter for important dates and times! Our Newsletter is regularly updated and sent out at the beginning of each month, & it can be accessed through the email or found on the OCF website! Ryan and I create these Newsletters with the hope that it can be a way for the parents in our ministry to stay up to date with what is happening within YOCF, and also what your students are learning in small groups or on Sunday mornings. We want to be an asset to you, as parents, who are walking through the spiritual development of your students and assist in any way that we can.
We meet On Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30pm for youth group. We kick off our nights with some upbeat games, follow up with a lesson, and break-off into small groups for some discussion. Make sure to take a look at our Parent Cue thats attached. It is a great resource to start the conversations about what your student is learning. I would also highly recommend downloading the Parent Cue app to find ways to engage with your student and guide them toward a deeper faith throughout the week. In addition, we meet on Sunday mornings at the 11:15 service, except every 4th Sunday when we share communion with our church family. Our Sunday morning teaching lines up with what is being taught in the adult service, where we have all just jumped into 1 Thessalonians!
I know that both Ryan & I are so stoked to be working with your beloved students and with all of you! We are not only here to come along side in the spiritual development of your students, but to be a resource for parents as well! Just as David wrote in Psalms 133:1, "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!" We want to unify with you in the raising of your students!
With Much Love,
6 - 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
13 - Identity
20 - 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:10
27 - 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 Communion (no MSM)
2 - We can all freely connect with God
9 - Resting is a way to freely connect with God
16 - Learning about God is a way to connect with God
23 - Using your talents and gifts as a way to connect with God
30 - Movie Night
When I'm asked about what parents can do everyday (besides praying) that can make a huge difference in their kids' lives, I tell them three things that can make them "AAA Parents."
Affection. Everyone needs affection to thrive, but kids want affection from their parents. I'm convinced that one of reasons teenagers are so sexually promiscuous (especially girls) is because they lack affection from the significant male figure in their life. My parents were great, but they weren't overly affectionate, so I chose to change the script in how I parented. I pour affection on my kids through hugs, back rubs, and snuggling during TV time.
Affirmation. Mark Twain once said, "I can live for two months on one good compliment." Unfortunately, many kids go two months without any genuine affirmation from their parents. Through their words parents yield so much power to shape their kids. Imagine your child has a bank account and each encouragement, affirmation, positive comment, intentional and personal word of kindness is a deposit of a penny to their account. Each negative comment is like withdrawing a quarter. How is your child's bank account doing?
Attention. Simply stated, this means parents need to focus and engage on what's happening in their kids' lives. Giving kids attention means more than popping by their bedroom and waving goodnight -- it means tucking them in. It means more than asking how their day went -- it means asking and really listening to the answer and then asking more questions. It means more than making sure they get homework done -- it means helping and coaching in a way that they feel confident and empowered. Kids need to feel that they matter to their parents!
Parenting isn't easy. Intentional parenting is even more difficult, but the rewards your child will reap through affection, affirmation and attention are worth the difficulty it takes for parents to make these into daily habits!