“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”
Psalm 78:4
SEPTEMBER 1-3, 2017

General Parenting Track & Forever Families & Exceptional Children

BREAKOUTS  (more to be added soon)

AGE-BASED WORKSHOPS

Pre-school Workshop

“Planting the seeds: The power of a family culture” 

“Discipline and Character”

 

Elementary School Workshop

“Solid foundations: The habits of a godly family”

“It takes a Village: Partnering with family, friends and teachers”

 

Middle School Workshop

“Shifting Gears: Growing with Your Child”

“Storm Proof: Getting ready for the Teen Years”

 

High School Workshop

“The Teen Years: Identity and Independence”

“Raising them to let them go”

 

NEEDS-BASED CLASSES

Single Parenting 

Single parents are perhaps some of the greatest heroes in our fellowship. In fact, the task can often seem impossible. This class provides spiritual values and practical insights from those who have walked the path to help you accomplish the greatest goal of any parent, passing on your faith to your children.

 

Blended Families

An increasing number of us are experiencing the adventure and challenge of blending two families. The joy of finding your life partner is often accompanied by difficulties in creating a unified, nurturing family culture. How to develop a new home that will bless your children’s faith.

 

Media & Technology

Every aspect of our society has been transformed by continuous access to media and technology. Technology is ingrained in our children’s daily lives, relationships, and worldview. How can our families harness its blessings while spiritually navigating its very real dangers?

 

Help! My kid hates church!

The divine gift of free will also carries with it the pain of rejection. God knows this, and many Christian parents experience this as well. By faith, however, we believe that no matter what our child’s attitude is currently, we can sow seeds every day that will lead to a harvest whether short time or long.

 

Finding balance in your crazy schedule

The whirlwind of school, lessons, practice, devotionals, bible talks, family devos, etc. are enough to drive us crazy – and that is just our children’s schedules!  How to balance the craziness that is parenting with our own needs as spouses, employees, friends, and disciples. Well…at least how to try!

 

Same-sex attraction

Few issues have impacted our children’s generation as much as the LGBT movement. Our kids experience this impact daily in the halls of their schools, in the media, and sometimes in their own hearts. As parents, we can afford neither the extreme of ignorant insensitivity nor the extreme of weak and wavering convictions. God provides deep, enduring biblical truths to guide our families through these confusing times.

 

A new legacy – Breaking the cycle of generational dysfunction

It has been said that dysfunction is the gift that keeps on giving. Many of us did not experience an upbringing in a Christ-centered home. We know parenting principles, but we don’t know what they look like in daily practice. We often get pulled back into our childhood dysfunctions by the gravity of our past. Thank God that He provides guidance through his word and his church to break the cycle and create a new legacy to pass on to our kids.

 

Grand-parenting is GRAND!

As our churches age, some of us are now tasting the sweet joys of being a grandparent. Yet, did you know that God has always intended for grandparents to play an important and vital role in the emotional and spiritual growth of their grandchildren?  Learn how you can pass on an unsurpassed legacy to your precious ones.

 

And many more….

SPECIAL ALL-DAY WORKSHOPS

Forever Families – Adoption Track

Should We Adopt?

Have you thought about adopting? This class will offer great insight into whether or not adoption is right for you.

We want to Adopt

Once you have made the decision to adopt, where do you start? There are so many things to think about, we will discuss how 3 families started to process to adopt.

Life After Adoption

A frank discussion about the highs and lows of life after adoption.

Staying Connected

Your child is home but forming a strong bond or attachment may not come easily. This class will provide practical tools and tips to form strong Attachments and Bonds with your adopted child.

Discipline is Different

. . . do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
—Ephesians 6:4  We will discuss the unique challenges of disciplining children who have been adopted, we will talk about discipline methods that may or may not be effective and how to handle the differences in discipline among siblings.

Our Stories

Adoption affects everyone in the family, hear about what is it like to be adopted and a sibling’s perspective.


Families with Exceptional (special needs) Children

Friday

1:30 p.m.-2:25 p.m. – United in Marriage               

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Perseverance Produces Character       

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Be Your Child’s Advocate           

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. – A Whole New Language: IEPs       

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. – Avoiding the Pitfalls & Landmines       

 

Saturday

10:05 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – Parenting a Child with Special Needs-Part 1   

10:05 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – Parenting a Child with Autism            

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Parenting a Child with Special Needs-Part 2

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Parenting a Child with Mental Illness       

2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. – Opening Doors for Your Child’s Future       

2:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. – SIBS Class                       

3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. – A Sibling’s Perspective    

 

United in Marriage

Friday, 1:30 p.m.-2:25 p.m. –

Having a child in the home with special needs can place a lot of stress on a marriage. Isolation and lack of understanding can make it more challenging. We will offer some tools to help you improve and enhance communication and resolve conflict.  This class will provide practical ways to keep your marriage strong under the most turbulent of situations.

Perseverance Produces Character

Friday, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. –

A child who has special needs will challenge your character in ways you never imagined. You will become a person with strengths that may not have developed under “typical” circumstances. Hear from parents who have persevered and gained the blessings  rather than getting stuck in bitterness. They will inspire you on your journey.

Be Your Child’s Advocate

Friday, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. –

The scriptures teach us to speak for those who cannot speak. Why does it feel different when it is our own child? Why is it harder in an IEP or with insurance to speak up for our children? Learning to be your child’s advocate requires us to put aside our pride and emotions to tackle the situation at hand. Come learn some strategies that have helped some seasoned parents get the job done.

A Whole New Language: IEPs

Friday, 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. –

Individual Education Programs, or IEPs, can often be very confusing and seemingly written in another language. This class will offer insights on how to prepare for an IEP from both a parent’s and professional’s perspective.

Avoiding the Pitfalls & Landmines   

Friday, 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. –

Playing the blame game, arguing over whose life is harder, closing off because “no one understands,” not sharing what you need or how you feel because you don’t want to be a burden….these are all pitfalls that prevent God’s full glory to be revealed through your family. Your child is not to teach lessons to you alone. They are here to teach and transform the church as well. Let us offer some guidance to keep you, your marriage and family on the right track.

Parenting a Child with Special Needs – Parts 1 & 2

Saturday, 10:05 a.m.-11:15 a.m. –

Parenting a child who has special needs presents some unique challenges as you straddle the special needs world and the neuro-typical world. You are not alone, hear practical advice and tips from parents who have travelled a similar path.

Parenting a Child with Autism

Saturday, 10:05 a.m.-11:15 a.m. –   

Parenting a child is one of the most important jobs we will ever do and often it is the one job that we have not been trained or prepared for.  Having a child with autism presents special challenges that require extra knowledge, resources and learning. Come hear from parents who are well-versed in the experience and will share what has been helpful to them at home, in the community and at church.

Parenting a Child with Mental Illness

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. –

Having a mental illness still carries a very negative stigma, even in the church. Mental illness is just that, an illness that requires special care and attention. Drs. Mike and Mary Shapiro have counseled and helped many families with their children who have mental or emotional issues, such as bipolar or depression. In this class, Mike and Mary will offer practical ways to parent and support children struggling with these issues.

Opening Doors for Your Child’s Future

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. –

Our goal for all our children is for them to live meaningful and fulfilling adult lives. This is also true for our children with special needs. What is meaningful and fulfilling varies for each child according to their interests and abilities. In this class we will discuss strategies and tips to help our children launch into their adult lives. 

SIBS Class

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. –

Designed especially for siblings of children with special needs. There is a great deal of attention given to children with special needs and their parents, but somehow we often forget about the unique challenges of being a sibling. A sibling will be the longest and most important relationship a child with special needs will have. This class is a fun-filled introduction to “Sibshops” for siblings to see that they are not alone, and that their concerns are relevant and being heard. They will leave with some great “conversation starters” to help them share their feelings.

A Sibling’s Perspective

Saturday, 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. –

Hear from siblings on what it is like to have a brother or sister who has special needs. Their lives have been unique and they will share their perspective in an effort to help parents better understand how to support their “neuro-typical” children in this unique role.