Keeping Up-to-Date With Youth Ministry
MS Retreat THIS FRIDAY!
Greetings parents of MS Retreat-goers!
We are just a couple of weeks away from heading out. I wanted to send a quick update so that we're all headed in the same direction. I'll also try to get information to you as we get closer.
What to Bring
Space is going to be tight this year, so youth are only allowed to bring a carry-on size suitcase (or duffel) and a backpack. In that suitcase/backpack combo, youth will want to have a Bible, pen, clothes appropriate for the weather in Estes Park, good shoes for walking around in, a modest bathing suit (there is an indoor pool), toiletries, a water bottle, a sack lunch for the way up, and a little cash for lunch on the way home. Bedding and towels are provided by the camp.
They may also want to include some snacks, cards, games, and clothes to run around/play dodgeball in.
If your child is on medication and cannot be counted on to take it reliably, please have it in a plastic bag with instructions inside and our adults will try to help remind them.
We're going up in vans and personal vehicles this year. Please arrive at FCC by 3:45pm on Friday, Feb. 23, if at all possible. Should you find yourself running late, please text David at 720.837.6048. We will return to FCC by 3pm on Sunday.
Updates and Communication
I will try to keep you updated via text, if you provided me your cell number. If you need to get a hold of us, I can be reached at 720.837.6048.
Websites to Frequent
Our Top Website Recommendations
Sticky Faith Parents - What makes faith "stick" for teenagers as they head into mature adulthood? Fuller Youth Institute took the time to study the data and found some surprising answers. They bring those answers home for parents, guardians, and grandparents here.
Axis - Axis is an organization that serves as a Culture Translator, resourcing parents to disciple and transfer legacy to their children, so that the next generation is challenged to think clearly and critically about what they believe and own their faith. They offer training videos (requires a subscription) and a Culture Translator email/archive.
CPYU - The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a great place to go for current culture news and resources on engaging your children and the surrounding culture.
Growing Leaders - Tim Elmore works with schools and churches to raise up the next generation of leaders. His blogs offer fantastic insight into how we can help our youth transition into mature adulthood.
Faith-Building and Thinking Well
Stand to Reason Parent Resource List - Looking for ways to engage the mind of your teenager (or even your own)? STR is a solid place to find just that.
Mama Bear Apologetics - Good articles on apologetic, philosophical, and worldview matters.
Books to Check Out
Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp
A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos
Get Your Teenager Talking by Jonathan McKee
Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony
5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter by Vicki Courtney
Understanding Youth & Youth Culture
For Parents Only by Shaunti Feldhahn
A Parents' Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys by Mark Oestricher
A Parents' Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls by Mark Oestricher
Marriage, Sex, and Dating
How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex by Stan and Brenna Jones
More than Just the Talk by Jonathan McKee
Preparing Your Son for Every Young Man's Battle by Stephen Arterburn
Preparing Your Daughter for Every Young Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge
XXXChurch Parent Resources - XXXChurch has done a great job resourcing the local church in how to combat pornography.
Sexuality and Gender Issues
Love is an Orientation by Andrew Marin
Out of a Far Country by Christopher Yuan
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield
Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill
On RightNow Media:
Members of Fellowship Community Church have access to RightNow Media. Get hooked up and find all kinds of video resources, studies and more to do with your teenager. Contact the Church Office for more information.
Some video series that talk about sex and dating:
- Simple Truths (Live Presentation)
- XXXChurch It's Valentine's Day Session 3
- Multiple series for youth on sex and dating - watch WITH your student, then talk about it together.