Hi there moms, dads, and parents of FCC youth!
It's been a pretty crazy season, hasn't it? Know our team has been praying for you and your families throughout the months of social distancing and self-isolation, doing what we can to continue to connect with your teenager and encourage them in their faith.
As restrictions begin to lift (and our youth go ever more stir-crazy at home), we'd like to find ways to begin meeting in-person again. But the odds of us going right back to normal in the near future are pretty slim, so we're thinking of what FCC youth ministry might need to look like for the long-term. To that end, I'd like to get your feedback.
Short version - we want to focus on our smaller groups - Community Groups - and have them meet in person, alternating between having everyone gather at the church before splitting up, and having CGs meet in homes.
A possible schedule for summer might look like this:
- June 10 - meet Wednesday 6:30-8p @FCC. Split into groups outside.
- June 17 - meet @FCC
- June 24 - meet in homes during the week
- July 1 - meet @FCC (Slip n' Slide Kickball)
- July 8 - meet in homes during the week
- July 15 - @FCC
- July 23 - @homes
- July 30 - @FCC
- August 5 - @homes
- August 12 - @FCC (Back to School Night)
A possible Meet in Homes schedule might look like this:
- MS Boys & MS Girls - @Leader home, Tuesday, 6:30-8pm.
- HS Boys - @Leader home, Wednesday, 6:30-8pm
- HS Girls (9-10th grade) - @Leader home, Thursday 6:30-8pm
- HS Girls (11-12th grade) - @Leader 2 home, Thursday 6:30-8pm
Meetings would be held outside, in driveways or backyards, and masks would be required. We would also continue an online option for those who are not ready to meet in-person yet.
One of the main reasons for making a shift to homes is to allow group sizes to remain small enough that, should we be restricted to gatherings smaller than 10 again, we do not have to stop gathering for a season. We can quickly pivot to a home-only CG. I'm sure you've seen how your teenagers get "zoomed" out. Virtual connection simply cannot replace in-person relationships. And we all need regular encouragement in our walk with Jesus.
So, moms, dads, & guardians, what do you think?
- Would alternating between FCC & homes be workable for you? It means dropping teenagers off at different locations week to week.
- For those with multiple children in youth - are you ok with having a different child gone different nights of the week?
- Would it be better to have all CGs in homes meet on the same night of the week (which might mean driving to multiple different locations on the same night)?
- Other feedback you might have?
You can email replies to or call me at 303.928.7103. Before we make any adjustments, I will be sure to communicate those to you as clearly and as often as I can. Thanks for taking the time to let us know your thoughts.
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
Parenting Guides from Axis
Here's our folder with Parenting Guides on all kinds of topics.
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
Mom, Dad... What's Sex? by Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick
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.