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DRIVEN Parent Cue – Collide OVERIEW

Collide:
Series Overview
Ask anyone who’s ever run into a sliding glass door that was closed, or went for the same baseball as a teammate, or experienced a fender bender at a stoplight—a collision changes things. Whether it’s a bump on the head or a cracked bumper, something is not the same as it was before. The same thing happens when we collide with God or His truth or even other people. We’re changed. But unless we put ourselves in a position to collide, everything will stay the same. So are you ready to change, are you ready to collide?

Series Begins on November 13.

– Freddy

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in DRIVEN, Parent's Connection

 

Talking to your Children-Parent Cue-October 23, 2011

Another week and here is another conversation you can have with your children. As I reflect on how this theme of ‘creativity’ is affecting my life, my prayer is that you’re looking for creative ways to help someone as well. My prayer is that God will open doors for you to partner with the church and we together will fulfill God’s mission–Praying for you, Angelina

Bible Story: This Little Light of Mine (Sermon on the Mount, salt and light) • Matthew 5:14-16

Bottom Line: Use your imagination to do more good.

Memory Verse: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV

Virtue: Creativity—using your imagination to do something unique.

Ask a kid: What creative gifts do you have? How could you use those gifts to help someone else?

Ask a parent: What people or organizations do you know of who use their creativity to help others?

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Parent Cue

 

Talking to your Children-Parent Cue-October 16, 2011

Thank you all for making Generation Worship possible. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. My prayer is that Generation Worship became an environment for you and your family to hear God’s voice. Here is the parent cue that was used during Generation Worship so if you want to continue the conversation, please use the questions below. If you did not get a chance to make it to our worship this past Sunday, please use the questions below to talk to your children. Young Life Division is excited and eager to equip parents/caregiver to be spiritual leaders at home.  So please feel free to approach any of the leaders about how we can partner with you in creating an environment that will help families fall in love with God.–Angelina

Bible Story: More Than Words (David’s final words) • 2 Samuel 23:1-2

Bottom Line: Use your imagination to make your mark.

Memory Verse: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV

Virtue: Creativity—using your imagination to do something unique.

Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

Ask a kid: What is one way you can use your creativity to make your mark?

Ask a parent: How have you ever been able to use a tough situation in your life to generate creativity?

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Parent Cue

 

Talking to your Children-Parent Cue-October 9, 2011

Sorry for the late post. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Have a great time talking to your kids.-Angelina

Talking to your Children-Parent Cue-October 9, 2011

Bible Story: A Tisket, A Tasket … (Moses and Miriam) • Exodus 1:22-2:10

Bottom Line: Use your imagination to think big.

Memory Verse: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV

Virtue: Creativity—using your imagination to do something unique.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Ask a kid: Are there things you might be good at if you tried?

Ask a parent: Read Jeremiah 29:11. If God has a plan for our lives, how can we find out what that plan might involve?

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Parent Cue

 

DRIVEN Parent Cue – Reflection DEVOTION

Family Day . . . Every Day

by Carey Nieuwhof

We celebrated our first family day in Ontario today . . . a celebration, our premier says, of family, because families need more time together. Good idea.

We’re at the stage in our family where racking up the mileage on the car is not hard—hockey rules, and right now we’re all over the place in playoffs. Between hockey and work, there’s not a lot of time left. But because time is the key to relationship, and relationship is the key to life in Christ, we have to think creatively about how we as a family can leverage the time we have.

To me, as the kids get older, the key is not just praying together or reading the Bible together (that’s important and necessary), but the key is opening a dialogue about faith and life that runs through life. That can be a lot trickier. Personally, I find conversations about God and life happen best in the flow of everyday life.

Here’s what we do to try to track together at this stage in life (my boys are 16 and 12):

• We eat dinner together almost every night.

• We serve together on Sundays.

• We listen to music together. We let the kids drive the playlist because whatever they choose sure beats four people living together with four iPods running four separate soundtracks.

• I let my 16-year-old drive wherever he’s legally allowed because it gives us time together.

• I’m reading through the book of Daniel with Sam (age 12).

• We play board games, watch movies and read in the same space.

• I’m trying not to stay at work too late or let work come home with me too often.

• We try to take several shorter vacations together each year.

This may all sound like pretty normal, unimaginative stuff, but the key to relationship is time. What things do you do with your family? What helps you keep communication with your child wide open?

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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in DRIVEN, Parent Cue, Parent's Connection

 

DRIVEN Parent Cue – Reflection Session 1

Hi parents! New series but one that have the potential to help your son or daughter in the confusion of who they are to bring clarity to the issue of identity. I hope you will also be honest with them about your struggles when you were their age and even now, how we often hide behind masks in order to please others, but lose ourselves in the process! – Freddy

Series Overview

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Many of us see what we’re not instead of who we actually are, don’t we? We see someone who burned dinner or spilled juice on the carpet. Someone who lost her car keys—again. Someone who is not the right height or weight. Someone plagued with could-have-beens and if-onlys. These disappointments and imperfections are why we want to cover up who we really are. We want to make sure that the world around us sees only the version of us that we want them to see. But the Bible tells us we are children of God—loved and treasured exactly as we are. Over the next two weeks, we are going to challenge your child to take a look at him or herself and dare to be real.

Session One (October 9)

The first week we are going to set up the series by talking about the masks that we all wear. Most of us know we can’t be perfect at everything, but we do have certain areas where we want to appear like we are. We want to be desirable and valued. We want to feel we are worth something. But in order to get those things, we feel the need to cover up who we really are. This week we will encourage your child to begin to allow others to see him or her for who they really are. We want your child to be free from hiding behind masks.

Session One Parent Cue: What are some masks you hide behind? Why do you hide?

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in DRIVEN, Parent Cue, Parent's Connection

 

Talking to your Children-Parent Cue-Oct 2, 2011

Here is October with the great theme of Creativity. This is such a great
reminder that God created us to be creative–Angelina

For Parents/Caregivers with Children in Grade 1-6:

Parent Cue-October 2, 2011:

Virtue: Creativity—using your imagination to
do something unique.

Bible Story: Just His Imagination (Creation
story) • Genesis 1:1-2:1

Bottom Line: You were created, so you can be
creative.

Memory Verse: “For we are God’s workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us
to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Ask a Kid: What is one example of a time you saw somebody showing his or her
creativity?

As a parent: If God created the world, and He made people in His image, then what
does that say about our ability to be creative?

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Parent Cue