SUNDAYS, JUNE 16 - JULY 21 | 9:15AM + 11:00AM
So, tell me about your childhood.
Isn’t that how we imagine or have experienced a first visit to a counselor’s office?
Where we begin and how we begin is part of who we become.
Children are formative, full of potential and shaped by the experiences and relationships that comprise those mysterious years known as childhood.
Whether you’re a parent, considering becoming a parent someday or solely an adult child, we all would benefit from grasping the impact and role that our families of origin and our experiences as children and adolescents have had in how we perceive and function as adults.
You can be completely entranced in adulting… all the bill paying, career pursuing, tire rotating that you’ll find yourself taken off guard by moments that bring you back instantly to being a child.
Sometimes that’s a good thing and other times, it’s triggering.
From interpreting the significance of milestones to wrapping our heads around mapping our own genograms, our desire in this teaching series is to cultivate a richer sense of identity and understanding of how each of our own stories have molded us and how unpacking the intricacies of our formation will help us live with more intention and love.
In Paul’s letter to the church in Thessalonica he encourages them with this reminder that we believe for you as well:
“You're sons of Light, daughters of Day.
We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. “
- I Thess. 5:5 THE MSG
“You know what I didn’t understand about parenting? No one knows what they are doing.
We have no idea if we are reacting correctly or making appropriate choices or parenting “right” or striking the proper balance.
Did we discipline when we should have shown grace?
Or relent when we should have clamped down?
Are we getting the technology thing right?
Should we have let the kids see that movie with the F-word?
Are other parents letting their 7th grader go to Sonic after school?
Do we give our kids too many/few chores?
Do we allow boyfriends and girlfriends in 8th grade?
Is our kid’s curfew appropriate?
If we don’t enroll him in SAT Prep Class, is he doomed?
Have time outs/isolation/lost privileges ruined our kids or redeemed them?
Do they know when I make up answers?
Parenting is less “Stratego” and more “Chance” than we imagined.
We’re flinging way more stuff at the wall to see what sticks than we let on. I second-guess around 72% of my parenting decisions. This feels unstable at best.”
-Author and mom Jen Hatmaker
For this series we’d like to offer a few resources for you no matter where you are in the journey of being an adult processing your childhood or parenting or both:
PARENTS OF ADULT CHILDREN: