I want begin by talking about your will…. Do you have a will? You know, the paper that they pull out when you die to see who gets your stuff. The process of preparing a will is not fun. The lawyer asks you, “If you die who will you give your stuff to?” You say, “Give it to my spouse.” The lawyer quickly responds, “and if your spouse dies who will you give your stuff to?” This goes on and on until it seems like everyone is dead and you are so frustrated you consider telling the lawyer that they can have it! When you write a will you ﬁgure out how you are going to leave your stuff, but what about the stuff that matters most? What values are you going to leave your teenager? What will you teach them about what is right and wrong in this world? What will your teenager know about faith? Our student ministry wants to help you leave a rich inheritance to your teenager of the stuff that really matters. That is why we want to introduce you to the Rites of Passage Experience. We are going to help you have the conversations with your teenager that matter the most. We are going to give you the tools to infuse faith into the most import moments in life.
Here are the 7 Rites of Passage we are going to encourage you to lead your teenager through:
- 6th Grade – Preparation for Adolescence
- 7th Grade – Blessing Ceremony
- 8th Grade – Purity Weekend
- 9th Grade – Driving Contract
- 10th Grade – Money Matters
- 11th Grade – Family Tree
- 12th Grade – Manhood/Womanhood Ceremony
I want to ﬁnish this class by asking you to watch this 3 minute video. It explains the Rites of Passage Experience we are launching as the foundation of our Parent Ministry. You can see it by clicking this link… Rites of Passage Experience.
Each grade level gives parents a strategy to pass down faith in their own home through a significant "FAMILY EXPERIENCE" each year. Each Family Experience grade level is full of resources. Along with the videos, there are printable resources for you to use. Each grade includes a Kickstarter, Parent's Guide, Developmental Guide, and it's own unique Resource Materials.
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