EVENTS & RESOURCES

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Sunday, May 12th

It's always great to hear how wonderful of a job Mom is doing, so help your kids write a special card for Mother's Day. Here are a couple of downloadable fill-in-the-blank cards:

Best Mom

Coupon Book

Mom, you are FABULOUS!

Coupon Book

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ENCOURAGING FAMILY CONVERSATION

One of the five characteristic marks of any genuinely thriving family is CONVERSATION (along with laughter, time spent together, prayer, and regular family dinners) but how do we get better at it?

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Want an inside scoop into your teen’s world?

Gain weekly insight into how pop culture, technology, and media are influencing your students.

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how to talk to a reluctant teen

How do you start a conversation with a reluctant teen? Here are six ideas to try.

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A Letter to our Teenage Daughters About How They Dress

Dear Girls,

Can we have an honest conversation about something that might be a little awkward? It’s not about sex . . . at least directly. But it is about boys and sex and what they think when they see girls, and all the images that swirl around in their brains….

listen

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IT IS FINISHED

Jesus gave us exactly what we needed. He showed love for EVERYONE when He died for EVERYONE’S sins on the cross. Three days later, He came back to life! When we choose to follow Jesus, He takes the sin right out of our hearts, so we can love others the way He loves us.

Download Bible App for Kids so you can check out these stories with your kids. They can follow along in the story and have fun bringing the characters to life. Also, check out the Adventure Book we send home with your kids each week so you can help them review the verse and the question and answer that we hope they learn each week.

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The best for last

In Turtle Time, we’re learning about communion and our key phrase is We worship Your Holy Body and Your Precious Blood. Encourage your kids to participate the next time they hear this in Liturgy.

 

 

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CHOOSING TO BE TRUTHFUL IN WHATEVER YOU SAY AND DO

MEMORY VERSE: "Anyone who lives without blame walks safely. But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught.”  Proverbs 10:9.

DO THIS

MORNING TIME

Cut out a heart on a sheet of paper and write, “Lying is trouble even if you don’t get caught. It’s trouble for your heart. Be sure to protect your heart!” Post the heart cut out somewhere where your child will see it in the morning.

DRIVE TIME

While in the car this month ask your child the following questions. Be sure you answer the questions, too! “When has someone been dishonest to you? How did that make you feel?”

MEAL TIME

Q&A for Kids: Who is one fictional (made-up) person that you wish was real and why?
Q&A for Parents: What is the best thing you have ever gained by being honest?

BED TIME

Has anyone ever lied to you? It hurts when someone doesn’t tell you the truth and then it’s hard to trust that person again. That’s why it’s so important for you to be honest! Are there specific times when you’re tempted to tell a lie? Pray for each other that you would have the courage to always tell the truth.

 



 

  


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MIDDLE SCHOOL

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This month of MAY we are excited to dive into a really important topic we are calling “MAKING CENTS.” Whether you realize it or not – your middle schooler is paying attention to how you view and handle money. The way you talk about it, manage it, stress over it, whether your generous with it or not… all of this is impacting the way your students will view money in the future.

WEEK 1

We will explore the widow and her 2 mites (Mark 12:41-44).  She didn’t have a lot to give, but what she had was worth a lot of VALUE in God’s eyes because it was everything she had.   The Bottom Line is:  You have Something that Matters.

WEEK 2

We will discuss the important concept of GRATITUDE, which changes our attitude.  We will take a look at the parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) as we discuss the dangers of an “entitlement” mentality.  It’s human nature to sometimes think about things we don’t have, but when we start obsessing, and then think we DESERVE those things… that’s what takes us down a dangerous “It’s Not Fair” path of entitlement.  The Bottom Line Is:  You have Something to be Grateful For.

WEEK 3

We will close out the month talking about GENEROSITY.  We will look at a small boy who didn’t have very much, but his small lunchbox made a BIG difference because Jesus was able to use the gift in a big way.  Generosity probably won’t come easy for your middle schooler.  It’s a characteristic developed over time (and with a lot of practice!).  Acknowledging and celebrating ways you see your student being generous with what they have will encourage them to continue on a path of generosity in the future.  The Bottom Line is: You have Something to be Generous With.

 


HIGH SCHOOL

Just with every “game” you play, eventually it will be your turn to make YOUR MOVE…so what’s it going to be? Does your family fight? Sibling Rivalry? Parent-Child issues? Of course they do – that’s just part of being a family. The question isn’t whether conflict happens, but rather what’s “YOUR MOVE” when the conflict does happen? This month, we will be exploring Biblical Family relationships and exploring the way God wants us to respond in conflict.

WEEK 1 

(Mother, May I?)  When it comes to your parents, YOUR MOVE is to HONOR.

It’s normal to disagree with mom and dad sometimes, but God’s commandment to us is to honor them! 

Biblical Relationship: Who is a better role model of this relationship than Jesus Christ Himself and the way He treated His Mother, St. Mary?

 

WEEK 2

(Family Feud) When it comes to Family Tension, YOUR MOVE is to LOVE first

Even with pretty intense tension, we need to treat others the way we want to be treated.

Biblical Relationship:  David could have killed his father-in-law King Saul, but he chose to honor God instead.

 

WEEK 3

(Sorry!)  When it comes to Family Fights, YOUR MOVE is to FORGIVE

No matter how much your family hurt you, choose Forgiveness so God can heal your heart.

Biblical Relationship:  Jacob and Esau – You think you fought with your sibling?  This is the fight above all fights!

 

WEEK 4

 (Monopoly) When it comes to Family Fights, YOUR MOVE is to PUT GOD FIRST.

Get rid of the distractions and focus on the ONE thing.  You know the right thing to do, so put God above winning the argument.

Biblical Relationship:  Martha and Mary.  One thing is needed only.


Have any questions, comments or suggestions? We'd love to hear from you! Email smattar@stsachurch.org