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WELCOME PARENTS!

Happy October! Fall is officially underway and we hope you’re looking forward to the beautiful fall colors, delicious pumpkin treats and crisp weather. Here are some resources for you to check out as you sip on your pumpkin spice latte. ENJOY!

  • Navigating Public Schools

  • Make the Most of Drive Time

  • Positive Peer Pressure

  • Can You Put it Down?

  • Winning Cooperation

  • Positive Time Out

  • It’s Just a Phase


RESOURCES and events

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protecting your child’s faith in public schools

Here’s a wonderful broadcast recommended by Peter Ewaida—one of our awesome volunteers and a School Counselor. If you have any recommendations for books, articles, podcasts or resources for parents, please let me know.

In a discussion based on their book Navigating Public Schools, Stephen Williams and his wife, Sarah, offer parents practical advice for helping their children stand strong for their Christian beliefs in public school. The couple addresses topics like knowing your religious rights, speaking the truth with love, preparing kids for classes that promote a secular worldview, and more.

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MAKE THE MOST OF drive time

In Deuteronomy 6, Moses has received the Ten Commandments and is telling the Israelites what to do with what they just heard. He mentions four specific times in the day when the families are to recall the law God has given them: sitting at home, walking along the road, lying down, and getting up. Our version of “walking along the road” is DRIVE TIME. Drive time is the most laid back and non-threatening of the four times outlined by Moses. You can avoid eye contact—which eliminates a lot of pressure—and use distractions to your advantage, allowing you to interact with your kids in a really casual way. Some of the best conversations can happen in the car.

Check out the article for practical drive time conversation tips.

can you put it down?

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every phase in a kid's life is a unique opportunity for parents to influence their future

Check out these age-specific guides to find out how to best leverage these distinct opportunities to encourage spiritual growth in your child.


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18 MONTHS  to

KINDERGARTEN

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IN THE BEGINNING

God is AMAZING! He made the sun in the sky, the animals, the whole world—they’re all His creations. But do you know what God’s most AMAZING creation is? It’s you and me! God made people to be like Him so we can trust and follow Jesus, and be His special friends!

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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have your kids watch the video again

can your kids tell you the memory verse?

See if they can remember the hand motions for each part of the verse too.

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It’s turtle time!

Turtle Time is an interactive book that teaches basic Orthodox concepts to our little ones. This month’s Turtle Time chapter is all about how Jesus washes our sin away. We are reminded of His forgiveness each week as we see Father wash his hands at the beginning of Liturgy.

Our key phrase that they will hear when they Tickle Tim’s Tummy is from Psalm 51 and the Book of Prayers…I PRAY TO JESUS AND SAY: “WASH ME, AND I WILL BE WHITER THAN SNOW.” 

See if your child can repeat it back to you.


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1ST-6TH GRADES

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INdividuality

discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live." 1 Timothy 4:12a


I'm sure kids feel from time to time that they are not important because they are still little... that they're really just a bother. This month we hope to change that perspective!

This month we are talking about how God made each and everyone of us unique. It is in discovering this uniqueness that we can discover God's amazing plans for you - even kids.

That's where the leaders and parents need to come in to help kids to find purpose NOW and the potential that God have them to serve the Church.

Timothy is a perfect example of a young individual who had incredible potential... thankfully, a handful of insightful adults in his life recognized what was in his box and helped him open it. Because of that - Timothy had tremendous impact on the growth of the early church. His story is an incredible example of individuality.

This month, we will have the opportunity to help kids discover the same thing as Timothy - their God given individuality. We hope to inspire kids to discover their talents and change the course of their story.



 


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MIDDLE & HIgh SCHOOL

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Hi Teen Parents!

This month we are kicking off a series called: THE MAKING OF A KING.

Every good story needs a good hero. Superman; Luke Skywalker; Elsa. They’re not perfect, but they are exciting and brave. That’s why we cheer for them. The Bible is full of heroes like that – ones that build arks, and fight wars, and defeat enemies. This month, we will look at one of the most famous – DAVID… a shepherd boy that one day became a king.

What was it about David, though, that made him a king? At first glance, it can feel like we have zero in common with David. But if we take a closer look – there are plenty of relatable moments in David’s life.

David was an underdog. He started off his life as the youngest brother with the most boring, mundane job ever. Shepherding. But it was those everyday experiences that God used to shape his character and prepare him for his future “Goliath” moment. Similarly our “Now” moments, matter.

David also messed up big time. Even so, he fully confessed his failures and sins with a repentant heart. In fact, David unabashedly and unashamedly honored God over himself and others – even if it didn’t make sense and even if he looked foolish. No wonder he is described in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart.

This month we hope to encourage our teens to not worry so much about the masks they are supposed to wear, and embrace their identity in the love and mercy of God the way King David did.

“He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony as said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’” Acts 13:22


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