Parenting is hard work. Late nights. Early mornings. Driving kids all over town…EVERY day! Not even mentioning the emotional struggles we, as parents, often have to deal with. Parenting is also one of the greatest adventures of our lives, creating memories that last a lifetime.

 

You’re not alone, both in your joy and in your struggle, as a parent. We encourage you to utilize these parent resources that go along with what your children are learning on weekends.

 


NextGen Jungle Preschool Resources


Each month we provide you with a Parent CUE.  What’s a CUE?  It’s a prompt. A nudge to talk about God, faith, life or to just have fun together.  It’s a way to incorporate conversations about God and His big story into everyday moments—during mealtime, while playing a game outside, and in the car (based on Deuteronomy 6).  These CUEs will help you do three things:

 

            Connect to God’s story.

            Uncover something about life.

            Experience something together.

 

Note:  You can also download the Parent CUE App on your smartphone, available for iOS and Android.


Parent Card for Preschoolers


At the beginning of each month, a new Parent Card is available for download; these cards highlight what we’re learning that month. 

Suggestions for using these resources:

Help your children learn their memory verses every month.
Grab a preschool Bible and read the story we talked about on Sunday with your children.
Do one of the simple and fun hands-on activities we highlight each week.
Pray with your children every night as you tuck them in.

Additional Resources

 

NextGen Kids Elementary Resources


For Parents

Pick up a parent card each month or download it below. The front of the card has everything you need to know about what your child is learning -- monthly memory verse, Bible stories, and bottom lines to go along with those stories each week. On the back of the card, you'll find parent "cues" that help you make the most of everyday moments to instill faith and character in the hearts of your children. (Based on Deuteronomy 6:7)

 

For NextGen Kids

Help your child have some “God time” each week. There are four different devotions on each GodTime card. Each devotion is designed to be done on a different day. 

For Kids: God Time Devotional


 

NextGen Middle & High School Resources 


As your student transitions from adolescence into adulthood, we want to partner with you and equip you to lead at home.  We do this through special events, home resources, social media, and weekly parent emails.

Note:  You can also download the Parent CUE App on your smartphone, available for iOS and Android.


Current Weekend Series:
"More Than Friends"


This weekend we will be kicking off a four week series called “More Than Friends”. This series is designed to explore relationships teens may encounter in middle & high school. All relationships can be tricky, but none seem trickier in middle & high school than the romantic ones. When a relationship moves from “friends” to “more than friends” status, things can get complicated in a hurry. In this upcoming series, we want to look at what God’s Word says about how we treat others and how we allow them to treat us.

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Here’s what this four part message will look like in the “More Than Friends” series:

Week 1: 
Dating is great, but thinking is better.
This week, we’ll discover that the best thing we can do for ourselves and our dating relationships is to keep thinking.
 
Week 2: 
Your perspective is your pick.

No matter what is or isn’t happening in your dating life, you have the power to pick your perspective and, with God’s help, that perspective can be joy.

Week 3: 
Getting healthy requires extreme measures.

While we may want to act like pornography doesn’t exist or impact us, the reality is that, between social media, TV, movies, and the Internet, pornography has the potential to destroy the health of our relationships. This week, as we look at some wisdom from Jesus Himself, we’ll see that we can keep our lives and relationships healthy by taking extreme steps to fight against the power of pornography.
 
Week 4: 
A breakup doesn’t have to break you.

This week, we’ll discover that valuing others and ourselves at all times is the key to going through a breakup that doesn’t break you.


Current Wednesday Night Series:
"Not a Fan"


Luke 9:23 - “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” - Jesus 

Twenty times in the New Testament, Jesus issued a compelling and challenging invitation to Follow Him. 

Over the next couple of weeks, the NextGen Student Ministry will dig deeper into what this invitation to follow Jesus looks like in our lives. We will be going through a DVD study called “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idelman. This study will challenge our students to take a honest look at their relationship with Jesus. Throughout the Bible, Jesus wasn’t interested in mere fans, enthusiastic admirers of Him. He calls us to be more than fans of Him, but completely committed followers of Him. It’s our hope and prayer that we would see real transformation in your student's hearts and they would grow closer to Jesus.


Kaleo Spring Break Mission Trip

 

Tensions are high in our world today! Problems such as racism, systemic poverty, homelessness, immigration, refugee crisis, working poor, slavery, trafficking and more come up on our news feeds daily. So how does the church respond?  How do Christians respond? As the church, we believe we can not continue to sit back, fold our hands, and wait. We are called to stand up to the injustices going on in our world.

This Spring Break, our high school students and leaders will have an opportunity to not just talk, but walk it out! We will partner with an organization called Kaleo Missions, which holds urban immersion short team mission trips, to Jackson, Mississippi. We will spend intentional time in learning more about how we can look at issues facing our world and our cities today through the lens of the Gospel.


Additional Parent Resources