For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.
This meeting allows the entire community to come together to set a vision for the ministry for the program year ahead.
In this session parents/guardians will spend time with the youth worker to learn about the program, mission statement, behavior policies, and ways for their children to engage deeply.
Parents will learn how they can participate in and support the ministry as volunteers.
Resources for parents might include:
Sticky Faith Parent Curriculum from Fuller Youth Institute – https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/store/item/sticky-faith-parent-curriculum-dvd
Link to Resources section for samples of:
Meeting invitation letter
Mission Trip/Retreat Forms
It is important to schedule this meeting early in the program year so that all parents are aware of the mission, and the requirements of participation in the youth group. It is an opportunity to create parental buy-in and to engage parents more deeply in the ministry. There will be a lot of logistical information to cover, but be sure to tell the story of the ministry and to emphasize the scriptural and spiritual underpinnings of why this phase of youth faith formation is important.
Gather [5 minutes]
Greeting One Another:
“Dear God. We thank you for the opportunity to come together as a community that loves your children. Indeed, they were yours before they were ever ours and so we ask that you be a part of our ministry both tonight and in the year ahead. Give us a vision for how you imagine we might live, and serve, and love one another in your name, Amen.”
Introducing the Session:
Engage [40 minutes]
Activity 1: Outline the Vision and Mission
Activity 2: Introductions and Information
Reflect [10 minutes]
Send Forth [5 minutes]
This resource includes supplementary materials:
Introduction for Leaders