- Phone: (817) 581-4900
- Mailing Address: 7804 Mid Cities Boulevard. North Richland Hills, TX 76180
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- Sunday: 9:01am, 10:31am, 12:01pm
Parents, this ministry exists to partner with you. We want to help your student discover and live a God-centered life in the context in which they live. This webpage, along with other social media tools, will help us communicate with you as best as possible.
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6th Grade Parents (Preparation for Adolescence)
Your 6th grader is under construction. Their brain is releasing hormones that are initiating changes in the body, mind, and soul. Over the next few years, they are going to experience more change than at any other time in their life, other than their first two years of life. Change is scary, but it also creates a path for something new and great. So your student ministry is providing a rite of passage to create an experience for you and your 6th grader to navigate this change in a way that can connect your hearts.
7th Grade Parents (The Blessing Ceremony)
For many families, the thirteenth birthday involves a celebration and a few joking remarks about becoming a teenager, and that’s about it. What a wasted opportunity. Instead, this occasion can be used to educate and inspire the new teenager, the family, and friends to make the most of the years ahead. It’s a wonderful opportunity to say to your teenager, “I’m no longer going to view you as a child; I’m no longer going to treat you like a child. It’s now time to begin a new part of our relationship where we begin giving you permission and opportunity to operate like a young adult.” This is an important thing to communicate, and it shouldn’t be done with a quick conversation; it should be done through a significant rite of passage.
8th Grade Parents (The Purity Weekend)
Don’t want to have a sex talk with your teenager? Okay don't, but what you do want to have is an ongoing conversation with your teenager about this crucial topic. I promise you they are hearing this topic from others, but they have to hear it from you if they have any hope of being healthy in this area.
Let me ask you. What is your plan for pouring out your dreams for purity into the heart of your teenager? Your student ministry has an idea to help you do that, and it’s called “The Purity Weekend."
9th Grade Parents (Driving Contract)
You can tell you are approaching a big event in life when the very thought of it instantly brings out both fear and excitement. That’s what happens when you and your teenager think about them getting a driver’s license. They are excited about their new-found freedom, but you’re forced to face a ton of fears. Will they be safe? Will they be smart? What if, in the 9th grade year, you led your teenager through a rite of passage where you give them something more important than keys to a car? You also give them your trust.
10 Grade Parents (Money Matters)
Here are some questions for you. Where did you first learn how to balance a checkbook? How about this one: Where was it that you learned how much the average mortgage is? Hey, who taught you how much a box of cereal should cost? Where did you learn how to manage money and how to survive in the arena of personal finances? Did anyone teach you how to plan for retirement or to avoid debt? Hopefully, someone taught you these things. Hopefully, you had great people teach you how to manage money. For some of you, it was your parents who gave that to you. For some of you, you’ve had to teach yourself about money. You know the hardships that that can cause, and you know that learning those lessons on your own often results in a huge financial hole that one must try to dig out of the rest of their life. You don’t want that for your teenager, and neither do I. That’s why your student ministry has created the rite of passage called “Money Matters.”
11th Grade Parents (Family Tree)
I never enjoyed visiting my great-grandfather as a teenager. Now, it’s not that he was a mean person. He was actually really kind to me. He always sent me birthday cards, and whenever I was around, he would light up. But as a teenager, unfortunately, he just seemed boring to me. And then one day when I was a little older, I realized I knew nothing about my great-grandfather. So I began to ask him some simple questions. You know what I found out? I found out that he used to be the mayor of the town that he lived in. I found out that he worked for the company that made the atomic bomb. Can you believe that? He spun tales for me that made me buckle over in laughter. I remember when he told me about how he fell in love with his wife and how it hurt him when she died. You know what I discovered that day? The first step to knowing who we are is to discover where we came from. Your student ministry wants to help invite your teenager to their own journey of self-discovery called the “Family Tree” rite of passage.
12th Grade Parents(Manhood/Womanhood Ceremony)
A few years ago, I was asked to participate with a dad who wanted to hold a special evening of blessing for his 18-year-old son. He asked a few of his men who have been influential in his son’s life to attend, and after each of these men spent some time sharing, it was the father’s turn. It was amazing to watch. He began by asking his son to kneel down on the ground in front of him. Then, he went over to the closet. He brought out this huge Braveheart sword that he had bought for this evening. And then he laid this sword down on the son’s shoulder, and he said something to him that I will never forget. He said, “Son, I know many 30- and 40-year-old men who act like children because no one ever told them that they were men. So tonight, on your 18th birthday, based on the authority of God’s Word that He has given me, I say to you that you knelt down as a boy; you will rise as a man.” You know what? That was one of the most powerful parenting moments I have ever witnessed. Watching the look on that man’s face--When he stood, he stood with pride. You see, he was a man because his dad said he was. The Blessing in that moment was unleashed. When you unleash your Blessing as a parent, you’re unleashing your teenager to change the world. Who wouldn’t want to give that kind of Blessing to their son or daughter?