River Region parents and grandparents will learn how to best convey a biblical worldview to children at a conference June 3-4 at Frazer Church.
On June 3, from 6-8:30 p.m., pastor and author Dr. Josh Mulvihill will lead “Grandparenting with a Plan.” Grandparents will learn the biblical importance of positively impacting grandsons and granddaughters.
On Saturday, Josh and Jennifer Mulvihill will offer “Parenting with a Plan” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The daycare offers fun activities for children up to grade 5 on Saturday mornings for those who pre-register.
The cost of the grandfathering seminar is $5. The cost of the parenting seminar is $20 per family, which includes childcare and a copy of the ’50 Things Every Child Should Know Before Leaving Home’ handbook, written by Dr. Josh and Jennifer Mulvihill . Registration for both events is available through June 1 at Frazer Church – Frazer UMC.
Frazer associate pastor Ken Roach said the focus on grandparents is necessary because we have slipped into a cultural narrative that sees grandparents as playmates for their little ones. -children or babysitters, but not valued as true contributors to the formation of healthy children.
“In many traditional cultures, grandparents play a much more vital role in passing on values and beliefs from generation to generation. With all the negative pressures on children these days, we believe it is essential to reclaim the full role of grandparents as sources of wisdom, not just fun and entertainment,” he said. declared. “Just like with parents, however, grandparents need to take the time to think about their role and how they want to influence their grandsons and granddaughters, in order to maximize their impact. So, this seminar helps grandparents see the importance of their relationship and gives them tools to start improving the way they spend time with their family.
The Mulvihills impressed members of Frazer who attended a conference in Birmingham, leading them to recommend the couple introduce themselves to Frazer.
“When it comes to our children, we all have good intentions. However, we often don’t have an intentional plan to align our long-term priorities with our day-to-day parenting. We wanted to create a space where parents could think about the values and ideas they want to pass on to their children, but also give them tools to help them put those ideas into action,” Roach said. “Parents today are so busy that if we don’t schedule a time to stop and have that conversation and put some goals on paper, chances are we’ll just get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle we will never move for some of the conversations with our children that we would really like to have.
The Grandfathering Seminar will be held at Wesley Hall. Attendees will first hear about Dr. Mulvihill’s biblical vision for grandparents and then receive practical tools to enhance their involvement in the lives of their grandchildren.
Mulvihill and his wife Jennifer will share a framework for thinking about things kids need to know before they leave home on Saturday.
“Participants can expect a workshop atmosphere where they have time to begin writing their own parenting plan and share a conversation with their spouse while listening to teachings from the Bible, as well as illustrations from their own experiences. of Josh and Jennifer raising their own five kids,” Roach said.
Roach said that in today’s challenging world, it’s even more important for young people to leave their homes equipped with a biblical worldview.
“Everyone has a view of the world. We all have values that come from somewhere, and when those values are tested, we need to know what they are based on or else we will become confused and lack a strong sense of identity and purpose,” Roach said. “For Christians, we believe that the foundation of wise beliefs and values comes from the Bible. Since we believe the Bible reveals the God who created us, it makes sense that it provides the most reliable source on how we can live healthy and fulfilling lives for ourselves and our community.
Parents sometimes make the mistake of giving their children only superficial teaching about good morals or ethical rules, he said, adding that if they don’t take the time to teach the vision of world behind the rules, so when children become teenagers or students, they often reject their parents’ values because they never understood the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.
“Teaching our children a worldview actually equips them to make better judgments on their own when parents aren’t around because they have a clear framework for evaluating decisions,” Roach said.