Parent Education

Parent Education Series 2018-19

St. Andrew’s presents a series of learning opportunities for adults that address topics important in the lives of today’s families. Sessions are open to all parents, grandparents, and other caring adults committed to strengthening families and caring for children and youth. Hosted as a partnership of the Children, Youth & Family Ministry and Congregational Care Teams. Childcare (for age 1 to grade 5) is available, unless noted.

Making Tough Decisions About College

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7-8:15 p.m. in Sanctuary Room 204 (Note new date and location)

For those planning to attend college, choosing where and for what reasons is a source of stress for many teens and parents. This session provides an introduction to the college search process (including types of colleges, the application process, and financial aid) as well as discusses how to make college decisions that align with your personal values. High school students also invited to attend! (No childcare.)

Facilitated by Mark Jackson, Heidi Lender, and Carrie Carroll — three St. Andrew’s members with experience working in higher education.

Little Steps, Big Faith: Nurturing Faith in Our Littlest Ones

Thursday, Jan. 31, 6-7:30 p.m. in Sanctuary Room 204

It’s never too early to start forming faith in young children! That’s because the brains and bodies of infants and toddlers are designed to learn, imitate, and remember. Let’s explore child development research findings on attachment, language, literacy, and music and their ties to scripture. You’ll then learn practical ways to introduce simple faith practices as you care for the special little ones in your lives. This session is open to parents and anyone who cares for babies and toddlers. Light dinner provided!
Led by Dr. Dawn Rundman, curriculum developer at Augsburg Fortress and author of Little Steps, Big Faith: How the Science of Early Childhood Development Can Help You Grow Your Child’s Faith.

Substance Use: Family Impact and What Parents and Loved Ones Can Do

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7-8:30 p.m. in Sanctuary Room 204

Parents and grandparents are understandably concerned about use of harmful substances (including alcohol and drugs) by young people they care about. Learn how to watch for signs and symptoms, as well as connect youth to professional resources.

Facilitated by Heidi Lender, Resource Counselor, with guest presenters from Traverse Counseling & Consulting.


Making Room For Faith in Busy Times

Monday, April 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Sanctuary Room 203

On-the-go families often find it difficult to “make time for faith,” but sharing faith can happen anytime, anywhere!  This conversation explores how to engage faith in the routines and rhythms of daily life, starting with biblical stories of passing on faith and discussing practical ideas for developing faith in the family home.

Facilitated by Mark Jackson, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry.