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.

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety and Its Impact on Today’s Youth
A Community Screening of the New Documentary Film

Thursday, Oct. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Audience: 10 years old and up (with adult), parents, and caring adults

St. Andrew’s has secured a unique screening of Angst, a new documentary addressing root causes of
anxiety in children and youth and how parents and adults can respond in healthy, helpful ways.

Through first-hand accounts and expert commentary, the film leads you with great care through the many facets of teen anxiety, a massive, misunderstood and rapidly growing cultural epidemic. The teenagers in the film describe their suffering with stunning openness, grace and courage.

Dr. John Duffy, clinical psychologist and best-selling author of “The Available Parent”

Facilitated by Heidi Lender, Resource Counselor, and Kelly Olson, High School & Young Adult Minister,
and in partnership with Youth Service Bureau and a panel of local mental health professionals.

Technology Taking Over: When Is It an Addiction and What Can We Do?

Monday, Nov. 5, 7-8:30 p.m. in Sanctuary Room 204

Fortnite, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram … Is technology taking control? You are not alone! Learn about the developmental relational impact of being immersed in the digital world, understand when digital behavior is compulsive and/or an addiction, and respond for confidently in leading your family into healthier relationships with digital devices.

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


Making Tough Decisions About College

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

Choosing where to attend college (or if it’s even an option) 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, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry; Heidi Lender, Resource Counselor; and Carrie Carroll of Augustana University — all 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.