Back To School

(This post was written by Michael Wallace, High School Pastor)

Hello, Faith Promise Family!

I can hardly believe that the school year is already upon us.  Summer seems to come and go more quickly now than ever, and I pray that you have been able to carve out some memorable family time during the past few months.  As we hit the fall season in full force, here are a few ways that you can continue to stay connected as a family and make the most of every season:

Prioritize with Purpose:  Parents, remember that YOU set the agenda for your home, and your primary agenda must be to glorify God with your decisions.  The way you prioritize your family’s activities will affect the trajectory of your family and create a legacy.  Make sure that the legacy you create is the one you want!  What you make a priority for your family can teach your kids more than what you say to them.

Partner with the Local Church:  Faith Promise has so many incredible things to offer your family!  Keeping your family connected at FPC (FP Kids on the weekends, Remix and Catalyst on Wednesday nights) will underscore the relationships and values that your family needs!

Parent with Intentionality:  This might sound like a no-brainer, but it is crucial to not underestimate the importance of asking questions of our kids and staying involved in their lives.  The Family Ministry is committed to helping you do this through our Parent Connection materials.  For every event and experience that is offered for your kids and students, we will provide a way for you to connect with them and walk with them through the topics.

Parent Connection – August 4, 2010

Focus: The Worship Labyrinth tonight is an “awakening of the soul” that will give children, students, and families a chance to worship God together in a unique and powerful setting.  Come ready to sing your heart out and connect with God in a new and fresh way as we tell Him how awesome He is!

Family Discussion:

  1. Why do we use music to worship God?
  2. Does God know or care that we participate in worshipping Him?
  3. Why is it important to worship God as a family in addition to individually?
  4. What are some ways that you can continue to worship as a family throughout the week?
  5. The following line is from one of the songs we sing tonight called “You.”  How have you seen this in your life and the life of your family?

“My dreams have found their purpose, my future in Your hands.

This life would have no meaning if it weren’t for You.”

Summer Recap: High School

(This post was written by Michael Wallace, High School Pastor)

Whether you are just starting your family, or you’re about to celebrate your student’s senior year, the Family Ministry is all about YOU!  As the High School Pastor, I would like to give you a few snapshots of what’s been going on this summer with the High School Ministry:

Unleashed Student Camp. We took nearly 200 people to Myrtle Beach, SC, and saw God move in incredible ways throughout the week!  The experience concluded with our Unleashed After Party where all families were invited to celebrate as 12 students were baptized.  Make sure to mark your calendar for Student Camp next year –  July 16-21, 2011.

Mission: Nashville. This spring, the city of Nashville was blindsided by a powerful flood that left much of the city devastated.  In July, FPC Students reached out to the communities that were damaged by removing damaged siding from homes, sharing God’s love with children in the area and giving back to several ministries in the area who have already given so much.  Then, we wrapped up the experience by packing over 17,000 rice meals to send to children in Nicaragua!

Block Busters Series. One of the best things about summer is the release of incredible movies!  We capitalized on students’ flare for film this year by transforming FPC into a movie theater and teaching from wildly popular movies like “Twilight”, “Avatar” and “Blindside.”  We even had a special “Christmas in July” that included the move “Elf”!

Catalyst After Dark. All summer long, the Catalyst experience on Wednesday nights has been extended to 10:00pm to give high school students a chance to connect in their prime time of the summer: late night!  From water wars to outdoor movie events, this has been a summer to remember!

With jam-packed summer nearly behind us, we are already geared up for an amazing Fall semester at Catalyst.  Make sure every high school student you know makes a point to get to FPC on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm every week!