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Does Your Faith Take a Summer Vacation?

As the school year comes to an end, the church also transitions to summer mode – when traditional Sunday School and Adult Ed programs go on hiatus, there are only two Sunday services, and pews have more gaps left by those on vacation or busy with other summer distractions. Does your family take vacations from church during the summer? Most of us attend worship less frequently during the summer season, but summer can be a great time for families to have important conversations... Read More
Posted by Elizabeth Castleman at Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Why Young People Need the Church

Before I get into my post, I would like to say a few words about this blog. I have always loved the idea of blogs, but to be honest I also struggle with them. Sometimes I feel like there is so much information, or someone is just writing to promote their business, and the real reason behind the blog gets lost. My hope for this blog is that it will encourage Christian parents as they take on the important task of helping their kids mature as young women and men of God. You see, many times... Read More
Posted by Sarah Hostetter at Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness in Our Community

When we hear that a child has a serious illness or injury, as parents we all empathize and immediately wonder what we can do to support the child and the parents. We may bring casseroles, send cards, or run errands, or we may educate ourselves so we can support the parents and the child. When we hear about an illness that impacts 20% of our youth, we are stuck like deer in headlights. According to the CDC: More than 50% of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or... Read More
Posted by Nancy Dever at Friday, May 25, 2018
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Transitions – An opportunity to grow with your children!

At this time of significant transition for so many kids – from preschool to kindergarten, elementary to middle school, middle to high school, and high school to college - I’d like to share some observations about the process from the perspective of a middle school guidance counselor and parent. What expertise do I have to share with you about transitions? I have worked in middle schools for 29 years, the last 19 as a school counselor. I follow an entire grade level of students... Read More
at Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Helping Your Family Grow in Faith -- Together

We are so excited to launch our first online resource that will help families grow in their faith together. This new WPC Parent blog will enable our online community to share issues, ideas and inspiration that can help us feel supported, equipped and empowered. We hear from so many parents that faith is important to them, and they want their children to have a faith foundation, but our lives are so busy and our culture is just so demanding and distracting that we can’t always get to... Read More
Posted by Elizabeth Castleman at Sunday, May 6, 2018
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