I want to encourage you to consider the spiritual growth of your son or daughter a top priority for your family. My hope is that you might sit down and plan out your year with Collide, Impact, LifeGroups, and Parent Equip as high priority items. This post has a lot of content, but it is all to help you parent your child with intentionality - use it!
Lets revisit the 216 months that I mentioned in the video above. From the time your son or daughter was born until they reach age 18, you have 216 months of influence in their life – months that you will never get back. So…
If you have a 12 year old, 144 months are gone – you have 72 left.
If you have a 13 year old, 156 months are gone – you have 60 left.
If you have a 14 year old, 168 months are gone – you have 48 left.
If you have a 15 year old, 180 months are gone – you have 36 left.
If you have a 16 year old, 192 months are gone – you have 24 left.
If you have a 17 year old, 204 months are gone – you have 12 left.
And if you have an 18 year old, well, independence is just a few months away.
Why am I saying this? Why remind you of the months that are gone and the minimal time you have left? In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul says,
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (emphasis added)
When you see how much time you have left, you tend to do more with the time you have now. As parents we must follow Paul’s instructions to make good use of the time – why? Because the days are evil! While I hope that you have influence on your children for the rest of their life, the fact of the matter is that influence changes once they become adults. We get one shot - let’s make the best use of the time!
On the journey with you,
NCC is set up to be done of 52 weeks. We know that there a few weeks when there is no Collide due to holidays or CVCYouth overnight events. We also plan to take a break from the NCC in the summer while schedules are all over the place. So, we slimmed the catechism down to 33 weeks running from September - May.
Download the schedule below to make sure you stay with us at home.
On one week the NCC curriculum will be taught to the entire group of 6th-8th graders - often by pastor Joe.
The next week, however, the curriculum/teaching will be delivered by LifeGroup leaders in the smaller, more hands-on, LifeGroup environment. When you look at the schedule, all weeks in bold are when teaching is collective, and those not in bold indicate that teaching will be in LifeGroups.
CVCYouth is proud and excited to announce a new ministry for parents – hosted by parents. Parent Equip will be hosted by Sola and Felicia Oshunniyi, Duane and Holly Myatt, and Larry and Thea Domzalski. These three couples have 13 kids between them – several with kids of their own – all the way down to 9th grade. You won’t want to miss their experience and wisdom coupled with the excellent curriculum from Doug and Cathy Fields – Intentional Parenting: 10 Ways to be an Exceptions Parent in a Quick Fix World.
We have designed Parent Equip with you in mind. That means, you don’t have to buy a book, the time commitment is low, you don’t have homework or reading to do, and each session stands on its own so that if you miss one – no big deal – just show up next time!
All sessions are from 6:30-8pm Sunday evenings in CVC room 104/106
*note that all Parent Equip sessions are on the 2nd Sunday of the month except April and May due to Easter and Mother's Day
- Collide New City Catechism Curriculum
- Parent Equip (6:30pm in room 104/106)
- Impact moves back to evenings (6:30pm in the Lower Level)
- Impact LifeGroups begin during the week (see below for times and locations)
Please note that events labeled "Collide" are for students in 6th-8th grades.
Events labeled "Impact" are for students in 9th-12th grades.
Any event labeled "CVCYouth" includes all students 6th-12th grades.
Collide Fall Fest - October 5th | 9am - 5:30pm
Impact Fall Retreat - November 22-24
CVCYouth Winter Retreat - February 14-16
Junior/Senior Retreat - April 24-26
CVCYouth Frontlines Summer Camp - July 12-17
While Collide LifeGroups have continued throughout the summer, our Impact groups will re-start the week of September 8th.
Parents - our challenge this year is that you get to know your son or daughters LifeGroup leader. Stop in to Collide, chat with them after, or invite them to your home for a meal.
You can learn more about CVCYouth LifeGroups and get leader contact information at our LifeGroups Page
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out - we're here to help!