You’re Not Alone!
We know that your average day isn’t usually an average day. Parenting is so much more than putting food on the table and getting your kids to school (although, that in itself can be challenging for alot of us). Parenting involves speaking into the hearts of your children, passing on a legacy and being the example of who you want them to be when you’re gone. That is no easy task.
That is why we believe that parenting shouldn’t be done without community. It doesn’t matter if you’re a married couple, single mom or dad or grandparents raising children; you need a community.
At Lakeside, we want to be that community and extended family that can encourage you and support you through the exciting journey of raising children who radiate a true love from their lives. So, how do we do that?
There’s No Babysitting at Lakeside
Don’t hear us wrong. We love having a great time on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings in our children’s and youth ministry, but it’s not for the sake of keeping kids out of trouble so the parents can run errands (although we’re definitely not against that). Whatever we do on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening, we want it to be the starting point for the rest of the week.
Our desire is to teach the children and youth at Lakeside about how God can change them and use them as they love Him. However, we can’t do that in one, maybe two hours a week. We will equip and encourage the parents to take the talks home and figure out how to make these truths real in children’s/youth’s lives. At best, a youth pastor or youth leader has 40-80 hours a year with their students… that’s compared to over 3,000 free hours that guardians have with their children! Imagine if the church and home joined together to bring up children who love God and love others!
Using the Right Tools
It doesn’t matter if you want to build something if you don’t have the right tools. You can have the vision, time and money, but without any tools, it won’t get done (done right, that is). That’s why Lakeside has carefully selected the curriculum, programs and events that we use each week. Our curriculum offers plenty of resources for parents to use at home (or in a mini-van or soccer game). We want to make sure that parents leave with the tools they need just as much as we want to have fun and engaging lesson at church.
Are You In?
So how about it? Will you join the team and let us help and encourage you as you embark on the great adventure of parenting. We hope you are because we are excited to see what God will do through a generation that can say they learned about loving God from their church AND parents!