One of our Family Ministries’ goals at Village Church is to partner with parents to disciple their kids and teens. Research tells us that no one has more potential to impact your child or teenager than you; however, you may not know how to do that. You may even feel like you struggle with your own spiritual development, let alone your children. What we want you to know is that you are not meant to go at this alone.
This is why we are committed to creating practical parent resources for all types of parents and families. We want to actively equip you with the resources you need to disciple your child and even disciple yourself in the process. We also desire to connect you with others so that you don’t have to parent alone. Know that we are committed to supporting you, and if you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Village site.
Parent Facebook Groups: We have a community for you to connect with other parents. You can request to join these groups to get updates from our staff team, hear about upcoming events and get the latest on upcoming resources. Feel free to contribute to the community by leaving a comment or question in the chat.
Road to Easter 2021 (Pre-Gr. 5)
This is a five-week devotional book that will help your family get ready for Easter. Each week, you and your family will walk through the topics on the road towards Easter. There are also family activities, challenges and questions you can discuss throughout the week.
Advent Activity Book 2020 (Pre-Gr. 5)
This is a devotional book that walks you through the Advent season from December 1-25. There are daily Bible readings and family questions you can read and discuss. There is also a dedicated preschool book available.
Family Communion Guide: Have you ever wondered how to talk to your kids about communion? This guide was created to help equip you to talk about and celebrate communion as a family.
Family Baptism Guide: Taking the step to get baptized is a huge milestone in Christian life. Baptism is a public declaration of an inward reality and something your kids might be ready for. This guide will give you a framework on how to have that conversion in your home.
Parent Guides for Online Activity: It seems like every week, there’s a new app or fad that students are engaging with. What are these apps? Are they safe? What do you need to know as a parent, and what can you do? Here is a series of discussion guides that are designed to help you figure out your next step.
Podcasts & Parent Labs
Podcast: Parenting and Attachment by Dr. Josh Kruse – Attachment is about the bond we have in significant relationships. It impacts how we parent our kids and understand what they need from us. This episode on the podcast will talk about the circle of security and the importance of being bigger, stronger, wiser, and kind so our children can thrive.
Podcast: Dealing With A Child Tantrum by Dr. Josh Kruse – Kids get upset, and it can be hard knowing how to best deal with them in the midst of it. In this episode, Dr. Josh Kruse (Pastor of Counselling) and Hilary Evans (Clinical Counsellor) talk about working with our emotions and theirs to help calm the situation and build tools for the future.
Parent Lab: Parenting in a Digital Age with Sid Koop (Jr. & Sr. High) – Sid Koop delivers helpful content for parents regarding the use of tech devices, social media, and navigating online realities, all under the umbrella of discipling your children.
Parent Lab: Understanding and Responding to Anxiety in your Teen – Since the arrival of COVID-19, there has been an increase in anxiety among teens. Even though you may have heard about, or even experienced anxiety yourself, it’s another thing to understand and respond to anxiety happening with your child. Iona Snair delivers this workshop to equip you as parents with tools on how to respond to anxiety that your teen may be experiencing.
The Parent Cue App: The Parent Cue App cues you to have simple and meaningful faith-moments with your child that will fit seamlessly into the daily rhythm of your life. Designed for parents of babies right through to high schoolers, these prompts will come in the form of videos and topics to talk about with your child in the morning, at mealtime, or even when driving in the car. It can be found on the App Store or Google Play.
National Online Safety App: It’s a one-stop-shop for parents and educators to learn everything they need to know about the latest apps, games and devices used by children. It provides instant access to online safety education, training and updates so that parents and educators can protect their children from online harm and abuse. It can be found on the App Store or Google Play.
Connecting Parents, Teens & Jesus in a Disconnected World: We give parents, and mentors hope by being your guide through culture into a conversation around Jesus.
Center for Parent/Youth Understanding: The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. Look through their website for more resources, blogs and seminars.
Lifeteams Lifesheets: Lifeteams is a branch of Youth Unlimited that draws on over 40 experienced youth workers who are building relationships with marginalized youth through a variety of cutting-edge youth programs around the Vancouver area. Their website includes helpful resources that keep you informed and equipped to have conversations around tough topics such as depression, eating disorders, self-harm, stress and many more.