Building Faith and Support at The Redeemer
Nine lively children on the playground Sunday afternoons, usually meant that The Redeemer Parenting Conversations crew was…conversing. Three Redeemer families gathered for five weeks during the late fall to discuss the ins and outs of being mothers and fathers. Perhaps no topic is more discussed by pundits, sages, and newbie parents than the “ubiquitous” topic of parenting. To sleep train? Not to sleep train? Group leaders Amy and Darren Clipston took a different tack. Redeemer Parenting Conversations looked at developmental stages of children within their family structure. Members found new ways to support each other in the hard work of raising children. At Baptisms, we parents and godparents promise to raise our children in the Christian faith and life. Yet too often we do not find a community of fellow Christians with whom we can ponder the greatest questions of faith and life. Many thanks to Amy and Darren for sharing their gifts with our community. Their generosity will allow The Redeemer to continue as a place where we see all aspects of our lives enfolded into God’s goodness and care.
Once again, our Rite 13 program will gather for a monthly Sabbath time. This program exists to allow our young people to rest, relax, and enjoy the gift of Sabbath with other kids in the Rite 13 program. In our increasingly programmed world, it is a gift to gather kids from different schools and give them a chance to enjoy each other and God's creation. All parents of Rite 13 youth play a role in shaping this program. Rebecca Northington, mother to Rite 13ers, Jack and Lachlan, facilitates this important ministry.