I would say that one of the top questions I get asked by parents on a regular basis is “how do I talk to my student about…?” Talking to middle school students sometimes feels like one of the most intimidating things you can do, especially if it is on a hot topic issue. First off, I want to assure you that you are not alone in your struggle to start a conversation with your student. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent and it doesn’t mean that you don’t know your own child. Just as your student is growing and changing, so is your relationship. You both have come so far from your conversations being, “don’t touch that!” or “that wasn’t kind.” Now, there’s bigger issues on the table and way more questions and negotiating to be done. You now have the amazing and joyous opportunity to start having conversations about your student’s faith and personal relationship with Jesus. And they now can actually communicate things back to you in pretty adult ways sometimes! That’s huge! But it’s also really scary. I know many of you will immediately read this and say, “I can’t get my student to talk to me about what they did at school. How am I supposed to talk to them about God?” Stay with me here and let me share with you a few tips I’ve picked up along the way!
Hi AsburyKids parents! I have some exciting news for your little preschoolers. This month, we are going to use the super-sweet theme of Ice Cream Sundae —along with the life of Joseph— to teach preschoolers that God has a plan for them. When we put all of the parts of Joseph’s story together—just as with an ice cream sundae—it gives us a sweet reminder that we can trust that God has a plan for us, and it is always best. We just have to wait until God is done putting all of the parts together.
A Christian is someone who has come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ initiated by His grace and established through our faith in Him as our savior, but you probably knew that already. You’ve heard all the "church things" at one point of another. The Gospel. John 3:16. The Great Commission. Roman’s Road. Blah, blah, blah. I’m betting at some point —you, like me — felt that "I get it" feeling, and you were ready to move on to the greater spiritual depths of God.
Just a few Sundays ago, we had one of my favorite Sundays of the year, Kindergarten Bibles and Blessings. It’s such an adorable tradition, and I love watching all of those 5-year old’s be "oh so proud" of their Bibles. But, now what?! We gifted them (plus all of our other AsburyKids) with the most powerful and impactful book ever in existence – one that most adults don’t even understand.
Hi all! My name is Maddison Barnes, and I am the new K1 Associate. I am very excited to be here, and to help your kids follow Jesus. I wanted to take a second to tell you a little bit about me. I grew up at Asbury, my parents joined the church when I was 2 years old. I went through all the major childhood milestones here at Asbury, including baptism, kindergarten blessings, 3rd grade Bibles (now Bibles and Blessings), confirmation and grad celebration. Along with that, I have attended countless Asbury retreats, camps and mission trips. I am a graduate of Broken Arrow High School (class of 2018) and now attend TCC. I am majoring in psychology, and plan to get my bachelors after I finish my time at TCC in December. I have been on nursery staff here at Asbury since 2014, so I know a lot of you already.
This quarter we are doing something a little different with book club. We are offering one book that we will all read, then get together (in person or ZOOM TBD) to chat about it. The Fall Book Club selection is Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say by Sheila Walsh. From simple talking between you and God to a powerful weapon against the enemy, this new book by trusted Bible teacher, Sheila, will encourage, motivate, and train you to pray. Praying Women is available at Mardel or Christianbook.com, both for 40% off.
“Hey, your dog just took my garlic bread!” Daisy, my sister’s Shih Tzu, was sitting on the floor sweetly staring at me, but I never expected her to jump up on the couch, snatch my bread, then stand there ever so proud of herself. With the initial disbelief quickly subsiding, I grabbed my camera to take a picture. I’ve been doing more of that lately—stopping to take a picture of something that strikes me funny. Capturing these moments is a way I’m working to train my brain to pay attention to the good stuff, the light-hearted stuff, even the weird, unusual stuff that just needs to be frozen in digital-land. This way I can look back at it and smile.