Teens and Parents: Sessions for Growing in Faith Together is the resource that youth ministers, family ministers, and catechists need to help teens and parents find neutral ground on which to share their faith and better communicate with each other.
Five sessions and a special worship experience for teens and parents address such topics as these:
- Teen-Parent Relationship Building.
- Communicating amid Our Chaos.
- Passing Faith to the Next Generation.
- College, Career, Commitment, and Covenant.
Each parish session comes with a follow-up home session designed for one, two, or three families to gather and explore the topic further. A separate teen-parent prayer experience is also included with each session. Sessions may be used individually or as stand-alone gatherings for teens and parents, or they may be implemented as a series.
Packed with creative activities, discussion starters, and prayer experiences, Teens and Parents has infinite uses in ministry with teens and their parents.
Copyright: Jan. 1, 2004
Size: 8.5 x 11
Length: 112 pages
Item number: 3307
By Kyle Holtgrave, coordinator of youth ministry for St. Luke, St. Teresa, and St. Peter Cathedral Parishes in Belleville, Illinois
By Randy H. Kollars, archdiocesan director of youth and young-adult ministry, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
By Paula Tusiani-Eng, M.Div., director of middle school faith formation, Saint Anne's Church, Garden City, New York
Momentum, February/March 2005
I had the opportunity to use one of the sessions in a parent/confirmation candidate meeting. It was a wonderful tool to help adolescents and their parents communicate in a non-threatening manner. Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart uses simple, practical conversation starters to put both parents and their adolescents at ease. One example is the Teen-Parent Guessing Game, where the participants are asked questions about each other Conversation moves from "What is the teen's/parent's favorite meal?" to "What is the teen's/parent's favorite memory of a family time together?" Once the questions are answered, participants face each other and share their responses. It was obvious that both teens and parents learned from each other during this exercise.
As the session continues it incorporates prayer and connection with others in the community. Each session is presented in a way that both new and seasoned adolescent catechetical leaders would be comfortable in facilitating the session.
There are five sessions of faith-growth opportunities, beginning with teen/parent relationship building and progressing to college, career discernment. These sessions offer a wonderful way to move from one stage to the next, through communication, prayer activity and commitment to the family and community.
I know that this book will be an asset to my work in adolescent ministry, and I highly recommend it as a tool for others in the field.
Review by Mickie Prinzivalli
YouthWorker Journal, March/April 05