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Crowded Table

June 13 - 27, 2021

The Power of Potluck

June 27, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

It’s often said that it takes a village to raise a child. And when it comes to raising the next generation at Southridge, all of us are that village! There’s no substitute for the primacy of a parents’ influence, or the partnership that church programs can provide, however each of us has an essential role to play in investing in the full faith potential in every child within our community. Whether or not you have a particular passion for kids ministry, what responsibility do each of us need to take for the spiritual health of the children in our church family? If the children truly are our future, what does it require from each of us in the present? Like a potluck dinner, what can each of us bring to the crowded table to make sure that every child is fully served?

The Perfect Pairing

June 20, 2021 • Carrie Jones

The art of delegation is a valuable skill, but there are some things you simply can’t outsource. We sometimes behave as though it’s the school’s job to make my kids smart, their coach’s job to make them a winner, and we imagine that it’s the church’s job to make sure they grow up to be good Christians. But what if that’s not actually the primary role the church exists to play in the lives of kids? If the home is the primary place of spiritual influence in a child’s life, what does it look like for the church to come alongside parents and caregivers, to sustain, support, equip, and encourage them to be the very best spiritual champions possible?

The Proper Place-Setting

June 13, 2021 • Michael Krause

Every good parent strives to give their kids a better life; to have more, do more, and be more than they could. Knowing no parent can do it all, we often access outside help from experts, like teachers, coaches, camps, and clubs, to teach and equip them with valuable life-skills, believing that education, opportunity, discipline, and entertainment will give them a great life. But what about when it comes to our children’s spiritual health? What is the foundation of raising spiritually strong kids, and how much of that can be delegated and outsourced? What does it require of each parent and caregiver to reclaim the proper place at the family table?