I want to spend more time with parents in the coming program year. I organized a couple of “parent meetings” last year that were well attended, lively, and helpful for me in starting to learn about our youth and their families. But it was not enough.
This year’s calendar has seven parent-specific pieces, although they’re not all get-to-know-you meetings (there are three of those). Several of them are service or learning activities designed for parents and youth to participate together.
I’ve heard it said that ministry with youth is ministry with parents. Item number two on my wishlist for the coming year, then, is to do more ministry with parents.