contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

2191 Mars Hill Rd
Watkinsville, GA, 30677
United States

706-769-8315

Faith Presbyterian Church PCA. A community church located just outside of Athens, Georgia in Watkinsville, Oconee County. Serving our community, loving our neighbors and making disciples. 

Kids-Library-Header.jpg

Blog

Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et. Curabitur blandit tempus porttitor. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus. Cras mattis consectetur purus sit amet fermentum. Cras mattis consectetur purus sit amet fermentum.

This Week in Faith 4-19-19

Steven Brooks

Don’t forget about our Easter celebration this Sunday! We have services at 8:30 and 11:00. We also have an Easter brunch at 9:30 with an egg hunt for kids 5th grade and under at 9:45. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the good news that Jesus gave his life for us on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and he is alive again so we can have new life in him!

————————————————————————————————-

What God Wants You to Pray For Your Kids

“Yet, my children’s greatest need is not temporary happiness, but increasing holiness. Holiness and happiness are not in opposition to one another, but are integrally linked.” Prayer is the most powerful and effective tool we have for effective parenting. We have much less control over our kids’ hearts and lives than we hope for. But, we have access to a God who loves our kids more than we do and is in control of their hearts and lives. So if we aren’t praying for our kids, we are forfeiting one of the greatest gifts God has given us in our calling as parents. But what should we pray about? My tendency can be to pray for the immediate, tangible needs I see. But above all, we need to pray that they know and love Jesus. This is what will lead to their ultimate happiness. There are some good, practical things to pray for our kids about. And her book, 5 Things to Pray For Your Kids, is for sale in the church resource center. It is a small book than can be a big help in our prayers for our kids. 

Click here to read the article by Melissa Kruger.

How To Talk To Your Kids About ‘Shazam!’

Micah and I saw this movie last week and really enjoyed it. If you see it with your kids, this article has some great ideas of talking points from themes in the movie that can help steer your conversations toward Jesus.

Click here to read the article by Joe Carter.

Stop Asking Kids What They Want to Be When They Grow Up

“Instead, invite them to think about what kind of person they want to be — and about all the different things they might want to do.” What a great conclusion to this article. We tell our kids that fulfillment won’t ultimately come from their work. We tell them what we hope for them most in their life is to know and follow Jesus. But we can also unintentionally communicate something very different through the questions we ask, the pressures we put on them to succeed, and the unrealistic picture we paint of how the world works. There is some good insight in this article for how we can emphasize the right priorities to our kids as they grow up and laying a foundation of realistic expectations for the future. 

Click here to read the article by Adam Grant.

LISTEN: Dave Thomas on Adolescent Anxiety

This interview was really helpful for me. He touches on so many of the conversations and questions that we have been going through with our kids. I needed the encouragement as well as the help. It’s a 20 minute interview on helping your kids gain the confidence they need to face challenges on their own, recognizing the different personalities and needs each of our kids have, and in general, encouragement for weary parents. It’s definitely worth a listen.

Click here to listen to the interview form the Rooted Ministry podcast.

This Week in Faith 4-12-19

Steven Brooks

Hope Amidst College Admissions Insanity

This is really well said for parents, of kids at any age, who love their kids and are anxious about their future.

Click here to read the article by Cameron Cole.

Why the Admissions Scandal Is Every Parents Problem

The recent charges against wealthy and celebrity parents buying their kids admission to prestigious universities is a big deal. There are elements of it that should cause us to consider the ways in which systems in our society are broken and create uneven opportunities for success. But it should also cause self-reflection on our part to consider the ways our goals and practices as parents might lead us down the same road. Kara Powell does a good job in this article of helping us to remember that our primary goal in parenting is to see our kids know Jesus and that should affect the decisions we make and the way that we parent.  

Click here to read the article by Kara Powell.

Better Than Fortnite: Global Mission in the Digital Age

Our challenge in parenting is not just to tell our kids what we believe is best but how to communicate clearly and compellingly. We want them to understand what we are saying, but the older they get the more we want to listen and engage them with thoughtful questions. We also want to consider the way our own habits and practices are communicating something similar to or different than our words. And more and more, I am convinced that part of helping our kids learn to pursue God comes from giving them an honest, compelling picture of who God is and what he is calling them to. I don’t think our kids settle for being consumed by Fortnite, sports, or themselves because those things are all that satisfying but because they haven’t come to understand the largeness of the mission God calls us to and the courage required to carry it out. This article gives some great insight into how to talk to our kids about this and what to say.

Click here to read the article by Paul Akin.

Podcast: Parenting in Light of the Gospel

Paul Tripp has so many good and encouraging things to share about parenting that relieve the pressure and help keep our focus on Jesus. I hope you get a chance to listen to this 35 minute interview with him.

Click here to listen to the podcast with Paul Tripp.

This Week in Faith 3-21-19

Steven Brooks

Help! I Keep Losing My Temper

Whether your anger shows up in your parenting, your political conversations, or you just feel a low level of anger all the time, this is a helpful article. James tells us that our anger comes from wanting something and not getting it. But the ability for honest reflection about what we want and what is being threatened when we get angry is a lot harder. This article does a good job of helping us think through why anger is dangerous fro our souls and how to not just acknowledge its there, but begin to respond better. No matter how our anger presents itself, we all struggle with anger so it’s important we understand how the gospel makes a better way possible. And ask for the grace to walk in it. 

Click here to read the article by J. Alasdair Groves.

How to Let Teens Settle Their Emotional Storms

I thought this was an interesting article. Her idea seems a little silly for how to respond to the emotional break downs out teenagers have. But I also thought- her idea is better than my helplessness in those moments :) If nothing else, her description of what is going on inside the mind of a teenager, and her call to be patient with them as they navigate this turbulent time in their development, was a good reminder for me.

Click here to read the article by Lisa Damour.

Teens and E-Cigs…A Helpful Infographic

This is a subject that is becoming more prevalent in the lives of teenagers. As you can see from the info graphic, its popularity is on the rise. But the misinformation surrounding the dangers are also on the rise. Most teenagers don’t understand the physical and developmental risks inherent in e-cigarettes and vaping, but the risks are there. Kelly and I went to a foster parent training this past weekend where a doctor who specializes in working with babies born to moms who smoked, drank, and/or used drugs during pregnancy. She was really concerned about the trends in teen vaping and the way that it often leads to other addictions as well. Hopefully, this article and infographic can help you be more aware and informed so you can better engage your kids on this topic.  

Click here to read the article by Walt Mueller.

PODCAST: A Baby’s First Year

Here is an interesting podcast with a pediatrician for those of you going through parenting a newborn- or know someone who is.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

This Week in Faith 3-15-19

Steven Brooks

My Hope As A Parent Is Something I Share with my Birth Mother

This is a moving reflection on parenthood by an adoptee who recently became a father. it’s interesting to see how his experience of growing up without knowing his birth mother lead him to some of the some questions, fears, and inadequacies that any parent faces. His reflections are a good reminder of the important role parents play in the lives of their kids. But it also reminds us that no matter our history or family situation, there are things about our kids that we can't control as parents. This is why we hope in the gospel. The gospel that fuels our ability and desire to parent well. And the gospel that trusts the future of our kids to the one who loves them and is at work for their good, even more than we can imagine.

Click here to read the article by Michael Wear.

How Do I Help Busy and Stressed Teenagers and Young Adults? Two New Rules of Thumb

“Approximately 20 percent of teenagers confess that they worry ‘a great deal’ about current and future life events. But only 8 percent of the parents of these same teenagers are aware that their child is experiencing such stress.”

Busyness and stress are a regular part of the life of a teenager, but as parents we often miss it, or at least miss opportunities to help our kids navigate this part of their life well. Kara Powell offers some great questions to ask as we help our kids think about their schedules and what is causing the most stress in their lives. She also has some good, practical advice we can pass along [and even use to create some margin in our own lives!]. The older our kids get, the less we should be saying “yes” and “no” for them and the more we should be helping them develop the tools to manage their schedules in a healthy way for themselves.

Click here to read the article by Kara Powell.

Are We Raising Good or Godly Kids?

This is one of those reminders that we need often, no matter what age our kids are. As much as we want our kids to be good and compliant, we want them to know Jesus more. This means that the way we discipline, the conversations we have in the wake of our kids’ failures, the forgiveness we offer [and ask for] are all ways we point our kids to the gospel. It can be exhausting at times. And we will mess it up a lot. But we can’t save our kids, only Jesus can. We can’t change our kids hearts, only Jesus can. We can’t produce good or Godly kids, only Jesus can. He is the only hope for our kids and he is our only hope as parents for the wisdom and endurance we need to parent our kids well.

Click here to read the article by Mary Wiley.


VIDEO: How Radically Ordinary Hospitality Changed My Life

If you have never heard Rosaria Butterfield’s story, it is such an encouragement. It is an intersection of sexuality, hospitality, and the power of the gospel. And even if you know her story, it is a great reminder of how God can use the hospitality our families practice to build relationships and share the gospel. A family willing to welcome the lost and hurting into their homes [the way Jesus has welcomed us] is a powerful thing for the kingdom of God. And it is a compelling life that fills the hearts and lives of our kids with life-giving, gospel-centered purpose.

Click here to watch the video with Rosaria Butterfield.

Resources: Sexuality, Gender and Dating

Steven Brooks

As we start our new series “The Road to A Great Love Story” with middle and high school students, I wanted to give you a list of some of the resources that I have found helpful over the last 20 years of student ministry in understanding these issues and even in helping to address them with my own kids. I’d also love to hear any recommendations you have to add to the list!

BOOKS

Identity

  • The Dignity Revolution by Daniel Darling

  • FaceTime: Your Identity In A Selfie World by Kristen Hatton

  • Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme [different chapters cover a number of issues we’re talking about] by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

Sex

  • Mom, Dad…What’s Sex: Giving Your Kids A Gospel-Centered View of Sex and Our Culture by Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick

  • The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller

Homosexuality

  • Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Alberry

  • Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

  • Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach

  • The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

  • What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung

Gender

  • God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker

  • Gender: A Conversation Guide For Parents and Pastors by Hunter Leavine

Pornography

  • Good Pictures, Bad Pictures by Kristen Jenson

Dating

  • The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler

  • “We’re Just Friends” and Other Dating Lies by Chuck Milian

ARTICLES/ PAMPHLETS

Hey Kids, You Are Being Lied to About Sex by Cameron Cole

20 Quotes on Discussing Gender With Your Kids

Necessary Conversations About Sexuality and Gender

What’s Love Got to Do With It: Navigating Teen Dating by Kristen Hatton

How to Talk About Sex Without Sounding Like a Prude, Legalist, or a Peddler of Toxic Purity Culture by Seth Stewart

Pamphlets Available at Church

  • Raising Sexually Healthy Kids by David White

  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex by William P. Smith

  • Explaining LGBTQ+ Identity to Your Child by Tim Geiger

  • Your Child Says “I’m Gay” by Tim Geiger

WEBSITES

Center For Parent/ Youth Understanding- Sexual Integrity Initiative

Harvest USA

Rooted Ministry

Fuller Youth Institute

True Love Dates

PODCASTS

7 Ways to Navigate a Sexually Shifting Culture

VIDEOS

How Do I Explain LGBTQ+ Issues to My Children?

How to Talk to Your Children About Sex