What we're teach at Glimpse.
It's time to talk!
Week ONE (11/29/2017)
This week, we talk about the world's need for Christmas - the first Christmas that is. Ask your student if they're dealing with any situations that feel hopeless (maybe a friendship, a class, or a sport). Remind them that when God's involved, there's always hope that things could get better - the birth of a Savior is a great example of that.
Week TWO (12/6/2017)
God needed Christmas, too. It's true. God needed to connect with the world again - with us. So He sent Jesus as a sacrificial bridge between Heaven and Earth. Talk to your student about sacrifice. Ask them to talk about a sacrifice they've made or they've seen you make. Ask them, "How does it feel to know that God made this level of sacrifice for you?"
Week THREE (12/13/2017)
God sent Jesus - not only so we could have forgiveness - but also so we could have "life to the fullest." Ask your student what "life to the fullest" looks like in their mind. Then share your own answer to that question.
Week FOUR (12/20/2017)
Who needs Christmas? WE ALL NEED CHRISTMAS and God loves us so much that he gave his ONE and ONLY SON so that we might have LIFE! So we are celebrating CHRISTMAS together at Glimpse!
God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
NO Glimpse 12/27/2017 - Enjoy your Christmas Break
TRY SOME of THESE IDEAS
Sometime this month, leave a random, small gift on your students dresser, sink, or front seat for them to find. It could be something as small as a note, pack of gum, or bargain store trinket... It will be a fun surprise and sweet way to start their day.
It is easy to becom distracted by different seasons, but this is especially true around Christmas. Prioritize connecting with your student by planning a meal or two together as a whole family. Challenge yourself to only ask questions and listen - saving your impulse to offer advice for another time. AND remember to check your phones at the door... turn off ALL the distractions and enjoy a meal together as a family.
In this phase, it is crucial for parents to remind their students that there's life outside of their immediate world. It is a great time of year for your student to get involved in short-term or long-term service projects. Send your student a few links by text with different ways they can get involved. Follow up with them later to see how you can help them take a step forward serving.
The end of the semester, the end of the calendar year, and the impending holiday season can add extra stress to everyone - including your student. Before your student goes to bed sometime this month, encourage them to calm down and relax by reading, drinking a hot chocolate, or listening to a chill playlist on Spotify.
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