Wrote this parent email up on the bus ride home from our Winter Camp discipleship retreat this past weekend. Thought it might be a good base for you to use or inspire you to write something better and share it on your blog, too:
HSM Winter Camp Parents,
What an amazing weekend! Thanks for trusting us with your teenager the past few days – for many of them it will be a weekend they’ll never forget. I wanted to encourage you to take them out for lunch today or perhaps over dinner tonight you could spend some time talking about the decisions they made and their reaction to the messages this weekend.
Our speakers were Chris Schmoltz (a pastor from San Diego) and Tom Holladay (adult teaching pastor at Saddleback) as well as student-taught workshops each day. The topics focused on intimacy with God, spiritual community and ways to grow in your faith and walk closely with God. We had great snow and great food to boot!
Here are a few questions to get you started as you encourage your student in their next spiritual steps:
- what was your favorite part of the weekend?
- what message spoke to you the most?
- did you make any spiritual decisions this weekend?
- we heard about the tri-tip all the way back here. What was the best meal?
- who was your cabin leader?
- did you have any great talks with him/her?
Thanks again for all your support of HSM and if there is anything we can do to help your family in any way please don’t hesitate to ask.Youth leaders like you love our Jesus-centered resources!
Josh Griffin and the HSM team