The Parenting Courses

Generations

Someone once quipped that parenting is the only job you can never get trained for – you can read all the manuals, attend all the how-to sessions, but when it comes to actually looking after your own child, we’re all learners.

To care for, nurture and raise another human being is a wonderful privilege and a profound experience. As a church our desire is to encourage and equip parents to be the best they can be and to model faith to their children in real and effective ways. We offer two Parenting Courses to help with this:

Both courses run for 5 weeks and are for all parents/carers whether parenting on their own, as step-parents or as a couple. Each course includes informative and fun practical talks with film clips, street interviews and advice from parenting experts as well as small group discussions with parents at a similar stage.

Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more. Course costs are $35 per person ($70 per couple) and include course material and delicious supper.

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Faith @ Home

We all want our kids to grow in faith, yet an hour or so at church each week can only do so much. It is well established (see below) that regular faith discussions in the home have a significant impact on children growing into lifelong followers of Jesus.

Faith @ Home eNews

To this end, most weeks we send out a short email (and post the contents to our [private facebook group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoroUnitingFamiliesAndFriends)) with the following regular features:

- 'Faith @ home... yes, but how?' spot that gives simple practical suggestions for instilling faith practices into what's already happening in the home

- fun videos and thought-provoking discussion questions that relate to the upcoming theme on Sunday mornings for our pre-school and primary-aged kids (we encourage these conversations to happen in the home before we get to cover them at church, emphasising the primary importance of faith discussions in the home)

- various other resources to encourage you with regular faith conversations in the home, many of which you'll find in our [Faith @ Home Resources](https://www.corouniting.org/resources?section=kids) section of our web/app.

Our hope is that this weekly resource will spark conversations in the home and that some of the ideas will help you as you parent your kids to know and love Jesus.

You can view some of the recent Faith @ Home eNews on this [archive page](https://us11.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=7d674b2c4b2fd3d6bd6f28875&id=c41afb1a5b) (look for the Faith @ Home this week emails). If you'd like to sign up to receive these in your inbox, use [this form](http://eepurl.com/by8vNn) and select the 'Faith @ Home eNews' option (feel free to also sign up to our regular weekly church eNews).

See the below tabs for some of the resources we recommend as well as some of the relevant research in this area.

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Kids on Sundays

Children and their families are an integral part of our life together as the family of God here at Coro. As an intergenerational church community, we place value on children worshipping together with the whole church family, also understanding the need for kids to have opportunities to learn and engage with the Bible in ways that are designed specifically for the different stages of their development.

On Sunday mornings our children spend the first half hour or so together with their families in worship. There are a couple of areas set aside for very young children with some quiet toys and books, however we encourage parents to help their children engage with the service by explaining to them what is happening and encouraging them to participate.

After around half an hour, the children move out to different programs that are designed to stimulate, encourage and enable each child to grow in their own faith journey and in their relationships with their peers. We have four different programs that we run most weeks:

- LPC (ages 0-3) is a free-play session for our very young ones

- Kindy Kids (ages 3-5) is a more structured program with story, craft and free time

- KBG (R-Yr6) has large group and small group times with teaching, memory verses, creative and fun activities and times of prayer.

- Bounce (Yrs7-10) learn through discussion, video clips, and games – always with plenty of food on offer!

See the tabs below for more information.

Note: The safety of the children in our care is paramount. Children are signed in and out of programs with all our helpers holding valid Working with Children Checks and key leaders having undergone Child-Safe Environments and First Aid training in line with the Uniting Church Child Safe Policy.

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