Milestones bring together parents of children that are the same age/grade for an event every year of a child’s life, from birth to high school graduation. Some of the benefits and goals of these milestones include:

  • A wonderful opportunity for families to build new friendships, and to share advice, concerns, and stories about parenting and life.
  • Each course has a new theme and provides parents with tools and ideas of how to talk about God in their homes with their children.
  • The church will also give a gift to the families who participate in each course which will help strengthen the faith of your children.

The Milestones Program helps equip parents to talk about God with their children! We are looking for adult teams to assist in teaching these Milestones. The date and times for this year are already planned. If you are available and willing to lead one of these milestone sessions, please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex. All of the materials will be provided. If you are interested but still have questions, contact Pastor Justin and he can help clarify and encourage you.

Upcoming Classes:

A Mother/Daughter retreat for 5th – 7th grade girls and their mothers is set for Saturday, May 21 from 8-4:30pm. The theme is “God’s Design for His Daughters.” At this day retreat, the girls will focus on where their value and worth come from, and how they can continue to grow into the woman God wants them to be. Becky Fredricksen will be the retreat leader.

12th Graders and parents will gather on  Sunday, June 26 following 10:30 church in the youth room for their final Milestone session. Lunch will be served. The milestone program at St. John’s is being upgraded and our seniors will look at the tremendous challenge that awaits them in college from dorm rooms to classrooms. They will view stories of students who were tested and stood in opposition to false worldviews. Their experiences will motivate our seniors to define what they believe and why, so they can be confident in their faith. This session will be led by Dave Erickson.

9th and 10th Graders and parents will meet on Wednesday, June 15 at 6pm to engage in an open and fruitful dialogue with about romance and dating in our 2022 culture. Lunch will be provided. Nowadays, the dating landscape looks pretty different from what it was even a few decades ago, and, if anything, it has only gotten more muddied and confusing. People are complicated, and romantic relationships are one of the most complex and fascinating kinds of relationships that God has given us. They are challenging even for people working from a solid foundation. So when considering our teens, it can be daunting to consider whether or not we should allow them to date, and if we do, how we can guide them through the process well. This session will be led by Dave Erickson.

2021/2022 Completed Classes:

Worship, Prayer, and our Church – Parents of four year-olds and Kindergarten met on Sunday, October 10, 17 and 24, 2021. Led by LouAnn Gotch

The Roles of Church and Family in Passing on the Faith Parents with newborns and children up to about two-year-old met on November 7, 14 and 21. Led by LouAnn Gotch.

Servanthood: How Footwashing Makes Disciples – Parents of first and second grade children met on January 16, 23, and 30. Led by LouAnn Gotch.

One of God’s Great Gifts to Us: His Word – Parents of third and fourth grade children met on February 13, 20 and 27. Led by Ted & Kim Frank.