Youth Discipleship

At Topeka First UMC

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"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."

Parenting Your Pre-Teen (Younger Youth)

Consider Reading:

Growing Up Brave by Donna B. Pincus

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel

No-Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

Thirty Million Words by Dana Suskind

Welcome to Your Child's Brain by Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

Building Resilience by Kenneth Ginsburg

Caught in Between by Dan Scott

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Parenting Your Teenager (Older Youth)

Consider Reading:

Understanding Your Young Teen by Mark Oestreicher

Teenage Guys by Steven Gerali

Teenage Girls by Ginny Olson

The Primal Teen by Barbara Strauch

Secrets of the Teenage Brain by Sheryl Feinstein

Check Out:

Inside the Teenage Brain (PBS Documentary)

Why Teenage Brains Are Hard to Understand -

Life with Your Young Adult

Consider Reading:
     Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin

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Family Faith Formation


  • Communal Reading of Scripture

  • Post-Worship Sharing

    • What did you get out of worship?​ What did you experience?

    • What was your favorite part of worship?

    • What did you hear in the message? Music? Prayer? Scripture?

  • Serve your neighbor(s)

  • Group Gifting​

"Parenting is innovation and experimentation in action. When you don't know what to do or say, be courageous, lean in, and try; anything. This applies in and out of a spiritual context."