Hold the Rope is designed to help parents strategically pass down their faith to their children.
At our Hold the Rope event we want to give you the resources to make this an easy hand-off.
Here are the resources included in each age from birth through 12th grade:
- A Planning Guide to walk you through the resources and the actual ceremony.
- 2-3 Videos explaining the why and how of each Rite of Passage.
- Kick Starters for Biblical family discussion time to lead up to the experience.
- Each year we'll focus on the biggest milestone for the year and give you the tools to make this milestone one to remember.
What Can I Expect?
Dinner and both large group sessions will be held in the Family Life Center (gym). We will have two age specific breakout sessions. Our breakout sessions will be in the classrooms in our main building and in the student center. These breakout sessions will be identical (except for birth-4 year old, see FAQ section) so you will have the opportunity to view two separate age groups.
Each Breakout session will last 40 minutes and will follow this schedule:
- Watch a parent video on the specific age/grade level of your child.
- Talk through the developmental guide and learn what your child is going to experience this year.
- Watch a How-to video on how you can implemental this experience with your child.
- Discuss some ideas on how you could implement this material in your home.
- Receive all the downloadable materials for this age group.
These breakout sessions are going to have an amazing dynamic as they are lead by parents who have been through the process you are going through with your teen. You'll also have the added benefit of sharing and connecting with parents who are going through the same things you are.
What if we have more than two kids? Many of our families have more than one child under 18 and there are a few ways you can choose which breakout to attend:
- Split up. Mom can attend 2 breakouts and Dad can attend 2 breakouts.
- Look at the topics discussed. The age groups are more of a guideline, you can choose whatever fits best for your family so maybe choose breakouts that may apply to two separate kids?
- Log online after the event. After the event we will give you access to ALL the resources we cover during the night. So focus on two age-levels during the night and view the rest on your own!
What if I only have one kid? Please don't go home early! We want you to hear our vision for the program and give you a little more insight in our closing large group time, plus you want dessert, right? If you only have one kid, check out one of the age groups that is "right around the corner." Mentally prepare yourself for where your son/daughter is headed!
Birth-4 year old? This age group is going to look different because we are combining all 4 of these ages into one group for our breakout sessions. So, instead of having identical sessions we will be going through the 3 year old resources in session one and the 4 year old resources in session 2. Please make note on our registration form what birth 4 year old resources you'd like.
4:45-5:00pm Arrive and drop Kids off at Childcare
5:00pm Dinner is served (kids will eat downstairs)
6:00pm Large group Session 1
6:15pm Breakout Session 1
7:00pm Breakout Session 2
7:45pm Large Group Session 2
8:00pm Dismissal and Dessert
Our hope is to not only guide you in having meaningful experiences with your children but to actually equip you in areas of parenting where you need it most.
Below you will see 6 parenting resources that you can purchase as an add on to your registration, plus you'll get to choose one as an early perk if you sign up for the conference prior to September 18. Click on the titles to learn more about each resource. We hope these are a blessing to you!
The Rites of Passage
Click the button below to view all the materials for the Rites of Passages (This is a password protected site. You will receive the password at the conference)
Birth Invitation to Peace In this Rite of Passage parents will discover a time of peace with their newborn. The first year with a baby is all about routine, and this Rite of Passage will equip Parents to build peaceful moments into that routine.
1 year old Birthday Blessing This Rite of Passage helps parents throw the best 1st year birthday party for their child where they’ll share with friends and family a written “Birthday Blessing”. This “Birthday Blessing” will be a treasure that helps the Parents outline their prayers and dreams for their child.
2 year old Invitation to Prayer Now that their child is speaking, Parents can take the time to teach them what it means to speak with God. We want to help parents process what type of person they want their child to be, then build a simple prayer around one of those traits that the parent and child can begin praying together.
3 year old Big Kid Bed Moving from the crib to a big kid bed is a big step. This Rites of Passage guides parents through a big kid bed ceremony where parents write a verse/prayer on the big kid bed and friends/family gather to read scripture/pray over the bed.
4 year old Invitation to Independence This Rite of Passage will help parents set their child up to enter kindergarten with independence.It will give parents some steps to ensure their child is as prepared as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: Birth - 4 Year old will be combined for our breakout sessions. In session one we will watch the videos and do discussion for 3 year old and in session 2 we will move to 4 year old. We will have the material for Birth-2 year old.
Kindergarten Generosity Children in kindergarten are fairly self sufficient. They are beginning the phase of independence. whether your child is at half-day or all-day kindergarten or is home-schooled, they are going to be spending some amount of time away from you for the first time. This can be both scary and exciting for parents. But rest assured--your child is ready for this change.
1st grade Responsibility 1st graders are stepping into their “Big Kid” years. There can be me insecurity for children during this transition. This year kids are spending a good deal of their time away from you, which can be a little scary for everyone involved. However, they are developmentally ready for this shift toward independence.
2nd grade Engage the Bible The biggest developmental jump in the life of a 2nd grader is in the area of social development. Kids are beginning to develop significant friendships and recognize the needs and feelings of others. Another big milestone is in the area of reading. This year children will read more independently than they have in any of the previous years.
3rd grade Rhythm This is the year that children begin to see clear differences between themselves and others, which can lead children to suppress their individuality. We need to help children see that they are uniquely made. This is the year that children’s interests in multiple areas can peak, leading to increased chaos in scheduling.
4th grade Friends The biggest change in development for 4th graders is the change in friendships. All of a sudden, they care what others think of them and want to fit in. Your child probably has at least one very close friend this year that they enjoy spending time with.
5th grade Identity Fifth graders still want your encouragement, but they will rarely ask for it. This is the year that teasing and gossiping take center stage, and with your child’s desire to “fit in,” it can lead to a compromise of values. These big shifts make it even more important for you to help your child see how they are designed differently, on purpose.
6th grade Preparation for Adolescence The 6th Grade Year is an exciting year filled with the transition from childhood to adolescence. Here is a guide to help give you a glimpse of what might be going on inside your brand new 6th grader.
7th grade The Blessing The 7th grade year is the “Wonder Year,” where your brand new teenager begins to try on identities and discover who they are going to be. This guide will give you a map into the body, mind, and soul of your 7th grader.
8th grade Purity Weekend The 8th grader says “goodbye” to puberty issues and “hello” to the quest for freedom from parents and “kiddie” things. Major changes occur during this year as the teen transitions into the middle of the adolescent journey. Here is a look at what is going on with your 8th grader.
9th grade Driving Contract The 9th grade year signals the beginning of the high school experience and the last stage of the adolescent journey. This is a look into the world of your 9th grader.
10th grade Money Matters The 10th grader can drive a car, work a job, and is getting dangerously close to adulthood. Here is a look at what is going on inside the mind and heart of your 10th grader.
11th grade Family Tree By the time your teenager reaches the 11th grade year, they are living like a mini-adult. But they still need your guidance. To help you with that, here is a look at what is happening in the world of your 11th grader.
12th grade Manhood/Womanhood Ceremony Congratulations! You have a 12th grader! It is time to finish strong in the adolescent journey. In order to do that, let’s take a look inside the mind and heart of your 12th grader.