Dear Covenant Friends,
Phew! I know I’m not alone with my head spinning from all the developments in the last couple of weeks. Our Care and Counseling Ministry was going to host a marriage workshop and a parenting class just over a week ago! Many of you signed up for one or both of these events and it’s because of the high level of interest, as well as how COVID-19 has affected our current lifestyles as marrieds, singles and parents that I wanted to encourage you with specific resources that you may find helpful especially now.
For those of you who want to use this time to grow in relationships, marriages and/or parenting (and who may be experiencing the effects of being house-bound), Dr. John Cox (our intended speaker for these events) has a podcast called “Good Enough Living”. Whether you are at home alone or if you are married with or without children, I think you will find his topics engaging. A few are: “Marriage Relationship is a Skill and You Can Learn to Do it Better,” “Kids and Love,” and “Why is Growth Hard?”. Dr. Cox also has recently published a book which was to be the basis of our Sunday school class on parenting. Particularly given close quarters in many homes, you may find this to be an encouraging (and witty) read.
And speaking of children, I also want to highlight a resource for parents navigating this anxious time with their children (ages 2 – 12). Kid Matters Counseling in Hinsdale has various offerings and insight regarding anxiousness in children, and a 5-day Challenge for parents who want some ideas in making meaningful connections with their kiddos (in 5 minutes!). They also have videos on Instagram about coping with kids at home and creating a new normal.
I also want to let you know that CCM is still open for business! We can meet with you via the phone, Zoom or Skype. Email me if you’d like to set up a time to talk.
Director – Covenant Care and Counseling Ministry