Tag Archives: Kids

How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Talking to our kids about sex can be one of the more daunting and awkward things we do as parents. But if we don’t, who will?

As it turns out, lots of people. And that’s the problem.

Movies, music, and magazines, TV shows and their commercials, online images and everyday conversations with friends—they’re all regularly communicating ideas about sex to our kids. And those ideas are often a significant distortion of the good and powerful gift that God has given us in sex.

Consider a few illuminating stats:

Coyote Hill Open House: This Sunday

Open House: Sunday, September 9th 1 – 4 PM at Coyote Hill: Directions ~~See firsthand the legacy you are building at Coyote Hill~~ Enjoy Games, Bounce House, Hayrides, FREE Smokin’ Chicks BBQ and Kona Ice! Presented by: For more complete info about Coyote Hill, read this 2016 ministry partner spotlight post from the ESI archive:

Great Circle

13227189_10154293337544382_7879019479459946173_nFor the last several years, Great Circle has been a ministry partner of The Crossing. We support their considerable efforts to address the needs of local children and families touched by foster care, foster/adoption, and mental health issues. Great Circle offers a tour one afternoon per month and has various volunteer opportunities available. To find out more, contact Susan Reeves: [email protected]

13502845_10154399038179382_7471609356650038708_oGreat Circle provides an environment of trust, purpose and empowerment for each child and family in our care. We believe families have the right to preventative resources that can shift the tide toward healthier lives and communities. Social stigmas disappear as families discover their own strength with staff and community support.

Honduras Team: Spring Break Trip

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For six years, members of The Crossing have been traveling on mission to Honduras.

This year, the Honduras Team will again be traveling during Spring Break: March 26-April 2. Please pray for them this week as they prepare to leave and during the entirety of their trip.

Below are descriptions of their team activities and challenges provided by Sarah Kohnle, the Team Leader. This is her 6th mission trip to Honduras and her 4th trip as Team Leader.

Team demographics:

We are taking 14 (two men and 12 women this year) including a three-generation family group this year. In addition to members from the Crossing, we will have people from Jefferson City, New Florence and St. Louis. Ages range from 20 to 76. The majority of people are first-timers, mostly without medical expertise.

The threat of the Zika virus caused us to scramble a little as people needed to withdraw for medical reasons, but our group is back up to full strength.

What Do You Most Want for Your Kids?

Occasionally, my wife and I offer a seminar that’s designed to help parents of newborn and very young children. One of the reasons we offer it is because we remember how clueless we felt when we first had kids. One of the reasons we offer it occasionally is because we need a good stretch in between to forget how poorly we follow our own advice.

At any rate, we’ve always begun the seminar by asking parents a question that I’d like you to consider at the moment: what is it that you most want for your kid(s)?

I think it’s fairly easy to list some of the more common answers that parents in our culture are likely to give to that question: