The Sacredness of Summer Camp

The Sacredness of Summer Camp

Written by Steffen Humbert | July 24, 2017 | National Community Church

They’re back. More than a week ago, you sent your precious child off to camp with neatly packed luggage, extras shirts and shorts just in case, some snacks and maybe even a smile.  A few days ago the bus doors opened and they looked . . . well . . . rough. Their hair wasn't combed. Half their clothes are missing and the half is covered in Jell-O. They look exhausted and reek of a distinct combination of body odor and Doritos. It’s enough to make you wonder, “What happened there?!” The best answer is...a lot.

How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) this Summer

How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) this Summer

Written by NCC Parents | June 30, 2017

Summertime is finally here! We packed our final school lunches, frantically assisted with final homework assignments, and attended our final back-to-back sporting events. The long summer days filled with pool floaties, vacations, and adventures sound amazing the week before school lets out. But the reality of long days together may already be setting in: sibling disagreements, wet pool towels left on the floor and excessive requests for TV and screens! We know summer is sweet and challenging all at the same time.

Is it OK for Friendships to Fall Away

Is it OK for Friendships to Fall Away

Written by Jessica Mancari | June 2, 2017 | Potomac Yard

I walked into a lot of new lunchrooms as a kid. I went to nine different schools between kindergarten and senior year. At each new place, I found myself in a familiar place – my eyes dancing around looking for kindred spirits. Fortunately, I always found some. But months later I would find myself in another familiar place: the painful place of saying goodbye.

Play the Man

Play the Man

Written by Mark Batterson | May 10, 2017

Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It's into this "no man's land" that I want to declare a mantra for manhood: play the man.

Unanticipated Embarrassment

Unanticipated Embarrassment

Written by Sarah Crouch | April 22, 2017 | Potomac Yard

When I became a mom, my dad asked if there was anything in particular I was struggling with about being a new mother. As I recall, the list was long. There is a steep learning curve in parenting! However, there was one unfamiliar and unexpected emotion I felt when my children entered the toddler stage: embarrassment.

Spiritual Scaffolds

Spiritual Scaffolds

Written by Robin Whitford | April 6, 2017 | Ballston

I live in a historic city with several old buildings. Often times, when a monument needs to be updated, a team will construct scaffolding to support the building while it is undergoing the transformation. The support is needed at the time of construction, but when the time is right and the work is done, the scaffolding comes down and the building stands in beauty and fortitude on its own.

 

Making Memorizing Fun

Making Memorizing Fun

Written by Sarah Hanks | March 15, 2017 | Barracks Row

Let's be honest now, in the busyness of Sunday mornings, sometimes our kids’ church crafts and colorings get dropped on the floor of the minivan after church never to be seen again! But how thankful are you when the church invests so much creativity into our kids?

Inviting Kids into God's Story

Inviting Kids into God's Story

Written by Heather Zempel | February 17, 2017 | Echo Stage

Our new sermon series, Long Story Short, presents an exciting opportunity for entire families to explore the story of the Bible together-- some for the first time, others in a way like never before. Over the next 13 weeks, we will engage the chronological story of the Bible and our sermons will focus on the inciting incidents of Scripture—the moments that propelled the story along. Parents and children will be learning similar content at our weekend services, which means we can maximize conversation at home for shared learning. Here are a few ideas for engaging.

Being Heard and Seen: a Journey with Infertility

Being Heard and Seen: a Journey with Infertility

Written by Dannielle Hawk | January 26, 2016 | Lincoln Theater

The first time I attended a small group meeting with Sisters of Hannah, I don’t think I actually said one word the entire hour-and-a-half—partly because I was still in disbelief that I shared anything in common with other women who were dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss. I recall getting in my car and thinking, “hmm…this was probably not a good idea for me”. I really can’t deal with my stuff and also absorb the emotions of other people dealing with this issue.

Gifts We Already Have

Gifts We Already Have

Written by Robin Whitford | December 16, 2016 | Ballston

Last month the dreaded delivery arrived. The toy catalog was dropped on the dining room table nonchalantly and I watched my children instantly surge with a desire for every new toy and gadget made this year. The markers came out, circles filled every page, a tug-of-war ensued, and it’s as if the whining was added on as a free bonus feature.

Choose Adventure

Choose Adventure

Written by Tiffani Hampton | December 1, 2016 | Ballston

There is beauty in learning to live in the moment.  I started to learn to say no to certain opportunities because they would prevent me from being able to be spontaneous and have adventures with my kids.

 

Dream Big to Lay a Foundation

Dream Big to Lay a Foundation

Written by Dave Schmidgall and Joel Schmidgall | November 18, 2016 | Lincoln and Barracks Row

As parents, it is our responsibility and privilege to help shape our children’s view of what it means to live on mission every day. Through our words, and most importantly our actions, our kids will learn how to care for others. 

Dream Big Together

Dream Big Together

Written by Kristen Connell and Heather Gonzales | November 11, 2016 | Echo Stage

A few years ago we committed together to regularly make lunches for NCC’s InService ministry. We had visions of our children happily working in harmony assembling sandwiches....

Dream Big as a Family

Dream Big as a Family

Written by NCC Parents  | November 6, 2016

Kids are right at the center of God’s plan! Throughout Scripture, we see many times that God chose to use young people to accomplish His plans. We believe that God wants to use young people to fulfill His purposes and care for others. We are committed to helping children to develop missional hearts - becoming more aware of the needs around them and seeing themselves as a participant in the story God is writing.

Be Present

Be Present

Written by Art Tapera | November 1, 2016 | Barracks Row

I have 24 hours every day to spend the way I choose. With the hours I have been given, I choose to be present with my kids as much as I am physically able. A wise person shared this truth with me a long time ago: I can be present with my kids or someone else can.

The truth is that, while we value being the strongest influence in our kids' lives, that can’t last forever. Eventually, they start to value what others think and spend more time outside our home than they do with us as parents.

Addicted to Gaming

Addicted to Gaming

Written by Jacob Clarke | September 9, 2016

Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk used to be all the rage. But I didn’t know Hawk’s name because of his numerous X Games victories or as the first person to complete the 900-degree spin. I knew of him because I could skateboard as him, on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 for Playstation 2.

Call in the Expert

Call in the Expert

Written by Michael Webb | September 1, 2016 | Gainesville

When my oldest son, Caleb, was only a few years old, we moved to Texas. One Sunday, my wife Terri and I were visiting a new church. As we made the drive, she began to tell Caleb what he might expect at a new church, a new Sunday School class and new kids he might meet.

Talking to Your Child About Politics

Talking to Your Child About Politics

Written by Curtis Marshall | August 25, 2016 | Kingstowne

The presidential candidates have been chosen; the debates will kickoff soon; and the tension between the proponents of the candidates will continue to rise above an already feverish pitch. What are we to do? How are we to vote? How should we communicate to our kids?

The Tween Years

The Tween Years

Written by Sara Beth Arcara | August 18, 2016 | Barracks Row

I loved the [fairly] straight-forward parenting of babies. I’m a bit of a rule-follower and soaked up everything my pediatrician said. Took notes, even. Sleep train? Check. Boot camp potty training? Check. Plenty of outside time at the park? Check.

Love Your Imperfect House

Love Your Imperfect House

Written by Jessica Mancari | July 29, 2016 | Potomac Yard

Our white couch used to look pristine before we had Emerson and Ezra. Upon close inspection, you might have been able to see a pin-sized splatter of pasta sauce overlooked from a dinner-and-a-Red Box movie night.