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 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.

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.

Creating Space

Creating Space

Written by Sarah Crouch | July 13, 2016 | Potomac Yard

When my first son was born, I lamented to my husband that I had lost the cadence in my days to do the things that made me feel like a whole person, things that made me feel alive: art, reading, running, and prayer. He suggested creating some space for myself in the morning by trying to wake up before the baby.

Welcome the Wiggle

Welcome the Wiggle

Written by Nina Schmidgall | July 2, 2016 | Director of Children's Ministry

Each Sunday, my children stand with me in church during the worship set. These have been some of the sweetest moments and, if I am honest, also sometimes the most torturous.

Watch Me Worship

Watch Me Worship

Written by Kurtis Parks | June 23, 2016 | Worship Director

Nearly three years ago I received an email from a single mom here at church, and the words she shared still resonate with me to this day. She mentioned that she attended one of our nights of worship at our Miracle Theatre campus. 

Make Summer Count

Make Summer Count

Written by Felicia Oland | June 16, 2016 | Barracks Row

There are just a few days of school left and we have been dreaming about summer! I’ve always been a wanderer. I guess that’s what brought me across the ocean from Romania to this part of the world some years ago.

When Parenting Takes You on a Trip You Didn't Plan

When Parenting Takes You on a Trip You Didn't Plan

Written by Victoria Gentry | May 26, 2016 | Barracks Row

I read once that discovering your child is on the spectrum is like planning a trip to Italy. You’ve done your reading, learned the language, packed your bags, and up, up and away, you’re off. Then, upon landing, you are actually not in Italy after all.