IFD204 – The Bluebonnet Child: Serving Kids of Troubled Homes
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Who is the troublemaker in your group of students? Who is the kid who distracts all the others or simply makes your job ten times harder? Who is the kid you find it hard to stay mad at because you know what his or her home life is like? We are trained to partner with the parent in our services, but which kids don’t have a healthy parent at home to nourish them?
If a particular student’s face has come to mind, then this course is for you, whether you serve children and youth as a paid staff member or as a volunteer.
Kids from neglectful or abusive families are ‘Bluebonnet Children’. They’ve grown in very poor soil but are still capable of producing lovely blossoms. Whether you serve in a school, nonprofit program, or the local church, this course will equip you with helpful tools and inspire you with hope-filled stories. While the story of the Bluebonnet Child is heavy, in Christ there is hope.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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Meg’s roots are in Texas, but she has served in the Sunflower State as the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Winfield, Kansas, for nearly a decade. Meg is the author of The Bluebonnet Child; Finding Grace in Poor Soil, and she has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Southwestern College of Kansas and an MA in Children’s and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary of Minnesota. She presents workshops at teachers’ conferences on how best to serve kids from troubled homes. In January 2018, she will lead a breakout session on The Bluebonnet Child, worship for children, and the recruitment and nurturing of volunteers at the large Children’s Pastor’s Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Meg loves Fitbit challenges, reading the autobiographies of comedians, learning Spanish, antiquing, and game nights with friends. She and her husband spend most of their free-time playing tag with their young daughter. She blogs at www.thebluebonnetchild.com and with other Bethel alumni at www.corycenter.org in hopes of equipping other Children’s Pastors.