Our mission is to serve moms who are in the middle of raising teens and tweens. Whether you are facing the early teen years, navigating college, or anything in between, we are here to support you in 2020-21. Our hope is to be that safe place to land, connecting you to other moms, and encouraging you in your relationship with Jesus. Join us whenever you can! We encourage you to engage in ways that suit your schedule and comfort level in gathering and are offering both small group Triads and Large Group events. On this page, you'll find speaker details, resources related to our four themes, and book recommendations for Triads. You can also find content around each theme on our Instagram account (@cpcmomsofteens). In October-November, we'll be talking about anxiety and hope.
Upcoming Thursdays: March 18 & May 6 • 9:45-11:15AM • Westview or Virtual
This Year's Themes
Anxiety: Finding Hope & Constructive Ways to Cope in our Families
Helping Your Family Envision the Future Again
Maintaining Connection & Friendships
Caring for Your Parents while Caring for Your Kids. We all need help and resources to balance our lives.
March 18 Speaker
Brooks Wilkening • March 18
Self-esteem in today’s teens is under attack. Everywhere they look they are being told they aren’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough or feel excluded. What can we do about it? Although outside pressures may seem to be winning the battle for our kid’s hearts and minds, as parents we can get in the game and parent intentionally. Raising Confident Teens will address several factors that contribute to the mental health crisis in our teens, and provide tools on how we as parents can parent with purpose and help our students manage their mental health, maintain friendships and build confidence.
Brooks Wilkening is a Life/Confidence Coach who helps teens and adults silence the lies that anxiety, depression and low self esteem tell them. She holds over 25 years of experience working with youth in various organizations such as Young Life, Youth Frontiers, Edina High School Athletics, and Christ Presbyterian Church. She began coaching 20 years ago with a passion to help others. Brooks helps clients uncover and tackle obstacles such as anxiety, depression, insecurities, and low self-esteem. She also encourages clients to manage self talk and develop lasting internal confidence. Brooks holds an MAMFT, with a Confidence Coaching Certification.
Can’t participate live? The Zoom recording will be available on this page early the week of March 22.
February 4 Recording
Dr. Anne Harbison
Couldn’t participate live?
What safety precautions is CPC taking?
- All adults are required to wear masks while inside CPC’s building and social distance six feet apart from others.
- Moms of Teens has been moved to Westview this year to allow for better social distancing.
- We are providing a virtual option for Large Group programs for those who are unable or uncomfortable attending in-person.
- We’ve increased our disinfecting and cleaning protocols and have improved air ventilation throughout the building.
CPC COVID Safety Statement
Your health and safety are important to us. If you or someone in your family are participating in a CPC sponsored gathering, please wear a mask and social distance six feet apart from others. Masks are required inside our building. We care about each other and feel this is the best way to support each other’s safety. If you are sick or unwell, please stay home. Symptoms of COVID-19 can be found here: Stop the Spread of Germs (COVID-19). If someone in your household exhibits COVID-19 related symptoms, stay home. We have been and will continue to follow the safety guidelines set out by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health.
Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff. To ensure that, we have developed a Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All CPC staff are responsible for implementing this plan. Our staff are required to wear masks whenever working with others, to maintain a social distance of six feet, and to take their temperature each day they are engaging in work with others.
Cost: Free this year!
Contact: Kelly Jones
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” Jeremiah 29:11-14a
Feeding Your Soul
YouVersion Bible app: Use this app to stay connected in a consistent way with the Bible. The Bible app has many different reading plans designed to take you through the Bible in a year, or a single book over the course of a few weeks, or through select scriptures on a specific topic. Many of the reading plans also include a short devotional to unpack the scripture a little and challenge you with questions to think about as you read.
SonicBiblia: Helps you live victoriously and apply God’s truth to life through visual engagement, Bible reading and Scripture memory.
New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp: These devotional readings will strengthen, nourish, and recalibrate your heart, and open your eyes to behold God’s fresh mercies at the dawn of each new day.
Encounter Podcast: A daily podcast of sacred and mindful meditations to help you encounter the divine presence of God throughout your day.
First 15: A daily devotional consisting of Scripture, reflection, prayer, musical worship, and a call to action.
Maintaining Connection & Friendship
Books & Articles
The One Year Daily Acts of Friendship by Kristin Demery, Julie Fisk, and Kendra Roehl
You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Paul Tripp
YouVersion Bible App Reading Plans
Resources from March 18 Large Group Speaker
Envisioning the Future
Habits or Practices
Start a Journal
Take Time to Color
Never Waste a Crisis by Anne Harbison
Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood by Foster Cline & Jim Fay
Begin Again by Max Lucado
Weighing in on College in 2021
TEDTalks about the Future
How to Help Your Anxious Teen by Jessica Thompson: This book helps us understand the issues surrounding teenage anxiety and how our culture, the church, and perhaps even you may be contributing to the problem. The author offers help and hope for you and your teenager. When you equip yourself with truth from the gospel and the rest of God’s Word, you can help your child to cope with anxiety, and your family can experience greater freedom and peace.
A Small Book for the Anxious Heart by Edward T Welch: This is a small but powerful devotional to remind men and women of the encouraging, beautiful words in Scripture to anxious people. The author shares the comfort and peace of Jesus in fifty brief readings for those who wrestle with fear.
Soul Anatomy by George Robertson: The Psalms are full of emotions, and fellow sufferer and pastor George Robertson unpacks key Psalms to guide readers in how to express concern, despair, desire and hope to God who sees their struggles and hears their prayers. Learn how to pray Jesus’ prayers as he did – with honest emotion, seeking faith, and trust in our good Father.
Depression, Anxiety, and Other Things We Don’t Want to Talk About by Ryan Casey Waller: The author bridges the gap between the spiritual and the psychological in this empathetic, imminently helpful guidebook, reminding us all that we are not alone. Hope starts now. This book is for those who are suffering from mental illness and those who want to be equipped to support loved ones.
Podcast & Webinar
Faith in An Anxious World with Kara Powell and Brad Griffin: a series of 4 hope-filled conversations about teenagers and anxiety.
Finding Hope in Troubling Times: a message on hope from Pastor Scotty Smith.
Hopeless: Jennie Allen encourages us to remind ourselves of truth of our hope in Jesus in the midst of despair.
Large Group Event Recording
As Area Director and Volunteer Engagement Manager with TreeHouse, Michelle is on a mission to end hopelessness among teens. Michelle will speak to us about abiding with God, the Hope Giver, hope in action, and waiting on the Lord. She recently spoke to another group at CPC, and one enthusiastic attendee said, “She was the most engaging speaker I’ve seen in such a long time! Loved her message.”
If you would like a recommendation for a therapist (for you or your teen), our pastors have compiled a list of resources. Please email Pastor James for suggestions.