Mount Zion Church conference to feature discussion about family issues

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 7, 2012 

A remark by Double Churches Elementary School Principal Paula Shaw-Powell about parents at her school planted the seed for the Family One-O-1 marriage/parenting conference to be held this weekend at Mount Zion Church in Columbus.

Mount Zion, located across the street from the school, is a Double Churches Partner in Education.

The conference will be led by Tim and Debbie Childers of the Reality Group Christian ministry based in Florida.

Though the idea originated with Shaw-Powell, the conference is not just for parents of Double Churches students. Anyone can attend. The price of $5 covers the cost of meals. There will be child care available for elementary school age children and younger.

Topics include “When My Child Rebels,” “The Purpose of Marriage,” “Growing With Your Children,” and “Being a Great Spouse.”

The idea for the conference came from a conversation Shaw-Powell had with The Rev. Tom Neville, pastor at Mount Zion.

“I just mentioned how some of our parents are really struggling with their children and how some classes on parenting and family would really be helpful,” Shaw-Powell recalled.

Before she knew it, “out of the blue,” she said, Mount Zion was working on putting a conference together.

“Children have so much information these days,” Shaw-Powell said. “Parents need to know how to deal with that. That information can be used for good or bad.”

She said she wanted something that would help strengthen families.

“Strong families produce better students,” she said.

She has been encouraging parents, not just from her school, but from all over to attend.

She plans to be present for some of the event.

“We’re excited about it,” Mount Zion Associate Pastor Neil Stephens said. “We’re going to help with family and parenting issues.

“We’re going to talk about relationships and communication. Even someone without children will benefit. Anyone thinking about marriage.”

Though the program is faith based, “practical tips” will be given. He said single parents will especially benefit from attending.

The conference begins on Friday night with a meal and some sessions. Saturday, there will be breakfast and discussion until about 3 p.m.

The final day will be attendance at Mount Zion’s regular service with Tim Childers speaking.

Stephens said the conference will be “informal and fun.”

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