Ministries

First Class Sundays

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First Class Sundays will be taking a break for 2018-19. Please enjoy the following recordings from past sessions. 

For more information, contact Rev. Carrie Weatherford, Associate Pastor, Children and Family Ministries.


Past First Class Sundays

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Water Safety For Your Family
Sunday, May 6 at 9:45 a.m. in Alderman Hall

Speaker: Craig Sears, President of Sears Pool Management & RPC Member
Over 3,500 Americans die from drowning each year. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury death among all children, and the leading cause in ages 1-4.  Come learn what you can do to make your family safer, which products help, and which are dangerous, key drowning risk factors for different age groups, and how to choose swim lessons. We will investigate the myth of “dry drowning” and discuss the very real threats of Shallow Water Blackout and drain entrapment, as well as many other interesting phenomenon and factoids involving water safety.


Previous First Class Sundays

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Gender & Sexuality: How to have helpful conversations with your children
Sunday, March 4 at 9:45 a.m. in the Historic Sanctuary
Co-sponsored by Children & Family Ministries and Stephen Ministry

 

Speaker: Brittany Glaser, M.A., M.Div
Brittany is a therapist at the Summit Counseling Center. She is passionate about creating a safe place for people to find connection, hope, and holistic wellness.  She believes that all people have the ability to grow and thrive.  Using primarily non-directive humanistic approaches, Brittany works alongside people to help them discover their inner strengths.  Her areas of interest include grief, relationship health, spirituality, anxiety, trauma, transitions, identity development, and depression.

Prior to joining the Summit, Brittany worked as a college counselor at Salem College.  During that time, she provided individual counseling to students to address a variety of mental health concerns including gender identity, depression, anxiety, suicidality, grief, and trauma.  Before Salem College, Brittany also worked at a middle school wherein she offered individual counseling to students with presenting concerns of anxiety, relationship conflict, and home conflict.  She also led student groups.  Brittany has also worked with children and families as a children’s minister.

Brittany received her Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University.  She went to University of Richmond for her Bachelor of Arts.


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Suicide Prevention and Aftercare
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. in Alderman Hall
Speakers: Dr. Stuart Smith and Lin Holoman

 

We are honored to have Dr. Stuart D. Smith, MA, LPC, lead us in a discussion on Suicide Prevention and Aftercare. Lin Holoman, a Stephen Minister, will speak about how the church cares for members going through difficult situations through Stephen Ministry.

Stuart is a psychotherapist and clinical coordinator for The Link’s National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds graduate degrees in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Human Development, and Psychological Counseling. He has taught college and graduate courses in counseling and in the arts. He also holds post graduate certificates in Expressive Arts Therapy and Addictions Counseling and is on the advisory board of the Carl Jung Society of Atlanta.


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Building a Safety Net for Your Kids
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. in Alderman Hall
Speakers: Mike and Emma Strickland

Mike Strickland will take a real life look at what it means to build an intentional community surrounding your children and Emma Strickland will share what it is like through her perspective as a teenager.

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Mental Health Awareness
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. in Alderman Hall
Speaker: Jennifer Wilson, Fulton County School Counselor & Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer

This time together will help equip and support parents in their awareness of mental health issues and offer resources to guide them in dealing with mental health with their children.


How to have an Interfaith Dialogue With Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. in Alderman Hall
Speaker: Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner from
Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell

She will share with parents ways to think through interfaith dialogues with their children as well as how to talk to them about the Christian/Jewish relationship. 


How To Have An Interfaith Dialogue With Your Child
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. in Alderman Hall
Speaker: Dr. John Azumah, Professor of World Christianity & Islam at Columbia Theological Seminary

Dr. Azumah specializes in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and is interested in Islamics, Christian Theology of Religions, Missions and Missiology. His current research area is in World Christianity and Islam in the Global South.


Words of Comfort
Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. in Alderman Hall
Speaker: Dr. Ann Van Buskirk,
licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist

Dr. Ann Van Buskirk is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist with over 26 years of experience in working with families, children, and adolescents. She has a part-time private practice in East Cobb and works full-time with the DeKalb County School District, ministering to students with emotional and behavioral challenges. Dr. Buskirk received her PhD from Emory University. She has expertise in trauma informed care and an interest in connecting psychology and our spirituality.

Married to her high school sweetheart for 34 years, she and her husband are blessed with three sons ages 23, 20, and 16.  Ann is delighted to be a member of this caring congregation and honored to call Roswell Presbyterian Church her home. 

Although from the perspective of many, our children at Roswell Presbyterian Church may appear to live in a well protected bubble, the youth of our congregation have experienced or encountered significant loss or tragedy personally, corporately, in their community, and globally. We live in a world that allows for instant access to news that is disturbing, harsh, and at times overwhelming. 

How can we as parents and caregivers assist our children spiritually and practically in the face of death and tragedy? How do we offer words of spiritual comfort while acknowledging broken hearts? Dr. Buskirk will provide a developmental framework for understanding how youth process grief and loss, as well as give practical advice for helping your children minister to others and cope adaptively in the face of distressing life events. 


Preparing Your Child for Graduation
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Rev. Jeff Meyers, Teaching Pastor at North Avenue Presbyterian Church


The Power of ONE: Making a Difference One Day at a Time
Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Brad Cohen

Brad Cohen, a highly respected teacher for 20 years and currently an Assistant Principal in Cobb County, has Tourette Syndrome. He has learned to live with Tourette Syndrome by living life to its fullest and has influenced hundreds to do the same. 

Brad has not only taught reading, writing, and math, but he also teaches his students how to accept people for who they are, no matter what their disability may be. You will not want to miss this inspiring class.


How to Talk to Your Kids about Body Image
Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Carrie Weatherford, Director of Children and Family Ministries


Helping Teens Cope with Anxiety and Depression
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Jennifer Vann, LMFT

Our speaker is Jennifer Vann, a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in adolescent and family issues. 

This presentation will help parents understand the basic calling cards of anxiety and depression in adolescents and give parents tools to address these issues with their kids.


Talking to Your Kids About Heaven and Hell
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Rev. Lyndsay Slocum, Senior Associate Pastor

Heaven and hell are difficult concepts for all of us, but how do you explain them to your young children or process such abstract ideas with your youth? So much of our cultural ideas come from places other than the Bible.

Rev. Lyndsay Slocum will look at what the Bible actually says about heaven and hell and talk about age appropriate ways to discuss these concepts with your kids.

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Tough Talk To Tender Hearts
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Speaker: Angela Williams, founder of VOICE Today, a non-profit organization providing awareness, prevention, and healing programs and resources

This program helps to understand healthy sexual development and how to layer conversations over a child's lifetime about personal boundaries, personal power, and appropriate touch and behavior. This is a coaching program for parents and caregivers to remove the fear of the dreaded talk and add a continuous and dedicated effort to build healthy sexual boundaries.


But I Want It! Teaching Your Kids About Money
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Speaker: Rev. Emily Wright
Join Rev. Emily Wright as she discusses the important money concepts we can teach our children including:

  • All that we have is God's, even our money!
  • Money comes from work.
  • Money has three uses: give, save, spend.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015
College 101: For Parents

This will be a panel of parents talking about sending your kid off to college.


Sunday, March 1, 2015
Dad Panel

Dads - Bruce Graham, Rick Stewart, Nick Summers, and Rich Vogel - talked about life as dads and offered perspectives on balancing life and fatherhood. This was a dad's perspective on how to balance a career and being a parent, what to do when your daughter starts dating, how to handle the tough conversations with your son.


Sunday, February 1, 2015
Bullying Behavior

Jeff Dess, Coordinator of the Prevention Intervention Center for the Cobb County School District, was our guest speaker.


FCS Child Abuse

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Stewards of Children: Child Abuse Prevention

Our guest speaker was Amber McKeen from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
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When Just Say No Isn't Enough

Sunday, December 7, 2014
When "Just Say No" Isn't Enough

Over and over again we are reminded of the severity of the presence of drugs in our schools. Guests from the Insight Program, Matt Meyer and Mike Connors, talk to us about how to recognize a drug issue in your child as well as how to treat it.


Teen Suicide Prevention

November 9, 2014
Increasing Love, Hope, and the Will to Live: Teen Suicide Prevention