Though parenting their three young children and directing them spiritually had been going well for Dan and Colleen Knox, the couple listened to a soft nudge to attend the last Parent Summit.

While at the summit, the two discovered what that nudge was all about.

“The speaker who was there fit really well with the way we like to teach, with experiments and practical application,” Dan said. “The first thing he did was [an experiment]  meant to demonstrate how sin separates us from God and why we need something to sweep away sin — Jesus.”

After the summit, the Knox family began incorporating these practical applications and experiments relayed by the speaker into their family devotion time with great success; six-year-old Martha and four-year old Ruth can both recall some of the activities they’ve done.

Martha recalls building Nehemiah’s wall with toothpicks and marshmallows.

“And then we got to eat the marshmallows!” she explained excitedly.

The breakout session the Knox family attended with Pastor Joe Boerman also confirmed why they felt the need to be at the Summit.

“He spoke about making God real in real life situations,” Colleen said. “Not just presenting God to our kids and telling them to believe so they go to Heaven. He spoke about how He needs to be a real part of your life, even at an early age.”

Though the family has implemented quite a bit of what they learned at the Summit and it’s enhanced their family devotion time, they still plan to incorporate new ideas that have sprung up since attending.

“I think it’s important to help your children see how God is working in the lives of other people who are important to them,” Colleen said. “This year at Christmas I’d like to see if we could get our family members to write letters to our kids about how they see God working and we would write letters to their kids in return.”

Dan said they have yet to implement other important changes, too, and shared he will definitely be attending the October 13th Parent Summit as Kurt and Kristen Sauder address why Discipleship is vital and why Marriage Matters.

“My children get more dates with their dad than I do,” Colleen said.

“And, ” Dan added, “that’s something we’d like to change after the next summit.”

Legacy Milestones Parent Summit: Discipleship and Marriage Matters with Kurt and Kristen Sauder plus breakout sessions

When: October 13, 2012

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Immanuel Church

Cost: $10/person and $5/child for childcare {birth – fifth grade}

Go!: Register by calling 847- 336-4800 or online by clicking HERE. Registration ends Oct. 7, 2012

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