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Every Child Matters

It’s tough to think of a more pressing concern than the welfare of our kids. So it was with some urgency that the Navigating the Next Generation team held its much-anticipated Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention parenting seminar at Willowdale’s Kennett Campus on Jan. 29, 2017. The two-hour event featured Bonnie Kotler of the Peacemaker Center, who instructed attendees in how to recognize signs of abuse. She also offered prevention tips, along with some sobering statistics. “People came away with a better understanding of what counts as sexual abuse, as well as some of the warning signs to look for,” says WC Jennersville Pastor Johnny Johnston.

Kotler’s talk was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Johnston, with panelists from West Chester University’s Department of Counselor Education, the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, the Peacemaker Center, and Celebrate Recovery. Professional counselors were available for on-on-one conversations. “The program was affirming and informative,” said one attendee after the event. “It was a hard topic, and it was done with such grace.”

 

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Fusion Fall Retreat 2016

The last weekend in October, 20 high school students and five leaders made the four-hour trip to Pine Springs Camp for their annual Fusion Fall Retreat. The weekend was filled with adventures, challenges, conversations, games and much more. It was truly two campuses coming together as one church. Here are a few highlights shared by two leaders:

“One of my favorite things was the way that the teens engaged in conversation around the teaching session. Our plan of having a 45-minute session quickly turned into over an hour, not because we were long-winded but because of the questions we were discussing. I was reminded of how often we talk at teens and not with them—and how much this can change the learning process and helping them engage.“ — Next Generation Pastor Johnny Johnston

“There was definitely a melding of the two campuses. They all left with a buzz in the air. I was so jazzed to see the unity and friendship that was starting to form, even among the grades. There was no separation from freshman to senior. Loved it!!!” — a Fusion parent