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3 Ways to Help Your Student Engage in At the Movies this Year

This month, we’re heading into our At the Movies series - this series has become a fun tradition at LCBC where we watch clips from popular movies and talk about how they can teach us to live the best life. As we head into September, we hope you’ll encourage your student in Collide (Grades 5-8) or HSM (Grades 9-12) to engage with At The Movies and learn along with us! Below you’ll find 3 ways you can encourage your student to get the most out of At The Movies.


1. Get Them to A Gathering

    The simplest (and most important) part of being engaged in At The Movies is helping your student show up! If you attend a regular gathering on the weekend, encourage your student to join you (this means getting out of bed!). Collide students will have their own At The Movies gatherings in their Collide environment, and HSM students should join our main gathering environment and learn along with you! Get them excited about being a part of the fun - it shouldn’t be too hard to convince them to watch movies in church.


    2.  Learn About the Movies They’ll See

      In Student Ministry, we hold to solid parameters when it comes to what movies we choose to show. For Collide, we try to stick to G and PG rated movies, and for HSM (and main gathering) movies are usually G, PG, or PG-13. We use a tool called Common Sense Media for parent and child ratings, as well as looking at the broader scope of the movie for any sexual innuendos, significant language, and messaging that goes against Biblical standards.


      In this same way, we’d love for you to dive into the movies that your students are seeing during At The Movies so you can have further discussions with them! You can use a tool called Plugged In - a website that reviews movies and shows, providing insight into any references to drugs, alcohol, sex, profanity, and other negative themes. This can also be a great tool to use beyond At The Movies for when you’re choosing a movie to watch as a family. Picking movies and shows to watch as a family can be difficult. It may even feel overwhelming at points, so it’s helpful to have a resource that provides guidance and a Christian perspective into current entertainment!


      3. Help Them Invite Friends

        At The Movies is the perfect series for your student to bring along a friend! Not only is it an easy invite, it’s a fun one that your student will most likely want to tell their friends about. Encourage them to invite friends from school, family members, and neighbors to join your family as you experience At The Movies. This will also help your student practice inviting to church for the future.


        We can’t wait to jump into At The Movies as a church, and we hope your family enjoys it this year! As your students engage with the movies in Collide and HSM, make sure to subscribe to our parent text each week. You’ll receive more information about what your student is learning each week, along with discussion questions to ask about that week’s content! See you At the Movies!!

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