Growing Good Men
One of the most important influences in the lives of men is the relationship they had with their father, or significant father figure. The encouragement and affirmation that this relationship could and should provide is a key ingredient for how young men view themselves and embrace their faith and gifts as they take their place in the world.
menALIVE Father and Teenage Son Weekend
Growing Good Men is a an experientially-based program which encourages and enables fathers and sons to strenhthen their relationship and to explore important issues of growing into manhood. It is designed for fathers and their adolescent sons aged 12-16 years (school years between 7 and 10).
The weekend experience explores:
- The importance of the father and son bond for both generations
- The journey of adolescence
- Becoming a man
- Dealing with anger
- Friendship with girls and women
- The quest for identify
- Rite of Passage
Set over a weekend, the program involves: short keynote sessions, small group and father/son sharing, a wide range of challenging and engaging activities (which may include high ropes courses or similar adventure activities), reflection and prayer. The centrepiece of the program is a Rite of Passage on Saturday night. The weekend concludes with a Father’s Blessing and commissioning.