First Presbyterian ChurchThe Values in Parenting Group (VIP), sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, will offer their annual video series workshop beginning Tuesday, September 20, continuing each Tuesday through October 25. This year’s six-week workshop will focus on topics from the popular children’s movie “Inside Out”. Topics include:
Is it okay for parents to ask their child to be their happy girl/boy?
Is it right or wrong to let kids express their anger?
How important is it anyway to let our kids express sadness? Why do even adults try hard not to feel sad?
Is a child’s or adult’s happiness about more than joy?
Is it more important to embrace or to suppress tough emotions?
How important are “core memories” to children and adults?

Each meeting begins with a meal served at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Kathy Carmical, Licensed Professional Counselor and member of First Presbyterian Church, along with Emily Stell, Licensed Associate Counselor, will facilitate the video series each week.

Child care with guided activities is provided. Rose Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church partners with First Presbyterian Church to help provide meals and childcare. There is no cost for any of the services. The goal of VIP is to help parents, grandparents, caregivers, educators, and clinicians understand and survive the everyday struggles of parenting.

The VIP Group, formerly known as the Parent Group, is intended to create a safe, calm, and confidential venue for parents and other caregivers to share and receive encouragement, support, and helpful suggestions about childcare and parenting. It is an open group, meaning that the group is open to any in this community and the surrounding communities. An open group also means that people who wish to attend can choose to come at any part of the year and can participate as long as they would like. First Presbyterian Church has been providing this service for twelve years, helping more than 300 people. In addition to the workshop, the group meets throughout the year on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The group will resume its regular meetings after the summer break with a welcome back party on September 6. All are welcome to attend.

The schedule of events for a night begins with a meal at 6:00. Childcare begins at 6:30 while the parents remain in the Fellowship Hall for a 30 minute video followed by a discussion that usually lasts until 8:00 pm. The average attendance during the six week video series is about 20-30 people whose ages range from late teens, 20’s, 30’s and up. Singles, divorced or divorcing, married couples, grandparents, teachers and other caregivers attend.

The First Presbyterian Church requests that all who wish to attend pre-register with the church by calling or leaving a voice message at 870-367-6883 or by emailing [email protected] so that preparations can be made. First Presbyterian Church is located at 821 North Main Street, Monticello.