The Holy Cross Anglican Church working in partnership with Alpha Botswana has launched the parenting teenagers course geared at equipping parents with skills and principles of bringing up their teenage children well. The course, which was launched at the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Gaborone on Wednesday, is for parents, step-parents, prospective parents or careers of teenagers aged 11-18 years and for every type of parenting situation including parenting on your own, step-parenting and parenting as a couple. Although it is based on Christian principles, it is designed for all parents with or without a church background. “It is also important to note that this is not only for the Anglican Church congregation but is inter denominational and all are welcome,” said Dr Kerileng Moeti during the launch. Dr Moeti is a member of the Alpha team at the Holy Cross Anglican in Gaborone. According to Dr Moeti, they aim to get as many churches as possible running Alpha courses in their respective churches so that it reaches a wide audience. “Alpha courses are really eye openers. I really wish I had enrolled for the parenting courses before I became a parent myself,” she said. She encouraged the general public to feel free to enroll for the course which is rolled out in five sessions each tackling topics such keeping the end in mind, meeting teenager’s needs, developing emotional health, setting boundaries and helping teenagers make good choices.
On the Parenting Teenagers Course, one is placed in small groups based on the age of his or her oldest child so that they can meet other parents and care givers with teenagers of a similar age. Each session begins with something to eat and/or drink, giving you space to relax and chat to other parents or care givers followed by a practical talk and a time for discussion in groups. The talk is given live or on DVD and includes street interview, filmed clips of parents and teenagers sharing their own experiences and advice from parenting experts. The Alpha courses are evangelistic courses which seek to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. Alpha courses are being run in churches, homes, workplaces, prisons, universities and a wide variety of other locations. The course began in the UK and is being run around the world by various Christian denominations. Although originating from the Evangelical Anglican tradition, it is now used by all the mainstream churches including the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal churches. Alpha has been endorsed by a number of leaders, including many Roman Catholic cardinals, Anglican archbishops and bishops, and leading figures of all the main Christian denominations.