Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2017

Emmanuel Baptist Church will be offering a new parenting support group, “The Parenting Village,” with the first session starting on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Peace Lounge. Parents with children of all ages are invited to attend. The group will begin by studying Dr. Gordon Neufeld and Dr. Gabor Mate’s book, “Hold On to Your Kids” (2006). Childcare will be provided free of charge at Emmanuel. Light refreshments will be served.

Emmanuel will be purchasing the reference material for this first group meeting. In order to determine how many books to be ordered, please RSVP to the Church office at 201-444-7300 or on the Facebook event link at www.facebook.com/EBCRidgewood/. If you are unable to reach the church office, please contact facilitator, Heidi Ehman, at meandhue@optonline.net.

The purpose of the parenting support group is to create a supportive, loving community for parents to discuss fears and challenges they are facing as parents, help parents maintain connection with their children, and to establish a strong network for parents to call upon to help and guide each other. Possible topics of discussion include living in the moment with children, modern day challenges of parenting, limiting technology, and how to maintain positive connections with children in a world that pulls them away.

Heidi Ehman, founder and facilitator of “The Parenting Village” support group, stated, “In response to the fervent need of virtually every parent we meet, we have decided to provide a safe space for them to ask any question and share their experience.”

Ms. Ehman, a life-long Hawthorne resident, has served on Emmanuel’s Education Board and believes strongly in the philosophy of Attachment Parenting. She is a decorative painter who homeschools her daughter in the Waldorf Method. Recently, she has been pursuing a teacher’s certificate in handwork.

Emmanuel, founded in 1891, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary Year and continues to maintain a tradition of outreach to the community. Emmanuel is located at 14 Hope Street, at the corner of Hope Street and East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. The building is ADA accessible and all are invited to attend. For more information, visit www.emmanuelridgewood.org.