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Stepping Stones

Posted December 12, 2012 in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Plymouth Church is home to many guidance programs for youths and adults, including Stepping Stones.

Life is but a series of stepping stones. Some of those stepping stones are also milestones that help define who we are and who we become in life.

These periods of transition and growth — both large and small — can be filled with challenges, temptations and vulnerability, but as we overcome them we grow stronger in our faith under the Lord. Folks at Plymouth Church understand that, and they want you to as well.

Plymouth Church would like to invite everyone to join in on the Faith Stepping Stones celebration. At any point throughout the year, families are invited to join this “transformative program of faith-sharing within the family.” Faith Stepping Stones is a faith-based parenting education process that begins when your child is welcomed into the world until his or her graduation from high school. With each milestone achieved, it is celebrated with the Plymouth congregation in worship with a special, memorable blessing service.

Each of the eight short courses, or “Stones,” help to equip parents with the necessary strength and information to help guide their child through the highs and lows of his or her young life. It was created to nurture both parents and their child’s faith, helping that faith to always continue to grow throughout a lifetime. The milestones include raising a healthy baby, raising a healthy preschooler, entrance into school, my Bible, “livin’ forgiven,” surviving adolescence, confirmation and graduation. These eight courses encompass many of the important milestones in the life of a child and a family.

Parents and children are invited to enter the Stepping Stone program at any point, even if they have not been a part of prior “Stones.” This program is a great way to get the whole family involved in lifelong accomplishments within the family that can be recognized and celebrated throughout all of Plymouth’s broad faith community.

For more information about making Stepping Stones a part of your family’s life together, contact Barb Godwin, Director of Child and Family Ministries at 515-255-3149, ext. 26, or email Barb at The current Stepping Stones calendar can be viewed on Plymouth Church’s website at For other events and happenings at Plymouth Church, stop in for a visit at 4126 Ingersoll Ave.

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