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Dr. Gutowski has written a book "Grandparents Are Forever: The Five Roles of Grandparenting ", published by Paulist Press,  12.95 +S&H.  We used this as a study guide.  It is well written and thoroughly researched.  She uses many examples which were a great help in getting the discussion started.

We held a Diocesan workshop with a one-day format.   Our  Keynote speaker was Father Don Conroy; we went to  breakout groups in the morning.  A second set of breakout sessions followed after lunch.  Finally we all came together  and  heard a report from each of the sessions.  Father Don did the closing prayer  and the commissioning, sending us forth  to be better grandparents.

The session guides are as follows

Session Theme: Grandparents As Nurturers (1)

Dorothy and Jean as session leaders

This session will use a three step process: Observe, Discern, Act

Step 1: Present the meaning or explanation of the theme: What does nurture mean?

See text: Chapter 1, pages 5-6, where Grandparents role as nurturers is defined. Present this to start the session after welcome the group and explaining the process.

Give one example from the book or from your own experience as a grandmother. Tell the story!

Then ask them for any examples from their own experience. (Time limit: 220 minutes).

Step 2: Discern the issues or problems that arise today in inhibiting grandparents from being good nurturers and caring persons. Lead the discernment process by asking “value centered” questions.

In the family?  In the society?  In the church (religious community)?

Now how can each of us as Grandparents turn this around and bring positive values to the youngest generation in the society and in the Church community?  (20 minutes)

Step 3: Go to the Action Suggestions at the end of the chapter (pages 38-39): Tips on Communicating Love.

Pick two or three and discuss: How can I act as a better Grandparent in nurturing my grandchildren and communicating God’s Love (as well as mine) for them?

How can a parish act together as a Grandmothers Corps or group to care and nurture?

Then: Give an example of an action (activity) that the Grandmothers Corps has done as a group in the parish.

(20 minutes)

Note that each Session needs to have:

A presenter for leading the session’s discussion process.

A recorder for taking highlights of what is said and discussed. (This person will report to final plenary session when Father Conroy will wrap up the seminar before final prayer, blessing and commissioning.)

A time keeper for making sure each major part of the session is on track and moves along.

Note: Have your notes on hand, a copy of the book “Grandparents Are Forever” and a sketch pad or chalk board in the front with the seating properly arranged.

 

Grandparents Are Forever: The Five Roles of Grandparenting

Session Theme: Grandparents As Historians (2)

Session Leasders:  Julie Receski and Alice Zaucha

This session will use a three step process: Observe, Discern, Act

Step 1: Present the meaning or explanation of the theme: What does family historian mean?

See text: Chapter 2, pages 40-46, where Grandparents role as historians or story tellers is defined. Present this to start the session after welcome the group and explaining the process.

Give one example from the book or from your own experience as a grandmother. Tell the story!

Then ask them for any examples from their own experience. (Time limit: 20 minutes).

Step 2: Discern the issues or problems that arise today in inhibiting grandparents from being good story tellers. Lead the discernment process by asking “value centered” questions.

In the family?

In the society?

In the church (religion)?

Now how can each of us as Grandparents turn this around and bring positive values to the youngest generation in the society and in the Church community?  (20 minutes)

Step 3: Go to the Action Suggestions at the end of the chapter (page 63): Tips for Effective Storytelling.

Pick two or three and discuss: How can I act as a better Grandparent in nurturing my grandchildren and communicating God’s Love (as well as mine) for them?

How can a parish act together as a Grandmothers Corps or group to tell the Gospel story?

Then: Give an example of an action (activity) that the Grandmothers Corps has done as a group in the parish.

(20 minutes)

Note that each Session needs to have:

A presenter for leading the session’s discussion process.

A recorder for taking highlights of what is said and discussed. (This person will report to final plenary session when Father Conroy will wrap up the seminar before final prayer, blessing and commissioning.)

A time keeper for making sure each major part of the session is on track and moves along.

Note: Have your notes on hand, a copy of the book “Grandparents Are Forever” and a sketch pad or chalk board in the front with the seating properly arranged.

 

 

Grandparents Are Forever: The Five Roles of Grandparenting

Session Theme: Grandparents As Mentors (3)

Session Leaders Becky Thomas and Joan Zilner

This session will use a three step process: Observe, Discern, Act

Step 1: Present the meaning or explanation of the theme: What does mentor (teacher) mean?

See text: Chapter 3, pages 64-68, where Grandparents role as mentors is defined. Present this to start the session after welcome the group and explaining the process.

Give one example from the book or from your own experience as a grandmother. Tell the story!

Then ask them for any examples from their own experience. (Time limit: 20 minutes).

Step 2: Discern the issues or problems that arise today in inhibiting grandparents from being good mentors or teachers. Lead the discernment process by asking “value centered” questions.

In the family?

In the society?

In the church (religion)?

Now how can each of us as Grandparents turn this around and bring positive values to the youngest generation in the society and in the Church community?  (20 minutes)

Step 3: Go to the Action Suggestions at the end of the chapter (pages 96): Tips on Teaching (mentoring) Skills.

Pick two or three and discuss: How can I act as a better Grandparent in teaching Gospel values and the Faith to my grandchildren and communicating God’s Love (as well as mine) for them?

How can a parish act together as a Grandmothers Corps or group to communicate values and beliefs?

Then: Give an example of an action (activity) that the Grandmothers Corps has done as a group in the parish.

(20 minutes)

Note that each Session needs to have:

A presenter for leading the session’s discussion process.

A recorder for taking highlights of what is said and discussed. (This person will report to final plenary session when Father Conroy will wrap up the seminar before final prayer, blessing and commissioning.)

A time keeper for making sure each major part of the session is on track and moves along.

Note: Have your notes on hand, a copy of the book “Grandparents Are Forever” and a sketch pad or chalk board in the front with the seating properly arranged.

 

 

 

Grandparents Are Forever: The Five Roles of Grandparenting

Session Theme: Grandparents As Models of Aging (4)

Session Leaders:  Linda Compton and Florence Wilderson

This session will use a three step process: Observe, Discern, Act

Step 1: Present the meaning or explanation of the theme: What does it mean to be a model of aging?

See text: Chapter 4, pages 97-101, where Grandparents’ role as models of aging is defined. Present this to start the session after welcome the group and explaining the process.

Give one example from the book or from your own experience as a grandmother. Tell the story!

Then ask them for any examples from their own experience. (Time limit: 20 minutes).

Step 2: Discern the issues or problems that arise today in inhibiting grandparents from being good role models and models of aging persons. Lead the discernment process by asking “value centered” questions.

In the family?

In the society?

In the church (religion)?

Now how can each of us as Grandparents turn this around and bring positive values to the youngest generation in the society and in the Church community?  (20 minutes)

Step 3: Go to the Action Suggestions at the end of the chapter (pages 126): Tips on Dispelling Age Biases.

Pick two or three and discuss: How can I act as a better Grandparent in setting a good example and being a model of graceful aging to my grandchildren and communicating God’s Love (as well as mine) for them?

How can a parish act together as a Grandmothers Corps or group to set an example to the younger generations (children and teens)?

Then: Give an example of an action (activity) that the Grandmothers Corps has done as a group in the parish. (20 minutes)

Note that each Session needs to have:

A presenter for leading the session’s discussion process.

A recorder for taking highlights of what is said and discussed. (This person will report to final plenary session when Father Conroy will wrap up the seminar before final prayer, blessing and commissioning.)

A time keeper for making sure each major part of the session is on track and moves along.

Note: Have your notes on hand, a copy of the book “Grandparents Are Forever” and a sketch pad or chalk board in the front with the seating properly arranged.

 

 

 

Grandparents Are Forever: The Five Roles of Grandparenting

Session Theme: Grandparents As Sages (5)

Session Leaders:  Jan Sharbaugh and Julie Receski

This session will use a three step process: Observe, Discern, Act

Step 1: Present the meaning or explanation of the theme: What does being a sage or wisdom keeper mean?

See text: Chapter 5, pages 127-130, and 133-134, where Grandparents role as sages is defined. Present this to start the session after welcome the group and explaining the process.

Give one example from the book or from your own experience as a grandmother. Tell the story!

Then ask them for any examples from their own experience. (Time limit: 20 minutes).

Step 2: Discern the issues or problems that arise today in inhibiting grandparents from being good nurturers and caring persons. Lead the discernment process by asking “value centered” questions.

In the family?

In the society?

In the church (culture and religion)?

Now how can each of us as Grandparents turn this around and bring positive values to the youngest generation in the society and in the Church community?  (20 minutes)

Step 3: Go to the Action Suggestions at the end of the chapter (pages 152-153): Tips on Sharing Wisdom.

Pick two or three and discuss: How can I act as a better Grandparent in sharing wisdom with my grandchildren and communicating God’s Love and Wisdom (as well as mine).?

How can a parish act together as a Grandmothers Corps or group to share wisdom and the Gospel?

Then: Give an example of an action (activity) that the Grandmothers Corps has done as a group in the parish. (Time limit: 20 minutes)

Note that each Session needs to have:

A presenter for leading the session’s discussion process.

A recorder for taking highlights of what is said and discussed. (This person will report to final plenary session when Father Conroy will wrap up the seminar before final prayer, blessing and commissioning.)

A time keeper for making sure each major part of the session is on track and moves along.

Note: Have your notes on hand, a copy of the book “Grandparents Are Forever” and a sketch pad or chalk board in the front with the seating properly arranged.