What is a Parent Appreciation Night?
Parent Appreciation Night (known around our youth group – and for the rest of this booklet – as “the PAN”) is one of the highlights of our yearly youth activities schedule. This is a night set aside for the sole purpose of allowing our teenagers an opportunity to let their parents know how much they are appreciated. Everyone loves this night. The teenagers have a blast putting it on, and the parents eat it up! (literally! – more on that later) I believe this one activity does more to strengthen the bond between my teenagers and their parents than any other thing we do.
Why have a Parent Appreciation Night?
There are many good, Biblical reasons to plan a PAN.
- You are training your teenagers to obey the Bible command to honor their parents. This night will give them an opportunity to do this publicly. Read Ephesians 6:1-2
- You are strengthening your teenager’s relationship to their parents. As a youth pastor, if I am not careful, I can weaken this relationship. No teenager should feel closer to their youth pastor than they do their parents. It is our job to do everything we can to point the teens to their parents. Read Malachi 4:6