Your preteen might be interested in attending a youth Christian conference since this can be a great way for them to learn, grow in their faith, and spend time with other children who share their faith. If it's your child's first time attending one of these conferences, however, you and your preteen might have some questions. These are a few tips that will hopefully help your preteen have a great time.
Go Through a Local Church
In many cases, a preteen doesn't have to be affiliated with a church in order to attend and participate in a Christian youth conference. However, you might find that your child will feel much more comfortable if they go to the conference with kids they already know. For example, you should consider whether your church is interested in sending its youth group to one of these conferences, or you could even work with church leaders to arrange something like this. Another option is to find out if one of your child's friends is going to a church conference with their own church; in many cases, kids can invite their friends to attend along with the church group.
Choose the Right Age Group
There are youth Christian conferences that are designed with children of various ages in mind. To help your child have the best experience, you'll want to choose a conference that is designed for their age group.
Determine if Your Child Is Ready for a Multi-Day Conference
Some youth Christian conferences span multiple days. In this case, your child's youth group might stay in a hotel or campus near the conference venue. It's up to you and your preteen to determine whether or not this is something your child is ready for. If not, you may want to look for a one-day conference.
Be Mindful of the Dress Code
In many cases, youth Christian conferences have rules on things like behavior and the clothing that can be worn at events. Of course, you'll want to be sure that your child is appropriately dressed for the occasion, so make sure you find out about the dress code, and ensure your child has clothing that matches that dress code.
Look at a Map
Youth Christian conferences are often hosted in bigger convention centers, university campuses, and other larger venues. These venues can be a bit overwhelming for pretty much anyone who hasn't visited them, particularly for kids. Consider pulling up a map on the event website or the venue's website. Then, you and your child can go over the map so your preteen is better prepared.
Contact a local youth Christian conference service to learn more.