At TMPC 2016, we were excited by the theme "Educate, Encourage, Enlighten"!
Educate: for us as parents to be further educated, so that we have the tools to best teach our own families. Educating both academically and in character is important. We want to expand the vision of what education is in light of God's word.
Encourage: to give courage! to motivate other families! Hebrews 10:24 "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works."
Enlighten: to turn on the light in a dark place. To expand our vision as to why we homeschool. 1 Chronicles 4:10 "Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory."
Speakers were homeschoolers attending with their families: Paul Farrelly, Daniel Campbell, Peter Kelly, Adam and Paula Vidilini, Phil McFadyen and Col Devine.
Janelle and Esther (2 homeschool Mums), who were new to TMPC in 2014 agreed to organise the conference for 2015, as they and their families were blessed by the teaching and fellowship they experienced in 2014.
The theme for TMPC 2015 held the intent for families to encourage each other in their journey.
"Building strong families is a theme that grew out of discussion that happened while we watched our husbands and children around a camp fire. Our prayer was that together, we would 'encourage one another, and build each other up' 1 Thessalonians 5:11."
Ken and Cathy Newby organised the second TMPC in 2014.
Cathy Newby: The idea of the first TMPC came into being on Mother’s Day 2012, while standing at the window of the Ridgecrest’s dining room, looking out at the incredible view of Lake Burrendong. After much hard work with the help and willingness of people like Brian Ellis and Janette Casey Ingham, and a few good friends, the first TMPC was held six months later, on the weekend of 16-18th November 2012. A great many things were accomplished. By God’s grace and to His glory, TMPC was a success! So much so, that the desire for another TMPC was felt strongly among those who attended.
Brian Ellis, from Character First, lead us through the importance of building good, strong character traits in our children as we seek to educate them in our homes, which gives one answer to the question we often ask ourselves; “Why are we homeschooling?”
Janette Casey Ingham shared with us, in the form of workshops, her amazing resource “Australian History in Pictures and Stories”, teaching us different ways to use it. Plus inspiring us to learn more about Australian History.
The other theme of TMPC was people’s passions. In workshops, different presenters shared about their passions which included: resources from “Excellence in Writing", and “Teaching the Classics”; ways of “Finding Those Teachable Moments” and; what “Family Worship in the Home” could look like. Our young people were lead through the book “Do Hard Things”, inspiring them to Do Hard Things for God and not live a complacent life. And to top all of that off, we had time for a separate Mum's and Dad’s panel where we could talk, vent, laugh, cry, and share our thoughts on homeschooling.