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Welcome to Perimeter
We are pleased that you have chosen to visit our web site and we hope you will come and visit us in person as well. As you explore our site you'll notice that we have a lot to offer the families and individuals in our community, including things for children of all ages as well as adults, no matter what their age or stage of life (single, married, divorced, widowed, whatever). Perimeter is a truly a come as you are church. It's a safe place to explore the truths of Christianity and it's a great place to experience growth and community.
Our services feature a blend of traditional hymns with contemporary praise songs, and will often feature drama, personal testimonies, and dance - providing a dynamic and impacting time of worship. We were all created to worship and at Perimeter Church our desire is to help you worship well.
Sunday: 9:00 AM (Sanctuary)
Sunday: 10:45 AM (Sanctuary)
Childcare - 0-5 yrs old (Pre-Kindergarten)Sunday: 9:00 & 10:45 AM
As you journey through this issue of drug addiction, it's more likely you'll pass by the "Land of Shame". You'll be tempted to get out and go through the gate and wander. What can I say to you? Well, how's this: Keep Out! Do you hear me? Keep Out! Do Not Enter the "Land of Shame". No Trespassing! Oh, you will be tempted, believe me, but don't do it.
When it comes to the issue of drug addiction, most parents feel "shame" or at least embarrassment. A dictionary definition of shame says a painful feeling arising from the consciusness of something dishonorable. It is fact or circumstances bringing disgrace or regret. One difference between shame and embarrassment is shame may not necessarily involve public humiliation. In many cases, the issues with our children are not public, (they certainly can be) but parents certainly feel shame. In order to avoid what would be perceived as public humiliation, parents "keep it under the hat"; we don't want others to know.
I think it's painful to go through something alone, especially this. I know for my wife and I, there was a feeling of aloneness, that there wasn't anyone we could call. First off, if the person hadn't been through it, we're not sure they'd understand and secondly, we feared their judgment. Well, if you have done this or that, this wouldn't have happened. I know people who are afraid to tell their own parents about their struggles with parenting, because they fear their parents coming down on them.
So, people hide in shame. I see it a lot. Parents, for instance, are going through painful issues with their kids and are concerned others don't find out. In some ways, I understand, because there are those who aren't "safe". Still, I grieve for them because they can't find support. Now, am I advocating you tell everyone? Of course not. However, I do believe it's important to find others who you can identify with, people that feel safe. Typically, it's those who been through similar circumstances.
Are you stuck in shame? Are you living with regret over your child's choices? If you choose to enter the Land of Shame", it won't give you answers. Maybe you think you'll feel better for taking responsibility, but in the end, you won't have helped the situation one iota.
More To Come.