COLUMBIA – Woodcrest Chapel's sanctuary was transformed into a big classroom Saturday morning for mothers and their tweens to listen to spiritual author Nancy Rue.
"Hello mini-women," said Rue, who opened the event with a rhyming jingle for the tweens to participate in. "Good morning, Nancy Rue," the girls united in response. The different issues that tweens experience in school, such as rumors, best friends, cliques and jealously were a few of the topics Rue discussed.
"You are not the boss of your best friend, but on the other hand, you are not her doormat either," Rue said. "It's not about getting your way. It's about getting God's way."
Even though jealousy is a human trait, Rue suggested how tweens should settle the situations between their friends. "It's what you do with it to keep you a good friend. You might have to congratulate and celebrate," Rue said. "Did Jesus not say, 'love one another, and I will love you?'"
Rhonda Cuddy and her daughter, Michayla, traveled from Ashland to listen to Rue speak. "I think it's good for the girls to see that they're not alone. It's good to get a good Christian perspective," Rhonda said.
Through demonstrations, prizes and Bible scriptures, Rue gave advice concerning how mothers and daughters could improve their relationship and handle puberty, while maintaining a good Christian role.
Rue opens the door of communication for mothers and daughters to talk about these changes. Lori Jefferson brought her 9-year-old daughter Nicole and 11-year-old daughter Megan to learn from the 'Beauty of Believing' tour.
"I know how important it is to validate these issues," Lori said. "It is our (parents) job to address these issues, but it's hard to address issues over and over again. It makes it much easier at events like these."
Like recess, the mothers and daughters were dismissed from the sanctuary for a 30-minute arts and crafts break. Daughters and mothers shared bonding time in creating paper flower pots, while Rue walked around meeting and spoke with them.
Although fifth-grader Kayla Whobrley never heard of Rue before the event, she was already planning ways to use Rue's techniques. "Two people at school are mean to me, and I'm just going say 'whatever' and walk away," said Whobrley.
Rue emphasized loving your body and taking care of it by eating healthy, exercising and resting. "It is not conceited to love the body God gave to you," said Rue. "You don't want to trash your temple."
Rue provided a sheet of paper for mothers and daughters to write what they liked about their own bodies. "God put it there; you need to love it," said Rue.
Along with a free book, tweens had a chance to receive plenty of Faithgirlz prizes, like book bags, Bibles, hats and books. But, tweens were not the only ones awarded. Gift certificates, Starbucks' gift bags and movie passes were given to the mothers in attendance.
Rue also signed the tweens' book after the event and made sure to speak and say the names of each girl in line. "I want you to enjoy being a little girl," Rue said.