One of the exciting things about Foundations is that we may have participants attending from different parts of the world, with varying backgrounds, or widely differing ages, gifts and understandings. It is stimulating and exciting to be able to make new friends, yet it is not always simple when many people from different backgrounds get together in one place for a week!
When attending Foundations it is very important that you have read and agree to live within the Foundations Guidelines and Values.
Being Part of the Team
Foundations course participants are asked to cooperate fully with course coordinators to ensure the comfort, safety and well being of all course participants. Among other things, this means…
Respecting other people’s property, by not using, borrowing or moving anything without first checking with its owner. If you don’t know who the owner is, please ask.
- Addictive Substances
All Fusion events are drug and alcohol free. Foundations is no exception. Any course participants who bring, buy, use or give to others any form of illegal drug or alcoholic substance, or misuse or distribute any legal drug will be immediately asked to leave. We take this seriously, because there are people within our community for whom these substances have become a destructive force in their lives.
We realize that meeting new people and forming new relationships is one of the great things about being a part of a Foundations course. It’s amazing how well you can get to know people in just one week! However, because there is so much to take in over the week, and so many different people to get to know, we ask that course participants choose not to form or pursue romantic relationships during the week. We have found in the past that this has been a distraction for people, making it difficult for them to focus or to participate fully in course activities.
- Course Attendance
Foundations course participants are expected to attend all scheduled course activities and sessions unless otherwise negotiated with their small group leader. This is because each course and unit builds on the previous ones and missing any will mean you don’t receive the full benefit of the course. It’s too good to miss!
- Course Attendance
- Relating to Others
During this Foundations course we will be working in small groups called table groups. The table group is a safe place to explore truth in the context of community, not just a place to learn facts or absorb opinions. In order for this to be the case we work together to practice the following values:
- Prayer – We recognize that Jesus alone can produce transformation, so we take a prayerful journey together as His children. (We don’t try to fix each other.)
- Listening – The small group is a place of sensitivity, where everyone is cared for and given the opportunity, by one another, to be seen and to share as they choose.
- Trust – We agree that things discussed in confidence within the group are not discussed outside of the group.
- Respect – We respect one another and each of our personal stories as they relate to the material covered in the course.
- Youth Foundations
Each youth that agrees to participate in Youth Foundations is also agreeing to come under the authority of the Youth Foundations leadership team.
Parent or guardian consent is required for all youth under the age of 16. A parental consent form will be available after this form has been submitted.
If you have any problems during the week with any of these values, or difficulties in relation to any of the other course participants, your table group leader will be very willing to help you out in any way they can.