Family Addition Ministry
Can you think back in your life to the thing you were the most unprepared for? This is an easy assignment for parents. We think we have all the answers and know how we'll handle each situation we are presented with, and yet when the time comes, we feel completely unprepared.
One of the most uncertain times in life is when your family is expecting a new addition. Whether it's through pregnancy, adoption or fostering, this season of life can be filled with challenges, concerns, and a whole lot of questions. What's the best way to alleviate those concerns or have your questions answered? (please don't say Google!) This season of life is like most that we experience, the best way to handle it is by having someone walk alongside you.
We believe this is what the church is all about. Creating opportunities for believers to walk alongside each other so everyone can be edified and encouraged. This belief has led us to create a BRAND NEW ministry called FAMILY ADDITION MINISTRY (FAM).
Providing care, encouragement, prayer, wisdom, and Biblical guidance during this season of life is something we are so excited to begin providing our families and those seeking Christian community. Since we are created in the image of God, we are built with the desire for community. It's something we want our church to be known for: a loving community that comes alongside of people in all phases of life. The purpose of this ministry will be to surround people in loving relationships in the hopes we lead them closer to the Lord.
There is a common trend in our culture that has existed for quite some time:
-kids grown up in the church,
-graduate from high school,
- and walk away from the church.
BUT, often what happens in the lives of young adults, is they feel this desire and pull toward the church. This thought typically happens when the individual/couple starts having children and see the great need in surrounding their kids with positive influences and desire them to have a relationship with the Lord. One of our biggest goals is to provide an avenue for people like this, in addition to our church family, the chance to connect with one another during a season of great uncertainty!
There are several key components of this ministry. We want this to be centered around relationships strengthened by prayer. When someone signs up to be part of the family addition ministry, we will partner them with a person or couple from our church who will cover them in prayer throughout the duration of their pregnancy (or while in the midst of foster care) They will check in at least once a week with the mom/family and offer any assistance as needed. Sometimes this assistance will be a simple request that can easily be met by the FAM team. Other needs we can pass along to our Stephen's Ministy so moms and dads can receive the care they need.
Here are some of the practical things you can expect to receive from one of our FAM team members once you've signed up:
-Recognition in our lobby display! Coming soon we'll be posting the names of all the families who sign up. We'll post your expected due date and as your pregnancy moves along we'll also announce your baby's gender. Once the baby is born we'll list his/her name, DOB, and weight. You can see that we want to celebrate you with our entire church family, but we also understand you may not want some of this information available. Please note that you can control the timing and information we display! Anything and everything in FAM will be directed by those who sign up!
- We want to deliver a yard sign to our home when you child is born or when you receive a new foster baby/child. We want you and your neighbors to know we are celebrating you and love your family!
- Once you are home and settled, expect the meals to start coming in! It can be difficult to add a new family member and we want to help by helping provide meals for you during this time so you have one less thing to think about.
How do you sign up? Just click the link below to fill out the form! Our FAM coordinator Sherry Manello will contact you shortly.