Family Ministries

Our Mission

The goal of the Family Ministries Department is to help grow and strengthen families in their relationships to God and each other.

Our Events

One-day Family Conference – March 23

Our featured speaker is Jeremy Garlock who has served in education and youth ministries for more than twenty years in both New York and Pennsylvania. He has served as a teacher, principal, church planter, camp youth pastor, youth ministries leader, and superintendent of schools. Garlock is passionate about connecting young people with the gospel. He facilitated the creation of Revolve Young Adult Ministries and piloted a youth mentoring program. He speaks frequently for churches, camp meetings and other events. Jeremy and his wife, Joya, are the parents of five beautiful daughters.

March 23, 2024

Grace Outlet Seventh-day Adventist Church

150 Green Valley Rd, Sinking Spring, Pa.

Join us for a day packed with practical seminars and inspiring worship as we look at families, parenting, marriage, godly men, and more!

Seminars include:

  • The Missing Peace in Your Family Puzzle — Teresa Costello
  • Irreplaceable Role (men) – Scott Haakenson
  • Healthy Connections — Dr. Erwin Hein
  • The Secret Ingredient to Powerful Families — Tamyra Horst
  • Invitation to Intimacy — Joshua Plohocky
  • Desiring Daily Devotions — Matthew White

Lunch is provided. Activities for children during breakout sessions. Registration is $10 per family to help with meal costs.

Family Ministries Resources

The 2024 Adventist Family Ministries Resource Book titled Understanding Diverse Families will serve as a valuable resource for pastors, family ministries leaders, and disciple-makers dedicated to supporting families navigate the chasm of difference with the heart of Jesus. That by so doing, all will be able to answer the prayer of Jesus to be one with each other, and be able to unite together to fulfill the mission of reaching everyone, everywhere.

Family Worship Resources

How do we rebuild altars? What are the altars of Baal in our homes today that need to be destroyed so that God’s altar can be rebuilt? How can we teach our children and families to worship God and rebuild the family altar as Elijah rebuilt the altar in his day? In our homes today, there is a deep yearning for connection. Many family relationships have been broken and need to be restored. We need modern-day Elijahs in homes that desperately need hope, healing, and heart-turning. We need to restore our relationship with the one true God, Jehovah, the only one who can bring true peace, hope, and healing to our hearts and homes.

During this week of prayer, we endeavor to inspire new habits of positive and healthy communication in your home; heart-turning behaviors that are grounded in grace and the fruit of the spirit. When we rebuild the family altar daily, we make a statement that we are putting Jesus Christ at the center of our lives and in our homes. We pray this new or restored habit of family worship will become a regular habit that will bond our families closer together, deepen our faith in God, help us to share the good news of the gospel with others, and better prepare us for the soon coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Maintaining good mental health is vital for everyone. When fostered within a family, it can bring significant benefits: better communication, understanding, empathy, less conflict, higher self- esteem, and resilience among family members. Good mental health goes together with good physical health. When families prioritize good mental health, they tend to also prioritize good habits like adequate sleep, regular exercise, and a healthy diet. Parents or guardians in the home who care for their mental health are good examples for their children.

Karen Holford—the principal contributor of this resource—will share how we can flourish as individuals and families. We hope this will be the experience of each of you as you allow God’s peace, joy, hope, and healing to abide in your hearts.

OUR TEAM

FUN FAMILY RESOURCES

  • My Place with Jesus

    My Place With Jesus is a ministry of It Is Written, designed to assist children in developing a personal relationship with Jesus through Bible studies, stories, and other activities. Children learn of the basic themes of the Christian faith making My Place With Jesus a valuable resource for the entire family.

  • God Loves Me 28 Ways

    Check out this great Bible study offered by the North American Division Children’s Ministries Department for younger readers. Colorful. Fun. And all free and online.

  • Our Little Friend Online

    Download the PDF version of Our Little Friend for children ages birth to 5 years old each week.

  • Guide Online

    Primarily for readers ages 10–14, Guidemagazine.org is offering the PDF of the weekly Guide magazine, plus printable games, and vlogs by the editors and columnists such as Rich Aguilera, the “Mud Guy.”

  • Activity Outpost

    Check out this great website for families sponsored by the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It’s filled with resources, activities, sections for moms, dads, caregivers, Pathfinders, Adventurers and more.

  • AR TV

    Are you looking for wholesome family-friendly films, shows and documentaries? With over 1000 on-demand titles, Adventist Review TV has something for everyone. The best part – it’s Free!

  • A Word for Your Family (English/Spanish)

    Now that the kids are home from school and you have more family time, why not start a daily family worship time? First thing in the morning or in the evening before bed. Gather together to and connect with God and His Word as a family. The North American Division Family Ministries department has put together a series of super short videos in both English and Spanish for families that might get you started.

  • Online Jigsaw Puzzle

    Do a jigsaw puzzle. Don’t have one on hand? The General Conference Children’s Ministries Department has a couple online.