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.

RESILIENT FAMILIES

Resilience. It’s something needed in the time in which we’re living. Strong families. Families who worship together. Pray together.

The General Conference Family Ministries Department is offering a free resource for 2022 that’s filled with sermons, seminars, power points, children’s stories, and leadership resources which have all been created by Adventist leaders from around the world.

You can download the resource along with presentation files HERE.

It’s a great resource for creating a family-focused theme for the year.

OUR EVENTS

Single Parenting is Not for Wimps

An afternoon for single parents and their kids! To play. Learn. Create memories. Enjoy adventures. Single parents will have the opportunity to connect and join Elder Tracy Wood to learn how to do “parenting strong” and will find encouragement in worship and interactive activities while their kids enjoy adventures of their own before families explore together for the rest of the afternoon.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

1:00-5:00 pm

Refreshing Mountain, Stevens (Lancaster area), Pa.

Cost of $25.00 per family includes time for parents to learn practical resources and encouragement in parenting solo while kids enjoy learning about reptiles and amphibians and go on a scavenger hunt. Then parents and kids will have the opportunity to go on their own fun adventures and create memories with a climbing wall and GIANT swing plus more! Each parent will also receive a copy of either “Solo Moms” or “Solo Dads” by Pam Consuegra.

Our Speaker

Pastor Tracy Wood knows what it is to parent solo. He parented his two boys as a single dad through grade school and into high school.

Pastor Tracy began his career as an engineer before sensing a call to become a pastor. He went back to college and completed a theology degree and then pastored for six years in the Oregon Conference.  Pastor Tracy moved to Michigan where he earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Adventist Theological Seminary.

While studying at the seminary Pastor Tracy went through a separation that eventually led to divorce. He left ministry as an occupation and served as a lay-youth leader for five years while single-parenting his two sons.

In 2005 Tracy accepted a call back into ministry and served in the youth department of the Oregon Conference.  In 2015 he accepted a call to serve at the North American Division in Youth & Young Adult Ministries and currently serves as the director.

In 2019 Pastor Tracy graduated again from the Adventist Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in youth and young adult leadership development.

Pastor Tracy is married to Angelina and they enjoy flower gardening, backyard birding, reading books together, and spending time with family and friends.

Growing Unshakeable Families One-day Conference

Join us for a jam-packed day of worship and breakouts designed to equip families with practical information and resources for growing strong families, staying connected, and preparing for eternity.

Sabbath, September 24, 2022

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Grace Outlet Seventh-day Adventist Church, Sinking Spring (Reading), Pa.

Watch for more information and details on speakers/topics along with registration!

OUR TEAM

<a href="mailto:thorst@paconference.org">Tamyra Horst</a>

Tamyra Horst

Communication Director
Women’s Ministries Director
Family Ministries Director

Families are important to Tamyra Horst who believes the home is the most important “mission field” we each impact. She’s written the books, “Praying Like Crazy for Your Kids” and “Praying Like Crazy for Your Husband,” from her own passion and experience as a mom and wife, intentionally praying for her family. “Ratty Bathrobes, Cranky Kids, and Other Romantic Moments” was written from her commitment to making time for your relationship with your spouse. She longs to see families of all shapes and sizes–large, small, single parents, two parents, step-families, singles, children, grandchildren, grandparents raising grandkids, etc.–experience deepening relationships with each other and with God.

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.

  • 30 Museums and Zoos Offering Virtual Tours

  • Online Jigsaw Puzzle

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