<p>Families<br />
Supporting &amp; Equipping Families</p>
Supporting & Equipping Families


At Calvary, we want families of all kinds to know and share the love of Jesus Christ. We strive to equip and encourage parents to build strong Christ-centered homes, sharing the love of God, the truth of the Gospel, and a life of faith with the next generation.

Join us for opportunities to support and strengthen relationships, marriages, and families at all stages of life! 

Family Transitions: These sessions are designed to help you teach and guide your children through different stages in life. It's practical insight with a strong biblical foundation!

Family Milestones: Celebrate life's moments of commitment! Find out more about weddings, child dedication, and baptism here

Contacts: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com or Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com

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    Summer Camp Overview
    For Children & Students
    Mark your calendar!

    Summer camp and VBS can be enriching, life-changing experiences for children and students! Calvary offers many opportunities for Christ-centered day and away camps for Summer 2023. Check out the options below:

    • Woodlands Camp — Registration is now CLOSED
      June 12–16
      This annual away camp for boys and girls, ages 8–11, is in Cleveland, GA. Registration usually opens in November and closes in February.
    • CHAMP Soccer Camp — Registration opens on April 14 UPDATE!
      June 19–23
      Kids ages 5–10 learn the fundamentals of soccer and have tons of fun at this day camp! Cost is $170.
    • Student Ministry Summer Camp — Registration is now open
      June 26–30
      Middle and high school students head to Garden City Chapel (near Myrtle Beach) for a week of fun and spiritual challenge. Cost is $300.
    • Calvary Kids Music Camp 1 — Registration is now open
      July 10–14
      At this day camp, campers in grades 1–7 learn and perform a Gospel-centered musical in just one week! Two weeks of the SAME CAMP are offered — please choose one. Cost is $75.
    • Wayumi Expedition — Info available now
      July 16–21
      At this tribal missions camp in Pennsylvania, high school students will stay in a "jungle setting" and learn about world missions.
    • CHAMP Basketball Camp — Registration opens on April 14 UPDATE!
      July 17–21
      Kids ages 5–8 learn the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, and shooting at this fun day camp! Cost is $170.
    • JAARS CrossVenture — Info available now
      July 23–29
      At this global missions away camp in Waxhaw, middle school students will expand their worldview and learn about many roles and opportunities in missions.
    • Calvary Kids Music Camp 2 — Registration is now open
      July 24–28
      At this day camp, campers in grades 1–7 learn and perform a Gospel-centered musical in just one week! Two weeks of the SAME CAMP are offered — please choose one. Cost is $75.
    • Vacation Bible School — Registration coming soon
      July 31 – August 3
      VBS is a day camp for kids in K–5th grades in the 2022–23 school year. Details for this year's VBS will be announced soon. Mark your calendar!
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    Tying the Knot
    For Engaged & Newlywed Couples
    Tuesdays, March 7 – April 11

    Tuesdays, March 7 – April 11, 2023
    6:30–8:00 PM, Room 402

    Thinking about getting married? Engaged? Newlyweds?

    You're invited to spend six Tuesday evenings with Pastor Nathaniel Pearce and other leaders addressing foundational issues and biblical principles that will help you establish and maintain a healthy marriage.

    In each session, we'll work through issues like conflict, expectations, communication, finances, and intimacy. You'll get to know your prospective spouse on a deeper level by assessing personality, birth order, and more.

    We'll use Rob Green's book, Tying the Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong & Lasting Marriage, as a realistic, hopeful, and actionable guide toward a Christ-centered marriage.

    Contact: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com or Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com

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    Estate Design Seminar
    Thursday, April 27, 2:00 & 6:30 PM
    Preparing your family plans 

    Thursday, April 27
    2:00 & 6:30 PM, Room 401

    When preparing financial plans
    , it is important to consider both the current and eternal perspectives. Calvary Estate Design Seminars are focused on future planning and key components of estate design in light of God's Word. In addition to addressing typical concerns, you will be invited to ask yourself — what would the Lord have me do? Objectives include:

    • Strengthening — not straining — family relationships
    • Taking an all-encompassing approach
    • Care and guardianship of minor children
    • Avoiding negative impacts on beneficiaries
    • Tax considerations
    • Achieving the greatest Kingdom impact

    There is NO cost for the seminar, and the process is confidential. You’ll benefit no matter your stage of life — whether you’re starting a family or reviewing plans as an empty nester. Either update your current will and estate plans or get started now!


    Estate Design Seminars are typically offered twice each year with afternoon and evening options.

    Contact: Carl Austin, Director of Finance, 704.341.5346, caustin@calvarychurch.com or Debbie Bordwine, 704.341.5328, dbordwine@calvarychurch.com.

    Calvary Stewardship Ministry is focused on helping individuals and families approach day-to-day finance and milestone life events with a smart and biblical foundation through classes, seminars, and confidential individual/family counseling.

    "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." — 2 Corinthians 4:18

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    Family Transitions
    For Parents of 12th Graders
    Sunday, May 21, 11:15 AM

    Family Transitions is a free, ongoing learning series at Calvary. Parents, join us for biblical resources, encouragement, and support through all the ages and stages of family life. 

    Equipping Parents of 12th Graders

    Sunday, May 21 | 11:15–12:15 PM, CLC Room 1400

    Our upcoming Family Transitions session is especially for parents of 12th graders. It’s important for parents to call their children out to adulthood. At Calvary, we equip parents to do so along with high school graduation. Parents can celebrate a major accomplishment and also express what it means to take responsibility as an adult. Parents will discuss what to communicate with their young adults about college and life. Join us in room 1400 to experience a few minutes of our High School Student Life Groups at 11:15 AM, then meet with Pastor Cameron.


    2023 Family Transitions Classes

    • June 11 — Parents of 5th graders

    • August TBA — Parents of Rising 3rd graders

    • October 8 — Parents of 4th graders

    • November 12 — Parents of 2 & 3 year-olds

    Family Ministry contacts:  Sandy O’Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com & Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com 


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    HOME Ministry
    Adoption, Fostering & Orphan Care

    Calvary HOME Ministry seeks to obey God’s Word by ministering to fatherless, orphaned, and vulnerable children (James 1:27).
    Our ministry focus areas are:
    • Awareness and training
    • Support for adoptive and foster families
    • Direct support for children in need
    • Prayer

    If you would like to help or are considering adopting or fostering a child, please contact our coordinators below. We would love the opportunity to be a resource for you!

    Financial Assistance
    Calvary has established an Adoption Assistance Fund to provide financial aid to qualified Calvary members who apply during their adoption process. To request an application, contact Sandy O'Donovan at 704.341.5323 or sodonovan@calvarychurch.com. Questions should be forwarded to Mike Malone at 574.607.1619 or mmal1.ipad@gmail.com.

    Contacts: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com or Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com

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    Family Night Challenge
    Enjoy a regular Family Night!

    Calvary highly recommends that every family designate one night a week for Family Night. Life is busy, and if we don’t plan to spend time together and enjoy each other, our most important relationships can be neglected.

    Planning one night each week is valuable for the time and interaction itself. It also helps us refocus on those important relationships. It takes work to block out the same night every week. No doubt, an exception may have to be made from time to time, but you show your priorities when you are able to make it happen consistently. We find that most families really look forward to Family Night! 

    So, what is Family Night? We suggest that you choose a consistent night each week and plan to include these elements:

    • Dinner — Have a fun dinner together! Let the kids contribute their ideas about favorite foods for the menu.
    • Clean up — After dinner, clean the kitchen together. You’re a team, and everyone can contribute to the job!
    • Devotions — Have a family devotional. Read Scripture together and discuss its meaning. Pray together and for each other. And if you are really adventurous, sing a favorite chorus or hymn.
    • Fun — Participate in some kind of fun activity. It could be a board game. If your kids like to make crafts or build things, go in that direction. The point is to enjoy each other and laugh together. Relationships are vital in leading your children. Laughter and fun deepen these relationships!
    • Dessert — Eat dessert! You can work together to make a fruit salad, chocolate chip cookies, or whatever treat your family enjoys.

    You have accomplished a number of important things when you become intentional with Family Night: 

    • You spend time together building relationships and staying connected.
    • You instruct your kids with God’s Word.
    • You pray — thanking God for His goodness and asking for His guidance and provision. 
    • You build heart connections by sharing and laughing together. 
    • On a weekly basis, you put in place some important experiences that drive the rest of the week. And really the rest of your parenting!

    "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." — Deuteronomy 6:5–7

    Contacts: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com or Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com