<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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    Family & Friends Day 
    Sunday, October 8
    Worship, Lunch & Fellowship
    FREE — Fun for all ages!

    Join us on Sunday, October 8

    You’re invited to a special day of worship, fellowship, and fun at Calvary!

    Join us for worship at 9:45 AM in the Sanctuary. Then stay for lunch outside and an afternoon of fun for all ages! Feel free to dress casually.

    From 11:30 AM–3:30 PM, we’ll gather at the CHAMP fields for lunch and activities — with MORE inflatables than ever for the kids! 

    NEW! We’ll also have waterslide activities, so bring a towel and a change of clothes. It will be a splash!

    Remember to bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket for seating on the fields. Restrooms and water will be available in the pavilion.

    We hope everyone in our church family will join us for this annual day of fun — including our Calvary Christian Academy, Calvary Child Development Center, and CHAMP Sports families. Feel free to invite friends and neighbors, too!

    Lunch & Activities

    Lunch is FREE! It will be served in the tent at the front of the CHAMP fields.

    Burgers & Hotdogs
    Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Chips
    Cookies & Brownies
    Iced Tea & Lemonade

    • Lunch — Served 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
    • Welcome, Prayer & Announcements — 1:00 PM
    • Inflatables & Activities 11:30 AM–3:30 PM (inflatables lines close at 3:00 PM)
      20’ Wave Dual Lane Water Slide
      Human Foosball
      Human Whack a Mole
      Three Lane Bungee Run
      Extreme Camo Challenge
      Dual Lane Slide & Splash
      And many more!
    • Free Sno Cones will be available while supply lasts.

    Volunteer Opportunities


    We still need 100+ volunteers to help at this event! You can assist with inflatables supervision, food service, or be an on-call extra.

    • Inflatable supervision is our biggest need; this involves monitoring children as they get on and off the activities — sign up for 1-hour shifts.
    • Food Service needs volunteers for Plating & Drinks (under the Tent) and for Food Transport Teams (from 3rd Floor Kitchen to the Fields) — most are 1.5 to 2.5-hour shifts.

    Please sign up below:


    Thank you for serving! We will contact you to confirm your assignment!

    Contact: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.626.8625, npearce@calvarychurch.com & Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com




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    Family Transitions
    Sunday, November 12 at 11:15 AM
    For Parents of 2 & 3 year-olds

    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. 

    Family Transitions: Parents of 2 & 3 Year-olds
    Sunday, November 12  |  11:15 AM, Conference Room A

    Our next Family Transitions is for parents of 2 & 3 year-olds.


    2023 Family Transitions Classes

    • 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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    Estate Design Seminar
    Thursday, October 5
    2:00 & 6:30 PM, Room 401
    Preparing your family plans

    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!

    • Thursday, October 5
      Choose 2:00 or 6:30 PM
      Room 401


    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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    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