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

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 insights 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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    Children's New Believers Class
    Kick-off: Saturday, August 28
    Classes: Saturdays, October 9 & 16
    Register now!

    At Calvary, we partner with families to help children grow in their faith and make it their own. Children in 2nd through 5th grades who want to learn more about the foundational truths of Christianity and better understand their decision to follow Christ are invited to enroll in this class.
     
    This program involves several components:
    • Parent & Child Kick-off on August 28
    • Home devotions over six weeks
    • Children's Classes on Saturdays, October 9 & 16
       

    Parent & Child Kick-off
    Saturday, August 28 | 10:00–11:30 AM, Room 242

    Parents will receive an introduction to discipleship while children receive an age-appropriate overview of what it means to be a Christian and some of the fundamentals of our faith.
     

    Following the kickoff, parents will have six weeks to complete a series of "fun-work" assignments with their children. It takes about 10 minutes each day, five days a week, to do the series together. (The assignment must be completed by the first day of group classes.) This format encourages family communication and allows parents to demonstrate their desire to lead in spiritual development.

    Group Classes for Kids
    Saturdays, October 9 & 16 | 9:00–Noon, Room 242
     

    Lessons in these classes will focus on God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, communion, and baptism. In addition, we'll discuss how to pray, how to resist temptation, and how to share a testimony. Children are expected to attend both classes.


    Please register below so we can order the curriculum for you. Thank you!

    Register


    Contacts: Susan Grigg, 704.341.5356, sgrigg@calvarychurch.com & Su Trull, 704.341.5458, strull@calvarychurch.com

     

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    Family Transitions
    Learning Series

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

    Watch for details and registration prior to each session.


    2021 Family Transitions Classes

    • January 24 — High School Seniors & parents
    • February 21 — 8th graders & parents
    • March 7 — Parents of 1st graders
    • April 13 — Parents of 5th graders
    • May 11 — Parents of 3rd graders
    • June 6 — Parents of 2nd graders
    • October 10 — Parents of 2-year-olds
    • November 14 — Parents of 4th graders

    Contacts:  Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com and Dr. Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@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 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!

    Calvary provides several resources that can help with your devotional time. Some great conversations can come out of what you are leading your kids to learn!


    "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

     

     

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    We Believe
    A biblical resource for kids & families
    for Grades 3–5

    Calvary provides a resource to help parents teach their kids sound doctrine through catechism.

    We Believe: Catechism for Calvary Kids & Families is based on our 16 Articles of Faith and provides questions and answers to learn the key biblical truths we believe. This project is for families with children currently completing grades 3–5.

    Catechism is a summary of key doctrines learned through questions and answers!

    So, how do you do catechism?
    Catechism provides an interactive activity that helps us learn and remember the major truths of Scripture in our hearts and minds. Begin with the first section of the Student Handbook. Read over the questions and answers with your child and then quiz them. Do this consistently for several days until they can recite all the right answers. After they have learned one section, proceed to the next. Review what they have already learned each week. Kids typically love the interaction and the challenge! Make it fun with Family Night activities (see the Parent Handbook for those how-tos)!

    Celebrating your accomplishment
    After your child has completed all 16 catechism sections at home, make an appointment with Pastor Nathaniel Pearce or Sue Ridge, Zone 345 Coordinator, to approve the work your child has accomplished. Once your child has successfully recited the answers, you will receive details about lunch and a special gift to mark his/her accomplishment!

    Schedule your appointment:

    We are glad to schedule time throughout the year as your child completes the project.


    Program:

    • Summer – Catechism books available for pick up at church. Do the activities and memorize the answers to each question.
    • August – Present your catechism work to a pastor or ministry leader.  
    • September – Enjoy a special celebration lunch for kids and families who have completed the catechism.
    • Continue learning year-round to complete the project. Make an appointment to recite at any time!

    We Believe: Catechism — Student HandbookWe Believe: Catechism — Parent Handbook

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Click on the book covers to browse or download the digital versions of the Student Handbook and the Parent Handbook.

    Books are available in print. Please contact Sandy O'Donovan for free copies. 


    Contacts: Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com & Dr. 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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    Estate Design Seminars
    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!

    Our Estate Design Seminars are typically offered twice each year with afternoon and evening sessions. Please check back for the next seminar or contact Carl Austin for more information.


    "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

    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.

    Contact: Carl Austin, Director of Finance, 704.341.5346, caustin@calvarychurch.com