Church of the Holy Comforter chose to embrace our commitment to families and their faith formation with a specific focus on Family Ministry in July of 2011. This ministry began with the call of a new staff member to work half-time in this important area. This role includes working directly with families, with the leaders and staff of All Things Bright and Beautiful and the Church School teachers to strengthen the overall ministry of the parish. The long term goal of this ministry is to help the parish intentionally create a sacred space where children and families can come to know and love Christ in a way that informs how they live their lives within and outside the church walls. The intended result of this is to establish stronger connections between, and integration of, the various ways in which we seek to nurture families and our younger brothers and sisters in faith. Still very much in the "mustard seed" stage, this ministry has begun to realize this hope in a variety of ways.
The four keys for nurturing our faith are the foundation of our Family Ministry. Influenced by Vibrant Faith Ministries, the four keys are:
1) Caring Conversations
2) Rituals and Traditions
3) Family Devotions/ Prayer
4) Family Service
Believing that faith is not only taught on Sunday morning in a church building but also through how we live our lives at home and in the world around us, these keys are offered for use through monthly table blessings, monthly newsletter articles, and various "take home" activities.
We invite you to delve a little deeper and share the Family Ministry articles, stories and activities with your family -- or enjoy them on your own.
Pastor Heath Howe