FAMILY MINISTRY

When LifeGroup Members Don’t Show Up

If you're a LifeGroup Leader at some point in time, you'll ask yourself, "how do I honour God and my LifeGroup when people seem so unfaithful and inconsistent in participation." At one time your LifeGroup had 12 members, but last week only six showed up. You invited...

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Proof of the Resurrection

Ever since I converted to Christianity from Mormonism at 17 years old, my heart has always been for Christians to know how they think about God. Most followers of Christ I cross paths with can articulate how they feel about God, but few can explain why, what, and how...

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What My Parents Did Right

Did your parents do anything right? I bought a book, at one of those clearance sales that bookstores have every so often, called What My Parents Did Right. In it, Gloria Gaither – yes, the singing one – relates the stories of 50 people who share their...

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What is a Worship Station?

On March 19th the Jr High experienced an Easter Worship Night based around 17 stations spread out between the Shack, the Chapel and one room upstairs. Each station featured a task, activity or truth to reflect on related to Jesus and us growing as...

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Dear God, um…

Could a Timbit help a person pray out loud? The idea of praying out loud can be a challenge. Sometimes I worry that my words won’t be the right ones. I think my voice sounds funny or that I’m not as spiritual or ‘prayer worthy’ as someone else. Sometimes I...

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Parenting is Like Hockey

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them...

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Three Things I Don’t Regret About Parenting

This past summer in Chicago I worked at memorizing our mission team’s theme verses from Romans 12. Verse ten reads like this: "Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves." Recently, I have been reminded of the word honour. It...

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What is Quiet Time

Well, it seems obvious right?  A time…of quiet…but what does a quiet time mean related to our relationship with God? I asked our Sr High Bible Study group to consider this and other questions and I just summarized what we discovered. Thanks to the students...

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Family Ministry 2017

The family and the church are most powerful when their influence is combined and aligned. -Reggie Joiner Parenting in today’s world is a challenging task. The parts of Emmanuel that focus on kids and students have always considered parents as partners in...

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A Chicago Outreach Reflection

18,000 Pounds of Cabbage! About halfway through our week in the city, our two serving teams met at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). After sharing a deep dish pizza supper in the parking lot, we checked in at the lobby. We got our orientation and...

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Doodling During the Sermon

I love to draw and record what I hear in notes and doodles! Recently I invited the congregation to doodle, draw and write notes while I preached. Of course this could be an excuse for some to draw random stick people, play X and O's or to write...

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