Departments

Family Ministries

About the Department

Family Ministries seeks to recognise that families are the building blocks of community, the church and society. We believe God created families to nurture warm, meaningful, and loving relationships and discover what it is to love and be loved. In families, children develop beliefs, values, and attitudes, which translate into behavioural patterns that shape their future and the future of their communities.

In line with the world church theme "I Will Go", the primary role of the department is to partner with leaders at every level of the church structure to support families in their church and their local communities by: 

  • recognising the great diversity of modern families (including singles)
  • educating and supporting leaders and families to ensure both home and church are safe environments, especially for children
  • training and equipping family life leaders
  • enriching marriages
  • educating and resourcing parents
  • fostering healthy relationships and emotional wellbeing

We solicit your prayers as together we ask God to transform our families for his honour and glory.

Our Department's Objectives

The overall objective of the Family Ministries department is to strengthen families through both seminars and resources that will enable them to grow spiritually and emotionally, and become better equipped to evangelise in their communities. We aim to bring about restoration through relationships and foster a spirit of love and unity amidst diversity, promoting the principles of 1 John 4:7-8,

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

Director's Role

  • Supervise the work of the Family Life department
  • Organise and conduct events to promote healthy relationships within families
  • Provide resources to Family Life Leaders in local churches
  • Provide pastors with a programme for premarital counselling
  • Supervise the NEC Counselling Service
  • Provide training for family life leaders in local churches
  • Organise the Family Camp
  • Responsible for Keeping the Church Family Safe training

Policies

  • Safeguarding Policy. The Keeping Our Church Family Safe (KCFS) policy ensures best practices in protecting children and adults at risk. For more information, click here to access the safeguarding policy.

Counselling Service

The Counselling Service is available for all members of the North England Conference – both young and old – who would like support with their mental health. Counselling is available face-to-face, online or by telephone. For more information, click here.

Special Dates

  • 16th January 2022 (10am – 1pm): Family Life officers training
  • 13th February to 19th February 2022: Christian Home and Marriage Week – Broadcast live from Manchester South Church. You can join live on zoom or Youtube.
  • 22nd July to 31st July 2022: Family Camp
  • 9th to 11th September 2022: Marriage Weekend at the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Watling Street, Hicnkley, LE10 3JA

Resources

Helpful Links

I Will Go with My Family: Family Resilience
The Family Ministries Resource Book is an annual resource organised by the General Conference Family Ministries department with input from the world field to provide family ministries leaders across the divisions, unions, conferences, and local churches with resources for the special emphases weeks and Sabbaths. For more information, click here.

Within this Resource Book, you will find sermon ideas, seminars, children's stories, leadership resources, reprinted articles and book reviews to help facilitate these special days and other programs you may want to implement during the year. 

In Appendix A, you will find helpful information that will assist you in implementing family ministries in your local church. This resource also includes Microsoft PowerPoint® presentations of the seminars and handouts. Seminar facilitators are encouraged to personalise the Microsoft PowerPoint® presentations with their personal stories and pictures that reflect the diversity of their various communities. To download a presentation, click here.

Other Links

Helpful Numbers

  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000
  • Children 1st Helpline: 08000 28 22 33
  • Thirtyone:eight: 0303 003 1111
  • Women's Aid: 0808 2000 247
  • ManKind Initiative: 01823 334 244
  • Men's Advice Line: 0808  801 0327 
  • NEC Counselling Service: 0753 921 1442
  • SEC Counselling Service: 0207 723 8050

Helpful Video Links

Resilience Series

Here are several resources from the Christian home & marriage week:

John Francis

John Francis

Director

Department: Family Life & Stewardship

Phone: +44 115 960 6312

22 Zulla Road
NG3 5DB
Nottingham
United Kingdom (GB)