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Marriage & Family Ministries

We offer resources, training, and support for ministries with families of all configurations.

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September 30, 2014

2014 Advent Home Worship

By MaryJane Pierce Norton

Advent 2014 begins on Sunday, November 30. In addition to celebrating Advent at church, families are invited to observe Advent in their […]

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Worship with Children
September 30, 2014

2014 Thanksgiving Celebrations for the Home

By MaryJane Pierce Norton

As we begin to think of Thanksgiving, we may wonder how we can have a day not simply focused on […]

Article
April 24, 2014

2014 Christian Home Month: Families Called to Peace

Support family ministries through the use of the 2014 Christian Home Month materials. Included in the materials are worship service resources, […]

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Family Ministries -- General Resources
September 3, 2014

Marriage and Family Ministries Upcoming Events and Training Opportunities

(Updated July 31, 2014)  Many opportunities exist for attending seminars where couples can strengthen their relationship. Jane Ives provides a […]

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Family Ministries -- General Resources
December 3, 2014

“When the Storms of Life are Raging…”

By Jane P. Ives

How can the church train disciples of Jesus Christ to respond helpfully to those who suffer?

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Marriage
December 1, 2014

Marriage Education and Enrichment Reading List for Couples

This annotated list of books includes some classics, as well as newer works based on more recent research and program […]

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Marriage
December 1, 2014

Review of Love to Stay: Sex, Grace, and Commitment

Marriage “has its ups and downs, its ebb and flow, and it requires perseverance, hard work and from time […]

Book Review
Marriage
December 1, 2014

Review of “Desperate Marriages: Moving Toward Hope and Healing in Your Relationship”

Although the title seems directed at those in serious trouble, this book’s insights and suggestions could enhance any […]

Book Review
Marriage-Crisis and Transition
December 1, 2014

Review of “Unbreakable: Forging a Marriage of Contentment and Delight”

Charles Causey and Tony Miltenberger have created a clear interactive guide for couples or groups of couples who want to […]

Book Review
Marriage Preparation
September 3, 2014

Communicating for Connection: Model and Teach

By Jane P. Ives

The ability to understand and be understood depends on clear communication. This is particularly true as we nurture relationships with […]

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Family Ministries -- General Resources
September 3, 2014

United Methodist Annual Conference Initiatives for Strengthening Marriages and Families

Several annual conferences in the United Methodist Church are working to support healthy marriages. This downloadable article by Jane P. […]

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Family Ministries -- General Resources
June 17, 2014

Getting Started in Family Ministry

By Jane P. Ives

If you have volunteered or been invited to serve as the family ministries coordinator in your local church, you will […]

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Family Ministries -- General Resources
May 1, 2014

Divorce Care and Recovery Ministries

Divorce Care and Recovery Ministries may be needed by many in our congregations. Discover what some churches are doing, the […]

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Family Ministries -- General Resources
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