<p>Families<br />
Supporting &amp; Equipping Families</p>
Supporting & Equipping 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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    Tying the Knot
    Thinking about getting married?
    Tuesdays, March 2 – April 6

    Tuesdays, March 2 – April 6
    6:30–8:00 PM, via Zoom

    Engaged? Thinking about getting married? Newlyweds?

    You're invited to spend six Tuesday evenings with Pastors Nathaniel Pearce and Jim Pile addressing foundational issues and biblical principles that will help you establish and maintain a healthy marriage.

    In each session, we'll work through issues like conflict, expectations, communication, finances, and intimacy. You'll get to know your prospective spouse on a deeper level by assessing personality, birth order, and more.

    Don't be surprised by a little homework, too! We'll use Rob Green's book, Tying the Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong & Lasting Marriage, as a realistic, hopeful, and actionable guide toward a Christ-centered marriage.

    There is no cost — please register to receive Zoom login credentials from the instructors.


    Contact: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com or Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com

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    Family Transitions
    for Parents of 1st Graders
    Sunday, March 7, 10:00 AM
    in CLC 1400

    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.

    Family Transitions for Parents of 1st Graders
    Sunday, March 7 at 10:00–10:45 AM
    in CLC 1400
    with masks & social distancing

    Our upcoming Family Transitions session is especially for parents of 1st graders. We would love to come alongside your family to equip and encourage you during this stage of family life.

    Pastor Nathaniel Pearce and Children's Director Su Trull will discuss what your child needs most from you right now and how to help your student grow in their understanding of the Bible. Join us and get equipped with biblical principles and tips for ways you can make disciples at home during these early elementary years. 

    We would love to see you in person, but please contact Sandy for Zoom meeting information if you prefer.

    No registration necessary 

    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 Pastor 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 simply 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 a number of 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!

    If you haven't yet completed the catechism, please keep working on it! We would be glad to schedule time throughout the year as your child completes the project.

    Schedule your appointment:


    • 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 We Believe: Catechism for Calvary Kids & Families Student Handbook and the Parent Handbook.

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

    Contacts: Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com & Pastor 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 Eric Hill, 704.887.3678, ehill@calvarychurch.com or Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com

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    Parenting Conference
    "Correcting the Heart of Your Child"
    FREE sessions on-demand
    Watch video now!

    "Correcting the Heart of Your Child"
    Watch conference sessions at your convenience

    Each year, Calvary Family Ministries hosts a parenting conference to encourage and equip you for one of your most important assignments from God: making disciples at home. Instead of holding the conference on campus, we are offering five 20-minute video sessions for you to watch and re-watch at your convenience. These FREE videos are posted here online and available to watch now! 

    Parents, please make time to watch these sessions together, discuss the issues, and pray. You’ll receive biblical insights, guidance, and practical resources! 

    Video Sessions

    • "Parent for Your Child's Heart" 
      with Pastor Rodney Navey, Family Ministries

    • "You MUST Correct Your Child" 
      with Pastor Rodney Navey, Family Ministries

    • "Correcting the Heart of Preschoolers and Children"
      with Su Trull, Director of Children's Ministry

    • "Correcting the Heart of Middle Schoolers"
      with Pastor Matt Thompson, Middle School Ministry

    • "Correcting the Heart of High Schoolers"
       with Pastor Eric Hill, High School Ministry

    Get additional resources HERE

    Contacts: Pastor Nathaniel Pearce, 704.341.5424, npearce@calvarychurch.com or Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com