Family Night Challenge
Enjoy a regular Family Night!
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 insight with a strong biblical foundation!
Family Milestones: Celebrate life's moments of commitment — find out more about weddings, child dedication, and baptism here.
Family Night Challenge
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!
- Sunday Spotlight — a summary of the Children's Ministry Sunday lesson for all ages
- Family Connection — the Bible lesson for Middle School Sunday life groups
- We Believe — the catechism project for kids & families (grades 3–5)
"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
A biblical resource for kids & families
Begin your study now!
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 summer 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 by August 31 with a Calvary pastor, Children's Ministry leader, or your child's Zone 345 teacher to approve the work your child has accomplished. Once your child has successfully recited the answers, you will receive an invitation to the celebration family lunch in September. Your child will also receive a special gift to mark his/her accomplishment!
- April – Begin learning and reviewing with the online resources below.
- 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 by August 31
- September – Enjoy a special celebration lunch on Sunday, September 13 for kids and families who have completed the catechism
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.
Print handbooks will be available. Please contact Sandy O'Donovan for free copies.
Family VBS "Hope for the World"
June 28 – July 1, 6:30–8:30 PM
For grade school kids & their families
"Hope for the World" Family VBS
Sunday – Wednesday: June 28 – July 1
6:30–8:30 PM, on the sports fields
This summer, VBS is a fun-filled event for the whole family! Our theme is "Hope for the World."
Incorporating high-energy games, worship music, Bible lessons, snacks, and FUN, our evening format makes VBS a great activity for parents and kids!
Lessons and activities will be geared toward grade school kids, but the whole family will enjoy the fun!
Spread a blanket on the field and gather your family and friends to learn more about Jesus together. It's gonna be a blast!
Cost: $8 per person, or $32 per family maximum (not a drop-off event)
Want to be part of our VBS Volunteer Team? Get details HERE.
Resources for parents
Sunday, April 19
11:15 AM–12:15 PM, CLC 1101
Our next Family Transitions class is for parents of fifth graders.
Is your child headed to middle school this fall? This next Family Transitions class is for you! Join other parents of fifth graders and learn what to expect in Calvary's Middle School Ministry to help your child follow Christ. Pastors Rodney Navey and Matt Thompson will share biblical principles for parenting through this key stage. Plan to join us!
Family Transitions is a free ongoing learning series at Calvary for parents on Sunday mornings, offering practical insights and discussion with a biblical foundation as you guide your child through key ages and stages.
2020 Family Transitions Classes
- January 26 – Parents of children dedicated in 2019
- February 16 – Parents of high school seniors
- March 15 – Parents of 8th graders
- April 19 – Parents of 5th graders
- May 24 – Parents of 3rd graders
- June 14 – Parents of 2nd graders
- September 27 – Parents of 1st graders
- November 8 – Parents of 2-year-olds
- December 1 – Parents of 4th graders
"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.." — Psalm 127:3–5