Churches Working Together
Nov 1, 2019 by Jonathan Reid
We help a lot of local churches care for children and families impacted by foster care! Individual churches are making a BIG difference, but sometimes, churches can accomplish even more by working together.
In fact, we SO believe in the power of collaboration that we help establish local church networks to serve the child welfare community in their geographical region. Continue reading to learn about a couple of recent network service initiatives! These events expressed love to the local foster care community, provided easy entry points for church members to engage the need, and strengthened unity within the church networks.
In September, our North Shore network of churches hosted a Fall Family day at Brooksby Farm in Peabody, MA for both foster families and
DCF social workers and their families. A day at the orchard is an experience that New England families often get to share, but children in foster care may not.
Over 100 foster parents and children, 67 social workers and their children plus over 30 volunteers, enjoyed a day of apple picking, hayrides, Fall refreshments (cider donuts for the win!), pumpkin decorating, and more! Network churches rallied to provide a great experience for the families and a great connection point for our network. A special shoutout to our partners at First Presbyterian North Shore and Antioch Community Church Beverly for their leadership in the event!
Earlier this month, our Merrimack Valley Network hosted a Sibling Ties Harvest Event at First Church of Christ (FCC) in Bradford, MA. Sibling Ties brings together siblings in foster care who are living separately and don’t get to see each other very often.
Eight churches collaborated together to provide an afternoon of re-connection and fun. Kids enjoyed some traditional Fall activities! Siblings created and took home their own photo memory book with pictures of themselves with their siblings that were taken during the event…a really special touch by our church partners! The network also expressed appreciation to social workers and foster parents in attendance for the important work they do! BY far the most meaningful part of the day was the opportunity to see the joy that siblings experienced as they reconnected.
Each of the church partners served so beautifully together, but, a special thanks to FCC for hosting and providing food and to the team at Gracepoint Community Church in North Andover for overseeing the event!
It is such a privilege to engage the local foster care community, but, it’s an even greater privilege to engage with so many great church partners!