Ease of accessibility to parenting resources is one of the major factors that affect the decision for busy families to participate in parenting support services. Many churches are beginning to recognize families are struggling and want to help them achieve balance with work, recreation/leisure, as well as parenting. In this article, you will find a list of local churches and resources that may offer parenting support in one way or another.
In addition to or in conjunction with their standard Men’s and Women’s Fellowship meetings, some churches now offer specialized programs to aid parents:
- Faith Community Church Edgmont Avenue, Brookhaven PA– moms4moms;
- Gateway Community Church South Middletown Rd, Media PA — Wild Wednesday’s (parenting classes & children’s social and bible activities groups)
- Hope Full Gospel Family Church Old York Rd, Philadelphia, PA — H.O.P.E for Christian Parents support group; Sitter Saturdays;
- Calvery Chapel Delaware County Brandywine Drive, Chadds Fords, PA — Mom’s Morning Study Group
- Deliverance Evangelistic Church West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia PA — Single Parents Network
- Freedom Christian Bible Fellowship West Colombia Avenue, Philadelphia PA — Women’s Ministries (Mother’s Exchange Network)
Furthermore, parents with greater time constraints who find it difficult to attend meetings outside of the home, may find it useful to become a member of an online group. By simply doing a search of “christian parenting” in Google Groups will yield a wide variety of options.
And finally, if DVD resources or books will fit your schedule better than attending a local Christian parenting group or becoming a part of an online community, visiting your local book store or any of the many online book retailers, such as amazon.com or christianbook.com, will be a great starting point for you.
Hopefully, this snapshot of accessibility of christian parenting support programs and resources will help get you on the road to gaining the support you need. Spending a little time online or simply reaching out to churches and bookstores in your community could provide some surprising results. Weather you are a little or a lot busy, one thing is certain — parents are more likely to regularly participate in needed support programs or utilize resources if they are easily accessible.