Family Life - Overview
Our aim is to support those working with families at every stage of life.
“It is within the family that we first learn what it means to love, to trust and to care for one another. We learn how to forgive, how to overcome and how to grow. These lessons are not optional, and for the fabric of society to remain strong, the state and the laws of the land need to support and encourage families."
God’s plan is for people to be nurtured within loving families and all our relationships should reflect His love for us. We want to uphold values which strengthen family life and hope that people will find a warm welcome in their local church: a place where they can celebrate together; nurture children and grow in faith.
We recognise that families come in all shapes and sizes and that sadly, there are pressures which stretch some families to breaking point. Our hope is that Christians will respond sympathetically and offer support when families need help.
We aim to resource parishes in their outreach to families so that they can:
- Draw alongside at “Milestone Moments”eg baptism and marriage by offering a warm welcome to all.
- Encourage strong relationships through marriage preparation, marriage enrichment and parenting groups.
- Offer practical support and compassion to families in times of crisis.
Family Life Officer - Ruth Mock
Ruth would be happy to come and talk to any parishes or deaneries seeking to develop work with families within their parish or wider community.
We can offer resources in the following areas:
- Marriage preparation courses, marriage enrichment
- Separation and divorce
- Domestic abuse
- Bereavement and loss
Working with Families- Video Resource for Churches
CSR are pleased to launch a new video resource, available through our website, which aims to inspire Churches seeking to develop work with families in their local community.
Dinkies - Parent and Baby Group, All Saints Hoole
Community Food Bags- Christ the King Birkenhead
Storytelling Service at St Michael's Macclesfield
Who Let the Dads Out? at St Martin’s Church, Poynton
Credit Crunch Cookery
All Saints’ Church, Runcorn have successfully established cookery classes for those on a limited budget. The classes run as part of the Open Doors Project at the church.
For more information please contact Ruth Mock, Family Life Officer
Tel: 01928 718834 ext 232. or 07918 732803