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Family Ministry Tools exists to support the local church. We believe in the importance of local church and its impact on people within the community. Our desire is to come alongside you and partner with you in your ministries. We know you are busy and that Sunday comes every week! Our goal is to create engaging, all-age, fun, Biblically sound products that you can send home with your families to help them have faith conversations at home and to include God in their everyday. Between the 3 educators on our development team we have over 100 years of experience in educating children and teens in schools and the church.
The Family Ministry Tools Team
Robin Cannon – Founder and Director of Content Development
Robin has been a Christian Educator for over 25 years. She has served at United Methodist churches in Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio. Robin and her husband, Mark, spent 3 years serving as house parents to children in residential foster care at Crossnore Communities for Children in Western NC. Robin is passionate about finding creative ways for all ages to dig into the Bible and grow in their relationship with God. Robin is married, a mother of two amazing young adult daughters and one slightly neurotic rescue dog, and currently the Social Media Coordinator for Messy Church USA.
Cheryl Sigsworth – Director of Creative Content
Cheryl has a BA in Education from Miami University and works at Heart 4 the City, a mission church in Akron, OH. A former youth leader and Sunday School teacher, she enjoys creating curriculum and activities for students of all ages. Cheryl is married and the mother of three awesome adult children.
What they’re saying…
In my 10+ years of ministry, I have never found something that was so easy and affordable on the church side AND was actually used by families to begin discussions and talk about faith at home… I believe that parents want to talk with their kids about faith but they don’t know where to start…[These resources] give them all the tools, scripts, and resources they need to have deep and meaningful conversations…
Britt, mother of 6
The advent in a box quickly became a favorite family activity in our house. As with any step family, we are always looking for ways to connect across the miles. Sharing box in VA and one in CO afforded us the opportunity to connect across the miles and continue to share our passion for Christ.
Molly, an empty-nester
I use the Advent box as my daily devotion during the season. The 15 minutes each day gives me time to reflect on peace, joy, hope, so that I am better able to show love to others during this hectic time of year.
Mike Plasters, United Methodist Pastor
These boxes were an instant hit with the families of our church and children’s center. They served as a way to bring families together during a busy time of the year and helped them focus on the true meaning of Advent and Christmas. The activities had families talking and thinking about the coming of our Lord. We will be using them again this year. What a great way to disciple generations together!
Wendy, parent of a 6th grader
We loved the Advent in a box, and were very excited to open and do the next day. It is a wonderful family activity during the most wonderful season of the year!
Heidi, mother of three
Our family has used Advent in a Box for the past few Advent seasons. It gives us a time to come together as a family and reflect on the season as well as have some fun together. The projects are easy and we have some wonderful family keepsakes from these boxes.
Lindsey, a Program Director at a United Methodist Church
This is a great tool to reach not only families within the church but also those in the community. I am currently making 200 boxes to share with the church members, children attending our children’s center and some extras for members to share with their friends. We are very excited to be using the Family Ministries Tools Advent in a Box this advent season.
The Episcopal Church in Colorado
This well thought out, creative resource for families provides an easy but enriching process for observing the season of Lent and exploring its themes of temptation, perseverance, repentance, and mercy; and practicing the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Lent in a Box customer
I love how this is so easy for busy families to digest.