Our Vision

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.

The Family Ministry Tools Team

Robin Cannon – Founder and Director of Content Developmentrobincannon

Robin has been a Christian Educator for over 20 years.  She has served at United Methodist churches in Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio.  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, and currently the Communications Team Leader and Regional Coordinator for Ohio for Messy Church USA.


Cheryl Sigsworth – Director of Creative Contentcheryl.png

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…

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.

Lindsey, Program Director at a United Methodist Church

I loved the content and the shopping list!

Advent in a Box customer

I love how this is so easy for busy families to digest.

Jenni, Director of Christian Formation at St. Paul's UMC in Coronado, CA

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!

Wendy, parent of a 6th grader

We did the advent boxes for the first time this year and our families loved it! Looking forward to incorporating Lent in a Box and seeing what they think. This is such a great tool if anyone is on the fence.

Advent in a Box customer

LOVED that it could just be downloaded – a huge time saver.

Advent in a Box customer

The depth, yet simplicity of it.

Advent in a Box customer

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.

Molly, empty nester

As a youth leader I enjoy talking to the kids about what they have learned.

Advent in a Box customer

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.

Heidi, mother of 3

There was so much that I liked about Advent in the Box. I loved the hands on activities and that all the supplies were in the box that you needed.

Advent in a Box customer

Loved the list of supplies with the direct link or item number to purchase on Amazon. This was a life saver!

Advent in a Box customer

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.

Brit, mother of 6

Robin introduced Advent in a Box to Deep Creek United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, VA when she served as our Program Director.   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!

Mike Plasters, Pastor

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.

The Episcopal Church in Colorado

Lent in a Box…if you haven’t ever tried Advent in a Box, then you need to check this out now! The products from this organization are easy to prepare, fun and engaging for all ages, and great learning tools for churches and families!! We 💜 Family Ministry Tools and especially its creators!

Cheri, parent of a middle schooler

We noticed that in this particular outreach many grandparents took a box for their children/grandchildren. A great way to reach out to the next generations.

Advent in a Box customer

I just wanted to tell you how thrilled my families were with the activities. They seemed to hit all learning styles of the children and the feedback from my families was very good.

Advent in a Box customer