Marriage & Family Ministry

Marriage was the first relationship instituted by God.  It is foundational to the church and to society. And a good marriage must be invested into.  All couples need to be working on their marriages on a regular basis.  Have regular date nights, WITHOUT the children.  You should also continually be learning by reading good biblical books (check the link below for a list of recommended books), attending any biblical marriage events, or going to week-end marriage get-away conferences.

GEMS (Godly Encouragement for Moms)

The GEMS season begins in September with the Cornerstone Gathering: a dinner for GEMS moms and their husbands, featuring a special speaker. GEMS then meets the third Friday of the month from 9 – 11:15 am, October through May (no Gathering in December), at Trinity Nazarene Church (1451 Raymond Dr. Naperville, IL). In January GEMS is a couples evening.

The GEMS Gatherings begin with fellowship time, and reviewing scripture memory. In the Gathering room our spirits are refreshed by tables set with lovely decorations and a buffet spread with an array of enticing refreshments. The teaching time features a speaker who will motivate, encourage and challenge you in your role as a wife and mother through Biblical teaching while building on the principles from the GFI curricula.

GEMS is a financially self-supporting ministry. Therefore, a small registration fee is required of each mother to fund the GEMS ministry and of each child in the Nuggets childcare program.

We look forward to growing and learning with you. We trust God has already prepared a ‘gem’ especially for you this season. We invite you to come and mine His treasures with us at GEMS.

Registration Costs

Moms:$5.00Husbands $5.00 (for January evening gatherings)
Children $5/each child with a $15.00 family maximum (for children under the age of ten).
Childcare registration deadline is two weeks prior to a GEMS Gathering.
* Cornerstone Gathering (meal provided) with husbands
**Evening Gathering with husbands (appetizers and desserts)

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Parenting Christian Education Classes

Preparation for Parenting

Preparation for Parenting  is the first of a six part series that has gained national and international recognition for its immensely sensible approach to parenting a newborn. Coming with the applause of over two million parents and twice as many babies worldwide, Preparation for Parenting provides a prescription for responsible parenting. The infant management plan offered by the Ezzos, successfully and naturally helps infants synchronize their feeding/waketime and nighttime sleep cycles. The results? You parent a happy, healthy and contented baby who will begin sleeping through the night on average between seven and nine weeks of age. Learning how to manage your newborn is the first critical step in teaching your child how to manage his life.

The Babyhood Transitions

It’s reality-check time! You’re at least four months into your tour of parenting and the complexity of child-training is starting to multiply. The learning fields of toddlerhood are cultivated during the Babyhood Transition phase, 5 months to a year. Now your baby’s day is filled to overflowing with sensory stimulation and learning opportunities. How will you respond? Certainly not by abandoning that which has brought you so much success–your baby’s routine. With age-appropriate modifications the three activities of your baby’s day: feeding time, waketime and naptime expand with benefits and challenges. In their customary fashion the Ezzos lay out practical steps for successfully managing the growth challenges ahead. From introducing solid foods to introducing the playpen and everything in between–it’s all here for your baby’s benefit and your peace of mind. Enjoy your pretoddler.

Preparation for the Toddler Years

You and your baby work to blow out his first birthday candle while Aunt Carol announces, “He’s a toddler now!” Not so fast! The period between twelve and eighteen months places a child on a one-way bridge leaving infancy behind and heading straight for the toddler years. A baby still? Not really, but neither is he a toddler and that is the key to understanding this phase of growth. The next six months is season of exchange: baby food is exchanged for table food; formula for whole milk; bottle for sippy cup; the highchair for a booster seat; feeding himself with his fingers replaced by a spoon and fork; babbling talk to speaking, and the first unsteady steps are taken over by strides of confidence. Your pretoddler graduated infancy with a mind of his own and whether you’re ready or not, his natural inclination and to toddlerhood. challenge of “I do it myself” will become part of his and your day. In this series Gary and Anne Marie provide principles, strategies and step by step guidance that will help parent and child make a smooth transition from babyhood

The Toddler Transition

The Toddlerhood Transition series focuses on a brief but significant window of growth, a vibrant period of your child s life, from eighteen to thirty-six months of age. This eighteen month period is an amazing, spontaneous, engaging yet challenging time for the emergent child and his parents. That is because toddlers have their own peculiar way. They begin speaking full sentences and throwing full tantrums, deep hilarious laughing and a lack of impulse control. They can provide the best fun and the worst behavior. They can also make you feel like the best Mom one minute and the worst, the next. Learning how to manage your toddler’s day, while encourage learning and discouraging behavior in need of future correction is a primary goal of The Toddlerhood Transition series.

Growing Kids God’s Way

GROWING KIDS GOD’S WAY (Along the Virtuous Way) 5.0 series is a comprehensive values-based parenting curriculum. In the title the authors, Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo, place their emphasis on God’s Way meaning the way of the Lord. We serve an ethical God. Moral rightness flows from His being. His moral law is a reflection of His holy character (Psalm 19:7). More than that, He has shown man what is good and what is required of him (Micah 6:8). Growing Kids God’s Way can help any parent reach the heart of children with virtues and values that flow from the character of God and do it without stressing the child or the parents.

Utilized by more than 9,000 churches and schools worldwide and serving over 1.7 million households, there is a reason why this core curriculum is so popular: it’s practical and the applications work. The curriculum is designed for small group studies or can be utilized by individuals in the privacy of their own home.

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