Serving Chicagoland, surrounding suburbs, and Northwest Indiana
Genesis of GEMS
The Genesis of GEMS®
The GEMS®(Godly Encouragement for Moms) ministry was born out of prayer and the expressed need of moms for regular encouragement and support in carrying out the principles presented in the GFI curricula. Through teaching and fellowship with like-minded moms, GEMS® strives to offer practical help to meet these goals in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
GEMS® is part of the Growing Kids Chicagoland ministry that is under the leadership of a Key Couple team. We meet at Trinity Nazarene Church 1451 Raymond Drive in Naperville, Illinois. GEMS® is a financially self-supporting ministry. Therefore, a small registration fee is required of each mother to fund the GEMS® ministry and each child who is part of the Nuggets childcare program.
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 3rd Friday of the month from 9-11:15 a.m. from October until May (no gatherings in December), at Trinity Nazarene, Naperville. In January GEMS® is a couples evening.
The GEMS® Gatherings begin with a fellowship time. 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 an mother though Biblical teaching while building on the principles from the GFI curricula.
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®.
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Saturday, March 19th, 2016 – 9 – 11:15 am
Speaker –Amy Puccillo
Topic – "Thrive"
Thrive means to grow, develop well or flourish. When living according to God's Word, our children thrive. Let's encourage our children to follow the advice in 1 Timothy 4:12 and strive to set an example in these five areas: speech, life, love, faith & purity.
Friday, April 15th, 2016 – 9 – 11:15 am
Speaker – Barb Wilson
Topic – “I’m Hurting But God’s Not Helping!?”
Are you hurting today? All of us are either in a trial, just coming out of a trial, or headed for one. Maybe you or someone you know has been hurting, struggling, suffering with an ongoing trial, painful situation, or heart-breaking circumstances. This trial could be physical, emotional, relational, financial, or spiritual.
You have been praying, waiting on God, claiming His promises, trusting Him to help, deliver, rescue, and take away the pain. To bring comfort, ease, relief from difficulty.
But He doesn’t seem to be listening, caring, working, doing anything, in fact.
What do you do? What is happening? Is God good? Loving? Strong? Able?
We are going to study 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 to find and apply God’s perfect truth and purposes for our lives when God is not delivering us from ongoing trials. We will learn that God always knows best, never stops loving or working for us, and we can trust Him in every situation.
Friday, May 20th, 2016 – 9 – 11:15 am
Speaker – Kathy Loewen
Topic – Related & Creative Consequences in Parenting
Do you struggle with creative consequences in your parenting? Are the consequences working? Are they related to the offense? Do you see positive behavior and attitude changes in your child with the consequences you are using? Do you fall back on the same consequences all the time?
Consider these scenarios:
Your son knows one of his responsibilities before he leaves for school is to make his bed. After he has left for school, you find out that the bed is not made, once again. He has recently become characterized by not making his bed. Obviously, the consequences you have been giving him are not working. What should you do? What would be a creative consequence that would help your son remember to make his bed each day?
Your daughter is not characterized by lying. But you know a lie has occurred. What will you do to ensure that she will remember the importance of not lying and telling the truth? Or what if your child has become characterized by lying and you have been working on this and administering consequences, but there is no change? What is a creative consequence that will allow God to speak to her heart for lasting change?
Come learn how to give creative consequences that are effective, related to the offense, and ultimately produce a positive change in the heart of your child!
Joey and Carla Link are known for making parenting practical. They have a unique and fresh understanding how to make biblical principles work in the lives of parents and children. They are the authors of the book, Why Can’t I Get My Kids to Behave? and over 40 Mom’s Notes presentations which provides practical application to the principles shared in the GFI parenting curricula. Here you will find blog posts dealing with parenting topics of interest, including posts that share how to take a specific Scripture verse and teach it to children. A bookstore with over 200 resources for parents and children of all ages is on this site as well as their traveling schedule. What’s different about this bookstore? All the books have been pre-read, are biblical in their foundation and are consistent with the teaching found in GFI material in their content. It is well worth your time to check this site out!
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Christian Family Heritage (CFH) - Christian Family Heritage is a non-profit ministry established to encourage and support families in the principles taught in the Growing Families International materials. Our services and resources include our volunteer group of certified Contact Moms, local area GEMS® Fellowship Groups, and our audio CD & .mp3 library made possible solely on the tax-deductible donations of those who have been helped and desire to establish a Christian family heritage for future generations. For more information please visit our website.
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