Safe Families for Children
Give Hope to Families in Crisis
 

What is Safe Families for Children? 

Safe Families for Children is a national faith-based movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. At its core are Christian families who practice Biblical hospitality by opening their homes to vulnerable children and reaching out to the parents of these children who are struggling to escape the effects of poverty and social isolation. 

The Need
The single biggest factor influencing the lives and outcomes of children is their family. Many families in at-risk environments have good intentions but lack the family support needed to assist them in times of crisis. The children in a family traumatized by crisis become especially at risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle alone to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions. By law and policy, most state child welfare agencies are allowed to aid only children who have suffered blatant abuse or neglect, leaving thousands of children and their families in difficult situations. Without assistance, many of these situations will lead to abuse/neglect episodes  with long-lasting consequences for the child. 

The Safe Families Solution
Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a network of host families that extends the community safety net by providing parents in need a loving home where they can safely place their children in time of crisis. Host Families, prompted solely by compassion, are screened, trained and serve without compensation. As a result, SFFC is a voluntary, non-coercive alternative to the state child welfare system. By temporarily freeing parents from the responsibility of caring for their child, SFFC provides them with time to address personal issues without fear of losing custody. In addition, Host Families and volunteer Family Coaches come alongside the parents, giving them support and mentorship and often becoming and extended family to them after the children return home. 

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

  • Become a host family
  • Become a family coach
  • Become a family friend
  • Offer professional services
  • Join the prayer team

Ministry Opportunities:

Cares for children in the home while also ministering to the placing parents. Prompted solely by compassion, each host family is screened and approved (background checks, fingerprints, home evaluation, etc.) Safe Families for Children may serve children of all ages, but each individual Host Family determines the profile of the children they are able to host in their home. 

Facilitates the relationship between the placing parents and the host family during a placement. Their two primary areas of ministry are:

  1. Supporting the host family and ensuring the well-being of the children in care
  2. Providing support and mentorship to the placing parents. (Experience in social work is highly valued but not required.)

We believe prayer is crucial to the ministry of Safe Families for Children. You can join this team by receiving monthly updates via email or by being matched with a host family to pray for them throughout a placement. 

Family Friends come alongside the Host Family and/or placing parents to provide encouragement and support during the time of placement which could include:

  • Respite Care
  • Transportation
  • Meal team
  • Support
  • Mentoring
  • Resources: Most children come with very few supplies and possessions. Therefore, the donation of children's items, including diapers, formula, and clothing are very helpful.   

Contacts
If you are interested in being a part of the Safe Families for Children Ministry or have any questions please contact Jen Bergdall at jbergdall@yahoo.com or call/text (260) 341-3511

LEARN MORE ABOUT SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN
Visit the national website: safe-families.org 

Videos:

Clarissa's Story of Hope

The Marbles

Katie Couric on Safe Families

Katie Couric follow up report on Safe Families


Current Series
"GOD ROCKS" -Rolling Your' Blues Away! 
Sunday mornings - 9:30 & 11:00AM 

Current Series

Current Series

February can be a dull and depressing month around Northern Indiana. This series we will liven things up with some humor and laughter! We will take a look at 4 of some of the most inspiring and encouraging PSALMS in the entire book. We will have great time together worshiping and being uplifted by His Spirit! Invite your friends! 

 

 

February 7th - Psalm 100 "Souper" Bowl Sunday 
February 14th - Psalm 121
February 21st - Psalm 46
February 28th - Psalm 150


 Sunday Morning Service Times

9:30AM

  • Worship Service
  • Infants & Toddlers Groups
  • Kids Worship K-5th Grade
 

11:00 AM

  • Worship Service
  • Infants & Toddlers Groups
  • Kids Worship K-5th Grade
  • Adult Classes
  • High School & Jr. High Class

 Kids Programming Schedule

There will be full kids ministries for infants through 5th graders at both 9:30and 11:00 services.  All children should be checked in for their name tags. Kindergarten through 5th grade reports directly to the kids worship center. Infants through preschoolers report to their age group classrooms.

For more information check out our Kids Ministries Tab


Student Ministries Information

Junior High and High School Programming both meet at 11a.m.

For more information check out our Student Ministries Tab



Women's Bible Studies
"Discerning The Voice of God"- Priscilla Shirer   
Starts January 27th! 

Joy Goe Group (Wednesday nights - 6:30pm)

Our next study starts Wednesday, January 27th.  Study is on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in Room #302. We will be studying "Discerning The Voice of God" - by Priscilla Shirer, this 7-week video & discussion series will help us recognize when God speaks to us. Books are $13 each and will be available at the first session.  

Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer
Having a hard time knowing what God is saying versus what others are saying? This Bible study is designed to help you know the voice of God: His language, character, and tone of voice. By growing closer to God through His Word, participants will be able to discern God's voice from the voice of strangers.
 

Sign-up by January 10th! Contact: Joy Goe at (260) 573-9179 or email her at: joyjoygoe@gmail.com 


Jen Fike Group (Saturday mornings - 8:00am) Email: kjfike@centurylink.net

Michelle Fahl Group (Tuesday mornings - 9:00am)
Current Study: Beth Moore Study    Email: aaron.fahl@mchsi.com

Stacy Hoeppner Group (September 11 Start Date - 9:00am)
Current Study: Beth Moore study "Godly People do Ungodly Things"
Email: shamushoeppner@yahoo.com

Small Prayer Group (Wednesday nights 7:00 - 9:00pm), (Starting June 4th -September 3rd)
We will be forming a Wednesday night women’s small prayer group from 7:00 - 9:00pm that will meet at the church. This group will start Wednesday, June 4th and go through September 3rd. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact group leader Brenda Schinnerer at (260) 627-6364 or sign up at the Welcome Center.


Small Groups 
NEW groups forming this fall!
Sign up here to join a group

Small Groups

At County Line Church, we believe it is important to do life together with like-minded believers. There are many ways for this to take place, and one of those is through Small Groups.  

In Acts 2:42, we read how small group meetings operated in the early church. These believers met in homes, discussed the apostle's teachings, ate together, and prayed together. Luke goes on to describe other ways in which the groups lived out the Christian life with one another. We want to help connect you with other like-minded believers. If you are interested in being a part of a small group, please select the link below and follow the instructions.  

If you are interested in more information contact Administrative Assistant, Sheila Stetzel at sstetzel@countylinechurch.org

Click here to sign up for a small group


Joy to the World Offering 
New Hope Kobwin Centre & JT King Water Filter Project Uganda 
 

Joy to the World Offering

This year's Joy To The World offering will go towards 2 Ministry projects located in Uganda:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Hope Uganda, Kobwin Children's Centre Project

The vision to establish a center in the east of Uganda grew out of the desperate situation observed when New Hope Uganda staff and children went to Soroti as Mission Hope Soroti. New Hope ministered there to those suffering in the aftermath of the invasion of the area by Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army in 2003. 

We are now helping to bring the Fatherhood of God on a full-time basis to former child soldiers and other affected (“Invisible Children”) by the Lord’s Resistance Army atrocities in northern Uganda. Twenty-one of these young people, sometimes called “returnees”, moved into our Kobwin Centre in March of 2010 and formed a family group with a full-time family father and mother. Each has  received intense educational remediation and discipleship in the context of family. Later we received eleven more returnees and otherwise affected children and began our second family group.  Our next major step is to increase our vocational training and eventually establish a vocational school.

Visiit newhopeuganda.org for more ministry information. 

Learn more about this in the video below:


JT KING - Water Filtration Systems Project Uganda

After traveling on 4 different trips to Uganda, God called JT back to Uganda to help bring a solution for clean drinking water. Thousands of children die each year in Sub-Saham Africa, due to water born diseases. His goal is to bring the hope and love of Jesus by meeting a basic physical need. The goal is to employ Ugandans by having them make and sell the clay water filters. Job creation is one of the keys to solving the poverty crisis in Africa.

If you would like more information on the water systems , to further support JT, or sign-up for JT's newsletter, stop by the table in the Gathering Space. 

Learn more about the Uganda water project in the video below:


Celebrate Recovery 
Monday Nights | 7-9pm @ County Line
A Christ-Centered Recovery Program 

 

The purpose of "Celebrate Recovery" is to fellowship and celebrate God's healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. This experience allows us to "be changed". We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God's grace in solving the problems in our lives. 

By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. 

AS WE PROGRESS THROUGH THE PROGRAM WE DISCOVER OUR PERSONAL, LOVING, AND FORGIVING HIGHER POWER - JESUS CHRIST.

The Celebrate Recovery Program began in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The program is now active in every state and many countries. Saddleback created the workbook materials, and provides support on many levels to churches who offer the program. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designed for adults 18 and older to help them deal with drug & alcohol addiction, depression, low self-esteem, anger & frustration, eating disorders, child abuse, divorce, sexual abuse, co-dependency, pornography, grieving, loneliness, abandonment issues, self-harming, dysfunctional families, workaholism, pride, selfishness, and more.   

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is; Not as I would have it; Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

AMEN 

-Reinhold Niebuhr

Looking for a place to serve? There may be a place for you on the Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team! Some areas of interest include: Greeters, Worship Team, Facility Set up/Tear Down, Small Group Leader, Cafe, and Fundraising. If you have any questions regarding Celebrate Recovery here at County Line, please email team leader, Anna Bell at 920annabell@gmail.com or Luke Ice  at lukeandliv@yahoo.com.

Click below to fill out a volunteer form or for a request for further information. 

Celebrate Recovery Registration Form