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Families Serving Together

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Families Serving Together (FST) is a ministry I started a couple of years ago to do just what the name implies — serve! As a stay-at-home mom of three, I primarily serve my loved ones. “Dishes, laundry, make beds, sweep floors, all picked up and one more chore.” That’s the rhyme I say to myself every day. Plus food. And diapers. And lots of playing. And it’s beautiful and messy and exhausting and definitely service. But in the midst of my dream come true — I’ve always wanted to be a wife and mom — I found myself turning inward and longing to serve others outside of me and mine.

Then God, in His infinite, gracious love, put an idea on my heart to bring our kids to serve with us. It sounds simple enough, but I didn’t know if I was allowed to bring my children to some ministries or if I would be able to be any help with littles under foot. Sometimes someone is sick or cranky or there’s a birthday party at the same time as a project or I just get lazy. But when I choose to serve, God blesses me. He uses the time to strengthen my marriage as we work together. He speaks to my girls’ hearts and we talk about loving others and how we can show our neighbors God’s love. He refreshes my soul by giving me other moms to talk to while we sort donations or put stickers on a pregnancy center mailing.

FST has been such a blessing to me and my family, and now I want to invite you and yours. Contact me at FST@christchapelbc.org and I’ll send you a monthly email with service opportunities for your whole family. My prayer for FST is that God will be glorified. I pray that our children will serve and love people and never remember a time when they didn’t. I pray that other families will join and that we’ll connect with the ministries we serve, their staffs and the people they’re reaching. I pray that God will move us and that we’ll learn to see people and love people how He does.

Carrie Utley

 

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Whatever your week was like, there’s a place for you at Christ Chapel. Gather with us on Sundays for community, worship and truth for your everyday life.

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