HFC Families


HFC Families is a ministry of Hershey Free Church that is dedicated to the encouragement, care, and equipping of families.

The vision for HFC Families is to empower parents to be the primary disciplers of their children and to partner with them to become Live/Love/Lead families by providing

  • Seminars, classes, and forums that equip parents;
  • Resources that strengthen family life at home;
  • Opportunities for families to worship and learn together in multi-generational environments.

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Deb Hinkel
Deb Hinkel

Director for Spiritual Formation and Family Ministry
717-533-4848
dhinkel@hersheyfree.com

Deb Hinkel's Blog

Jill Bennett
Jill Bennett

Administrative Assistant for Children's Ministry and Family Ministry
717-533-4848
jbennett@hersheyfree.com

 Spiritual Disciplines  – Recently, KidStep Parent Connect discussed the importance of helping our children learn the value of spiritual disciplines. Please take some time to view this pdf of the material and think about ways that you can implement spiritual disciplines as a part of the spiritual formation rhythm in your family.

Discipline is Discipleship  Tiffany and Allen Dark recently gave a presentation at our KidStep Parent Connect group regarding biblical discipline. Click on the following link (Discipline) to view their presentation in PDF format.

Resolving Conflict – Matt and Diana Davis led this discussion, June 4. The following link (Resolving Conflict) will allow you to read this content.

Family Resources

Parenting Resources

The Source 4 Parents – This link resources a two-part article that provides parents with talking points when their teen communicates that they no longer want to attend church.

Center for Parent and Youth Understanding – This particular resource page, from CPYU (The Center for Parent and Youth Understanding) provides excellent resources to listen to or read about ways to engage your teen/young adult with the Bible.

Family Worship – This short article provides insights about the importance of families worshipping together.

Focus on the Family – This article addresses the issue of reconciling a loving God with suffering in the world. At the conclusion of the article are a number of good resources that are helpful to parents as they address questions that their kids have regarding faith.

Recommended Reading

The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New – An excellent resource for parents of preschool/elementary aged children to engage them in conversations about theology.

77 FAQs About God and the Bible – This resource is for adults, and it provides good answers to tough questions. It’s a good resource for parents who may want more information when answering their kids’ questions.

Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions – This resource focuses on providing answers to children about tough questions they might ask about God.

How to help your child deal with grief
Death and Dying – a copy of the handout given at Mom’s Connect. Includes book resources.

Something to Help You Say Goodbye – a coloring book for kids.

Resources for Leading your Child to Jesus. . .
As a children’s ministry team, we count it a joy to join your children on their spiritual journey and help be a part of your village as you faith-train your child. To help with these conversations and those that follow asking Jesus in their hearts, here are a few of our favorite resources.

Gospel Project Video – This is a great resource to help give you language as you explain salvation and is quick and easy to watch! This is produced by “The Gospel Project”—a resource we love.

“Leading Your Child to Jesus”  by David Staal – If reading is up your alley, this is a good one for your shelf! David Staal takes the time to talk about discussions to have with your children to help lead them to Jesus!

Resource List for Children who Have Just Become Believers

Books For Parents

  • “Spiritual Growth of Children: Helping Your Child Develop a Personal Faith” by John Trent, Rick Osborne, Kurt Bruner (Focus on the Family)
  • “The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity & How to Answer Them Confidently” by Alex McFarland (Focus on the Family)
  • “Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families” by Michelle Anthony

Books For Kids

  • “A Believe Devotional for Kids: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus” by Randy Freeze

Spiritual Growth for Kids – This website brings you to a number of articles about spiritual growth for kids and how you can help guide them on their spiritual journey.







Faith-Building Fun

spiritual-window

Over the next several months, the Faith-Building Fun ideas will focus on how to open your child’s spiritual windows. For additional insights about ways to nurture your child’s faith, read the book Opening Your Child’s Spiritual Windows by Cheri Fuller.

The Value Window

America was founded on the idea that it was a country that embraced all people. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….” I learned about this inscription on the Statue of Liberty as a child in elementary school. It’s a noble sentiment and one that Christians should embody, not because it’s an American value, but because it’s a Christ-like value.

How can you teach your children to care for those who are hard to love? What are you modeling for your children that helps them learn how to treat people that are often overlooked, bullied, or dismissed simply because they are too fat, too skinny, too different, too loud, too ugly, etc., etc.?

The recent focus on racial discrimination has prompted me to think about the larger responsibility we have as parents and adults to help our children see people through the eyes of Jesus. When I was a child, I vividly remember singing a song (that would now be considered discriminatory) that went something like this, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.” While I wouldn’t advise teaching that particular song to children today, when I hear the words, I am taken back to the realization that I was learning how to value people who were different from me.

My challenge to you, and to me, is to carefully assess the words we say and the attitudes we display that can convey a judgmental perspective. We need to be careful not to speak disparagingly of people who are different than we are, and we need to look carefully at the attitudes we are passing on to our children.

We have all, every one of us, been created in the image of God. Read the following verses and think about how you can help your children see the world through the eyes of Jesus and the truth of Scripture.

  • “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.” (James 2:1)
  • “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
  • “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” (Romans 12:16)

We have not been given the liberty to pick and choose the verses we will obey. Instead, we have the freedom to obey them all, through the power of Christ. Let us be the generation that helps the next generation break the bonds of discrimination and help all people come to know the redemptive, reconciling work of the cross.