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.
Deb Hinkel
Deb Hinkel

Director for Spiritual Formation and Family Ministry

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Jill Bennett
Jill Bennett

Administrative Assistant for Spiritual Formation and Family Ministry


Sunday, March 12, 2017
 Family Forum topic was “Love Like Jesus”; parents and their children in grade 4 through 8  joined in the auditorium at 10:30AM for an interactive look at loving like Jesus. Extra copies of the 5 Love Languages can be found at this link: 5 Love Languages

  KidStep 40 Days

Are you wondering how to help your child go on this “40 Days” journey with you? We encourage parents to sit down with their children and talk about the invitation Pastor George gave to choose and practice a spiritual rhythm that will help you “Get in the Way of Jesus.” Share with them the rhythm that you chose and explain what you plan to do to help practice that rhythm over the next 40 days. Encourage your child to participate in this invitation! Choose a time: dinner, the car-ride to school, before bed, etc. to ask each other how you are doing with your rhythm and help each other practice them together.

We’ve put together some child-friendly versions of each of the 40-day rhythms. They have the same meanings as the ones handed out to the adults, but with some words changed to help you explain each one to your child. There are also ideas for how to help your child practice these rhythms. Keep in mind that the goal of practicing these rhythms is to create a habit that continues past the 40 days. To download the KidStep 40 Days document please click here. We encourage you to each pick one to practice! We will be praying for you and your family as you enter this 40-day journey together.

Family Resources

Resources for Easter. . .
Looking for ways to be reflective this Easter, as a family? Need ideas about what you and your children can do to encourage conversations about Jesus? We gathered a few resources we found and loved to share with you! Check these out and send us pictures if you try them as a family!

8 Easter advent activities to do together!

Resurrection Rolls  A fun baking experience to do together as a family!

Make a Resurrection Garden This is a wonderful outdoor activity to do together as a family!

Celebrate Easter Prayer & Activity Book- $4.99  This is a fun book to work through together as a family to celebrate the meaning of Easter! It also includes 12 upbeat songs about Easter.

Resurrection Eggs  These colorful eggs help tell the Easter story with 3D symbols to open each day!

Everyday Resources
Focus on the Family – Parenting Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers – Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. They provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

Focus on the Family – Parenting School-Age Kids – more from Focus on the Family specifically for school-age kids.

Shepherding your Child is a great website to help you grow your child in the way he/she should go.

10 Active Indoor Games  That focus on faith building for parents and children to do together during rainy days.

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.

Faith-Building Fun


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 Habit-Building Window

Getting in the way of Jesus. As a staff, we sometimes refer to this sermon series as GITWOJ; it’s easier to write than that long title! The bottom line is this: as followers of Christ we are to get in the way of Jesus. We need to understand that he invites us to walk on this journey called life with him. And one of the best things we can do for our children is to help them start walking that journey at young age.

As you listen to the sermons each week and think about the challenges that Pastor George is giving us about habits we can incorporate in our daily lives, take time to also process what it looks like to integrate those habits into your family’s life.

Habits or spiritual rhythms are one way that we grow and change spiritually. Regular rhythms are especially formative and help us become more and more like Christ. Listen to this link by Ric Olsen as he explains why approaching the discipleship of our kids from a spiritual formation perspective is so important. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AdncOxJ9QE

I want to encourage you that your parenting doesn’t need to be perfect and that the most important thing that you do for your children is to offer your authentic self on your journey of faith and invite them to join you on that journey. Regular spiritual habits are one way to invite your children on the journey of faith. Below are some ideas that can help you on your journey:

  • Pray with your children as often as you are able, especially at night when they go to bed;
  • Choose a family verse for a month and memorize it together;
  • Choose one person from the Bible every month and read their story in a modern translation. Ask each person to share what they learned from that person’s life.
  • Have each family member start a prayer journal and periodically share what you’re praying for with other members of the family.

The above ideas are a few ways for you to get started as you live out the “Habits Window” in your families!