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

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Jill Bennett
Jill Bennett

Administrative Assistant for Spiritual Formation and Family Ministry
717-533-4848
jbennett@hersheyfree.com

Resources for Leading your Child to Jesus. . .
At Easter, we reflect on Jesus’ death and resurrection. Conversations of the cross and the relationship we can have with God are common. Salvation is not something we only talk about at Easter, but certainly, it goes hand in hand with the “Easter story.” As your child is listening to these lessons and reading these truths in Scripture, we pray you can have good discussions about how they can have a personal relationship with 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”: 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” – 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” – Alex McFarland (Focus on the Family)
  • “Spiritual Parenting-An Awakening for Today’s Families” – Michelle Anthony

Books For Kids

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

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

Family Resources

Everyday Resources
5 Love Languages – “Live with Jesus, Love like Jesus, and Lead Others to Do the Same” is the discipleship model of KidStep and Hershey Free Church. We discussed “Love like Jesus” at the last Family Forum. You can download copies of the cards we handed out here or go to the 5 Love Languages website for additional 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

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 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!