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Mission, Vision & Philosophy

The Family Ministries department exists as a way to minister to families as they navigate the many different roles required of parents in a University-Model School. Our vision is for Family Ministries to exist as the hub of a small town. We want to help families build and strengthen their communities at the school, provide avenues for families to connect, serve and pray, and walk with families through times of joy and sadness. Our vision is not to replace the church but to be a full extension of the body of Christ at school. Family Ministries department creates a safe space where parents’ needs are met by listening, sharing, and learning more about God’s role in their families, thus continuing to foster a school community rooted in faith and love. 

See details below about our Family Ministries team exists to CELEBRATE, CONNECT, EQUIP, and CARE for our Famiies!






 

 

 

Meet Our Team

The goal of the Family Ministries team is to Celebrate, Connect, Equip, and Care for our families as they navigate their parenting and education journeys!  These four women have served as co-teachers and also served the school in many capacities, and they look forward to providing support, encouragement, and care.

Meet Our Team

Celebrate

Family Ministries has many unique and intentional events to CELEBRATE our families throughout the year.  We love the opportunity to celebrate those in our community and also provide ways for you to serve during these celebrations so that you can get to know other families.  

Learn about our Celebrations

Connect

We host five distinct recurring gatherings for our parents to CONNECT in a variety of settings: Fireside Chats, Coffee on the Grounds, Tea on the Patio, Parent Hour, and Veritas in Prayer. To view upcoming events, check out our Family Ministries Calendar.

Learn about our Gatherings

Equip

Family Ministries works to EQUIP our families with tools needed for parenting, teaching, and raising Christ-centered children.  We offer one-on-one mentorship, weekly gatherings for prayer and discussion, conferences, retreats and an endless supply of resources from many of our leaders .  

Equipping Resources

Care

Family Ministries CARES for our families by organizing meals and prayer chains and meeting with students and parents to ensure positive partnerships.  We CARE for our community through Veritas SHINES to serve various organizations throughout the year.  

How we Care

 

Contact Our Team

Do you need homeschool or parenting strategies?  Would you like to learn more about our celebrations or the way we serve so that you can begin volunteering?  Are you interested in coming to one of our gatherings or events, but you aren't quite sure where to jump in?  Do you have a need for prayer or meals? 

Contact Family Ministries

Meet Our Team

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    Christi Wilson

    Family Ministries Director
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    Molly Ingram

    Family Ministries Coordinator
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    Ashley Hood

    Family Ministries Coordinator
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    Ellen Schuknecht

    Family Ministries Mentor

Family Ministries Cares

  • Care for our Families
    • Prayer 
      • Submit a Confidential Prayer Request
    • Helping Hands 
      • Submit a Need for Meals/Care
    • Mentorship

 

  • Care for our Community
    • Veritas SHINES
      • Learn about Veritas SHINES HERE

 

  • Care for our School

 

Family Ministry Gatherings

 

Monthly

Fireside Chat occurs on the first Thursday of each month and allows parents the opportunity to gather in a safe space, building connections and sharing life with one another.

Coffee on the Grounds and Tea on the Patio occur on different days each month, and parents are able to spend time over coffee, saying a quick hello after drop off - visiting with old friends and meeting new friends! 

Weekly

Parent Hour - Each Wednesday morning, parents come together as a small group at 8:30 AM to pray, visit, and usually discuss a book.  The content changes each semester, and all are welcome to join at any time! 

Veritas in Prayer (VIP) - Every Wednesday morning, our VIP team meets at 9:30 AM to pray over the community, school, and individual needs of our Veritas families.  All are welcome to attend this small group, corporate prayer time.

Check the calendar for upcoming dates and announcements pertaining to these gatherings.

Family Ministries Celebrations

We have many celebrations each and every year to celebrate the many milestones of our families and our school:

  • Cheers and Tears
  • Fall Football Games
  • 12 Days of School Card Signing Party
  • Defender Date Night
  • Mother/Son Date
  • Daddy/Daughter Dance
  • A Very Veritas Christmas
  • Last Day Of School Festivities
  • Graduation
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheons

Family Ministries Resources 

Mentorship

Family Ministries offers one-on-one mentoring to help you reset as a teacher, leader, and parent.  To set up a meeting, please contact FamilyMinistries@veritasacademy.net.

Paideia

Each year, Veritas offers an August retreat with a keynote speaker as well as leaders within our community who offer sessions to equip parents to teach, lead, and parent their children while embarking on the journey of a University Model Education.  Learn more about Paideia HERE.

Retreat

Stay tuned for details about our 2021/2022 Family Ministries retreat.

Videos

Books

The following are books recommended by Family Ministries:

Molding hearts while teaching and parenting

Eight Great Smarts- Dr. Kathy Koch

Love & Logic books - By Faye and Kline

Boundaries With Kids and Boundaries With Teens by Townsend

Loving your Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk

Mindsets by Carol Dweck

Teaching from Rest -by Sarah McKenzie

Love Thy Body- Nancy Pearcy

Spiritual Growth for Parents

Knowledge of the Holy-  Tozer

Absolute Surrender- Andrew Murray

Brokenness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

A Spiritual Heritage  - Glen and Ellen S (had to throw this in!)

Calm My Anxious Heart - Linda Dillow