Sharing comfort and HOPE to families grieving the loss of their baby
Noah’s Hope is a special ministry born out of heartbreaking loss. Expecting their third son, in August 2006, Kristin and Mike Koning went in for a routine doctor visit at 15 weeks. What an ultrasound revealed that day would change their lives forever. The doctor told them that their baby, Noah, had a genetic syndrome incompatible with life. The Konings were heartbroken, but trusted the One who holds the future. The Headwaters family rallied around them, supporting them in prayer. Noah defied the odds and the doctor’s predictions and was born alive at 34 weeks. Mike and Kristin cherished the two hours they had to hold and love Noah here on earth.
In honor of what would have been Noah’s first birthday, friends from church helped Kristin put together some special gifts to give to the hospital for other families experiencing the loss of a baby. This project, in memory of Noah, continued each year and as the Headwaters family embraced this outreach of love it grew into the ministry we call Noah’s Hope.
The women of Headwaters have continued to meet several times each year to create hand-made photo memory books. Each book was pieced, each page glued, and each ribbon chosen with prayers for comfort and healing. Around 1000 books have been distributed to local hospitals over the last 10 years. Thank you! Noah’s Hope has also given hundreds of Noah Bears to mothers leaving our local hospitals with empty arms.
In this digital era it has become apparent that the Noah Bears are having the most meaningful impact. Each bear comes with a personal note from Kristin and a message from Headwaters Church, a new tag with a special charm, and handwritten cards.
Our prayer is that through Headwaters Church, Noah’s Hope can continue to offer comfort to families in our community experiencing the loss of a baby. This small gift we give affirms that each life is special, no matter how small and that our Headwaters family cares for you and your loss too.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The Food Pantry is a ministry of Headwaters Church that serves to assist those in need of food and grocery items. The Food Pantry is open to anyone in need, whether it’s a one-time or a continuing need. If you need assistance, or know of someone who does, please let us know.
HOURS & LOCATION
Sunday: 12:00 — 12:30 PM
The Food Pantry is located off the side of the kitchen, down the Children’s Ministry hall to the west of the auditorium.
1. Fill out a communication card on Sunday and drop it in the offering plate. One of us will contact you!
2. Call the church office at 260-489-4942 (Mon–Fri 9:00 AM–4:00 PM).
3. Come to the Food Pantry during open times for information.
4. Ask someone at the Welcome Center.
Getting Involved in the Food Pantry Ministry is easy and there are many ways to help out. Several times a year Headwaters Church hosts a food drive to stock the pantry. This helps for an immediate basis, but we are looking for continual donations on a weekly basis in order to keep the pantry stocked. It also helps to keep the items fresh and non-expired. We do not give out food which has passed its expiration date and would ask that you please keep that in mind when donating items. Here is a list of simple steps on how you can get involved!
Bring non-perishable food and grocery items on a weekly basis or during a food drive.
Volunteer to help out with the pantry (If you are interested please contact the church office at 260-489-4942).
Keep the people who are in need of assistance and for all the volunteers helping out with the ministry in your prayers.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.
Find help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. Includes a 13 week Video Seminar–workbook available for $20 (scholarships are available). Come anytime (no need to commit to all 13 weeks!)
Questions about when we’ll hold our next semester of GriefShare? Call Christine at 260-489-4942, ext. 217 or email at email@example.com.
WHAT IS SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN?
Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a national faith-based movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. At its core are Christian families who practice Biblical hospitality by opening their homes to vulnerable children whose parents are struggling to escape the effects of poverty and social isolation. In addition to caring for children, these host families as well as volunteer family coaches come alongside the parents, offering them support and mentorship throughout the placement. The hope is that through the ministry of SFFC, child abuse will be prevented, children will be deflected from the foster care system, at-risk families will be supported and stabilized, and the love of Christ will transform lives. SFFC is a perfect opportunity for the church to respond to God’s call to practice Biblical hospitality (Hebrews 13:2) and to care for the fatherless and vulnerable (Psalm 82:3-4; Isaiah 1:17).
LEARN MORE ABOUT SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN
- Visit the national website at www.fortwayne.safe-families.org.
- Unleashing the Family: God’s Answer for Vulnerable Children
- Clarissa’s Story of Hope
- Katie Couric on Safe Families
- Katie Couric follow up report on Safe Families
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
- Become a host family.
- Become a family coach.
- Become a family friend.
- Offer professional services.
- Join the prayer team.
Cares for children in the home while also ministering to the placing parents. Prompted solely by compassion, each host family is screened and approved (background checks, fingerprints, home evaluation, etc.) by a licensed child placing agency and serves without compensation.
Facilitates the relationship between the placing parents and the host family during a placement. Their two primary areas of ministry are 1) supporting the host family and ensuring the well-being of the children in care and 2) providing support and mentorship to the placing parents. Experience in social work is highly valued but not required.
Comes alongside the host family and/or placing parents to provide encouragement and support during the time of placement such as respite care, material resources, meals, and transportation.
Provides professional services at a discounted rate or at no cost to the children in care and/or the host family during a placement. Professionals could include doctors, dentists, hair stylists, or home maintenance technicians.
Receives regular updates with specific prayer requests for the ministry. Individuals may also be matched with a host family to provide extra prayer support during a placement.
If you would like to volunteer in any of these ways, please contact our Safe Families for Children Church Coordinator, Nicole Capriglione at Lam.firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office at 489-4942.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF SAFE FAMILIES SERVICES AND LIVE IN NORTHEAST INDIANA, PLEASE CALL THE CRISIS LINE AT (260) 627-9002.