Fostering Love For Tipton

Gateway loves families. We know that families take many forms in Tipton County. Not all children live with their birth parents, many live with foster or adoptive families.

Join the Community

Foster and Adoptive Parents, if you’re looking for others who are on this journey, we have a group for you. We’re foster parents, too! The easiest way to connect is to join the FaceBook group, Fostering Love for Tipton.

Gather with us at Gateway’s Atoka Campus on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 -7:30.  Come. You can plan and attend training certification classes, family events, and other fun stuff.  We have care and teaching for children ages birth – 5th grade. Pre-Register kids here. Students in 6th-12th gather at Gateway’s Munford Campus at the same time. for more information about that, click here.

“Pure and faultless religion is to care for the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

James 1:27

Helpful Links

For information about the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes, click here. For information on becoming a Tennessee Foster Parent, click here.

Not everyone is called to be a foster parent.

As a matter of fact, most people in the Church won’t ever bring a child into their homes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have an essential and necessary role to play in the lives of foster families. While we aren’t all called to do the same thing, we are all certainly created to do something.  That’s how the Body of Christ works.  For individuals who would like to help with this ministry, here are a few things that are needed:

1. Pray

Pray for families in our church who are currently fostering.  Pray for families to answer the call to foster.

2. Donate Clothes

Many times children enter foster care with no extra clothes. Consider donating gently used children clothing in sizes newborn through teens.  Collection boxes are located near kids check-in at all Gateway campuses.

3. Wednesday Childcare

Volunteer the first Wednesday of the month to help with childcare during the group gathering time.

How To Destroy Your Home – Part 2

How to Destroy Your Home”. It’s pretty simple – just hold on to bitterness and unforgiveness. And since none of us is perfect – we all need to learn to show grace and forgiveness in our families. The Bible has a lot to say about this.

This message is from Steve Carpenter at our Atoka Campus.  If you missed a message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.

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How To Destroy Your Home – Part 1

Some of us do things that hurt our families – we ignore biblical truth about marriage and choose instead to do it our own way. So – what does the Bible say about marriage? This ancient text has some incredible insights that will keep us from sabotaging relationships. 

This message is from Steve Carpenter at our Atoka Campus.  If you missed a message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.

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Gateway LIVE: 7 Easy Ways Parents Can Teach Their Kids About Jesus

We want parents to be equipped to teach their children about the Bible.

We know that can be intimidating, so we want to give you easy resources you can really use.  Check out the discussion here:

Resources from today’s Video:

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2:35 One Year of Dinner Table Devotions & Discussion Starters

helps families start where they are already gathered together on a daily basis―around the dinner table. As the meal comes to a close, family members can take turns turning to the dinner-table devotion for that day, designed to be done together as a family in 10 to 15 minutes. The result is a meaningful daily discussion in which every family member can participate, drawing the whole family closer to God . . . and each other.

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14:03 101 Bible Verses to memorize with your Kids.

Thanks to Lisa, for this resource. Lisa is our Admin Assistant at the Munford campus. She has this on her Pinterest board that is full of resources to teach her granddaughter (pre-school age) about Jesus. You can check out her board here. 

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15:35 Bible

This is a great resource for maps and timelines. It’s great to help kids (and adults!) visualize their study of the Bible. They also have an app (iOS & Android).

CD_2for1_Product_Shot_Trust 16:55 Seeds Family Worship

These songs and videos are word-for-word scripture that will help your family learn and memorize God’s Word. We’ll be using this music at Gateway Kids Camp in Summer 2018!

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There’s a great article by Christina Fox over at TGC called “5 Reasons to Read Missionary Biographies to Your Children”. Check out her article and suggestions of missionaries to start reading about with your kids.

20:05 Ten Questions

Tom Ellif, Tom Elliff, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention has published several resources for family. Among “10 Questions to Ask Your Wife Every Year” and “10 Questions to Ask Your Husband Every Year”. These are GREAT resources from Family Life. You can download 10 Questions parents should ask their children every year. As Jeff explains in the video, parents ask these questions and allow their children to answer without comment. So that removes arguing and for the need for defensiveness!

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21:44 The Talk

If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations. This book will show you how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of this subject into an ongoing communication with your kids about God’s amazing gift of sex. He equips you with what you need to talk openly about dating, temptation, porn, and purity, and you will find answers to tough questions and relevant Scripture on sexual issues.

We want to hear from you! What resources are you using that works?