As you probably know, the Belleville Pregnancy and Family Care Centre is a non-profit organization, a Christian charity, serving the women and men of this community in areas of pregnancy, parenting, and healthy sexual education. Over the last 28 years, we have been blessed with a generous population of donors, both monthly and annually, who help keep our services available to our clients. It is at this time of year that we make the call to you, our supporters and those interested in our mandate, to once again search your hearts and give what you can to keep our Centre going in 2018.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever believes in him would have everlasting life (John 3:16)." This year, at our Spring Gala, in which we celebrate our Centre and you who support it, we will focus on the world - its countries, its cities, our Belleville, and how much God loves it all. Is it not true that as God has given everything for these communities, then we should also give? Won't you join us?
For more information on what we at the Centre are about, and what we do, please take a look throughout our website. You will find our mission statement, our programs, and many ways that you can help. Come to the Spring Gala on April 7 - bring a friend! It is completely free, full of food and entertainment, and a great way to get to know our Centre. At the end of the evening there will be an opportunity to make a free will offering. Please RSVP as soon as you can - it's just a few weeks away!
Spending time together is something that is happening less and less. In a world that is more connected then every before a new reality is emerging. We don’t spend as much time with other people face to face; talking, laughing, and eating a meal. We have replaced so many of our interactions with people with interacting with devices which makes certain situations more efficient such as a checkouts at a grocery store but one area that technology will never replace is the presence of a father. There are some unique benefits for child development that comes from having a father there. Studies have shown that the way fathers play with their children is different than that of a mother. Fathers tend to be more spontaneous in their play helping develop kid’s curiosity. This fact might not be in the front of children’s mind but what will be is that they know when Dad’s here anything can happen. They also tend to encourage rougher play which within proper limits can help children develop self-confidence. So let’s spend time with our kids. Don’t worry so much about making the most amazing Instagram perfect moments but enjoy the small moments that are all around us together. It makes a difference. When more and more people are feeling lonely in spite of being more connected; let’s have Dads step up and make an effort to simply be with their children in a way only they can be.
Dave Drabiuk is head of the Men's Program at the Belleville Pregnancy and Family Care Centre. All men are welcome to meet with Dave on Wednesdays. Men's Program runs 4pm-5:30pm every Wednesday. Feel free to contact him at email@example.com.
Our first post of this, shall we say, moment of musing, Friday's Files, the "Drop the Mic" moment is here! We went through a serious number of titles for this blog and still haven't come up with just the right one....
Here you find news articles about what is going on in and around our Centre; encouraging notes from our program director, Marg; answers to sexual integrity questions (completely confidential), and tips on parenting and babies... Stay tuned as we bring you fabulous content, and don't forget to follow us on facebook and instagram!
Erin (At the desk)