Embracing Family

Many families within the church are at various stages of the adoption process. Because adoption and orphan care have unique challenges, our vision is to provide support and networking opportunities for adoptive families to discuss issues unique to their situation with like-minded individuals.  These discussions could be broad in scope as well as specific for parents in similar circumstances. Parents who are further along in the journey of raising adopted children will seek to provide valuable insight to those who are at earlier stages of the journey.

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  • Nov

    Embracing Family Meeting November 2018

    The Embracing Family Ministry exists specifically to care for orphans as God has called us to do in His Word.  If you are a foster parent or the parent of an adopted child, we invite you to join us for our initial support group meeting on November 18th at 11:15am in Room B208, where we will seek to care for one another with encouragement and prayer.

  • Sep

    Safe Families for Children Informational Luncheon

    Embracing Family is Parkside's orphan care ministry and we are teaming up with Cleveland's chapter of Safe Families for Children with an informational luncheon on September 23rd following the third service.  Safe Families for Children began in 2003 striving to engage families via faith communities to open their homes to care for vulnerable children.  We share their desire to help families before a major crisis hits with the hope that we can keep families intact, minimize children entering foster care, and reduce abuse and neglect.  If you are considering how you can care for vulnerable childrn in your immediate community then we encourage you to attend the meeting and pray about the possibility of partnering with Safe Families for Children.

    If you can attend, please RSVP to Linn at or call the church office at 440-543-1212 so we can plan for our food needs.


  • Apr

    Embracing Family Vision Meeting

    Embracing Family is our ministry at Parkside which focuses on caring for orphans according to God's commands in the Bible.  We invite you to join us on April 8th following the third service in room A207 for a vision meeting and a light lunch.  Pastor Brandon Smith will lead the meeting as we consider our vision for how we as a church can care for the fatherless in both the short and long term.  RVSP to Linn at



Brandon Smith