Welcome to the Growing Families Australia – A.C.T. Website. The ACT GFA community is a small but vibrant one. We have 2 GEMS groups, a GFA ACT Day Camp and several GFA courses which run each year. On this site, you’ll find all the information you need about parenting courses, contact people and our latest newsletter.

To visit the main Growing Families Australia website, please click here.

Latest Newsletter

Dear Families,

Our hope is that you will be encouraged by this newsletter to keep working hard at growing your family – not necessarily bigger but stronger!

You may have noticed that we did not hold our usual Family Day Camp this year. As a committee we have had some changes. Michael and Andrea Branch who have served Growing Families ACT in many ways over the last eight years have retired from their places on the Committee but not from our Growing Families Community. Thank you Michael and Andrea for all that you have done for the families of the ACT.

Last October we held another of our marriage encouragement dinners which 80 people attended. John and Heather Gale encouraged us on the topic of “Love and Respect.” A timely reminder on now to keep on loving and respecting our spouses to provide that secure base for our children.

Our plan for 2017 is to have a Canberra wide picnic in Spring with games for all and opportunities for families to enjoy meeting and encouraging other like-minded people.

If you are feeling a little out of touch with your parenting, here are some opportunities that may bring some encouragement to your life:

GEMS (Godly Encouragement For Mums)

We have a north and a south side group who meet monthly.  Please contact either co-ordinator.  They would love you to join their group.  You will be encouraged and you are sure to encourage another mum.  The flow on effect is that you take the encouragement home to your husband and family.

Northside: Liz Kirkpatrick – lizkirky@gmail.com

Southside: Tara Swift – nateandtara@gmail.com

Up Coming Courses

Contact the convenors to register your interest and to find out more information on times, venues and cost.

Preparation for the Toddler Years (Ages 12 – 18 months)

Starting soon.
Tim and Ferris Falchi – timandfe@gmail.com.
Parenting from the Tree of Life (Has replaced Growing Kids God’s Way)
3 Six week modules.
Contact Pete and Cheryl Holberton  – holbo@netspeed.com.au
Middle Years Ages 9-12 
Third term.

Terry and Shona Baskerville  – shonabaskerville@gmail.com.

Reaching the Heart of your Teen  

Start date Monday 31 July. Cost $30 per couple.

Geoff and Jennie Purser – gjpurser@gmail.com

The other courses we run at the request of parents so please feel free to contact us if there is a course that you would like. View the Growing Families Australia website for a description of each course.  Also on the website you will see that there are a few books that you maybe interested in purchasing.

  • Cyberparenting by James and Simone Boswell
  • Toddler to Teen by Mel Hayde (Hot off the press)
  • Taming the Lecture Bug by Joey and Carla Link
  • Why Can’t I get My Kids to Behave? also by Joey and Carla Link (also famous for Mom’s Notes)
We look forward to hearing from you regarding courses and we also look forward to seeing many of you at our picnic in Spring.  We’ll keep you posted.With our love,

Geoff and Jennie