we were looking for something that would just really invest into our kids
Eric and Chelsea Cox
How did you find Foothills?
Eric: Eric: How I found Foothills was actually through childhood friends of mine and I was around fifth grade, actually. I started coming to the junior high group and just had a blast. And my parents saw the enjoyment I was getting out of it so they started coming and we’ve been here ever since.
Chelsea: When I was in junior high we started going from church to church to church to church and we found Foothills and something about it my mom really enjoyed it for my sister and I… they had like for kids, and junior high especially, it’s such a critical age, I felt she just knew that we needed to be here. Out of all the churches we went to there was just something different and I’ve just grown to love it and to know that this is where our family belongs.
What did you at Foothills
Eric: So, what we found at Foothills as a growing family now with kids of our own is neat little traditions and things that happen throughout the year. But one in particular is the candlelight service that is every Christmas.
Chelsea: Yes, it’s something that, I mean, my family and I, we did. My mom would take us from, I can remember as a small little child all the way to an adult of going. But this one Christmas Eve I can remember my mom had to work straight up until Christmas which meant she worked Christmas Eve day, also. And my sister and I were supposed to be ready to go because she was going to be home right then. It was just a stressful season in general of circumstances colliding together. And she came home and being children, I didn’t want to wear the dress that I had, my sister’s tights were dirty. And here we are, my mom just got home from work, she’s trying to get everything ready and we’re just like, “No.” She, in that moment, could have just broken down. And she looked at us and she said, “I don’t care what you wear but we need to go.” And I remember just looking at her and just like, “Well, you need to go but I’m good.” And we went with our dirty tights and I wore jeans and my mom came and we all sat together and we lit the candle and I can remember…. I remember, this isn’t my mom remembering but I remember looking and knowing that Christmas was so much more than presents. It was more than the dress I had or the dirty tights. And it was something my mom knew and she knew we needed to go. It wasn’t that God needed us to go because He was with us all the time but we needed it. And I just remember thinking, “Wow, I am part of something so much bigger. I am part of this whole story going on.” I think sometimes as parents we can forget… we think our kids don’t understand things. But these are moments where all generations are together. You have little babies crying. You have toddlers pushing. You have moms shushing. You have grandparents singing. And in this one moment, you see God’s faithfulness over all generations.
What would you say to someone watching this?
Eric: So, I would say to somebody who might be watching this video and if they’re thinking about coming to church: There’s community. There’s family. It’s a great place for you as a parent, if you’re a parent, to be equipped. I would say, just come and see.