S.P.A.C.E. Single Parents and Children’s Conference to be Held on June 7

By Lida H. Moore

www.TheGoodNewsWNY.com

The first annual S.P.A.C.E. Single Parents and Children’s Conference will be held on Saturday, June 7, at Browncroft Community Church in Rochester. The Single Parents and Christian Education Ministries (S.P.A.C.E) is organizing this Conference to provide valuable information and support, but most importantly, to demonstrate the love of Christ to individuals in the community from various denominations, all walks of life, and circumstances who find themselves in the role of a single parent.

“I am very excited and looking forward to this conference because I hope it will be a revival for single parents. Our theme is ‘Single Parents Restored for God’s Purpose’ from Jeremiah 30:17, ‘For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord,’ said Sandy Robs, S.P.A.C.E. founder and ministry leader. “When I started this ministry back in 2012, the Lord revealed to me that His desire is to restore single parents. He wants them to fulfill the purpose He has planned for their lives.”

To sign up online for the S.P.A.C.E. Ministry’s Single Parents and Children’s Conference in June, go to http://singleparentschildrensconference.eventbrite.com or the ministry’s website at http://www.spaceministries.org/events/. 

Several community leaders will speak at the conference to give practical insights and encouragement to single parents. The guest speakers and workshop leaders will be Pastor Tony Martorana, Senior Pastor of Joy Community Church speaking on aspects of single parenting; Kathy Elliott, Licensed Mental Health Counselor from Agape Counseling Associates, speaking on restoration; and Pastor Barbara Thomas of Victorious Living CLC and Rochester Family Mission, speaking on purpose. In addition, there will be an inspiring testimony from John Rider from Browncroft Community Church. There will also be an organized children’s program presented during the Conference, which will feature Agape Counseling Associates doing art therapy with the children.

“I’m praying that single parents will walk away from the Conference with hearts stirred up by the Holy Spirit to pursue the things of God — putting Him first in all that they do in order for Him to lead them into their destiny,” Robs said.

The Good News recently asked Robs to provide additional information about the S.P.A.C.E. ministry that she founded two years ago.

The Good News: Since starting this ministry, what kinds of needs have you found that single parents have shared with you that many people may not realize are struggles for single parents?

Sandy Robs: Single parents want to feel accepted and loved by the “traditional family.” Some have expressed being hurt by condescending remarks that have been made to them, especially in the church. Most of them feel like they don’t fit into the church. The greatest challenge is for the church and the community to demonstrate in words and actions their love for single parents and their children.

The Good News: How do you hope the S.P.A.C.E. ministry helps and encourages single parents as they cope with the many challenges they face?

Sandy Robs: I’m hoping that by studying the Word of God with them, they will grasp the kind of love that God has for them. It’s important that they understand who they are in Christ. What people think about us, matters to a small degree, but what we think about ourselves determines the course of our lives. Single parents need a “do over” from God, and at S.P.A.C.E we want to educate them on who God really is, and His mercy toward them and that His plans for them haven’t changed even if their situation has.

The Good News: How can members of the body of Christ best show God’s love to single parents and their children as they worship and serve with them in churches in the community or meet them in their neighborhoods or workplaces?

Sandy Robs: The church can show love to single parents by, first, acknowledging the gifts and talents God has placed within them and second, allowing them to use their gifts and talents in the church. By doing this, single parents would have more of a sense of belonging in the church.

The Good News: What is the history of S.P.A.C.E. Ministries?

Sandy Robs: S.P.A.C.E was founded in 2012 for single parents to allow them to share their needs as well as get the encouragement they need for their situation. I believe the Lord wanted me to name this ministry SPACE because He wanted to create “space” in the Body of Christ for single parents, without focusing on denominations. When I was a single mom, it was hard for me to fit into small groups in the church. I was single, but I had a child. Therefore, I couldn’t participate in some of the activities, without organizing childcare.

The Good News: What is the guiding vision or purpose of S.P.A.C.E.?

Sandy Robs: Our guiding Scripture is Ephesians 3:19, “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” God wants single parents to get a hold of the love He has for them, He wants to fill them with His Holy Spirit,  and to enable them to become the person He has created them be. This ministry offers support and encouragement to single parents in their spiritual journey. We also offer fellowship for single parents because it is very important in a person’s spiritual growth.  Single parents have the opportunity to come together and to learn about God’s love and that they are special to Him, while we provide enriching activities for their children so the single parent can be encouraged. We also sometimes have activities that both the single parent and child can participate in together.

The Good News: What do you do at the monthly S.P.A.C.E. meetings?

Sandy Robs: We have a Bible study the 2nd Saturday of each month, and it’s a topical study. I rely completely on the Holy Spirit for the topics. We focus on themes such as salvation, healing, restoration, and purpose. The plan is to help single parents understand how much God loves them in spite of their past mistakes and failures. To remind them, though their situation has changed, God’s plans for them remain the same — He has the best outcomes planned for each of our lives no matter our individual situations or journeys. We also sometimes have special speakers who cover relevant topics that might better equip parents in navigating through tough times. These topics include child safety, parenting skills, nutrition, family finances, and simple home economics.

The Good News: What monthly activities does S.P.A.C.E.  Ministries offer to children of single parents?

Sandy Robs: We have a children’s ministry for ages 10 & under during the monthly fellowship for the single parents. At our children’s ministry we teach the children the Word of God through crafts, story time, skits and Bible story reading. We strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children.  It’s important for our children to feel loved at S.P.A.C.E., because when our children are happy, then the parents are, too.

The Good News: Tell us about your background, testimony, and faith journey. How has God used your unique experiences, gifts, and talents in this ministry?

Sandy Robs: I was born and raised on the beautiful Island of Grenada (Caribbean). I left Grenada with my daughter in 2000 and moved to Brooklyn. Then I left Brooklyn in 2004 and moved to Rochester. This is where I got saved and came to know Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. Immediately, God gave me a hunger for His Word, and I began diligently studying His Word. In addition, I joined a Bible – believing church and began to grow in my faith. I thank God He gifted me in His Word, because by studying the Word of God, I discovered who I am and His plans for my life. So today I have the privilege to teach single parents His Word and to help them fulfill their purpose.

The Good News: What has been your greatest takeaway thus far from the experiences of establishing this ministry?

Sandy Robs: One of the things God has taught me since I started this ministry is that I need to stay focused on Him and what He has put in my heart to do. I must not allow myself to get distracted by doing things He didn’t ask me to do. He has shown me that whatever He asks me to do, He has already made arrangements for it to be done.

The Good News: Please list any other information you’d like our Good News readers to know about the S.P.A.C.E. ministry.

Sandy Robs: Our web address is www.spaceministries.org. In addition to information about the ministry on the website, there is also a blog which focuses on God’s Word as it relates to the daily struggles of single parents. Also, the blog gives some insight into the topics that God has placed on my heart to share at the 2nd Saturday monthly meetings. You can also find the ministry on Facebook: Single Parents for Christian Education; Twitter: space4god; and can reach me at 585-899-9808.

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  1. This site is an information site for anyone who is raising children on their own, whether through relationship breakup, illness, bereavement, work commitments or choice. It is run by Single Parent Action Network, a campaigning organisation working to make sure that your stories and your questions about single parenting are an important part of the social and political agenda.

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