A servant’s heart is a joy-filled heart. This is the motto behind the Farnham family’s life at Saint Michael Parish and School. Coby and Jacquie Farnham, along with their six children, pour their love for the parish back through their gift of service.
“We both feel that utilizing all the resources available and being around faith-filled people allows us to experience our faith more deeply,” Jacquie says. “We’ve always said that we want to model living faith first for our kids.”
Coby and Jacquie were married in 2006 and after they had their first child, Madeline, who is now 12, they began to attend the Westside Chapel which was close to their new home. When Madeline was 3, the family became more involved at Saint Michael as Madeline entered faith formation. It was a natural way for Coby and Jacquie to get involved — and as their children have grown, so have they.
Now Madeline participates in EDGE and Coby has stepped up to be a Core member while Jacquie works in the background to serve food.
“Our kids kind of guided us into different things because we wanted them to get involved,” Coby says. “I figured I might as well do something while they’re doing something at church.”
By tying their family life closely to their faith life, Coby and Jacquie were led into greater service while serving as a model for their own children. Madeline and her 8-year-old brother, Paul, both serve as altar servers and greeters.
“We want our kids to be able to find their unique gifts and their God-given talents to serve,” Jacquie says. “Once you discern where your gifts are, you find meaning in sharing your gifts and staying connected with people who are doing the same. You become aware of God’s presence and His lead. Your service becomes your encounter with Christ.”
Over the years, the Farnhams have been involved as participants, volunteers, parish staff, and through the school. Jacquie used to work in the Children’s Ministry, is part of the Seven Sisters Apostolate, and is a room mom at the school. In addition to EDGE, Coby has been involved with Exodus 90, the men’s group, and lends a hand around the parish. Together they have led Financial Peace University and are part of a small group.
“I think the more you are involved, the more you grow in your faith journey,” Jacquie says. “There are different seasons in life, but there is always something there for you.”
Coby and Jacquie agree that the first step is to get involved in a small way and it grows from there.
“Early on, I wondered what I could do as a volunteer,” Coby says. “I think it just took being open to trying a few things.”
“We’re just super grateful because there are so many opportunities,” Jacquie says. “There are so many role models and other people’s inspiring witnesses are so alive at Saint Michael Parish.”