Join us for Homeschool Week!
June 12-18, 2017

Call (609)-494-5689 to register or email

Travis and Carol Turner

Divine Romance Ministries, Inc.

Travis and Carol Turner have been mentoring men and women in the area of marriage relationships since 1992.  They are the founders of Divine Romance Ministries, Inc. which provides Christ-centered mentoring/coaching. Travis and Carol, married in 1985, home schooled their two children.  Travis is also a featured instructor in the Christ Quest Institute. His experiences as a business man with the largest home inspection firm in Arizona and a thriving real estate business and as a starting quarterback at the University of Nebraska, have given him a unique blend of ministry, business, and sports experience to inspire leadership in the home.

                                       Class Descriptions for Homeschool Week                                                  **Schedule and classes subject to change**                                         June 12-18, 2017

  During daily General Sessions (morning session ages 12-adult: 9:30-10:30 am                                      and evening session for ages 12-adult: 6:30-7:30 pm)                                   (Nursery provided for children ages 0-2 during General Sessions)

“The Fruit of the Spirit”:  Children ages 3-5 will be learning about the Fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (ESV)  Biblical truths will be reinforced through lessons, song and craft times, as well as fun projects and games.   

“Godly Armor {Blessed and Dressed for Spiritual Success}”– The KnightLights           (Nathan & April Elliott, Philip Mack):   Children ages 6-11. The Bible lessons for this new program will be a study on the armor of God as discussed in Ephesians 6, with most, if not all, of the Bible verses for this new program coming from this section of Scripture.  The theme verse will be Eph. 6:12, which will be a topic that will be addressed each day by a brand new KnightLights character—a throwback for all of you out there who might admit to being a fan of professional wrestling during the era of the 1980’s—The Nacho Man “Nomore” Baggage!  (Ohh, yeah, he’s ready to dig into it!)

    For those of you who have enjoyed Grandpa’s segments in the past, get ready, because two are better than one—as this year Grandma will make her puppet debut with our team.  Chevanna and Kevin will be sharing some real-life Christian military mini-bio sessions.  Abbie & Lincoln have been given the task of conducting a new segment entitled “Old School, New School, and God’s School.”  In addition to some songs that will be sung in their original form, Red promises to have a new song parody ready to go for us.  The Christian biography segment will focus on the lives of William and Catherine Booth, and Gregorio will present a new series entitled “Gregorio Presents:  Battleplan Blunders.”  There will also be a new review game that the team has in store for you this year called:  “Nacho vs. Salsa.”  

Morning Classes 10:45 – 11:45 am, Tues, Wed, Fri, & Sat  (*REGISTRATION REQUIRED*)(Child care will be provided for ages 0 – 5 years only during this time)

1. “The KnightLights Present:  Non-mischievous Shell Shocking Shenanigans!” (Nathan & April Elliott, Philip Mack): Ages: 6 – 11.  Limited to 15 students.  Where one person sees evidence of God's creative genius expressed through the variety of seashells He has created, another person sees evidence of God's creative genius expressed through the variety of seashells He has created just waiting for a little touch of man's artistic flair thrown into the mix.  This elective will incorporate a variety of shell-related craft projects as well as some scientific trivia segments that just might make you never look at shells the same way ever again! 

2. Woodworking (Pat Pietrak, Master Craftsman): Woodworkers Seeking Wisdom: Make A Joyful Noise! Ages 8-15.  One adult or teen helper must accompany students ages 8-9.  Limited to 20 students.  Students will make a wooden musical instrument from biblical times -  a lap harp instrument that they can take home. The lap harp symbolizes the significance of music and the foundations of praise and worship in ancient civilization based on biblical accounts.

King David, the psalmist, will be the focus of discussion. Jubal, the father of all musical instruments, will be referenced.  We plan to play our instruments when we are finished! Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord! Students will learn how to use a hammer, nails, screws, apply glue, use sand paper, paint, and also try their hand at various hand tools (with direct supervision). All tools needed for construction will be provided. There will be a $10 materials charge per student to be paid to the instructor.

Make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing… [Psalm 98:5]                                                                                                                                         Sing for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done this;                                                         Shout aloud, O earth beneath,                                                                                           Burst into song, you mountains,                                                                                          you forests and all your trees,                                                                                             For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,                                                                                       He displays his glory in Israel. [Isaiah 44:23] 

3. Summertime Physics and Chemistry: (Ruth Blouch): Ages: 12+. Limited to 25 students.  Fundamental principles of physics and chemistry will be demonstrated through hands-on explorations of phase changes, trajectory mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and surface tension.  Experiments and investigations will study multi-phase matter, ice cream, flying eggs, natural and man-generated electricity, and surfactants. 

4. Marine Science (Drs. Jim and Dan De Vries): Ages: 12 +.  Limited to 15 students.   The location of Harvey Cedars Bible Conference provides a unique opportunity to study God’s works of creation and providence. From our vantage point between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, students will explore life among several zones and habitats of a barrier island, in particular bay and salt marsh. We will study some of the marine plants and the animals that live among them (juvenile and sub-adult fish, invertebrates, diatoms, etc.) Students will collect samples to examine in the lab for classification and further study and we expect to dissect some fish. There will be opportunities to see God’s eternal power and divine nature revealed in the things He has made. Parents do not need to attend, but are welcome.  

5. “Team Building” (Pete & Mariam Hegel):  Ages: grade 6+   Limited to 20 students.   The Team Challenges class offers cooperative activities requiring team members to think outside the box and discover new uses for everyday items.  Fun activities, challenges, and obstacles are constructive ways to learn the essentials of group communication.    

6. Basket Weaving (Sue Smoker): Ages: 15 – Adult.  Limited to 12 students.                 This popular class returns with a new project. This year the project will be a napkin holder. All supplies will be provided. 

Afternoon Classes: times and days vary, see description (*REGISTRATION REQUIRED*)

7. Papercutting (Gloria Hague): There are two separate classes with different projects – one class to be held on Tuesday (Papercutting 1) and one on Saturday (Papercutting 2), 12:45-1:45 pm.  Ages: no age limit, however, children 10 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult or teen helper.  Class size: no limit.  The art of cutting paper into decorative designs began in the 4th century in China.  This art is now found all over the world having adapted to different cultural styles- from Mexican Christmas paper banners to German scherenschnitte to Danish papirklip.  Looking forward to your participation in this class, this is offered twice, and will provide all supplies, several projects, and cutting patterns to take home.  You MUST sign up in advance so supplies will be available to you. There will be a $12.00 charge per student per class to be paid to instructor.  

8. Acrylic Painting Classes (Mary DeMoss): Wednesday (Landscape) or Friday (Ocean Wave), 12:45-2:45 (2 hour class). Ages: 11+.  Class size limited to 10. Paint a vivid picture of a landscape on Wednesday or an ocean wave on Friday. Go home with a finished painting while learning some fundamental elements of composition, space, light, shadows, blocking in of color, perspective, value, and tone. Learn to work wet on wet as well. This class will build your confidence in painting with acrylic paint. All levels welcome - beginners encouraged!  Wear clothing in which you can paint and get messy. There will be a $5 materials fee per class (16x20” canvas) to be paid to instructor at class.  Other supplies provided.  


Thursday, FAMILY DAY: Create Your Own Adventure, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm (you will receive a handout of possible activities in the area; a “make-and-take” lunch will be available beginning at 11:00 am)  

**Schedule and classes subject to change**

Registration for classes will begin on April 28th at 9:00am. 

Invoice must be paid in full in order to register for classes.

Click HERE for current schedule


Some Homeschool Week Encouragement

A Mom’s Heart:

Our homeschooling journey began before we had children.  As newlyweds, we taught at a small Christian school.  While we loved the spiritual environment, we also felt that there was a lot of educational time lost in classroom management.  About the same time, we became connected to several Christian families who had made the decision to educate their children at home, and we were very impressed with both their intelligence and character.  By the time we had our own children, we felt clearly that God was calling us to educate them in this way.  While we know that education is a very personal decision and we believe that every parent has the call to seek God for His direction for their children, He has confirmed over and over the way that He has used this choice in our children’s lives. As we prepare our oldest to graduate from high school, and begin our youngest in first grade, we are thankful for the desire to learn, and the intimate relationships between our five children.  While living in Florida, we were very fortunate to have a well developed support system, along with great respect for homeschooling within the educational community at large.  We realize, however, that the opportunity and freedoms available to homeschoolers vary state by state, and that the believing community plays a vital role in strengthening each family and their educational choices.

Harvey Cedars strongly believes in supporting the family as a reflection of God’s love for His people, and by offering a homeschool week, we can do that in an even more focused way for those who have chosen this journey.  Homeschool week has a reputation for offering excellent resources and rich fellowship, and our family very much looks forward to becoming part of this tradition.

A Father’s Challenge:

Did God design you to be alone?  Of course not!  And if you have chosen to homeschool, the same answer applies.  To truly succeed, you need to surround yourself with a supporting, affirming, and encouraging network of those pursuing this calling.

To partner with our homeschool families, we have designed a week to bring just that.  As a home-educating father myself, I know firsthand that you need to revive.  You need to refresh.  You want new ideas.  And most of all, you want to be affirmed that this is what God has called you to do for your children and their walk in Him.  During homeschool week at HCBC, you will step away from the daily grind to relax and receive the tools to make it another year.  You will leave knowing that you…can…do this!