Jennifer Garner told Today she "grew up going to church every Sunday"

By Lindsay Kimble
March 16, 2016 12:15 PM

brightcove.createExperiences(); Jennifer Garner‘s faith has been reinvigorated through Miracles from Heaven.

“I grew up going to church every Sunday,” the actress, 43, told the Today show on Wednesday, adding that she and Ben Affleck introduced their children to a life of faith from the very start. “Ben and I took our kids home to West Virginia to be baptized in my family’s church.”

Miracles from Heaven‘s message of belief in a greater power helped Garner find a way back into what was once routine.

“The thing about this film was it kind of encouraged me to reengage in just participating – not just believing – actually participating in raising my children so that they have the same background my parents gave my sisters and me,” she told Savannah Guthrie.

Jennifer Garner

In the movie, Garner plays a mother whose daughter’s digestive disorder is miraculously cured after the youngster falls 30 feet inside of a hollow tree – a true story.

“It has always been quietly a part of me,” she told reporters of her faith at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere last week. “I’m still getting used to the idea of talking about it.”

Garner also opened up about her beliefs during an earlier premiere of Miracles in Texas, saying that she and her children with ex Affleck – Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4 – go to church.

“I grew up going to church every Sunday of my life, and when I did move to L.A., it wasn’t something that was just part of the culture in the same way, at least in my life,” she explained. “But it didn’t mean that I lost who I was. But there was something about doing this film and talking to my kids about it and realizing that they were looking for the structure of church every Sunday. So it was a great gift of this film that it took us back to finding our local Methodist church and going every Sunday. It’s really sweet.”