During this time of social distancing brought about by the coronavirus, you can stay connected with us through our pages on various social media platforms.
Hi everyone! We wanted to let you know that Merge isn’t going away, we’re just now connecting via technology! So, we wanted to fill you all in on how Merge will look in the coming weeks.
- Bible Project Devotions posted to our stories daily and saved in our highlights so that you can follow along with the congregation!
- Confirmation Lesson Video! If you’re a part of Confirmation this year, your remaining lessons will be in video format with a quiz to send back to us on Sunday evenings!
- Bible Study Videos! A video of our Bible study, “The Story,” will be included in the E-News every week!
- 1 p.m. – Parent Ministry Zoom call. We want to know what life looks like for you right now, and have a space where parents can connect with each other. We will be meeting every Sunday with this same link.
- 2 p.m. – Confirmation Instagram Live! If you have any questions about the lesson, this is your chance to ask and talk about what you learned!@mergehpumc
- 4 p.m. – Merge Instagram Live! We want to connect with you all and hear how you’re doing in this crazy time! @mergehpumc
- Family Minute To Win It Challenges and Tik Toks for us to share on social media and a chance to win gift cards! Email them to us HERE!
- Take a picture of yourself and your loved ones over the next few days, from wherever you want to be, and post it on social media with two hashtags: #HydeParkUMC and #FlattenTheCurve. Post it on whatever social media channels you prefer: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. This isn’t just some gimmicky exercise, but it will create a virtual wall board of images of each of us, so that we can pray for each other by face and name, and be a testament to the world that we are doing our part to stem this disease. And we may even use these photos somehow in worship next week. So post those photos, starting right now!
- Wave a Palm Branch! During the week before April 5, we will be asking families to submit photos or short (5 second) videos of themselves waving a Palm Branch to be shown during the first hymn on Palm Sunday. All of these can be submitted here: https://www.dropbox.com/request/4tBoqZhBlX4nGK5E6zPt
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health” – 3 John 1:2
During this hard time with the Corona Virus we must remember our God. He does not want us to fear or panic but remember that he has a handle on this. He wants us to stay healthy and prosper even during this pandemic that makes us panic. I pray that you all read this in good health and I pray that you are following God’s word during this stressful time.
More Merge Fun!
Seder Dinner and Lecture – 6 p.m. April 6 on Zoom
Warren Willis Summer Camp registration still open! Register for Week 2, June 15-20. $430 per person
Dear Hyde Park Family,
We continue to be in prayer for you and your loved ones, along with all those affected by the coronavirus. We pray for our health care workers, first responders and government officials as they face this global pandemic. And we pray for workers, business owners and families who are facing financial hardship.
It is in times like these that a church like ours is called to be a beacon of love and an assurance of hope for our community and the world. Here are the many ways that you are part of Hyde Park United Methodist’s efforts to make God’s love real near and far.
- Our livestream worship services have hundreds joining us in real time, with thousands reached afterwards via social media;
- Our Open Arms ministry continues in a modified format, balancing the safety of those involved with the serving of meals to our homeless guests. 165 persons were quickly served a bag lunch and bottle of water and dismissed last Sunday using the wide space of the Magnolia parking lot;
- Children’s Ministries has a “Church at Home” page on our website that will be updated weekly with Bible lessons, videos and ways to connect with your church family. Join the Children’s Ministries Facebook group for lots of weekly fun engagement with Children’s Ministries. And visit our Resources page on the website for helpful tips and articles for parents;
- Our Bible Project 2020 continues to connect our congregation in a common journey, with 36 of our small groups still meeting regularly in some digital format;
- Our clergy team broadcasts a brief time of prayer, Scripture reading, and reflection at 9 a.m. weekday mornings on the Hyde Park’s Facebook page, reaching hundreds every day. The Rev. Justin LaRosa is also hosting a time of meditation and prayer at 12:15 p.m. weekdays on The Portico’s Facebook page;
- Our Little Dresses sewing ministry has partnered with JoAnn Fabrics and is making face masks for health care professionals;
- Our congregational care ministry has blossomed from 2 to 35 volunteer callers, checking on elderly members who are homebound and isolated;
- Our New Member Class has been meeting online, and we look forward to receiving them into membership on April 5;
- Our Merge youth ministry now gathers on Sunday nights through Instagram Live, supports our families through a Parent Ministry Zoom call, and continues Confirmation classes via video conference calls;
- Our Small Blessings preschool teachers are sharing “virtual circle time” videos for its classes of children, engaging them in a time of playful conversation and learning;
- Our previously scheduled Seder dinner will continue in an online format, with Rabbi Nathan Farb of Congregation Schaarai Zedek teaching us about this important Jewish observance;
- A team of lay leaders, including the chairpersons of our major committees, now meets weekly to monitor the church’s financial situation with a vigilant and non-anxious spirit. We are also grateful for the ongoing guidance of our stewardship consultant from Horizons Stewardship.
The history of the church is filled with numerous moments when God summons a spirit of innovation and creativity to respond to significant crises. Adapting our ministries amid the whirlwind of these last two weeks has felt like trying to convert a sailboat into a submarine, but it is happening, by the grace of God.
Thank you for continuing to be part of God’s amazing story, through your prayers and support of Hyde Park United Methodist. We are called to be the church in such a time as this, and God will see us through.
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist
Discover how you can join us in making God’s love real at Hyde Park United Methodist!
Discover Hyde Park is a 20-minute experience that introduces you to who we are at Hyde Park United Methodist and how you can find your place in our church community. Whether you are brand new, have been attending for weeks, months, or even years, you are welcome here. We discuss the mission and ministries of Hyde Park United Methodist, help participants to get connected, and answer any questions that attendees may have.
On April 5 and 12, Discover Hyde Park will be held via Zoom. Zoom is a free, online video conferencing application. You may also choose to use the phone number to dial in for a traditional conference call.
Discover Hyde Park after 9:30 service
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A Message to our Members – Keeping Us Close During COVID19
We find ourselves in the middle of a very difficult and challenging chapter of our lives, but we have not forgotten the value of togetherness and are branching out into new, innovative ways for everyone to stay connected virtually during this time. We encourage all of our members to help close the gap by staying in tune with us on our digital channels:
Our website: hydeparkumc.org/live
Our Facebook page: facebook.com/hydeparkumc
Our Instagram page: instagram.com/hydeparkumc
Due to health and safety concerns as coronavirus continues to develop daily, we are suspending our gatherings, including worship, for the time being. We will be hosting services online only. We want to impart the message that our faith, our love, our spirituality, and our connection to each other and God is not confined to a building or a place – it’s within us all. Now has never been a better time to reflect and go deeper in our connection with God during this difficult time.
You can join in our virtual prayer at hydeparkumc.org/live, or on our Facebook page. Services online will take place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Please note that all groups, gatherings, events and classes are suspended until further notice but we encourage you to offer creative solutions for fellowship if you can. We are doing everything we can to be responsible and partake in precautionary measures to help flatten the curve and limit the transmission and exposure of the coronavirus.
“Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.”
Read Psalm 91
Are you sick or in quarantine? We want to make sure that our community remains connected, even when illness or quarantine requires physical separation. Please complete this form so we are aware of your circumstances.
Here’s how: Take a picture of yourself and your loved ones over the next few days, from wherever you are, and post it on social media with these two hashtags: #HydeParkUMC and #FlattenTheCurve. Post it on whatever channels you use: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn. This will create a virtual wall board of images of each of us, so that we can pray for each other by face and name. It will also serve as a testament to the world that we are doing our part to stem this disease. And we may even use these photos somehow in worship! So post those photos, starting right now!