Donate to VBS Hospitality

Whether you are able to serve as a volunteer for this year’s Vacation Bible School, you can support the event by donating supplies to our Volunteer Hospitality Room. Keep our Castaway leaders afloat by providing yummy snacks and beverages. Here’s a list of suggested supplies:

Non-perishable food items

  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Trail mix
  • Granola bars
  • Chex mix
  • Crackers
  • Candy
  • Bagged popcorn
  • Other favorite snack-type foods


  • Sodas
  • Bottled Waters
  • Juices

Items are needed by June 20. Contact Kristin Passath, email, for more info.

Volunteers Needed for VBS 2018

Just a few hours a day for one week can be life-changing for you and for the kids you serve! Everyone changes when they learn about Jesus and share his love! Volunteers needed include adults and youth, rising seventh grade and above.
Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Crew Leader and Assistant Crew Leader
  • Station Leaders and helpers (KidVid – Movie and Snacks, Games, Imagination Station – hands-on activities, Bible)
  • Snacks and Volunteer Hospitality
Can’t volunteer the week of VBS? You can still be part of the fun and help make this year’s VBS a success! Volunteer with our Decorations or Construction team. Both of these teams work ‘behind the scenes,’ with the work done before VBS begins. Much can be done at night, on the weekends and even from your own home! The Construction team builds the set in the Sanctuary and the Decorations team decorates the main common areas of VBS around Hyde Park’s campus.
Register to serve today! 
Got questions? Contact the Children’s Ministries office at 813.253.5388 or email
Vacation Bible School 2018

Vacation Bible School 2018

June 25-29, 2018 9 a.m. – Noon*

Join us for Shipwrecked! Rescued by Jesus. Spark Imagination With Faith-Building Fun at Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School! Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms.

All classes are currently waitlisted. To add your child, please 
mail Kristin Passath your child’s full name, gender, grade level in 18-19 and your name.


Come Serve With Us

Come Serve With Us

1st and 2nd Graders


Join us June 10 as we prepare breakfast and serve our Open Arms Guests.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. in Wesley Center Room 308 for an important orientation. Serving will take place in the Harnish Activities Center and should wrap up by 9:15 a.m.  For kids that are staying, we will take them up to Sunday Morning Live for 9:30 programming. At least one parent is encouraged to come as well!

Sign up here.

Children’s Ministries Staff Update

Children’s Ministries Staff Update

We welcome Sydney West as our new Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries – Elementary.

Sydney has served on our nursery staff for three years and has been very involved in our MOPS ministry. We are grateful for her service to our littlest disciples and excited for her new ministry with our elementary kids! She has a deep love for our church, our children and the way we do Children’s Ministries. As we welcome Sydney, we are saying goodbye to Tammy Richelieu. Tammy is stepping down from serving in Children’s Ministries. We give thanks to God for Tammy’s ministry here, and we ask for God’s blessing over her and her beautiful family. She will be missed!

5 things to know about Sydney:
1. The beach is her happy place.
2. Her daughter was born at 29 weeks weighing 2 lbs 7oz. She turns three soon.
3. Growing up, she was an Air Force brat and lived in Germany for four years.
4. Her heart is in Boston, where she married her husband and celebrated at Fenway Park! Go Red Sox!
5. She loves 80s music and has dance parties with her daughter all the time.

Family Lenten Ideas

Lent is a period of time (40 days, not including Sundays) leading up to Easter Sunday. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, where he prayed and fasted, endured temptation and prepared to begin his ministry.  We use this period of time to prepare for Easter, to re-focus our lives, so we can grow closer to God. Our lives are filled with distractions that take us away from living a life with Christ.  Like Jesus, we all need to take time to pray and listen for God. Lent is a great time to “repent” — to return to God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. It’s a 40 day trial run in changing your lifestyle and letting God change your heart. You and your family might try one of these practices for Lent:

FASTING: Some people have been known to go without food for days. But that’s not the only way to fast. You can fast by cutting out some of the things in your life that distract you from God. Some Christians use the whole 40 days to fast from sweets, television, soft drinks, or electronics as a way to purify their bodies and lives. You might skip one meal a day and use that time to pray instead. Or you can give up some activity like worry or reality tv to spend time outside enjoying God’s creation.  What do you need to let go of or “fast” from in order to focus on God?  What clutters your calendar and life? How can you simplify your life in terms of what you eat, wear or do? (Check out this article for ideas on Family Time Lenten Sacrifices.)

SERVICE: Some Christians take something on for Christ.  You can collect food for the needy, volunteer, commit to help a different stranger, co-worker or friend everyday of Lent. Serving others is one way we serve God.

PRAYER: Christians also use Lent as a time of intentional prayer. You can pray while you walk, create music or art as a prayer to God, or savor a time of quiet listening. All can be ways of becoming more in tune with God.

Here’s a devotion you can do tonight with your family.

“Purify me with hyssop and I will be clean;
wash me and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and celebration again;” Psalm 51:7-8a (CEB)

Guilt vs. Grace: We have all dealt with the feeling of guilt. Guilt is a feeling of knowing that you have done
wrong and there may be some type of punishment/consequence coming. But, God always offers us grace. Grace is God’s unearned and unconditional love, a gift given before we do anything good or bad. It is through God’s grace that we understand the guilt is not from God, and if we turn towards God’s love through grace we can move beyond our guilt and sin.

Have you ever been playing outside on a really hot day? You were sweaty, sticky, dirty and maybe even a little bit stinky! Or maybe you spent the day at the beach and you were full of sandy grit and sunscreen? You really were in need and wanted a shower or bath! Why was it so great to take that shower or bath and get clean? How is God’s forgiveness like that really great shower or bath? How do you feel knowing that God’s love and forgiveness are always with you even when you have done wrong?

Connect Activity: Sand Prayer
Supplies: Sand, tray or sandbox to hold sand (could also use salt if sand not available)
Using a sand box or a small tray with a layer of sand. Take time to write the things you feel guilty for in the
sand. As you are doing this, talk to God about why you feel the way that you do and ask for God’s grace to
wash over you. When you are ready, move your hand in the sand over your writing and watch your guilt be
washed away by “God’s grace.”

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