Family Game Night

Craving more family connection time?

Join us for Family Game Night!


6:30 – 8 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 5, Harnish Activities Center

RSVP here!


Conversation starters, board games, pizza and more – fun for the WHOLE family!


We know that families are busy with school and work and activities, but still longing to have fun together and talk about more than just the day to day.

How do you find time for conversations, both silly and meaningful, and play as a family?

Come to Family Game Night!


Who is this event for?

All Children’s and Youth Ministries children and students with their parents/guardians/grandparents!


This event is a time for families with children of all ages and stages to intentionally connect with each other.

RSVP here!

Because of You

Because of You

Thank you for the early wake-ups.
Because of you, I will never sleep away my life.

Thank you for the bedtime troubles.
Because of you, I will always know how it feels to be needed.

Thank you for your sweaty hand in mine.
Because of you, I will always know what if feels like to hold on to life.

Thank you for taking your sweet time,
Because of you, I will never rush through all the best parts.

Thank you for making me laugh until I cry.
Because of you, I will always know how to feel young at heart.

Thank you for counting on me.
Because of you, I will always know that giving up is not an option.

Because of you, I will always have
someone who comes to my arms for comfort,
someone who grants unlimited do-overs,
someone who never runs out of kisses,
someone who reminds me that the best days are not defined by grand occasions or money spent, but simply
by the fact that I am in the company of someone who loves me.

Yes, the people I care about can be exhausting and even maddening at times, but I get to love them. I get to hold them. I get to comfort them. And in return, I get to be loved by them.

Excerpted from Only Love Today by Rachel Macy Stafford.

Children’s Ministries Faith Steps 3rd Grade Bible Events 2018

Children’s Ministries Faith Steps 3rd Grade Bible Events 2018

Third Grade Bible Presentation in Worship, Sept. 9

On Sunday, Sept. 9, we continue a beloved tradition at Hyde Park. Our pastors will present our third graders with their very own Bibles during the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services at Hyde Park and the 5:30 p.m. Portico service. If you would like your child to receive a Bible that day, please RSVP here.

Third Grade Bible Boot Camp, Sept. 9

Ten hut! In this six-week Bible basic training, third graders will drill through Bible basics of the Old and New Testaments in a fun and engaging class. The group will meet 11 a.m. – noon Sundays, beginning Sept. 9, in Wesley Center Room 302. Kids will learn how to use their Bibles and apply them in their everyday lives. Sign up here.

Parents, you’ll also want to mark your calendars for Sunday, October 21. From 9:30-10 a.m., the kids will challenge their parents in a fun version of “Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader? – Bible Boot Camp edition. Following the friendly competition, families will enjoy a reception with light refreshments and snacks from 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Third Grade Bible Parent Class, Sept. 23

Help your family grow spiritually with a three-week equipping class for parents of third graders. Topics include how to have family devotions, how to help your children use the Bible, and how to be blessed with the Bible. The class will meet 10:45 a.m. – noon Sundays, beginning Sept. 23, in Wesley Center Room 301. Sign up here.

On October 21, a special blessing will take place in the 11 a.m. Sanctuary service for the parents who participated in this Faith Step class with their children.



School Year Blessing

School Year Blessing

Sunday, August 12 (Move-Up Sunday)
9:30 and 11 a.m. services (Sanctuary and Magnolia) and The Portico

On August 12, Move Up Sunday, we will have a “School Year Blessing” where we bless backpacks and backpack tags. We will also bless children and youth volunteers, and local school employees during the service.

We encourage children to bring their backpacks to church that day. Every child will receive a “God’s Got Your Back” backpack tag in worship to decorate during Sunday Morning Live and Sunday Night Live.

In each service, right after the announcements, the pastor will invite the children to come forward and then pray over the tags.

All children are welcome regardless of whether or not they have a backpack.

We wish to honor and pray for our school system employees and Children’s and Youth Ministries volunteers, so make sure you come too!

Following the blessing, the children will follow their shepherds and Children’s Ministries staff out of the service to children’s programming.

Please check in your children in the Wesley Center lobby before the blessing event.

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