Vacation Bible School Update

Vacation Bible School Update

After much prayerful consideration and discussion, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School at Hyde Park United Methodist this summer.

The safety and health of our kids, families, staff and volunteers continues to be our top priority and we did not feel we could safely host VBS this summer given the number. More Info

Thank you to all of you who were already “on board” with us through camper and volunteer registrations. To brighten the mood during this period, you can order the Rocky Railway soundtrack.

While our hearts are saddened because VBS is one of our favorite weeks of the entire year, we are also at peace that God is with us and guiding us. We miss all of you and your smiling faces! Stay safe and remember … Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through!

Welcome to our Connection Point

Welcome to our Connection Point

To help you keep track of the numerous opportunities to plug-in to our online community, here’s a listing of weekly gatherings and live worship streaming. Just click on the linked text and your browser will take you to that page or application.

Sunday

* Please email Emily Kuche for the password to the above Zoom Meetings. eNews.

Monday

  • 9 a.m. Video Devotion with Pastors on a rotating schedule (Website)
  • 12:15 p.m. Online Meditation with Pastor Justin (Facebook)

Tuesday

  • 9 a.m. Video Devotion with Pastors on a rotating schedule (Website)
  • 12:15 p.m. Online Meditation with Pastor Justin (Facebook)
  • Children’s Ministries Play and Post (Facebook)

Wednesday

  • 9 a.m. Video Devotion with Pastors on a rotating schedule (Website)
  • 12:15 p.m. Online Meditation with Pastor Justin (Facebook)
  •  Children’s Ministries Wednesday Wins! (Facebook)

Thursday

  • 9 a.m. Video Devotion with Pastors on a rotating schedule (Website)
  • 12:15 p.m. Online Meditation with Pastor Justin (Facebook)

Friday

  • 9 a.m. Video Devotion with Pastors on a rotating schedule (Website)
  • 12:15 p.m. Online Meditation with Pastor Justin (Facebook)
  • Children’s Ministries Friday Fun Video! (Facebook)

Church at Home

During these unique times, we want to encourage you to keep attending church as a family…at home!

For adults, that can be as easy as tuning in to the live stream Facebook Live or Church Online.

But what does it look like to have Children’s Ministries virtually?

 

  • Join our Children’s Ministries Facebook group for weekly updates, fun and family engagement
  • Worship with us via Zoom* at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays for “Virtual Sunday Morning Live!” 
  • Use this Children’s Home Bulletin when your kiddos are attending service at home with you
  • Stay informed with our weekly Children’s Enews (Emailed out on Wednesdays)
  • Use these tips for Children’s Ministries while social distancing.
  • Use the links below to worship together at home as a family with age appropriate Bible lessons and videos

With these resources, you can participate in Children’s Ministries from wherever you are!

*Zoom password: the code for the Wesley Center door*

 

 

First Look – Preschoolers

Based on three simple, but powerful, truths, the entire curriculum is constructed to meet your preschoolers where they are cognitively, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Through age appropriate activities, preschoolers are building their spiritual foundation so that by the time they graduate from Kindergarten they know these three basic truths:

God Made Me

God Loves Me

Jesus Wants To Be My Friend Forever

 

 

Toddlers and 2s

 

3-4-K

 

 

252 Kids – Grades 1-5

Dedicated to helping children grow in wisdom, faith and friendship, it is designed to shape identity through planting these truths in the heart of every elementary-age child:

• I need to make the wise choice. (Wisdom)

• I can trust God no matter what. (Faith)

• I should treat others the way I want to be treated. (Friendship)

 

1st – 4th Grade

 

5th Grade

 

Questions? Contact Kristin!

Children’s Ministries Online Resources

The children’s team has compiled some tools and information that might be helpful for you as your family navigates the days and weeks ahead.

 

Sunday videos and lesson plans for your family to continue using our curriculum with church at home will be sent out each week in our Children’s Ministries E-news. Complete this form and select the Children’s Ministries box.

 

We will be sharing some ways to virtually interact as a church family while we are physically separated in our Children’s Ministries Facebook group.

 

The Parent Cue blog from our friends at Orange (the curriculum we use on Sundays) shared a great post about managing fear and anxiety during a health pandemic.

 

The creator of our Wednesday night curriculum, Go!, posted a message for kids about Coronavirus.

 

Our friends at Illustrated Ministry are offering free, faith formation resources for all ages.

 

This article is about parenting well in the midst of a pandemic.

 

Free Faith-based videos for kids at Crossroads Kid’s Club

 

Bible verses to share with kids about courage

 

Tips for teaching kids at home due to the Coronavirus

 

Anxiety Conversation Guides – helping a child with anxiety is a challenge. Download these Preschool or Elementary resources to find tips and practical ways to help your children

 

Top Books for kids to read while stuck inside

 

PBS on how to talk to you kids about what is going on

 

Resources not only on the virus but also on overall good health habits from Sesame Street

 

A well written article on COVID-19 from Healthy Children

 

Homeschooling Tips for amateurs

 

 

Need prayer? Let us know!

Have ideas or stories to share? We’d love to hear them in our Children’s Ministries Facebook group!

Vacation Bible School Update

VBS 2020 Suspended Indefinitely

After much prayerful consideration and discussion,

we have made the very difficult decision to

cancel Rocky Railway VBS

at Hyde Park United Methodist this summer.

 

The safety and health of our kids, families, staff and volunteers continues to be our top priority, and we did not feel we could safely host an on campus VBS of our size this summer.

We also recognize that the ‘magic’ of VBS is the experience. The in-person energy, the relationships that are built with each other and the pure fun of playing, singing, worshiping and learning about Jesus together. Those aspects would be almost impossible to replicate in a virtual way. We also know from talking to our families that there is an increasing palpable fatigue and weariness with virtual experiences right now.

 

As you have already registered and paid for 2020 VBS, you have two options:

1) You can turn your registration fee in to a donation* to support the ongoing ministries of the church.  Click here to donate your 2020 VBS registration. We believe God transforms every gift into a blessing for others and we are grateful you have chosen to partner with us in our mission to Make God’s Love Real.
2) You can request a refund (less a 5% processing fee).
Click here to receive a refund for your 2020 VBS registration

*If we do not hear back from you by June 10, 2020, we will assume you want to convert your child’s registration fee into a donation to the church (option 1 above).

Still want the music to Rocky Railway? You can order it from Group

If you have any questions, please email email Kristin Passath.

Vacation Bible School Update

Vacation Bible School 2020

The VBS that’s just the ticket!

Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs.

9 a.m. – Noon* /// June 22-26, 2020 

 

*Note: rising 5th and 6th graders have extended programming (until 3 p.m.) Tuesday and Thursday during VBS

 

Choo! Choo! Rocky Railway is an epic summer event that will put kids on track to trust in Jesus. Kids will explore Jesus’ power and learn how we can trust Jesus to pull us through when life feels like a valley or a mountaintop. It will be another incredible week together full of Bible discoveries, interactive activities, rockin’ music and faith-filled fun with our friends!

 

Adult and Youth volunteer registration is now open!

Registration for church families begins March 8 and for the general community begins in April.  

Have questions? Ask us here or contact the church office at 813-253-5388.

General Volunteer Information

Our goal is to reach 300 children with God’s love at Rocky Railway VBS. We can’t reach that goal without you.

How can you help?
Sign up to serve at this year’s VBS and help kids discover that Jesus pulls us through!

Who: Volunteers! Rising 7th graders – adults
When: June 22-26, 9 a.m. – noon.
Why: To share God’s love and help kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs.

Whether you want to serve in the months leading up to VBS or the week of, behind the scenes or on stage, we have volunteer opportunities to fit your schedule and your interests.

Click here to learn more about the serving opportunities at Rocky Railway VBS

Register as an Adult or Youth Volunteer

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND USING FIREFOX AS YOUR BROWSER WHEN REGISTERING.  Our forms are no longer recognized by Explorer and you may encounter issues if using Edge or Chrome.

Adult volunteers (18 years of age by June 1, 2020 or older) sign up here. If you are new to serving with us or haven’t done a Background Check in the last three years, you will need to complete the form and return to Emily Nelson.

Youth volunteers (in rising Grades 7-12 for the 2020-2021 school year, max age 17) sign up here.  (If 18 years or older by June 1, 2020, please fill out our adult volunteer form.)

Not sure where you want to serve or what’s involved with each role? Learn more here.

Mini-VBS and Nursery care is available for children of volunteers. This is not a drop-off program but reserved for those volunteering.

Registration for children 4 and up

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND USING FIREFOX AS YOUR BROWSER WHEN REGISTERING.  Our forms are no longer recognized by Explorer and you may encounter issues if using Edge or Chrome. 

AGES: Four (4) years old* – through rising 6th grade *Camper must be their required age by June 1, 2020

COST:

  • 4 years – rising 4th grade:
    • $50 per child
  • Rising 5th & 6th graders (includes lunch and extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday)
    • $75 per child
  • Mini-VBS (for 2 and 3 year old children of volunteers)
    • $30 per child

Camper Registration Forms:

  • Mini-VBS (2 and 3 year olds): Register here
  • 4, 5 Year-Olds and Kindergarten: Register here
  • Rising Grades 1 and 2: Register here
  • Rising Grades 3 and 4: Register here
  • Rising Grades 5 and 6: Register here

 

Volunteer Training

Thank you for hopping aboard and serving at ROCKY RAILWAY VBS!

Please mark your calendar for our mandatory VBS Volunteer Training on

Tuesday, June 9 at 5:45 p.m.

In the Harnish Activities Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (childcare available in the nursery).

Click here to RSVP for training

  • This year’s training has been re-designed as a fun and interactive experience. This event will be just the ticket to VBS 2020! Complimentary dinner and VBS swag!  Please make every effort to attend so you are best prepared.

 

  • For those that absolutely cannot attend the main training on June 9, we will be offering a make-up training on Sunday, June 21, at 10:45 a.m. (No meal provided).

Childcare is available in the nursery during training with an RSVP

Click here to RSVP for training

Parking for VBS volunteers: There are six (6) lots owned by Hyde Park for parking – please refer to map. Our Main Training (June 9) is in building #5 and the other training (June 21) will be held in building #4.

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