Faith Steps Picture Bible Events

Faith Steps Picture Bible Events

Are you a parent of a two, three or four year-old? Do you want them to grow in God’s love? This faith-building event is for you!

Your toddler is learning and soaking up so much right now and it’s never too early to teach them about God. Sign up to present your child a Bible in worship and/or for our three-week Faith Steps Picture Bible parent class and learn how to support your little ones as they take their first steps in faith.

Our Bible presentation is in 9:30 a.m. Sanctuary worship Sunday, Jan. 5. Classes are 10:45 a. m. – Noon on Sundays, Jan. 5, 12 and 19. The class will meet in Wesley Center Room 201.

In these three sessions parents learn:

  • How to talk about God and share faith with your toddler.
  • How to create a home environment that invites God to be real and present.
  • How to pray more effectively with your child.
  • How to speak words of blessing to your child.

You will also have the chance to discuss with other parents of preschoolers the challenges and joys of spiritual parenting.

Register for these events

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Help us spread Christmas Cheer to our amazing Children’s Ministries Volunteers!

Our volunteers make it possible to welcome all of our children each week. Show them your thanks by bringing Christmas cookies or breakfast treats on December 15th. Sign up here!

Thank you for showing God’s love to our volunteers and helping us spread Christmas cheer!

Children’s Ministries Advent Resource

Children’s Ministries Advent Resource

Celebrating Advent as a family has never been easier or more fun! Family Advent traditions often start with good intentions but many times the busyness of the season gets in the way of following through. With this short Advent Devotional you can enjoy 24 days of a Bible verse and a Christmas song for your family to read and listen to together.  Then, if you choose to explore a bit further, you have an option to complete some simple, age appropriate activities as well. Family Advent memories in just 5 minutes a day!


Download a copy here or pick up a hard copy from the Children’s Ministries staff. 


And you can follow along in the Children’s Ministries Facebook group for the verse and the song each day.


*If your family completes any of the creative responses you’d be willing to share, please send them to Melissa*


Looking for a bit more content or to dig a littler deeper? Check out these additional resources:


The advent devotional we gave out last year was from Illustrated Ministry. This year’s version is available here. 

Advent from A – Z: Prayerful and Playful Preparations for Families. Explore here.

Journey to the Manger Advent Calendar by Focus on the Family. Explore here.

Jesse Tree Devotions: A Family Activity for Advent. Explore here.

The Way to the Manger: A Family Advent Devotional. Explore here.

We Light The Candles: Devotions related to Family use of an Advent Wreath. Explore here.

Advent Worship and Activities for Families. Explore here.

Missions Sunday Celebration

In celebration of Missions Sunday, Children’s Ministries got engaged in the practice of serving. Throughout October, they collected money and supplies to make hygiene kits for UMCOR. The kits contain soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash clothes, band-aids and other toiletries that are in need after a natural disaster.

This past Sunday, during our Missions Celebration, 75 kids participated in putting together the kits. All told, our children made 120 kits and raised $950!

Originally the plan was for these kits to go to Hurricane Dorian relief. But when a recent series of strong storms (including an EF2 Tornado) in Lakeland displaced over 100 people from their homes this past week, we happened to be the only church in the area with hygiene kits at the ready!


Thank you children of Hyde Park United Methodist Church! We are very excited to receive these kits! They will be given to those impacted by the recent tornado in Kathleen, only minutes from the conference office in Lakeland.  150 homes were damaged and 60 destroyed, as well as the roof was torn off of Kathleen Middle School.  It’s wonderful how God uses even the children to provide for His people. As always, His timing is perfect!  

Pam  Garrison

Disaster Response Coordinator

Office of Missional Engagement

Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

Family Communion Workshop

Family Communion Workshop

Children’s Ministries Family Communion Workshop – Nov. 13


Join Pastor Debbie for a  family experience for elementary kids (grades 1 – 5) and their parents. This is an opportunity for parents and children to learn what the sacrament of Communion is all about and have a chance to participate in the sacrament together.

6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 Hyde Park Chapel

Register here!

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