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!

Family Mission Trip – What a Week it Was

Family Mission Trip – What a Week it Was

We left Tampa on Sunday as a mixed group – male and female, families of varying sizes – many of whom have been longtime friends while others had just met. But there was a common thread that wove us together, we were each answering God’s call to serve.  We were not traveling to the destination we had originally planned – but I suppose that is because when God calls us, he expects us to follow HIS plan. Although our intended destination had been El Ayudante in Nicaragua, the civil unrest there made it an unsafe option – so we traveled to Nassau in the Bahamas instead. While many of us were heartbroken not to be returning to El Ayudante, we also understood that our call was to serve God’s people, wherever there was a need – and to wherever he would lead us.

It might have been a change in our plans, but for Pastor Stubbs and his church, we were an answer to prayers. This church sees vacation Bible school as such a valuable way to give hope and share the love of God with the dozens of children who attend that they have expanded it to be a four week program.  This year, while Hyde Park UMC was struggling with the question of where we might serve, St. Michael’s Methodist Church here had still not found volunteers for their third week – the same week that we had planned to travel.  So here we are, answering Gods call as he answers this church’s prayers.

It hasn’t been a quiet week. The walls reverberate with the shrieking of children, the air bubbles with laughter, and songs of praise ring out. In the quiet, steamy atmosphere of the neighborhood the squealing of the children’s voices competes with the echoes of hammering. Settling down at night is hard – as there are many of us in each room – but the noisy, work-filled days make for exhausted missioners so sleep did eventually settle in.

Things didn’t always go as planned, and revamping our plan for the day became our norm. Fortunately we came with a willing heart and a flexible attitude and we adjusted as the need arose – in at least one instance our revised plan was only possible because of the yarn left by mission groups before us, connecting our groups in one continuous thread of God’s love.

As a family mission trip it has particularly been a joy to watch the younger generation. Although not much older than the group of children they were leading, they handled their charges with gentle patience, learning most of their names.  The end result of these bonds they formed was tears from more than one Bahamian child as they said farewell to their new friends from Florida. How blessed we are to be able to ensure them that we will continue to be their brothers and sisters in Christ, we will pray for them, and we will see them again in our heavenly home.

It was especially heartwarming to see our own young people interact with each other. Although there was a wide range of ages, there was no silly pettiness among them.  No one was ever left out and they were always moving around as a group. Where you would find one of them you would most likely find them all.  This is not to say that they always agreed with each other. Whether they were discussing fashion or faith, all differences of opinion were handled with respect, humor and love.  (And, Jack…. it is HI-biscus!). Their interactions personified the words of Corinthians 3:3 – “You show that you are a letter from Christ… written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.”

From the children we taught, to the kitchen staff who fed us, to the workers who oversaw the construction of the shed and those who drove us around, we shared our faith, shared our praise, shared our love, and expanded our own families to include these brothers and sisters in Christ. How fitting that today’s daily scripture from Hyde Park included Corinthians 4:5-6, for there is no doubt that this group of missioners has radiated “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” while making Gods Love Real here in the Bahamas.

Back To School Bash

Back To School Bash

Say Aloha To A New Year

Calling all middle and high school families at 5:30 p.m. on August 12. Come out as a family and enjoy the fun! Some highlights:

  • Dinner
  • Games
  • Giveaways
  • Picture Station
  • Meet your Small Group Leader

Don’t miss out – RSVP today!

 

Emily’s Youth Message – Father’s Day

Emily’s Youth Message – Father’s Day

Mother and Father’s Day can give any person a range of emotions. For some, it represents a day that is difficult when they think of their parents. Maybe they’ve lost them at a young age, didn’t have a good relationship with them or are going through a difficult time with a father figure in their life currently. For others, it can be a wonderful day being celebrated and celebrating.

For my husband John and I, we both have different ranges of emotions this year. My husband’s father passed away in February which has been a difficult transition for him in the past few months. For myself, my dad and I have gone through big milestones this past year. I am the youngest of four and the only girl. My dad walked me down the aisle of our wedding in October and it was a beautiful moment for us. Above is a picture where I gave my dad a handkerchief gift before we left to head for the ceremony. Here is what it said:

Dad,
Out of all the walks we have taken,
today is my favorite.
You have always been
the one I looked up to,
the one I confided in and
the one that I came to for advice.
You’re strength and love has guided me
to make me who I am.
You were the first man that I ever loved
and I will always be your little girl.
Thank you for walking by my side
today and always.
Love you always and forever,
Emily
October 7, 2017

For me, my dad has always been my protector, my guide and someone who really understood me. I am wired very much like him: very organized, likes to do public speaking and very committed to the Church. My parents both made Church a priority to our family growing up. We would do family devotions every morning before we left for work and school. I am very grateful for a dad who impressed upon my heart his love for the Lord and in turn, guided me to fall in love with God.

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)

May you find time this Sunday to show love and gratitude to the “fathers” in your life who have guided you to become the person you are today.

High School Graduates Recognized

High School Graduates Recognized

Many of the over 100 high school graduates were recognized in our 9:30 Sanctuary service on Sunday, May 20. Parents joined their students at the altar rail for a prayer of thanks and blessing. Watch the video here.

Youth Sunday 2018

Youth Sunday 2018

Members of our Merge Youth Ministries led us in worship on the Hyde Park campus yesterday. From musical and vocal solos to entertaining skits and poignant messages from the pulpit, it was an enlightening and inspirational service. Thanks to our volunteer and staff leaders for their dedicated service and to our youth for another memorable Youth Sunday! Watch Suzanna Cronyn’s message here and browse some of the pictures in the gallery below.

Gallery

Videos

Watch Isaiah Isel’s message from our 9:30 a.m. Contemporary service

Watch Susanna Cronyn’s message from our 11 a.m. Traditional service

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