Parent Connect Night

Parent Connect Night

5:30-8 p.m. April 28

Want to understand your relationships and parenting style better?

Our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Magrey deVega, will share the Enneagram with all interested parents.

Join us on the 2nd floor of the Magnolia Building. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and connect with our youth program and congregation. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and costs $5.

We invite parents and youth to take the online assessment prior to our event. Once you’ve received your results please email Emily Kuche with the information.

For more information please contact Emily Kuche, Director of Youth Ministries.

Glimpses of Grace

Glimpses of Grace

Coincidences are a funny thing. It’s remarkable to me that two seemingly unrelated events can occur at the same time and in the same place. When the General Conference made their decision last week about the United Methodist’s stance on the LGBTQ+ community, it was merely coincidental that it lined up with Youth Sunday. I felt confused, saddened, and frustrated by the announcement, and I know those feelings were reciprocated by many others in our Hyde Park community. At the same time as this pronouncement was made, the youth in the church were planning our yearly Youth Sunday programming. And while I was still incredibly upset by the results of the General Conference, I was moved by the efforts of my friends and peers in Merge who were so vocal during the services in sharing their personal beliefs on the matter. I realized that as the future generation of the church, we have a responsibility to share the hope and love with those who precede us and those who come after us, no matter the decisions of today. So, to the LGBTQ+ members of this church and of Merge, please know that you are loved deeply, and we will continue to fight for you.

Grace deVega

Youth Attend Confirmation Retreat

Youth Attend Confirmation Retreat

Members of this year’s Confirmation Class attended a conference-wide retreat at Warren Willis Camp Feb. 15-17. In addition to time spent studying their course material, confirmands attended services led by a praise band from FSU’s Wesley Foundation. They also worked through some team-building exercises and spent some free time in the ever-popular gaga ball pits.

Confirmation Classes Begin Feb. 10

Members of our Merge youth ministries have begun the process of being confirmed in our church. Open to all youth, the class is largely made up of students in the seventh grade. Classes will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday evenings, with a retreat on Feb 15-17 at Warren Willis Camp. Students will join the church at our 11 a.m. service on April 28. The first class will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, so there’s still time to register.

Middle and High School Students Discuss Sunday’s Sermon

Middle and High School Students Discuss Sunday’s Sermon

Join our Youth Ministry students to discuss what the sermon was about during worship. Whether you attended the 9:30 a.m. service or plan to attend the 11 a.m. service, this group is for you! Our program is student-led, with donuts to stimulate the conversation. 10:35-10:55 a.m. Sundays, Magnolia Second Floor

Youth Ministries Summer Mission Trips

Youth Ministries Summer Mission Trips

Family Mission Trip AND High School Mission Trip
Pura Vida Missions – San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Our mission trips are designed to be a cross-cultural adventure of sharing Jesus Christ while emphasizing teamwork. We want our students to discover God’s vision for how they can serve the Kingdom of God when they return to our local church and community.

Schedule: Arrive early afternoon in Costa Rica on Sunday. Work full days of construction Monday—Wednesday, have a half a day of work on Thursday and enjoy local site seeing in the evenings along with Worship. Friday morning travel to Volcano where we will be staying until Sunday.

Construction Projects: We will help build a church in a very poor area call Linda Vista. We also build bunk beds for families and home repairs.

Fun Days: Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna is a beautiful place to unwind in a two night hotel stay (Friday & Saturday). We will experience their hot springs that are naturally heated by the volcano. We’ll spend a day zooming over the jungle canopy on a zipline tour or paddle the rapids on a rafting adventure.

Cost: $1,500—Everything included in this price for both trips.
Anticipated Service Hours (subject to change): 40

Dates:

High School – Sunday July 21- Sunday July 28 – Sign Me Up!
Family Mission Trip – Sunday July 7 – Sunday July 14 – Sign Me Up!

Domestic Mission Trip – Servants In Faith And Technology (SIFAT) – Lineville, Alabama
An immersive mission experience where students are exposed to real world scenarios to gain appreciation of what life is like for our brothers and sisters around the world.

Examples:

  • Students are taught various water purification technologies that can be done anywhere.
  • Students are taught various ways to incorporate gardening, farming and potent leaf powders into their diets.
  • Students are taught different stove technologies that are more efficient and safer.

When: Sunday July 14- Friday July 19 – Sign Me Up!
Cost: $400—Everything included in this price!
Anticipated Service Hours (subject to change): 40

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