Kids say the darndest things…about Christmas!

Kids say the darndest things…about Christmas!

And we want to hear ALL of them!!

Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries are looking for children and youth who are not camera shy to be videoed in a simple Q & A to be shown at the Family Christmas Service.

Filming for children will take place during Sunday Morning Live on 9/22 and 9/29 and during Choir/Wednesday Night Dinner on 9/25 & 10/2. (Dates for youth will be scheduled in October). If your child or student is able to participate, please contact Melissa for more info with the subject line – FCS Video

Not sure about talking to a camera but still love the spotlight? We’re also searching for children and youth to join our live cast as a costumed character to complete the nativity scene at the Family Christmas Service. *This role is different than in years past.*  For more info, contact Melissa with the subject line – FCS Character

All children and youth must have a signed media release on file to participate.

The Family Christmas service is on Dec 23 at 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Youth Council Positions Open

Would you like to be a leader in Merge Youth Ministries?

Would you like to have a say in what we do at Merge weekly, monthly and yearly?

You can help lead other youth as we “Merge Real Faith with Real Life.”

Merge’s Youth Council is a group of students chosen to serve in leadership roles within Youth Ministries. They assist staff with planning and organizing events, perform outreach, coordinate praise and worship, and aid their peers in forming a stronger connection to God and others.

Feel called to fill a position of leadership in our faith community? Here are your next steps:

  • Download the form below for the position(s) you are interested in
  • Complete the forms
  • Return all completed for to Emily Kuche, Director of Youth Ministries
  • After submitting your forms, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with Emily and other Merge adult leaders
  • Interviews will take place 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22

Below is a list of available positions for our Youth Council for the coming year:

Hyde Park Game Night

Hyde Park Game Night

 Craving more family connection time?

Join us for Hyde Park Game Night!

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

We know families are busy with school and work and outside activities, but still long to have fun together and talk about more than just day-to-day events. How do you find time for conversations, both silly and meaningful, and play as a family?

All of our Hyde Park family, including children and students from our Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries, and their parents/guardians/grandparents are welcome! This event is a time for families of all ages and stages to connect with each other. There will also be childcare for children ages 2 and under so family members are able to participate in all the games.

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Harnish Activities Center

Pizza dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. $8/adults $5/children

RSVP here!

Children and Youth on the Move!

Sunday, Aug. 18 is the beginning of our new school year for students in our Children’s Ministries and Merge Youth Ministries.

Children’s Ministries will hold “Move Up Sunday,” the official start of the new programming year. It’s also when kids move up to their new small groups in Sunday Morning/Night Live to match with their grade in school. 9:30 and 11 a.m. in the Wesley Center and 5;30 p.m. at The Portico.

Our Merge Youth Ministries is also kicking of their new school year on that day with “Back to School Night” at 5:30 p.m. in the Harnish Activities Center. Parents and students will enjoy a meal together, sharing fellowship and fun! Emily and Mac will review plans for the coming year while highlighting major events. Youth will meet their new small group leaders and all will have the chance to watch challenge videos featuring youth staff, small group leaders and Pastor Magrey!

Merge Movie Day

Merge Movie Day

On Sunday, June 23, Merge will meet at Westshore Mall to see Toy Story 4.

Meet us at the Food Court at 12:30 p.m. for lunch (bring your money) and we’ll all head over to watch the 1:30 p.m. matinee.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Families come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and ways! Mother’s day is not just for your mom or for you if you are a mom, but for all the women in your life who have loved you and have been there for you! In this picture I’m standing next to my mom and next to her is my dad ex-wife, my three older brothers mom. We know it’s strange, but we are really grateful that our family can celebrate holidays altogether because my mom and my brothers mother, Verona, both get along so well. We all celebrate birthdays together and even go on vacations together.

Crazy…. We know…. But that’s my family!

We know that not all families are able to do life together but we do know that God is in the midst of your family! We know that the women in your life have made a Kingdom difference. Maybe your mom wasn’t the most supportive or always there for you, but we pray that God has brought another woman in your life along the way who has shown you the kind of support and love that you deserve.

We Thank God for the moms of this youth program. For all of the long nights that you stayed awake worrying and praying for your babies. You are the backbone of your families and you brought light and love to your kids’ lives. Thank you for sharing your faith with our youth. Thank you for never giving up on them even when they “try” every bone in your body with their attitude. Thank you for loving them when they were rejected or didn’t make that “A.” Thank you for loving them just for being them!

You are God’s reflection in our lives. You are who we want to be! Happy Mother’s Day!

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