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Helpful Hints for Parenting Your Child in Worship

Preparation before Sunday:

• Speak positively about the experience and let your child(ren) know you are pleased they will be joining you.
• Read Sunday’s Scripture together. During the week, begin discussing your family’s expectations for worship behavior and participation.
• Set out clothes, Bibles and other Sunday items the night before to give yourself some extra time on Sunday morning.

Helping Your Child(ren) Engage through Participation:

• Help them follow the order of worship in the online bulletin.
• Have children who can write complete the attendance and prayer forms.
• Let the children put the money in the drop safe in the Narthex.
• Encourage the use of the children’s worship activity bags (greeters will be passing out before the service begins) as a way to remain engaged in worship.
• Consider your child’s personality and look for unique ways to keep them engaged in worship.

We understand having your children with you in worship sometimes requires an extra helping of patience, but we hope you will see it as special opportunity to spend time with your child and share the experience of worship together. It is good for them to see you worship!

“Above all, pray for your children with thanksgiving. Ask the Lord to help you see your children through his eyes. Ask his help for patience, wisdom and strength to enjoy these kids! The creative giftedness that can make many Sunday mornings long can also make great saints in the long run.”

2023 Impact Report

2023 Impact Report

Stories of Impact

John’s Story

Elizabeth’s Story

Lorenzo’s Story

Joel’s Story

Justice Story

Blake’s Story

Student’s Story

Your investment enables the widespread sharing of God’s love and the life-giving message of Jesus in Tampa and worldwide.
Your investment ensures well-maintained, secure facilities for worship, study, support and life events.

Your investment nurtures disciples of all ages, supports older adults and those facing various challenges.

Your investment supports the financial needs of our Missions ministries and The Portico Campus Justice Ministries.

Your investment is used to pay debt on property purchases and renovations.

2023 Generosity Investment: $3,506,000

Good And Faithful Series Resources

Series Resources

Sept. 10 - Oct. 15

Join us as we explore Christian Ethics with musical theatre as our conversation partner. Below you’ll find resources referenced each week.

Week 1: "Life Well Done"

Introducing Christian Ethics
by David Gushee
The book upon which this series is based. An exploration of Christian ethics by a Professor of Ethics.

The Feast of Fools
by Harvey Cox
The 1969 book upon which Godspell was written and conceived.

Week 2: "Truthfulness"

Lecture by Dr. David Gushee on “Truthfulness”
from his book Introducing Christian Ethics

A Biographical Narrative of Eugene Francois Vidocq

And remember, the truth that once was spoken: To love another person is to see the face of God.
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables —

Week 3: "Sacredness"

Week 5: "Love"

Lecture by Dr. David Gushee on “Love”
from his book Introducing Christian Ethics 

Week 6: "Forgiveness"

Lecture by Dr. David Gushee on “Forgiveness”
from his book Introducing Christian Ethics 

“Hamilton: An American Musical” on Disney+
“It’s Quiet Uptown” starts at 2:10:00
*A subscription to Disney+ is required to view this video*

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Last updated: September 17, 2023

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We use Your Personal data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, You agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

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Midweek Message: What Do You Believe?

Dear Hyde Park Family,
“I believe, therefore I am.”
– Eberhard Jungel, German theologian
Not long ago I found an online message board in which people were asked to complete the sentence, “I believe…” Many of the responses were profound. Some were pretty hilarious.
  • I believe that the best way to double your money is to fold it and put it in your pocket. – “Patricia”
  • I believe that a wise man does not play leapfrog with a unicorn. – “Anthony”
  • I believe that creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – “Jesse”
  • I believe Michael Keaton was by far the best Batman. – “Aaron”
So how would you complete the statement? What do you believe in?
That is the central question of the gospel of John, which is our next stop in our journey through the Bible this year. As I will share in the sermon this Sunday, John is distinct from the other gospels for many reasons, particularly for its emphasis on believing in Jesus. John 20:31 captures this central theme:
“But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.”
The phrase “that you may come to believe” has been the subject of some scholarly debate. Some early biblical manuscripts translate the phrase as “that you may continue to believe”, suggesting that John’s original readers were already believers, who needed encouragement in the face of persecution. Other manuscripts translate it as “that you may come to believe” suggesting that John was being evangelical, speaking to people who were not yet believers.
Either way, we need John’s gospel today. And Eberhard Jungel’s statement echoes John’s fundamental message: You are what you believe. And believing in Jesus brings life.
So, join us this Sunday as we discover the power of John’s message, beginning with the beauty and majesty of John chapter 1. And let’s see how John shows us how to complete the sentence, “I believe.”
Grace and peace,

The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

Midweek Message: Can We Talk?

Dear Hyde Park Family,

So, did you watch survive the first presidential debate?

People may have disagreements about political ideologies and policies, but perhaps we can all agree that this debate was the single worst political spectacle we have ever seen. For me, it was worse than appalling or exasperating. It was harmful. Harmful to a democracy that hinges on an engaged and informed electorate. Harmful to a society yearning for decency and dignity to bridge our ever-widening divides. Harmful to viewers like you and me who expect better from our leaders, especially President Trump, who appeared to me to be more intent on disrupting and instigating, rather than on earnest debate. And yes, it is also true that words like “shut up” are below the decorum this kind of event warrants.

We are a congregation of people whose views cover a wide political spectrum. Political homogeneity has never been – and never needs to be – a characteristic of the body of Christ. Disagreement can actually make us stronger, when engaged with empathy and civility. It is how we live out two of core values, to be warm-hearted and open-minded. So, in our unified desire for decency and holiness in our private lives and in the public sphere, I offer a few resources to guide our hearts and minds.


I commend to you an excellent Ted Talk by Celeste Headlee, a radio host with National Public Radio. We shared her “Ten Ways to Have a Better Conversation” [1] with a gathering of our church leaders back in 2018. I encouraged them to use these principles in our various meetings, as it offers helpful ways to have civil discourse with others:

  1. Don’t multitask.
  2. Don’t pontificate.
  3. Use open-ended questions.
  4. Go with the flow.
  5. If you don’t know, say that you don’t know.
  6. Don’t equate your experience with theirs.
  7. Try not to repeat yourself.
  8. Stay out of the weeds.
  9. Listen.
  10. Be brief.


Our Bishop Ken Carter offers excellent guidance [2] for our interactions on social media, particularly in the way we identify and respond to “trolls,” who seem more intent on commandeering our posts and raising the temperature of the conversation. It is also a helpful way of naming how we are susceptible to being “trolls” ourselves.


Regardless of the incivility of our political leaders’ discourse, we have the ability to speak into the moment through the voice of our vote. Bishop Carter and the Florida Conference’s Task Force on Anti-Racism [3] is advancing an initiative called Faithful Voter, [4] which calls on people of faith to vote and to combat voter suppression, particularly for communities of color.

Regardless of your political convictions, and regardless of who you choose to vote for this November, let us each do our part to be the kinds of people that we long for our leaders to become.

Grace and Peace,


The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist