You’re invited to the Blessing of the Backpacks at 9:30 or 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 in the Sanctuary.
You’ve packed the notebooks and pencils, but what about the prayers of love and peace? Let us help!
Bring your backpack, so that we can pray for joy to surround you in the months ahead.
Students and teachers of all ages and grades are invited to receive a backpack tag and a blessing.
- Activity bags will be available for kids during services
- Children and Youth programs kickoff Sunday, Aug. 15
- Children are welcome in all services
- Nursery is available (3 and under) at 9:30 and 11 a.m. in the Wesley Center
Questions? Email email@example.com
We exist to Make God’s love real, teaching people to follow Jesus by loving God and loving all people. You are welcome here.
Love INC, our mission partner, exists only to serve its member churches. Mobilizing churches, their members and resources produces volunteers that are Love INC trained to provide a variety of direct services to guests entrusted to our ministry.
Read the July edition of the Love INC newsletter.
Shining the Light Ministries, our mission partner in Nicaragua, provides agriculture training and support to low income families in the area around Leon. Their focus is in three areas: Gardens, Poultry and Sewing.
Here is an excerpt from their latest newsletter:
As we all know, this is a very hard time for everyone around the world. Even though the news around us is not the best, we know who we are because we trust in God. He is our help, our supporter, and our healer.
The world is facing a very difficult time physically, politically, mentally, spiritually, and economically because of the pandemic. We have noticed Covid infections increasing in different cities around the country, especially in the city of León. But by the grace of God, we have still been able to serve many communities, churches, and families with the different projects through Shining The Light Ministries and Asociación Brillando La Luz De Cristo En Nicaragua.
Read the complete newsletter
This year’s Vacation Bible School was simply amazing! With planning completed before our campus opened up from the pandemic, our VBS team found creative, innovative ways to produce a great program in a new way. The thing that remained the same was our great group of volunteers and a bunch of enthusiastic kids … and parents! Owing to this scheduling change, more parents were able to participate, and some of our dads able to get fully involved. We had 80 participants supported by 30 volunteers, all of whom were engaged, excited and energetic.
Each year, VBS sets goals for benefiting the local community. This year, the goals were to donate:
- 233 books to Dunbar Elementary
- 200 items to Feeding Tampa Bay, and
- $430 for Metropolitan Ministries
All of these goals were met. We are grateful to our staff and volunteers who found a new way to share the love of Jesus with some of our youngest members. They did amazing work, even bringing a motorized train to the Magnolia Parking Lot for the Kick-off Event! Their response to the new normal of VBS connects to this year’s motto: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through!