2021 Third Grade Bibles

2021 Third Grade Bibles

While the year of 2021 continues to be unpredictable and different in so many ways, some things do remain the same. And that includes our traditional 3rd Grade Bible events.


We know that this year is an important year of discovery and growth for your child! By third grade, your child is ready to have their own Bible and we are beyond excited to give it to them! We are so grateful to share in this faith milestone with you and your family. We will continue this beloved tradition at Hyde Park by presenting Bibles to our children as a gift from the church.


As a beginning step, if you are interested in your child receiving a Bible, please complete this form by Aug. 29.  We will build our communication list from these completed forms so it is important that you submit this form to be included in future communications. Please share and talk it up with your fellow third-grade parent friends, as we don’t want anyone left out.

More information and details will be shared as plans become more finalized.


The Bible that your children will receive is not a story-book style Bible like they may have gotten at a younger age. This is a Bible that adults would read also, but with kid-friendly pictures and commentary. We hope you find it a joy when you spend time with your children reading it together.


Your child will be receiving the bestselling NIrV Adventure Bible(R) for Early Readers. Designed for kids ages 6-10 years, our hope is that this Bible will get them excited about God’s Word. They will be captivated with the full-color features that make reading Scripture and memorizing their favorite verses engaging and fun. Along the way they’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly, they’ll grow closer in their relationship with God.


This Bible includes the complete New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) which is written at a third-grade reading level. The NIrV is perfect for children learning to read and exploring the Bible for the first time on their own. Because it is an actual Bible, the stories are not altered. The difficult and challenging parts are there, as well as the warm and light-hearted sections. For example, there are stories of kindness, love and forgiveness, along with stories of war, violence and other adult subject matters. All Bible translations have these stories and adult words in them.


One helpful tip may be to pre-read a text before embarking on it with your child.


It is our joy to serve you. Enjoy this precious time in your child’s life!

Questions? Contact Kim

Blessing of the Backpacks

Blessing of the Backpacks

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 kids@hydeparkumc.org


We exist to Make God’s love real, teaching people to follow Jesus by loving God and loving all people. You are welcome here.

2021 Volunteer Training

2021 Volunteer Training

Children’s Ministries is excited to celebrate a new year in ministry and YOU, our wonderful volunteers!


Join us for a SWEET night of training and fun.


6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 in the Harnish Center


RSVP to attend and for childcare here.


Questions? Contact Melissa.

Celebrating VBS

Celebrating VBS

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!

Helpful Hints for Parenting Your Child in Worship

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.”

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