Nehemiah Action

Nehemiah Action

Our Justice Ministry is participating in the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality’s (H.O.P.E.) annual Nehemiah Action event. At this annual event, over 2,000 people gather to advocate for the needs of the marginalized and oppressed in our community.

The event is from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 20 at Bible-Based Fellowship Church.

CLICK HERE to register for this event.

Sacraments Experience

Sacraments Experience

The season of Lent is upon us, and what a great time for your family to gather and grow together in your faith by attending our Sacraments Family Experience.

Join the Children’s Ministries team and our pastors as we explore the meaning of Baptism and Communion in the United Methodist Church. Learn through interactive activities, and an informal “Ask the Pastor” time. We’ll conclude by celebrating Communion together.

Deepen your walk with Jesus this Lenten season and help your children gain an understanding of the purpose, symbolism, and importance of the Sacraments, especially within the United Methodist Church.

This family-friendly event for grades 1-5 is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 in the Harnish Center.
Childcare is available for children 6 weeks old – Kindergarten.

CLICK HERE to register for this event.

Palm Sunday Information for Children

Palm Sunday Information for Children

Sunday, April 2 is Palm Sunday. Children of all ages are invited to participate in worship by waving palm branches at the beginning of the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.

To participate in the 9:30 a.m. Harnish Center Service: All preschool and elementary families need to check children in on the iPads in the Wesley Center lobby first, then meet in the courtyard by 9:20 a.m.

Preschool Families:

  • Check in & Drop off in the courtyard, a parachute will be out for the kids for while they wait.
  • After the processional, Preschoolers will go to the Chapel for a special Palm Sunday lesson.
  • Children under 2 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Elementary Families:

  • Check in & Drop off in the courtyard.
  • After the processional, children will go to the chapel for a special Palm Sunday lesson.

To participate in the 11 a.m. Sanctuary Service:

  • Meet in the Courtyard by 10:55 a.m. (No check-in required for Grades 1 – 5)
  • Children can meet Ms. Kim and Ms. Amanda in the Courtyard to process through the Sanctuary and will be dismissed to sit with their families from the side aisle after the processional.
  • Children under 2 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Nursery children are welcome to participate with their families at both services. After the processional, parents or caretakers will then need to check in and drop off their nursery child in the Nursery.  

Bring a palm branch and join the celebration! (Please bring a child-sized palm branch that is easy for your kiddo to wave on their own.)  

Questions? Contact the Children’s Team!  

The Faith Step Sacraments Experience for Grades 1-5 on Wednesday, March 29, Learn more and RSVP now.

Vacation Bible School 2023

Vacation Bible School 2023


An out-of-this-world adventure that’s light years of faith-building fun.

June 26-29, 2023

Have questions? Ask us or contact the church office at 813-253-5388.

Registration is open for Hyde Park families!

Registration begins for the community on Sunday, March 5.


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AGES: Four years old* – through rising 6th grade
*Camper must be their required age by June 1, 2023

4 years – rising 4th grade: $50 per child

Rising 5th & 6th graders: $75 per child
(includes lunch and extended day on Tuesday and Wednesday)


Adult volunteers (18 years of age by June 1, 2023 or older). If you haven’t done a Background Check in the last three years, you will need to complete the form and return to Emily Nelson.

Youth volunteers (in rising Grades 7-12 for the 2023-2024 school year, max age 17).  (If 18 years by June 1, 2023, register as an adult.)

“Mini” Vacation Bible School for children of VBS Volunteers
(ages 2 & 3 years old)

  • Children must be 2 years old by June 1, 2023
  • This program is only for children of our adult volunteers. It is not a drop-off program.
  • There is a $30 registration fee for this program.

Nursery care for children (birth-age 2) of VBS Volunteers

This free childcare service is only for Adult VBS Volunteers.

Frequently Asked Questions (Children)

How do I find out what crew my child is in?
A parent email will be sent the week before VBS to all parents of registered children with crew information. This email will also contain pick-up passes which must be shown to your child’s crew leader at dismissal/pick up each day.

What does my kid wear to VBS?
Each day your child should wear their VBS T-shirt. Use a black Sharpie marker to write your child’s first name and crew number on the FRONT of the shirt. This will act as their nametag (Using a flat cardboard piece inside the shirt helps when you do this).

We also suggest comfortable shorts and closed-toed shoes for their safety.

When/where can I pick up my child’s VBS T-shirt?
Please pick up their T-shirt before VBS. (Starting early June, T-shirts can be picked up in the church’s Ministry Offices 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. – Noon Friday. Shirts can also be picked up each Sunday in June in the Sanctuary Courtyard from 9 a.m. – noon.) Shirts must be picked up by Sunday, June 25.

Can I get a second shirt for my child?
If we have shirts left over, additional shirts can be purchased beginning Wednesday of VBS week (at the VBS info tent in the Sanctuary Courtyard. $5 each).

What time do I drop off my child each morning?
Campers should be dropped off to their Crews in the Sanctuary at 8:50 a.m. (Doors open at that time. Please do not enter the Sanctuary before that time, as there are VBS preparations going on with staff and volunteers). Children should be seated in the Sanctuary with their crew by 9 a.m. for opening worship each day.

Where do I drop off my child each morning?
When our Sanctuary doors open at 8:50 a.m., please escort your child inside the Sanctuary to their crew’s pew and drop off to their crew leaders. Pews will be marked with crew names and numbers beginning with Crew #1 in the front. Odd numbered crews are to the left, as you face the stage, and even numbered crews are on the right. Rising 5th and 6th graders are in the balcony.

What time is pick up/dismissal each day and what do I need to have with me?
VBS ends at noon each day*
You will need to have your yellow or red pick-up pass with you (The pick-up pass is included in the parent email that will be sent the week before. Please print out your pass and fill in your child’s information).

Dismissal will start at 12:10 p.m. each day*

– Those with yellow passes (preschoolers 4-5-K) will be allowed in the Sanctuary to pick up their preschoolers from their crew. If you also have a child in elementary, you may show that pass and pick up your older children as well.
– Those with red passes (grades 1- 6) will be allowed in the Sanctuary to pick up their elementary-aged children from their crew once the preschoolers have exited the sanctuary.

* Note: rising 5th and 6th graders will have extended hours on Tuesday and Wedneday, with dismissal at 3 p.m. from the Magnolia building. Dismissal on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will be from the Sanctuary balcony at 12:15 p.m.

Where do I pick up my child?
Children should be picked up from their crew pew in the Sanctuary. Please refer to diagram below to see the traffic flow into the Sanctuary for dismissal. Side aisles serve as a walk-through (no stopping) only; please pick up your child from the center aisle. Please leave strollers outside, if possible. A leadership team member can stay with the stroller at the information tent.

Please keep moving as you walk through the Sanctuary and save conversations for when you are outside of the Sanctuary and out of main traffic areas.

What if I can’t pick up my child – can another parent, friend or grandparent pick them up?
YES, BUT THEY WILL NEED TO HAVE A COMPLETED PICK-UP PASS FOR YOUR CHILD TO PRESENT TO YOUR CHILD’S CREW LEADER. We are accepting pictures of completed Pick-Up Passes on smart phones as well.
If your child’s pick-up person does not have a pass, they will be asked to go to our info tent outside in the Courtyard. They will need to show their driver’s license and we will check registration forms to see who has been authorized to pick up your child. If you did not list them as an authorized person to pick up your child in your child’s registration, we will call you to confirm authorization.

Can I watch closing worship?
All parents are invited to watch closing worship in the Harnish Center. (11:35 a.m. – 12:10). If you need to get your children before dismissal, please come to campus before 11:40 a.m. and we will locate your child for you.

Will there be a ‘VBS Recap Video’ this year?
All Stellar volunteers and campers are invited to wear your VBS shirts and re-live all the fun memories by watching a video of  VBS at Hyde Park United Methodist! It is a Sit-Together Sunday, so families will be worshiping together. Bring the whole family, show off your VBS spirit and spread the good news of God’s greatness!

Still have a question? Email kids(at) or contact the church office at 813-253-5388.

Faith Steps Beginner’s Bible Blessing Presentation

Faith Steps Beginner’s Bible Blessing Presentation

Are you a parent of a two-, three- or four-year-old? Your toddler is learning and soaking up so much right now, and it’s never too early to introduce them to the stories and people of the Bible.

The Beginner’s Bible is where a child’s journey toward a lifelong love of God’s Word begins.

On Sunday, Feb. 12 we will present The Beginner’s Bibles to our preschoolers. Sign Up to have your child receive a Beginner’s Bible (or as we call it, the Picture Bible.)

To help us with our planning, please sign up as soon as possible so we know what our attendance is going to be.  The deadline to sign up is Jan. 29.

Want to learn more about how to support your little one during this important step in their faith? We have a three-week parenting class starting on Jan. 22. Sign up here.

Questions? Email Kim!

The Beginner’s Bible is the best-selling Bible storybook of our time, with over 25 million products sold! Introduce your child to the stories of the Bible through vibrant art and compelling text – full of life and fun, and featuring brand new vibrant, three-dimensional art.

2022 Fall Family Fun Night 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

2022 Fall Family Fun Night 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28


Join us for all the fall fun! Trunk or Treating, Carnival Games, Bubble Dance Party, Temporary Tattoo Station, Face Painting and so much more!


We are joining Small Blessings with the partnership Feeding Tampa Bay

Fun for the whole family!

To keep all our little ghouls and goblins, kings and queens safe, please follow these safety protocols: Stay together as a family throughout this Boo-tiful event.

  • At this most Spook-tacular time of the year, all candy being passed out will be individually wrapped, store bought candy. (Nothing homemade)

Want to participate as a “Trunk” for this event? Sign up here!

Want to serve at a Carnival Station? Contact KIM.

*This is a fully outdoor event. There will be restrooms available in the Magnolia Building. Please plan accordingly.*


Questions? Contact KIM.

Let the Ghoul Times Roll!!







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