This Sunday, April 10 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 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 breezeway just outside the playground by 9:20 a.m.
After checking preschool children in, Preschool Families are asked to join the processional with their children. You will then bring your preschool child to the breezeway after the processional. Preschool children will go with Ms. Melissa and the 3-4-K Shepherds to Sunday Morning Live! Parents and caretakers are welcome to return to service at that time. (At least one youth or adult must accompany 3-4-K children through the processional.)
After checking elementary children in, Elementary Families have the option to join the processional with their children or drop them off with Ms. Kim in the breezeway. (Any children dropped off with Ms. Kim will be walked up to the Wesley Center 3rd floor for Sunday Morning Live! after the processional.)
11 a.m. Sanctuary Service: Meet in the Courtyard by 10:55 a.m. (No check in required.) The children’s choir will lead the processional. All families are encouraged to join the processional as well. Children can also meet Ms. Kim and Ms. Melissa in the Courtyard to process through the Sanctuary, but will be sent to sit with their families from the side aisle after the processional. (There is no drop-off option as there is no children’s programming at 11 a.m.)
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!
p.s. Walk with Jesus Family Holy Week Experience at 4 p.m. also on Sunday, April 10. Learn more and RSVP now.
Dear Hyde Park Family,
It is with a lot of love and gratitude that I share that God has called me to a new congregation in the Florida Conference. I will be starting at First United Methodist Church of Lakeland as their new Director of Youth Ministries on July 4, 2021. My last day at Hyde Park will be on Thursday, July 1, 2021.
It was at the end of May that God placed on my heart that he wanted to send me specifically to this congregation. I have been so blessed by Hyde Park and so many of you have not only become my friends but truly my family. God called me to Hyde Park in 2010, and I knew that I would be here for a long time walking, with so many of you through this journey of faith. Summarizing eleven years of ministry is so hard, but here is a snippet of our time together:
- What was once known as UMYF (United Methodist Youth Fellowship) transformed into Merge Youth Ministries
- I’ve worked with:
- three senior pastors
- four assistant youth directors
- 16 summer interns
- 50 (+) faithful volunteers
- We’ve been on 14 different mission trip locations
- 100s of youth have come through our program
- Handful of pranks (given and received) LoL!
- Several tears
- A million laughs
- Countless prayers
- Gobs of genuine friendships made
- An abundance of cherished memories together
You’ve made this woman feel very blessed to walk alongside your families during some difficult and critical stages of your teen’s lives. You’ve walked with me during celebrations and sadness along my journey too. This is what has sealed our bond together, and you will always have a friend and sister in Christ in me. I will be cheering your new Director of Youth Ministries when they are selected, and will be continuing to pray for your families, the youth program and Hyde Park United Methodist Church. I would really cherish your prayers for me as I transition to this new congregation and ministry at First Lakeland too.
There were so many photos during our eleven years together and it was hard for me to choose just a few. I selected 10 photos, not one for every year, however these represent my time here at Hyde Park. Enjoy going down memory lane with me and thank you again for loving and supporting me along the way.
Experience Holy Week in a new way!
4 p.m. Sunday, April 10
Walk With Jesus is an opportunity for the whole family to journey through the events of Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter morning, through hands on, family friendly, sensory stations in the Magnolia parking lot.
- Station 1: Palm Sunday – Touch
- Station 2: Serving Station – Touch
- Station 3: The Last Supper – Taste
- Station 4: The Garden of Gethsemane – Sight
- Station 5: Jesus is put on the cross – Sound
- Station 6: The tomb – Smell
- Station 7: Easter morning – Sight and Touch
This is a fun and meaningful time for the whole family!
Things to Note:
- Even if you attended last year, please join us again this year! Many of the activities at the stations have been updated for this year’s event.
- In order for everyone to fully experience each station with the correct amount of supplies, we are asking each family to RSVP for a time block.
- During the event, your handout will have a QR code that will provide you with instructions for each station.
- Each station will be guided by a volunteer.
- Please stay together as a family throughout the entire event.
Questions or interested in serving at this event? Contact Melissa.
FAMILY LENT KIT PICKUP
Journey through Lent with a Family Lent Kit from Children’s Ministries.
After the Ash Wednesday service online, come to the Magnolia lot or The Portico Breezeway to pick up a Family Lent Kit, an in-home resource to prioritize your faith and family this Lenten season.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. OR 7 – 8 p.m.
This is a walk-up pick up event. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
We can’t wait to see you! Questions? Email Kristin