Palm Sunday for Children

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.

Saying Goodbye to Emily Felgenhauer

Saying Goodbye to Emily Felgenhauer

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.



Walk With Jesus Celebration!

Walk With Jesus Celebration!

Walk With Jesus was an event that took place on Palm Sunday.


At this Holy Week Experience, the whole family was able to journey through the events of Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter morning, through hands on, family friendly, sensory stations.


Here’s a look at what families experienced.



















We’re so glad you could be here today!


Jesus loves us and he showed his love for us by the way he lived, and died, and then rose again.

We invite you to “Walk With Jesus” from stations 1 through 7.

At each station, you will find a three-step invitation to immerse your family in a Holy Experience.

Step 1: A reading about what Jesus went through during Holy Week.

Step 2: A sensory experience to take part in to bring your family closer to Jesus.

Step 3: A response, or a way that we too can follow Jesus every day.


We encourage you to use this time to connect further to God and your family.







Station 1: Palm Sunday – Touch


Reading: When Jesus came to Jerusalem, people were so happy to see him. They were excited; a parade was coming! But this wasn’t just any parade – the celebration was for Jesus! As Jesus passed by riding a donkey, the people shouted, “Hosanna!” and they waved palm branches.


Experience: Make a celebration cross out of a palm leaf, just like the crowds used with Jesus.

Watch this video to learn how to make your Palm Cross.

You may also choose to grab a scarf and wave it around while dancing and shouting “Hosanna.”


Response: Just like the crowd of people praised Jesus, we can still praise Him today. We can follow Jesus by praising Him!


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Station 2: Serving – Touch


Reading: Later that week, Jesus and his friends had a party with a big meal. When his friends sat to eat, Jesus did a surprising thing. He got up and washed his friends’ feet. The roads they walked on were dusty, their feet were dirty, and Jesus wanted to something helpful for his friends. When Jesus finished, he told his friends that they too could show love by helping others.


Experience: Make a Get-Well Card to help bring joy to people in the hospital. Talk to your family about other ways you can help serve people in your community.

These cards will be given to the Pastor of Congregational Care to deliver during hospital visits.


Response: Jesus asks us to serve others. We can do this by helping our family, our friends and other kids like you. We can follow Jesus by helping others!


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Station 3: The Last Supper – Taste


Pastor Sally will lead you through this station.


Reading: At his last supper with his friends Jesus took some bread and broke it and said, “This is my body given for you. Do this to remember me.”

Then he took the cup of wine and said, “This is my blood that was shed for you. Do this to remember me.”


Experience: Eat and drink your Communion elements to remember Jesus at the Last Supper. Take a moment here to reflect; enjoy the music, say a family prayer at the kneeler or light a candle.


Response: God loved us so much he gave his only son. Our world needs that kind of love. We can follow Jesus by loving all the people in the world.

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Station 4: The Garden of Gethsemane – Sight and Touch


Reading: The Bible tells us that Jesus knew something bad was going to happen to him. So, Jesus went to a garden with some of his friends to pray. Jesus was sad that day when he prayed. He knew what was coming and he was telling God that he loved Him and would do what he wanted even though he didn’t want to.


Experience: Jesus prayed for help to sort through all the emotions he was experiencing. We all have times when we feel overwhelmed, sad, or frustrated. Discuss what brings you joy, comfort, peace, patience, etc. As a family choose one word from that discussion. Using the tiles, write out the word, and add it to our prayer puzzle. Then pray for each other.


Response: We can talk to God anytime, anywhere. When we pray, God hears everything we say to him. We can follow Jesus by praying!

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Station 5: Jesus is put on the cross – Sound and Touch


Reading: When Jesus came to Jerusalem, people were so happy to see him! But soon, those people were angry and wanted to hurt Jesus.

Two of his own followers made bad choices that would end up hurting Jesus instead.

The first one, Judas, betrayed Jesus and made a deal with a mean man. Judas was given money to point Jesus out to the angry people so he could be arrested.

The second one, Peter, hid while Jesus was arrested. When people saw him and asked him three separate times if he was friends with Jesus, he said no each time.

Soon after, the angry people took Jesus to a hill, where he was nailed to a cross. The sound of the hammer hitting the nail echoed through the hilltop. Eventually Jesus died on the cross.

Even though Jesus never did anything wrong, he gave up his life so that his followers, you, and every other person, would be forgiven for any bad choices they might make.


Experience: Take a hammer to pound on a nail in the board. Think about or pray for people that need love and forgiveness.


Response: We have all made mistakes or had our feelings hurt. Jesus knew what was going to happen and forgave his friends. We can follow Jesus by showing forgiveness to everyone!

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Station 6: The tomb – Smell 



Reading: After Jesus died, his body was brought to a tomb, which was kind of like a cave. His body was wrapped in linen strips with herbs and spices as was the Jewish custom. Then a huge, heavy stone was rolled in front of the entrance.


Experience: Take an organza bag and collect the objects laid out at this station.  Pluck the herbs from the plant. Snap the strongly scented cinnamon stick. Rip a piece of cloth and paint it with scented oil. Lastly, put in a stone to help remind you of how the tomb was sealed.


Response: This was a custom done to respect and honor a person when they passed away. We can follow Jesus by showing respect to all people!

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Station 7: Easter morning – Sight and Touch



Reading: Very early on Sunday morning, three days after Jesus died, some of the women went to the tomb. They found the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty.

Jesus was not there! They were so upset. Who would take Jesus’ body?

Then an angel appeared and told the women, “Do not be afraid. He is not here; he has risen from death!”

They left the tomb and went to tell Jesus’ followers the Good News!

What was meant for death has brought new life.

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!


Experience: Create a family tile together.  As you make your design you can say (or even sing) praises to God; for Jesus, for His unending grace, and his unconditional love of everyone.   These tiles will be connected together to create a cross that will be on display in the Wesley Center.


Response: Jesus died on the cross because he loves us so much and then he came back to life to live in our hearts forever. We can follow Jesus by telling others how much Jesus loves them!



Thank you for joining us to “Walk With Jesus”!

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Walk With Jesus Family Holy Week Experience

Experience Holy Week in a new way!


4 p.m. Sunday, April 10


RSVP here!


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.



Lent Kit Pickup

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

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