News Channel 8’s “8 On Your Side” broadcast a report on how churches are responding to requests to return to onsite worship services. The Rev. Magrey deVega, our senior pastor, was interviewed and shared the perspective that we are called to “Do no harm and love your neighbor.” Pastors and lay leadership are monitoring data on the pandemic and following guidance from the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Watch The Report
The dePont Registry is a lifestyle guide to the Tampa Bay area. They recently reported about our Little Dresses Ministry stepping up to produce protective masks to protect health care workers, first responders, family members and friends.
People Helping People: From “Little Dresses” to Protective Masks
Trish Krider, a Hyde Park member, is a flight attendant for a major airline. The close proximity shared between flight crews and passengers make Trish very aware of the challenges posed by social distancing. During her rotation into 14 days of self-quarantine, she dusted off her sewing machine and began making masks for her fellow flight attendants. She didn’t know at the time that members of Hyde Park’s Little Dresses Ministry had the same idea. Our Pastor Vicki Walker put Trish in touch members of our Little Dresses team so they could share resources. Their effort caught the attention of local online media. Read the whole story.
Fox 13 News reported on the combined efforts of Metropolitan Ministries and Hyde Park United Methodist to make sure our Open Arms guests weren’t forgotten on Easter Sunday. Food was prepared in Met Min’s kitchen’s then bagged up to make “grab it and go” meals instead of our regular buffet lines in the Harnish Activities Center. Several of our volunteers and the Rev. Vicki Walker make cameo appearances in the news report.
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Hyde Park’s efforts to provide Easter worship in an online setting were recognized in a news item on News Channel 8 this morning. The Rev. Magrey deVega, senior pastor, and Mat Hotho, Director of Worship Technologies, explained that Easter hasn’t been canceled, and discussed the steps being taken to give our Easter Sunday worship services a familiar feel.