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.

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.”

Harnish Center Renovations

Harnish Center Renovations

Results of the work done by our Vision and Implementation Teams continues to be seen in all our ministries. The plan, crafted over nearly four years of study, reflection and prayer, is evidenced in many ways. One place where results are tangible is in the Harnish Center. We continue to make steady progress on reinventing the space for our combined Contemporary Worship service.
 

The carpet has been replaced with vinyl flooring and the entire space has been repainted. In addition, the basketball goals have been removed from the ceiling and new, more comfortable chairs have been ordered and are expected in early July. The space will also be reoriented so that the doors to Azeele Street become the entry point to the space and not a distraction behind the stage.

If you’ve ever been involved in a construction project, you know it takes a bit of time to make all the desired changes. Design work continues to create a space that will allow for a richer worship experience. This week, workers are fabricating and installing acoustical panels to provide a sound environment that enhances the wonderful music Colleen, Danny and the band bring to worship.

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