Merge Beach Day June 9

Merge Beach Day June 9

Our Merge Youth Ministries is headed to Ft. DeSoto Park Wednesday, June 9. They will meet at 10 a.m. on our Hyde Park campus then head out to St. Pete Beach. They will return to church for pick up at 4 p.m. Students need to sign-up on our online form for a ride on the bus. We also need an updated Medical Form for students who want to ride the bus. The form needs to be notarized before turning it in. Please bring a towel, modest bathing suite, sunscreen, lunch and snacks for while we are there. This is another great opportunity to invite your friends to meet your Merge friends and have some fun in the sun and waves. We hope to see your students Wednesday morning!

Cruella Movie

Cruella Movie

Join us for our first Wednesday Summer Fun event Wednesday, June 2! We are headed to AMC WestShore 14 at WestShore Plaza mall.

We’re headed to the theater to watch Disney’s new release, “Cruella” (PG13).

We are meeting in the Food Court at 5:45 p.m., and then heading upstairs to theater around 6:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show.

Pickup is outside the AMC Movie theater at 9:30 p.m. Students need to bring their own money for dinner, movie and snacks.

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.



Merge Family Movie Night

Merge Family Movie Night

Join us for Merge Family Movie Night 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 in the Magnolia Parking Lot. We’ll be watching the PG movie “BreakThrough” on our blow-up screen with speakers and a projector. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and their families!

Families are encouraged to bring:

  • Your own lawn chairs
  • Your own dinner to have together as a family
  • Masks are required when not eating or drinking
  • Blankets if it gets cold

Questions? Please email Emily Felgenhauer, Director of Youth Ministries

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