Sunday School classes are virtual for the foreseeable future. Students meet from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, with all kids reporting to the same Zoom meeting, then moving to their classes in breakout rooms. Though we can’t meet in person now, our Sunday School teachers offer highly interactive sessions to help children deepen their connection in our church community and explore how their faith can help them navigate their world.
We typically dedicate our first Sunday of the month (Communion Sunday) to encouraging kids to attend worship with their families and to a family breakfast and/or activities, with some assistance through a monthly guide.
Our January schedule is:
January 10th: Sunday School 11:30
January 17th: Social Justice Sunday 11:30
January 24th: Sunday School 11:30
January 31st: Sunday School 11:30
Teaching our children to be compassionate and service-oriented people of faith is one of our core values. One fun way we do that is through our two social/service clubs, F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely on God) Club for children in grades 2 – 6 and D.O.G. (Depend on God) Club for kids in grades 7 and 8. We share our faith, serve others, and both pray and play together! A typical gathering time consists of faith formation activities, service opportunities and social time. The clubs meet at the same time every 4 – 6 weeks, usually on a Sunday evening from 5 – 6:30 pm. Either check our calendar or email us to see when the next meeting is scheduled.
Confirmation is the program in which young people prepare to “confirm” the baptismal vows their parents took for them when they were much younger. It is their chance to say “yes” to their baptism and for the church to say “yes” to their growing faith. It is also a time for young people to prepare to take on the privileges and responsibilities of church membership by learning more about their faith, the Church and specifically, MHCUCC.
Youth Social Justice Project: Exceeded the Goal!
Thanks to your generous donations of food and money, our youth created 68 Thanksgiving bags of “trimmings” for Church Street Ministries (CSM). This exceeded our goal of 50 and tremendously helped CSM on their goal of serving 500 families. Our seven youth also loaded ~20 bags of toiletries and blankets for area veterans, plus made dozens of cards to include in the donation bags.
THANKS FOR THE FUN!
We wrapped up our crazy year with some fun on December 29th during our Zoom-hosted Intergenerational Game Night! Stay tuned for our next activity!
Breakfast Bunch, where our youth gathered to make and share a breakfast together one Sunday a month, is something we really miss. So we figured out a way to continue our tradition!
Each month, we provide a PDF of resources for spiritual development for our kids and their families, encouraging them to spend the first Sunday of the month together (no Sunday School). We hope this encourages our children and youth to spend time in prayer with their families.
Thanks to the generous community of MHCUCC and its neighbors, our 44th Teeter Totter Marathon was able to raise over $7,000 dollars in just 28 hours. All monies will go to Church Street Ministries to support the work they do with the hungry and veterans and families transitioning out of homelessness.
Save the dates for our 45th TTM in 2021:
March 6 & 7 from 9 AM – 6 PM
Join us at 9:15 am on Sundays via Zoom, starting January 17th, for our new adult study based on Walter Brueggeman’s book Interrupting Silence. Using scriptural examples, Brueggeman illustrates the Christian’s need to speak up to bring God’s justice.
This study time is currently on hiatus, but be sure to check back here as we draw closer to Lent. We frequently provide study opportunities during this season of deep reflection.
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