My very first blog was about the Pop Up Tea Room.  This is a fund raiser being sponsored by the education committee.  We have begun using a curriculum called ‘Rotation Station.’  This is not new to the department, it was used several years ago and at some point we moved away from it, so we are bringing it back.  The reasons for this move are many, but most of all the teachers and the students love it.  I believe it is a good move for the Education Committee.

There are 7 breakout sessions in each unit.  We have begun with the unit ‘Families Remember God’.  6 of the sessions are held on Sunday mornings; Art, Games, Missions, Science, Spiritual Practices and Storytelling/Drama.  The cooking session is completed on Wednesday afternoons during Children 1st.

Our Bible verse during this session is in Deuteronomy 6:5

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all our being and all your strength.

With the rotation of sessions our volunteers teach a session every other week.  We have four teachers at the moment.  We wish to recruit two more.  With our current rotation two teachers are teaching every other week and the other two are teaching weekly.  The volunteers are getting to know all the children in the program, not just the children in one age group.  High school youth are encouraged to volunteer and participate with the children, helping out the volunteer teachers.  It is a win-win for everyone.

I am involved in the cooking session during Children 1st, along with Sonja Vosburg and Betty Springer.  The first week, we made unleavened bread, this was a new experience for the children.  Many were using a rolling pin for the first time.   Using honey to flavor the bread may have saved the experience when the children shared their bread during snack time.  I will admit, they preferred the bread of today over unleavened bread of Biblical times.  What a wonderful way to experience life and the ways of living during the time of Moses.  Last week we made sugar cookies, the lesson was to encourage good food choices and taking care of our bodies.  Instead of frosting for the cookies, we used whipped cream and strawberries.  The children enjoyed this snack.

This week we are making smoothies.  Spinach and avocados are in the recipe along with chocolate chips, blueberries and honey.  I cannot wait to see their reaction to this recipe.

We are also focusing on The Ten Commandments.

Were you aware the first four commandments tell us how we are to relate to God?

  •  You should have no other gods.

  • You should not make idols or images of other gods to worship.

  • You should not use God’s name in vain.

  • You should remember the Sabbath.  Rest like God rested when God created the earth.

The next six tell us how to relate to one another.

  • You should respect you mother and father’

  • You should not kill.

  • You should not lie.

  • You should not steal.

  • You should not be jealous.

  • You should not cheat.

This is a great way to help the children remember and relate to the commandments.  (It works for me to remember them this way, too)

My goal is to share with you a couple times each week.  Return here to learn about the ministries, activities, celebrations and day to day life at Hampton United Methodist Church.

Oh, and don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Pop Up Tea Room, Saturday, February 16th from 11 am until 2 pm.

Holy Week 2019

 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them

in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

-Matthew 29:19-20

 

As HUMC prepares for Easter, it is a time of new beginnings, a new season in the life of HUMC and all those who pass through the doors coming in and going out.

Today, I took some time to reflection, as plans to travel to the Heifer International Farm in August begin to fall into place.  That time will come before I know it.  I sat down today and read the cards I received at the end of the trip to Sager Brown.  This is a practice I picked up somewhere in my travels, at the end of a mission trip, to have each member take time to reflect and share with other members of the team; where they saw God in the person they are writing to.  Yes, like so many things, I hold onto the cards.  They have a way of lifting my spirits and I find encouragement in them to carry on in my personal journey with Jesus.

This Sunday in worship I am excited to announce that 5 students from the Children 1st Program will be sharing a short drama ‘The Feast’ during the Children’s Message.  I am so inspired by them.  They have so much energy and have worked hard, at the same time had fun preparing for this Sunday.  You will want to be there and witness their gift for the church.  My hope is to have more involvement with the children during worship and other aspects of life at HUMC.

I ask you to take time this Easter and reflect back over the past year and your life here at HUMC.  What inspires you?  Where do you see Jesus?  What do you want to do as a Christian, following Jesus on the journey of the upcoming year?

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