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Children’s Ministries

Welcome

Children and their families are an active, vital part of our church community. We are glad you are here! If you have questions or ideas, contact us, connect with us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube), or stop by our offices on the main floor near the sanctuary. We look forward to getting to know you.

Amy Jo Alspaugh, Director
Leslie Lowery, Assistant Director
Betsy Scott, Assistant Director
Katharine Willis, Communications Coordinator
Lisa Ross-Smit, Child Care Coordinator

2020 Advent and Christmas Devotional Booklet

We are excited to publish our 9th annual Advent and Christmas Devotional booklet, The Mystery of the Season. We hope you will enjoy this digital edition. If you would like a printed copy, please email Katharine Willis at kwillis@mpumc.org.

Children’s Zoom Time with James

Kindergarten-5th graders and their families are invited once again to spend time with Dr. Howell for conversation and prayer on Thursday, December 3 at 4:00 PM. Join the Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 911 564 8822; Passcode: 1501. For more information, email Amy Jo Alspaugh at amyjo@mpumc.org.

Dough Holy Night

This deliciously fun and interactive experience is designed for your family to do at home the weekend of December 4-6. Together you’ll bake a batch of Christmas cookies and, along the way, hear the story of the very first Christmas. Best of all, there’s a step-by-step video that walks you through the entire experience. It’s so simple! Register here to receive the access code and instructions. Access will be available December 4-6 only. For more information, contact Amy Jo Alspaugh at amyjo@mpumc.org.

Epiphany Party Packs for Kindergarteners and 1st Graders

Celebrate Epiphany Sunday with an Epiphany Party Pack, which will include crafts, games, activities, and a sweet treat. Signups open December 7. We suggest a minimum $5 donation for the kit, but additional donation amounts are welcome. Donations will go to Baby Bundles. Questions? Email Leslie Lowery at llowery@mpumc.org.

Kneeling at the Manger

During this service of story and song, a narrator reads the story of Christ’s birth and fifth graders create a living nativity tableau. The service, which was pre-recorded in the Hopedale parking lot this year, will also feature music by soloists and the Junior Bells and Tinkerbells. Kneeling at the Manger will air on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 PM. Stay tuned for a direct link to the service.

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Beyond Baptism Podcast

A Sacred Conversation with Reverend Dr. Leanne Hadley – November 19
Ask Children’s Ministries – November 5
Introduction to the Enneagram and Parenting – October 22
Helping Children Know Their Worth – October 7.  Recommended Resource: Helping Children Know Their Worth
Children and Anxiety – September 21. Recommended Resource: Children and Anxiety

All episodes of Beyond Baptism: Wisdom, Encouragement and Hope for Parents are available here. Subscribe, rate, and review today!

2020-2021 Sunday School

2020-2021 Sunday School is virtual until it is safe to gather together again. It’s not too late to register! Click here.

Here are the links for November 29:

Preschool:
Bible Story Video
Coloring Sheet 1
Coloring Sheet 2

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade (Godly Play):
Bible Story Video
At-Home Guide

3rd Grade: Live Zoom Class from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM. (Meeting ID: 896 7432 4321; Passcode: 1501). This week’s theme is “Mary Hears the Good News.”  

Activity Sheet

4th and 5th Grades:
Bible Story Video
Video Discussion Guide

Here are the links for November 22:

Preschool:
Bible Story Video
Coloring Sheet 1
Coloring Sheet 2

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade (Godly Play):
Bible Story Video
At-Home Guide

3rd Grade: Live Zoom Class from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM. (Meeting ID: 896 7432 4321; Passcode: 1501). This week’s theme is “The Books of History”  

Activity Sheet 1
Activity Sheet 2
Activity Sheet 3

4th and 5th Grades:
Bible Story Video
Video Discussion Guide

Sacred Spaces at Home Surprise Kits

Sacred Space Item Week 1 – September 27
Sacred Space Item Week 2 – October 4
Sacred Space Item Week 3 – October 11
Sacred Space Item Week 4 – October 18
Sacred Space Item Week 5 – October 25
Sacred Space Item Week 6 – November 1
Sacred Space Item Week 7 – November 8
Sacred Space Item Week 8 – November 15
Sacred Space Item Week 9 – November 22

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Our Core Values

Our Safe Sanctuaries Policy