The media is rife right now with hashtags, protests, and cardboard signs about whose lives matter. This is not our attempt to provide more political vitriol to the conflagration; nevertheless, at Watsontown UMC, we believe that Kids Matter. Big kids, little kids, girl kids, boy kids, old kids, young kids. Luke 18:16 states “Jesus said, ‘Let the all the children come unto me.'” Jesus valued the presence of children in the community of faith. Their perspective, their enthusiasm, their joy, their gifts and talents are all essential to a vital faith family. Youth ministries guru Kenda Creasy Dean said from the puplit of Kingston United Methodist Church that the presence of children, youth, and young adults in the life of the church is an important marker of health and vitality.
With that segue in mind, here are some of the many ways we want to lift up the ministries of children and youth in worship at Watsontown UMC in August and September.
AUGUST 14: This is our blessing of the back packs Sunday. School age young people are encouraged to bring their back packs full of school supplies to worship (that means you too college kids!). During worship, we will pray over and bless the back packs, as well as the students, teachers, and administrators who will be returning to school. If a child you know is in need of a back pack, we do have several that we can also provide.
AUGUST 21: On the third Sunday of August, we will hold our annual church family picnic. Unlike years past, this picnic will take place at Montour Preserve at 3PM. We have scheduled Heron Cove A Pavilion for the event. This is a great opportunity for kids to get out and…be kids. Families are asked to bring a dish to share as well as their own place settings. Visit www.facebook/watsontownumc to find our event page.
AUGUST 28: This Sunday is WUMC’s official Rally Sunday. That means we will be kicking off Sunday School for the 2016-2017 school year. Sunday School age children and youth are invited to come at 9:15AM for the kick-off celebration. At the 10:30 service, young people stick around to play the bucket drums for worship.
September 25: On September 25th, kids will help lead worship through song at 10:30. Rehearsal time will be 9:50AM on Sundays through September. Come on out and share your talents with the congregation.