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Fall Programming for kids, youth and families - 2020
Growing In Our Faith - together while apart

We have seen the posts and heard a lot of remarks about how crazy 2020 has been. One thing that has been true for me and my family (and I bet for you and yours as well) is that we have learned new ways to do old things.† It is easy to get stuck in routines of doing everything the same old way.  Itís comfortable, and frankly, less scary.† But when we are forced to do something new, we wonder why we hadnít tried it earlier.

Over the years at Brecksville UMC we have talked a lot about ways to help families have the tools they need to continue their faith conversations at home.† We know that God calls the family to Ďdo faithí and disciple together. How do we do it and what does it look like?

Family discipleship isnít one-size-fits-all, and it isnít always easy to do alone. Even when you are at your most intentional it is helpful to have others alongside of you.† In these times apart, we are committed to helping you and your family continue on your faith walk together.††

  • First, worship together!† Our virtual worship is incredibly meaningful, and September brings us some new ways to worship together.  Worshipping together is one of the most spiritually significant and influential things your family can do. Online worship is at 9 am on Sundays (and available anytime!) The service is replayed on Thursdays and is available the whole week through.  Sundays at 5, there will be a short prayer service in the church parking lot, too.

  • Allow your child to connect with others of similar ages on Sunday mornings.† Allie Kenney, our nursery care giver, will be checking in with your kids in half hour increments on Zoom.† The times are 11 am for our preschool through Kindergarteners, 11:30 am for our 1st through 3rd graders and at 12 noon with our 4th and 5th graders.† This will be a time for connection and conversation - mostly social but with an aim to support and encourage your child.† Contact us for the Zoom link!
    -Preschool through Kindergarten @ 11 am Register here!
    -1st through 3rd graders @ 11:30 am Register here!
    -4th and 5th graders @ noon Register here!

  • Family Faith Activity Bags. We can't gather together at this time, but we can have Sunday School at home!  On September 7 and 8, Jenny delivered Family Faith Bags filled with goodies so families could do Bible storytelling activities together each week, beginning September 13.†(If you'd like to download the activities, click here!) This month we will learn the story of Joseph.† We know you will be busy getting into the rhythm of the new school year so these activities will not overwhelm.† They promise to be fun and engaging, creative and bring meaning to some familiar Bible stories for kids and their families, grades preschool-5th grade.† If you would like to receive a bag next month, let Jenny know at education@brecksvilleumc.com.† New bags will be delivered at the end of each month for the upcoming monthís story.† There is no cost associated with receiving a Family Faith bags. Cost for materials comes from the donations you make to the church through your regular weekly offering.† I am so excited to see how we grow in faith together this year!† Trust that you will be great at learning and growing closer to God together!

  • Youth Group.  Dana is so excited to welcome 6-12th grade students (college age is invited,†as well) to join her on Sundays at 7 pm on Zoom for virtual youth group! We will focus on discipleship, building community, having deeper faith discussions, and we'll fit in some fun here and there, too! We will also have devotions on Instagram each Wednesday, follow us at @bumcyouthmin for a look into scripture and personal spiritual practice. It's going to be a good fall season and Dana can't wait to connect with you!

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