United Kids Connection!

Kids & Families connecting: To one another, new friends, and God's great love!

Remember the Year Past & Looking Ahead

2013 Children’s Ministry Annual Report: United Kids Connection

Connecting kids and families to new friends, one another, and God’s great love!

YEAR IN REVIEW Since the last annual meeting at United Church of Norwood

February: Beginning of Nursery Care offerings

March: Easter Sunday special lesson, craft and gift bags

April & May: Continuation of Fundraising for Fruit Tree Seedlings in Uganda

June: Last Kids Connection of the year, Youth Sunday:  gifts for kids & teens, kids helping with a song, as well as with the Lord’s Prayer, Start of using Children’s Bulletins, Family Film Night

July & August: Kids pre-worship rallies, Vacation Bible Club weeks

September: Norwood Day Game Table- Sharing 200 prize packs with event invitations,

Kids Connection & Nursery Kick-Off, Free Family Film Night

October: Young Life Club Fall season began!  Norwood Civic Center Trunk or Treat: Meg Handed out nearly 200 candy bags with November event invitations to local kids and families

November: Harvest Costume Party & Gospel Magic Show, Thanksgiving Food Drive

December:  Kids Craft Table at the Church Fair, Christmas Sunday Celebration

January:   Family Style Worship, Young Life Church Presentation

February: KIDS CLASSROOM PAINTING PARTY

Highlights:  We have welcomed some great consistent volunteers and special helpers to our team!  We also have been encouraged by seeing some new faces in recent months! Our Kids Connection times have been a great way to learn about God, worship God, and pray to God in creative, interactive ways taking place during worship on Sunday mornings.  We have fun together with family and friends at our special events. Our Nursery has been a great space for little ones and a blessing to parents! It has been great to see the continued space of the top floor with Young Life Club meeting there on Monday evenings in the Fall and Spring for high school students.

Coming Up:  We have some events on the Horizon that we would love your prayer for! Most of all- these are wonderful events to invite friends and neighbors to experience fun, non-intimidating ways to experience the love and hope found in the Lord!

~Valentine’s Family Date Time on Feb 16

~Young Life & Capernaum (Young Life for teens with special needs) Talent Show April 12

~Stewards of Children (child abuse prevention & intervention) Community Training April 5.

~April Vacation Theater Club April 22-25 1pm-4pm Presentation Friday at 5:00pm

Goals For the Year Ahead:  As we have made efforts to reach out to our community– it is clear that need to PRAYER & PERSONAL CONNECTIONS are the most important elements of reaching more people with the hope of Christ.  The children’s team strongly urges each member of our church community to pray for families who may visit our church for any reason or event, if possible, pray for specific families by name.  All the advertising in the world has little to no impact without a personal connection.  As we think of prayer, we hope that each family at this church can think of three families to pray for, and invite at least one of those families to come with them to one of our special events to share in the great things God is doing through our caring church community. Our team is excited about supporting the young people in our church as they are nurtured in their own personal walk with Jesus, getting to know God in creative ways with Scripture as our Guide, and helping our kids find ways to be fully integrated into the life and ministry of the church.

Special Thanks:  Marie Shumahcher, Georgia Shaw, Shannon Thomas, Sandy Habib, Linda Carter, Deb Beyah, Janna Peterson, Angela Chadwick, Virginia Rally, Leo Souza, Tim Nelson, Anna MacLeod, Deb Eagles, Steve Rudolph, Don Thomas, Scott Eagles & all who contribute to the Children’s Ministry Fund!

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