By Christine V. Hides December is a curious mix of joy, wonder, and stress. During this season of paying attention to how God is with us we are distracted by wish lists, calendars, requests, inboxes, and to-do lists that overflow. Yesterday the 4th grade class read Luke 1:67–79, where Zechariah (John the [...]

Advent Begins This Sunday

By Christine V. Hides, Director of Christian Education ...behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. “Behold” is not a word we often hear outside of the story of the angel proclaiming Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. “Beholding exhorts us to stop and notice something important [...]

La Casa Norte

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.  –Matthew 25:40 Kenilworth Union Church supports about 40 agencies every year through our Outreach Ministry. The church has decided to focus on agencies [...]

Lawrence Hall

Holiday Wish List Drive Lawrence Hall provides a safe space along with nurturing homes for children and teens who have been removed from their birth families due to abuse and/or neglect. Lawrence Hall takes every measure to ensure that the children/teens are provided with supportive foster parents and caseworkers that are sensitive to [...]

2018-11-30T15:52:41+00:00Children, Church Stories, Outreach|

Children’s Ministry Christmas Pageant

By Christine V. Hides Wise men, angels, stars, and shepherds costumed in bathrobes... Many of us have treasured memories of participating in the annual Christmas pageant when we were young. Children’s and Music Ministries at Kenilworth Union Church continue this rich tradition of retelling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ through [...]


By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster It's been a while since I've sat in a Rejoice Choir rehearsal, but I have seen it in action: the room tingles with energy as Lisa Bond and Kelly Harrington conduct song after song, some joyful and upbeat, others with a more somber tone. Every song [...]

Family Dinner

By Christine V. Hides “Sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain and the health of all family members.”– Scheduling family dinners together as children get older and more involved in activities is a challenge worth taking on. The table is where we take a rest from our busy schedules, [...]

2018-11-12T15:29:45+00:00Children, Church Stories|

Second Graders

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Second graders love order and structure, and might start becoming more cautious, perfectionist or risk-avoidant than they were last year at this time. As they learn to navigate what they like and dislike, friends change quickly, and that's okay. At church, we try to meet them [...]

Cultivating Gratitude

By Christine V. Hides During the harvest season we thank God for gifts of sunlight, rain, soil, plants, and air which sustain life. Cultivating a heart of gratitude begins with paying attention to the simple things we often overlook. Our family has been filling my grandmother's old recipe box with words of thanks [...]

2018-11-09T05:24:09+00:00Children, Church Stories|

Children’s Ministry Advent and Christmas Calendar

October–November 13Adopt-A-FamilyNovember 17–December 13Wish List Project for Lawrence HallNovember 22 (Thanksgiving Day)10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day WorshipNovember 25 (Sunday after Thanksgiving Day)9 a.m. Worship for All Ages and Children's Chapel 10:30 a.m. Christ the King All Grades Chapel and Advent WorkshopDecember 3–December 31Mitten Tree: Donations of Mitten, Scarves, and Coats (new and gently used)Decemeber 29 a.m. Worship [...]

2018-12-12T11:11:21+00:00Children, Youth Ministry|