Ministry Highlight

Ministry Highlight

Fall Children’s Programing

By Christine V. Hides “It feels happy to be at the table with all the people,” was a child’s answer in our wondering about the story of the Good Shepherd and World Communion. Yesterday we delighted in more stories of bread from the congregation, the Bible, in worship, and in Wondertime. After the story [...]

On Radishes and Self-Control

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides A cleverly designed study, described in the book Switch by Charles Heath, in which people were asked to eat radishes rather than the homemade cookies on the table in front of them demonstrated that self-control is an exhaustible resource. After internal supplies of willpower needed to resist [...]

Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Kittens, a pad of paper, relaxing, and kind touches…these were the things that children named when I asked them about gentleness. After we read the book, God In Between by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, the children remarked that the man and the woman searching for God were gentle [...]

Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Yesterday we read the picture book The Story of And: The Little Word that Changed the World by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. When different shapes can’t get along, the word “and” helps them connect to create something new. We responded by making our own creations through free play and watercolor [...]

VBS Wrap-Up

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides During Sunday’s Wondertime we read Ladybug Girl, the story of Lulu who has to make her own fun while everyone else in her family is too busy to play. All week long we’ve been making our own fun at Kenilworth Union Church during Vacation Bible School. We [...]

Experience Peace

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. —John Muir “I wonder where peace could be?” we asked the children Sunday after reading A Little Peace by Barbara Kerley. After exploring this [...]

Joy and Bubbles

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Joy!  was the theme for our first Sunday of Wondertime—our Summer Sunday school for preschool−first grade children. Each week we explore a new picture book and a messy, outdoor activity. Each week we will send a quick list of super-fun resources for you to try at home—or [...]