Ministry Highlight

Ministry Highlight

The Importance of Routines

By Christine V. Hides For years my husband and I sang the “moon song” to our girls before bed. By the fourth year we parents were over it, yet they strongly protested when we tried to introduce a new song into the routine. Parents sense that bedtimes are a sacred ritual for children, [...]

Morning Prayers

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Do you pray in the morning? Maybe it's easier to pray at night: the burdens of the day build up and almost urge us to pray. But by morning, rested and recharged, there's a different song on our heart—one of hope for what might unfold. I [...]

Small Gifts Making a Large Impact

By Christine V. Hides Each Sunday children cheerfully place a portion of their gifts to God in the chapel offering. They come with dollar bills and quarters, lovingly tucked into hands and pockets. They often run to the offering plate, eager to give. This year’s children’s offering is given to La Casa Norte, [...]

What’s Next
In Sunday School

By Christine V. Hides Our journey through the Bible continues with the stories of Jesus’s life, teachings, and ministry this Sunday, January 13. Kenilworth Union Sunday school lessons follow a chronological pattern. In September we began with the earliest stories of the Bible including creation, Noah, Abraham, and Sarah. We learned about God’s [...]


Christine V. Hides I would never admit this to my seminary friends, but this week I will take down our Christmas tree. As we head into the new year, I’m ready to reclaim my house from the mess of Christmas. While my hunch is that the majority of people take down their decorations [...]

Christmas Eve Traditions

Christine V. Hides We hold our Christmas traditions close to our hearts. Never was this more clear to my family than when we found ourselves on Christmas Eve stranded at an airport eating McDonald’s for dinner, sad to be missing out on our usual events. As we sat eating our not-so-happy meals we [...]

Joy: Are We There Yet?

By Christine V. Hides This past summer our family took a 2,500 mile two-week road trip to six different national parks. We delighted in the unique beauty of each place and the peace found on less traveled trails. Between each park we experienced hours of driving. Some of those hours were spent in joyful [...]