Ministry Highlight

Ministry Highlight


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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fourth Graders

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Fourth graders are great: they are developing listening and speaking skills so they are more ready and interested in meaningful discussions at church. They can't sit still for long, but our Sunday morning for fourth graders is divided up into worship (with prayers and songs and a [...]

Kindergarten through First

By Christine V. Hides, Director of Christian Education Last Sunday I had the opportunity to lead part of the 9 a.m. Godly Play Chapel that includes 3 & 4 year-olds and kindergarten and first grade children. Each Sunday they scamper up the stairs to the chapel doors. There they are invited to prepare [...]

5th and 6th Graders

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster I personally love the time I get to spend with the 5th and 6th graders. Developmentally they are expressive, talkative, love explaining things, and once they do calm down enough to listen they are beginning to trust one another enough to share some of the tender [...]