Reverend Christine V. Hides

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Back to School Blessing

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides As many of our children and youth head back to school this week, know that the congregation, the Sunday school teachers, and the Kenilworth Union Church staff are praying for you as you encounter the joys and challenges of this new school year. I encourage you to [...]

What’s New in Children and Family Ministry?

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides “Innovation grounded in tradition,” is one of six strategic priorities named at the 2017 Children’s Ministry re-visioning session. Perhaps those attending had seen that Duke Divinity School has an entire section of their Faith and Leadership website dedicated to “Traditioned Innovation,” defined as “A way of thinking [...]

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: 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 [...]

The Three C’s of Summer Planning

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides “Maybe God is in the giant strawberry!” “Or the color blue!” “God is in the glitter!” Our preschool campers at Vacation Bible School were awed by Katie’s use of milk, food coloring, and dish soap to tell the story of Psalm 19. As I watched our youngest [...]

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 [...]