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Easter Egg-stravaganza

 

Join us as our youth host Pender’s Easter Egg-stravaganza!

It will be a fun time for the kids as we get together safely to celebrate our Easter Season. We will have Easter story time, crafts, dancing, and photos with the Easter Bunny!

Bring the tailgate chairs or a picnic blanket. Social distancing will be observed and masks will be required.

The event will be Saturday April 3rd Check in starts at 12:45pm and the event runs 1pm-2:30pm. Please be on time so that you don’t miss the fun!

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Activities for Children at Pender UMC

Our goal is that all children will know and experience the love of God, and then extend that love to others.

Follow: We want those who are teaching and spending time with children at Pender to be followers of Jesus, who then teach children how to also be followers.

Reach: Our desire is for God to reach your child in a unique and meaningful way. This may come through some of our various Children’s Ministry events and activities, or through the loving community of Pender.

Transform: Ultimately, a relationship with Jesus changes lives. Living in the love that God has for us is a true gift and often times transforms the way in which we live.

 

We have activities for children during COVID!

Every Sunday

There are two Children’s Sunday School Classes meeting on Zoom at 10:00 am.

Contact the webmaster for the links.

Children’s Church– During the 9 :00 and 11:15 am services we have a children’s message within each service specifically for kids!

 

Every weekday

The Pender Hill School is open.

More information here: https://www.penderumc.org/pender-hill-school/

 

Every Friday

Fun with Music. Music and fellowship for children (ages 0-5) and their parents and/or guardians. Contact the webmaster for more information.

 

March 21, 2021

The final How to Draw Session.

David Raich has been offering How To Draw lessons for children from Pre-K through 6th Grade.

Join us for the final class at 1pm on Sunday, March 21! Sign up at How to Draw Class

 

April 3, Easter Egg-stravaganza

The youth are hosting the Easter Egg-stravaganza for the church this year! It’s going to be a day where the youth are serving our community by hosting a fun event for the kiddos!

Check in starts at 12:45pm and the event runs from 1pm-2:30pm.

 

Starting after Easter

Children’s in-person Chime Group led by Brian Stevenson.

 

April 19, 2021

Children’s Storytime with Miss Ann and Mr Jim from 1-2 pm. In the parking lot.

 

May 17, 2021

Children’s Storytime with Miss Ann and Mr Jim from 1-2 pm. In the parking lot.

 

June 21-25, 2021
VBS (Vacation Bible School) Mystery Island

More information coming soon!

 

In case you missed it:

Our second “Pender Talk” webinar was February 24, 2021.  Dr. K. Drew Baker told us about the difficulties children are facing during this pandemic.

He shared how to help children now, as well as how to help them get ready to go back to school face to face.

 

 

When we are COVID-free, Pender offers numerous activities for children of all ages:

Sunday worship (All ages!) – At Pender children are encouraged and invited to participate in worship at church.

Sunday School (newborn- 6th grade) – on Sunday morning, at 10:15, we offer Sunday school for children 2 years old through 6th grade. They are in classes with friends that are around the same age as them so they can learn more about God’s love together. We are currently using Orange Curriculum which is amazing! Their goal is to connect the church and family together to deepen the faith of children!

Sunday Morning Nursery– Babies up to 2 years old are welcome in the nursery during the 9:00 and the 11:15 am service. The nursery provides a warm and loving environment for the children. We also have a pager system to ensure safety and communication with parents. We also have the nursery open during other worship services that Pender offers.

Children’s Church– During the 9 :00 service we have a children’s message within the service specifically for kids! After this time of learning, children 2 years old through second grade are welcome to go downstairs for Children’s church.

Jesus Loves You (JLU) (4th – 6th graders) – On the second Sunday of every month JLU meets and has a time of fellowship, learning, and fun together! They meet from 5-7pm and learn more about God together.

 

Other Children’s Ministry experiences at Pender:
Children’s Choirs and Bell groups
Scouting at Pender
Summer camps info

Pender offers various camps throughout the summer for children.of varying ages.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

(2 years old -6thgrade)

Pender Hill Preschool

(18 months – 5 years)

 

Family Events:

Pender is dedicated to having family events throughout the year where the whole family can come and experience God’s love and fellowship with others together.

Some of our annual events include:

Movie Nights – Throughout the Year

Cabin Fever Party – February

Easter Event – April

Pender Rocks the Block – September

A Night in Bethlehem – December

SAFETY

All teachers are required to submit to a thorough background check and complete Child Protection Training. In addition, all teacher helpers must attend training.

 

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Charles Wesley: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
In Honor of Charles Wesley ‘s birthday today.   Wesley (1707-1788),  the younger brother of John Wesley wrote the words to this Christmas Carol.

Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the people who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. Hark the Herald Angels Sing appeared in 1739 in a book called Hymns and Sacred Poems.

Wesley envisioned this being sung to the same tune as his hymn, Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,  and in some hymnals it is included along with the more popular version.

This hymn was regarded as one of the Great Four Anglican Hymns and published as number 403 in “The Church Hymn Book” (New York and Chicago, USA, 1872).

To celebrate the invention of the printing press, Felix Mendelssohn composed a cantata in 1840 called Festgesang or “Festival Song”. The melody of Mendelssohn’s cantata was then used by William H. Cummings and adapted it to the lyrics of Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”.

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

And, of course, no one can do it better than The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2020 in Christmas Music, Holidays, Posts of Interest

 

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Pumpkin Fun at Pender UMC

 

Join us for some Fall Fun!  Activities to include pumpkin carving, a pumpkin contest, and a costume contest!
Please bring your own pumpkin!  We will provide carving tools and trash bags and cleanup stations!
Costumes are encouraged!
We will keep you safe while enjoying time together.  Masks are required.  Upon arrival, you will check in, answer some quick health check questions and be given your designated space for your family so that you can be safely social distanced from others.
Reminders and more details will be sent 2 days prior to this event.
Although a signup is required, this is a free event.
Pender UMC is at 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033
 

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Memorial Day 2020

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A UMNS Report by Barbara Dunlap-Berg*

From sea to shining sea, United Methodists are finding special ways to observe Memorial Day in the United States. Here is a sampling of ideas.

  1. Pray for all who have given their lives for our freedom. “The major emphasis of the Memorial Day worship time,” said the Rev. Alan Brown, Hayes Memorial United Methodist Church, Fremont, Ohio, “is not on a secular observance; rather, it is the message of the gospels and the sacraments of the church.”
  2. Read the names of fallen veterans, and toll a bell after each name is read. The Rev. Walter L. Graves encourages people to read the names when they see a war memorial. “Remember,” said the pastor of Reelsboro United Methodist Church, New Bern, N.C., “that was a person who had… dreams and desires.”
  3. Provide special worship music with a PowerPoint presentation. “My church has a slide show of friends and family, living and dead, who have served in the military,” reported Leslie Haggs, lay leader at Angelica United Methodist Church in New York.
  4. Offer a candlelight service. Bishop James Swanson of the Holston Annual (regional) Conference will preach at joint services of three congregations — Mount Wesley and New Victory, Telford, Tenn., and Mayberry, Jonesborough, Tenn. A candlelight service for those interred in the church cemetery will be part of worship.
  5. Wave a flag. Youth of First United Methodist Church, Koppel, Pa., raised money to buy an American flag for all 225 residences in the little town. “I’m a flag-waver,” admitted the Rev. Donald A. Anderson. Quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he expressed hope that the flags would “bring Koppel a sense of pride in participating in this great holiday honoring those who fought to protect our freedoms.”

    At Arlington (Va.) National Cemetary, flags decorate the tombs of those who died in the service of their country. Photo courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery.

    At Arlington (Va.) National Cemetary, flags decorate the tombs of those who died in the service of their country. Photo courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery.

  6. Lay a wreath. In Illinois, Malta United Methodist Church will have a special worship service. The congregation invites veterans of the community to pay tribute to fellow soldiers by marching as a unit from the church to the township library, where a wreath will be dedicated.
  7. Decorate veterans’ graves. “After Sunday service,” said the Rev. Charlie Johnson Jr., a local pastor serving three congregations in the Lynchburg, Va., area, “we go into the church cemetery, remove the old flags placed on the graves of veterans last Memorial Day and replace them with new ones…We remember our active-duty military every Sunday during prayer.”
  8. Do a project for active troops. In Maine, the North Searsport United Methodist Church is recruiting the community to join parishioners in a mission project to benefit soldiers going overseas. Participants will sew small pillows for military personnel. The project is in response to recent articles about soldiers having to pay for pillows on their flights.
  9. Make military care packages.  The congregation of First United Methodist Church, Alice, Texas, brought items for military care packages to mail to troops serving overseas. “Many of us have loved ones who are serving in the military,” member Stefany Simmons explained. “Each of us signed cards to include for the troops.”
  10. Be part of a community-service day. Manatee United Methodist Church is one of two Bradenton, Fla., locations for the Journey of Remembrance, an annual community-service day honoring U.S. military veterans and their families for their care and sacrifice.

    Parades are one way to honor those who sacrifice daily for our freedom. A web-only photo by Dee Dee Cobb.

    Parades are one way to honor those who sacrifice daily for our freedom. A web-only photo by Dee Dee Cobb.

  11. Learn about issues affecting veterans. At Christ United Methodist Church, Troy, N.Y., a guest speaker will focus on the history and social justice issues related to military mental illness. “At Christ Church,” said the Rev. Nina Nichols in the Bennington Banner, “we honor those who serve their country, who served with the hope of bringing justice on behalf of our nation. But as a people of faith, we must not fail to call for a better way to peace than war. This Memorial Day we pray for peace for the war-weary.”
  12. Glorify Jesus as the Prince of Peace and reach out to those whom others may forget. On Memorial Day – as he does throughout the year – John Alexander, a member of East Lake United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Ala., will be involved with Kairos Prison Ministries. A Christian, lay-led, ecumenical, volunteer, international prison ministry, Kairos brings Christ’s love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and their families.

*Dunlap-Berg is internal content editor for United Methodist Communications.

News media contact: Barbara Dunlap-Berg, Nashville, Tenn., 615-742-5470 ornewsdesk@umcom.org.

From http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/twelve-ways-to-observe-memorial-day

 

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