NM Interfaith Power & Light, an ecumenical environmental advocacy group whose work is largely supported by our Conference, has the following offering for kids this summer:
The Eco-Explorer camp is fast approaching and we still have openings for 6th-12th graders who want to be part of our first youth training camp from July 29-August 4 at Ghost Ranch. The total cost is $350; but we have scholarships for $100, $200 and $250. Please inquire to Steve at Ghost Ranch or Joan at NMIPL. Flyer attached
We owe this experience to our young people who are and will be our leaders and who are inheriting a planet with many challenges. This is an opportunity for them to be inspired, learn, grow and share their gifts when they return home. Registrations are available on line at Ghost Ranch website http://ghostranch.org/ghost-ranch-workshops/youth-eco-explorer-camp/. Call 505-266-6966 or write . for more information.
The General Board of Church and Society urges you to join the new Children's Advocacy Network and to recruit the members of your church, Wesley Foundation, Sunday School class and all of your networks to join, as well!
Through new Children's Rights Advocate Joseph Kim's leadership, we will work together to create a just and peaceful world for all children.
To join the network go to www.umc-gbcs.org/ChildrensNetwork. CHECK IT OUT!
Welcoming Children as a VITAL Part of Worship
Are you searching for new ways to welcome children as a VITAL part of worship?
At the UMC Conference on Ministry with Children, you can participate in workshops, symposiums, and other sessions dedicated to discussing how you can lead your church to engage ALL children effectively in worship.
Because children are a vital part of worship, it is important to help develop children’s spiritual gifts and to model best practices for teachers and leaders. Learn about welcoming children in worship with leaders in the field including Kelly Duke, Delia Halverson, Michael Williams, Edward and Sara Webb Phillips, and others.
Join us this July in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina for the UMC Conference on Ministry with Children!
Table Top Conversations
UMC 2013 Conference on Ministry with Children
Greenville, South Carolina
July 22-26, 2013
A ministry of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church
Children's Ministries in the NM Annual Conference
Visit these pages often to hear stories of the wonderful programs being developed in our local churches for children.
06/15/2011: First United Methodist Church, Belen NM
Our Watch-Me-Grow Preschool has just received notification that the NM Children, Youth and Families Department is proposing to contract with us to serve 40 four year old children in our PreK program for the next 4 years.
Although we cannot teach Christian lessons to the children during the PreK time (separation of state and church rules), the children and parents will experience Christian values through contact with our staff and members of our church. Additionally, the families in the PreK program are invited to our church activities, which really helps families who do not have a church home feel welcome in our home. We are blessed with a wonderful Christian PreK Watch-Me-Grow director in Mrs. Rose Bailey.
God always surprises us in the many different ways we can help others. We just need to keep our eyes open to the opportunities. Our preschool is one of the ways we use in helping to serve God and to reach these families with His Goodness. He has answered our prayers to continue His work in this way. God is Good, God Is Great!!!
For more information sharing, visit http://www.belenumc.org or
Springer, NM: First United Methodist Church
Rev. Kenneth W. Tidmore reports a new cross-denominational children's outreach ministry at First UMC, "Follow the Son" Bible Club. Held right after school in the Elementary School cafeteria, they teach all children how to know and love Jesus, how to walk with Him daily, and how to love one another. Songs, snacks, prayer, Bible verse teaching, corresponding game, and a newsletter to take home are on the agenda each day. Parents are always welcome to join their children in the Bible Club, whether by modeling for children how to worship and listen, participating, responding to the lesson, or becoming a more integral part of the team through teaching and helping. Teens are welcomed to get in on the action, too!
These Children's Bible Clubs have been held on and off in the East Mountain area of Albuquerque for over 20 years. In September of 2005, school districts began requiring liability insurance in order for the clubs to meet at their schools. Because of this, Springer established their non-profit status in December of 2007. All donations to the effort are now tax deductible.
If you have any questions about the 501(3c) organization of Follow the Son Bible Clubs and this ministry at FUMC Springer, feel free to contact Rev. Tidmore or Nonie Tidmore at , or , or write to Follow the Son Bible Club, PO Box 3212, Edgewood, NM 87015.
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