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Bishop Bard blesses Michigan campers

Families at beach at Lakeview Camp

Four sites will not open in 2019. Bishop David Bard pens a letter of encouragement and hope to those considering a summer-time experience at a United Methodist Campground in Michigan. 

AC offering benefits Haiti’s children

Haitian mother and infant

The 2019 Haiti Ingathering at The Michigan Annual Conference will support programs at Grace Children’s Hospital that offer care and create hope for thousands of families. 

Children’s Story Bibles

Children

One important way to teach and pass on the foundations of the Christian faith are through stories in the Bible. But there are SO many to choose from! Here are a few that I recommend! Spark Story Bible – Great for ages 3-7, brightly colored illustrations, a wide-variety of 150 stories. The Bible may be… Continue Reading Children’s Story Bibles

Crisis and Trauma in Children

Children

The world can seem like a big and scary place. Yet again, we learn of more acts of horrible violence in Christchurch, New Zealand. Children may or may not know about this latest news of violence, but they practice lock-down drills and active shooter drills at school. They may hear things on the TV or… Continue Reading Crisis and Trauma in Children

Mid-Michigan Children & Youth Ministry Leaders Network

Mid-Michigan Children & Youth Ministry Leaders Network Thursday, January 31 from 11am-1pm at University UMC, East Lansing. A place to network, share ideas, brainstorm, support, and encourage.  Bring your lunch and ideas/questions for Lent and beyond. RSVP to Kathy Pittenger at kpittenger@michiganumc.org

Template for church Protection Policy

Children giving thumbs up

Does your local church have a policy in place for protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults in your congregation? This template will help.

Blue Christmas for Children

Children

By: Rev. Kathy Pittenger Children’s Initiatives Coordinator The days and weeks leading up to Christmas can be very exciting for children. But there are children among us who also may be experiencing negative emotions. The “Blue Christmas” service is becoming more common among churches. The service is often on or near December 21st, the winter… Continue Reading Blue Christmas for Children

Flint children visited by Deaf Santa

Rev. Christy Miller-Black with Deaf Santa

Santa Claus came to Flint and heard the holiday wishes of deaf and hard-of-hearing children using American Sign Language. 

Young artists share their faith

Every week the children of Ellendale UMC in Memphis, TN use their talents to produce bulletin covers that enhance worship.

New Advent resource for families

Small candle with pine boughs

Families often dread the frenetic race to Christmas. This new online resource keeps the focus on the coming of Christ.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!