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An outgrowth of its ministry with families is Fridays Out with God, where teens lwork work with a chef to earn to prepare tasty, nutritious meals. Some later prepare food to be shared with clients of a homeless minstry the church supports.

PHOTO COURTESY OF Hinsdale United Methodist Church

An outgrowth of its ministry with families is Fridays Out with God, where teens lwork work with a chef to earn to prepare tasty, nutritious meals. Some later prepare food to be shared with clients of a homeless minstry the church supports.

A family poses with a its

PHOTO COURTESY OF Hinsdale United Methodist Church

A family poses with a its "blessed pet" during Christian Home Month at Hinsdale United Methodist Church.

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Celebrating Christian Home Month

 

It Worked For Us!
March-April 2016

Little Alex did not want to miss church because he wanted to finish reading to Kuma, the therapy dog.

Alex, an avid reader, and other children in the Sunday school were excited to read to dogs, cats and even stuffed animals at Hinsdale United Methodist Church in Illinois. When Alex could not finish the book during Sunday school, he told his mother he had to go back the following Sunday and finish reading the story to Kuma.

Hinsdale celebrates Christian Home Month each May. The reading activity that engaged Alex was during Blessing of the Animals week. After the live animals and stuffed animals were blessed during worship, children got to take the stuffed animals home.

On one of the Sundays during Family Month, children participate in worship. They learn to serve as ushers and greeters. The youth group greets mothers with flowers on Mother's Day.

The church's Family Month activities go back several years. Since 2014, the congregation has been pedaling bikes one Sunday out of the month from 7 a.m. to noon. "This is a wonderful evangelism activity," said the Rev. Jon McCoy, pastor of Hinsdale. "It's a great way to spend time with the family, and we value that. Family ties are important, and many parents attend the church because they want to build a strong spiritual foundation for their children.

"We want to engage families at Hinsdale," he said. "We also want to emphasize reaching new families, doing missions and being a home of faith."

AT A GLANCE Hinsdale United Methodist Church | 945 S. Garfield St., Hinsdale, IL 60521 | 630-325-1280 | HUMC@hinsdaleumc.com | www.hinsdaleumc.com | Senior pastor: Rev. John E. McCoy | Average attendance: 298 | Northern Illinois Conference

Christian Home Month

May is Christian Home Month in The United Methodist Church. Resources from Discipleship Ministries are available to help your congregation develop and strengthen faith in the home and support Christian families in their faith journeys. For worship suggestions, family devotional ideas, retreat plans and congregational activities, visit www.umcdiscipleship.org.