It is hard to believe 2015 is going be so fast! It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the Christmas season here at Missouri United Methodist Church. However, recently, we have been blessed with warmer, spring like weather and the thought of cold temperatures and snow is quickly fading from our memories. As the year marches forward, all of our local students will be celebrating spring break this upcoming week as college students and local families will be packing up their cars and looking forward to much needed time away.
Once everyone returns from their destinations, it will be time for us to come together and celebrate Holy Week. We will kick off Holy Week with the annual Palm Parade in downtown Columbia. Every year Missouri UMC joins other downtown churches as we process out of our building at 10 a.m. and march along with our fellow Christians to the intersection of Broadway and 9th Streets. Our acolytes will play a large role in leading our congregation toward downtown. Once there we hold a united service and commemorate the time when Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem. It is always a wonderful sight to see children, youth and adults from the different denominations join together, waving their palm branches and joining together in Christian love and unity.
Our children and youth have also played a large role in preparing for our Good Friday presentation of The Stations of The Cross. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Good Friday, members from the community, as well as our own church members, will be welcomed into the first floor of our Christian Life Center (CLC) to walk through 12 different stations representing the last days of Jesus Christ on Earth and his eventual death and resurrection. The Children and Youth from MUMC will prepare four of the different stations will represent Peter’s denial, Jesus being nailed to the cross, Jesus taking his last breath on the cross and our human need to let go of sin and burden in our lives. We invite you to come out and experience the work that children and youth, as well as many other groups from the church, have done to put together this touching experience.
Easter Sunday morning will be filled with excitement and celebration so we will be doing something different in Children’s Sunday School that morning. Children in grades K-5 will participate in an all church scavenger hunt where they will learn more about our church by visiting different places in the church. At each place they will learn more about what takes place there and will receive an Easter egg filled with a small reminder of what they have learned. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Who knows, maybe they will learn something new too! Children will check-in as usual and head to their regular classroom. There they will receive a clue to their first destination. At each spot, they will find an additional clue to keep them moving around the church. Their final clue will lead them to a special place where they will hear the Easter story told by Jim Bryant. Children will be dismissed from the Atrium in the CLC.
Written by Rev. Hank Jenkins, Youth Pastor & Nancy Cooper, Children’s and Family Life Leader