First United Methodist Church Christian Education Dept. will be adding a twist to it’s elementary Sunday School program this school year. Still using the United Methodist Deep Blue curriculum, FUMC will be using the workshop rotation Sunday School model where Bible stories and spiritual truths are reinforced by using all the senses. The basic idea is that the Sunday School will focus for several weeks on a single Biblical story. There are a number of lab-style workshops such as missions, science, storytelling/drama, art and audio/visual, where students will rotate each week from workshop to workshop. Rather than the same old boring Sunday School, children will have more fun while learning more and retaining more about the Bible. The school year will be divided into five week sessions so teachers can volunteer for a five week period for any of the workshops. Rather than teaching something different every week, teachers will be teaching their same part for five weeks. They don’t rotate; only the students. Teachers will have the chance to improve each of the five weeks of the unit. Rev. Sherry Brady, Megan Robbins and Michelle Schreur are excited about this program, and want potential teachers/volunteers to have a chance to look at the first unit materials which have been downloaded for everyone to see. There will be a Sunday School teacher/volunteer meeting on Thursday, August 30th at 6:00 p.m. in the Friendship room. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in teaching/volunteering to see how the rotation will work and ask questions. We want you to feel free to come with as many questions as possible. We will have lesson plans available so teachers/volunteers will have two weeks to look over the material and be prepared for our Sunday School kickoff on Sunday, Sept. 9th @ 9:15 a.m. Please feel free to contact Rev. Sherry or Michelle if you have any questions before August 30th.
The kids of Sidewalk Sunday School decided that this year they would have two mission projects. Their money offering would go to help flood victims, but they would also collect poptabs to help the families at the Ronald McDonald House. Pastor Sherry brought home a Ronald McDonald House cardboard “bank”, and every week the young people put in all their poptabs that they have collected. Ask them what these poptabs go for, and they can tell you that they help pay for a night’s stay for the families of the children receiving treatment. Our Sidewalk family received some help from Debbie Burnett at Vista Recycling when she donated a 55 gallon barrel full of poptabs. I brought it over in my pickup to show our kids, and their eyes almost popped out of their heads. I couldn’t help but call David Bell from the Eastern Arizona Courier to come and take their picture. I drove down to the Ronald McDonald house in Tucson on Friday, October 13th to deliver them. The tabs had to be poured out of the barrel into plastic tubs and it took four tubs. After weighing all four tubs, it turned out being 147 lbs! So far since August our Sidewalk family has donated 150.89 lbs. Thanks to our First United Methodist Church family for helping us collect them as well.
John Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in grace, justification, and sanctification. We believe he combined them in a powerful manner to create distinctive emphasis for living the full Christian life.
We believe God’s grace is manifest in all creation. God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ allows us to see the splendor of our true humanity. Divine grace is required for the restoration of God’s image in our lives.
We believe in God pursuing us to be in a relationship. This is God moving towards us. We believe in justification and assurance. Our hearts accept God’s grace through the movement of God’s Holy Spirit. We are forgiven and restored to God’s favor. This is what we commonly call today conversion. We believe in Sanctification and Perfection. The wonder of God’s acceptance and pardon for us does not end there. We are nurtured in our growth and grace. Sanctifying grace draws us towards perfection which Wesley defines as, “habitually filled with the love of neighbor and God” and “having the mind of Christ.”
United Methodists share with other Christians the conviction that Scripture is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine. We believe in Tradition. The theological task does not start anew in each age or each person. For centuries Christians have sought to interpret the truth of the Gospel for their time. We believe our Experience interacts with Scripture. We read Scripture in light of the conditions and events that help shape who we are, and we interpret our experience in terms of Scripture. All religious experience affects all human experience; all human experience affects our understanding of religious experience. We recognize that God’s revelation and our own experience of God’s grace continually surpass the scope of human language and reason, we also believe that any disciplined theological work calls for the careful use of Reason.
(Excerpts from The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012 Paragraphs 102 and 105)
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English: Methodist circuit rider in stained glass, Methodist Sky Chapel, Chicago, Illinois.
Date 16 December 2011, 15:30:11
Source Own work
Author Chris Light
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