The Souper Bowl of Caring collection began as a simple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat” is inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world.
This prayer, delivered by Brad Smith, then a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, gave birth to an idea. Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? Youth could collect donations at their schools and churches in soup pots, and then send every dollar DIRECTLY to a local charity of THEIR choice.
That was 1990. Since then, ordinary young people have generated an extraordinary more than $90 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country.
Yesterday our Youth Group collected $500.00 for the North End Soup Kitchen and 168 food items for the United Methodist Food Pantry. Thank you to our generous congregation for supporting God’s work beyond our church walls!
17 youth had a great time exchanging gifts, playing games, sharing Christmas favorites and prayer time during this year’s Christmas party. Pastor Robbie also led us and several adults who gathered on the front church entrance to sing Christmas carols to passersby. The picture below is a small representative. Merry Christmas everyone!
Our Children and Youth presented the true meaning of Christmas on Sunday, December 18 during the 11a.m. worship service. Below are a few pictures of the wonderful group of young people we have in our midst. Thank you to the congregation who supports their efforts, and to all parents for bringing the children to us!
Club 45 met in late November to make Advent Prayer chains. Prayers included family, friends, personal, church and community. This group for 4th and 5th graders meets once a month to strengthen fellowship and focuses on mission activities. Please see the calendar for futures dates.
5 youth, 3 Club 45er’s and 6 adults had a great time singing Christmas songs, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, and greeting customers at the Fenton VG’s on Silver Parkway from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. Other adults from our church filled in the rest of the day from 9AM – 9PM. It’s amazing how fast time flies when having fun and sharing the joy of Christ! Even though it was cold and the start of our first big snow of the season, the appreciation and generosity expressed by customers warmed our hearts. Thank you Fenton community for supporting the Salvation Army!
We had a great time during our annual Triple C night (cookies, cards & crafts) decorating 12 dozen cookies and making cards and gifts for our Deacon’s care receivers. Great job youth! A big THANK YOU to Jenny Gibb and Martha Smith for their adult assistance ????
Sunday, November 6, six youth and five adults walked the Dibbleville area praying for our neighbors and community. We looked and prayed for homes with special needs, those selling and buying homes, homes that are vacant, new and existing businesses, all area churches and pastors, local and national government, and asked for prayer requests from those who passed by.
Afterward, we returned to church for quiet personal contemplation by reading Luke 10:25-37, asking, “Who is my neighbor?” and filling in “Love thy ______ neighbor.” Some answers were lonely, frail, proud, hurting, cruel, joyful, misguided, unfaithful, and trusting. We also experienced prayer stations with sand, clay, rock painting, finger labyrinths, journaling, prayer poses, and tacking burdens to the cross, along with meditative music. We look forward to doing this again during the Advent season!
Below are pictures of prayer around the cross in the sidewalk at The Road Community Church.
12 youth and 4 adults from St. Jude’s & Fenton First Presbyterian Churches went to Spicer’s Orchard Saturday, October 29. We enjoyed the hayride, took on the corn maze scavenger hunt challenge, and had cider and donuts – YUM! It was good to make new friends, and we look forward to more opportunities to play and learn together. God is good!!!
Thank you to the Hodgkin family for hosting the annual pumpkin carving and bonfire party again this year! Prizes were awarded for the most creative, scariest, silliest and best traditional pumpkins. We also enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with Pastor Lindsey and family 🙂 And yes, the pumpkin in the back middle of the picture is a llama!
Club 45 (4th and 5th graders) carved pumpkins after worship on Sunday, October 23. This group meets once a month for fellowship and service events. Check the event calendar for future dates!