Part of the mission of a church is not just serving its members but reaching out to the local community as well. One Long Island church, which may be small in numbers but is filled with the Spirit, is East Quogue United Methodist Church. I’ve been to Sunday services at this beautiful church and enjoyed hearing the folks share their weekly “God Moments,” where they talk about times during the week when they felt God’s presence in their lives. They also have an annual Blue Sunday worship service to honor the town’s firemen, particularly those who answered their last alarm (passed away) during the previous year.
Now they are starting a program for the children of their community. It will be a monthly ecumenical story time focusing on Christian themes such as love, hope, and faith. There will be a reading of a children’s book, which may be based on a Bible story or another book with a message of love or faith, along with craft time. This is a free event open to all children newborn and up.
The first story time will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, from 1:00 until 2:00 PM at the church’s Parish Hall. They’ll be reading The Tiny Snowflake by Arthur Ginolfi and then each child will make their own unique snowflake. So that the church has enough supplies for all the children, please RSVP to EQoutreach@yahoo.com. Parent/caregivers are expected to stay with the children.
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