Ash Wednesday, February 17th begins the season of Lent. This 40 day season is set apart on the Christian calendar as a time of repentance, fasting, generosity, and prayer. It's a season of re-orienting ourselves that prepares us for resurrection. Kirkwood Methodist Church has plans and activities to engage and challenge you during Lent. Come and worship with KUMC as we explore the new sermon series "Blueprint for Hope", as we prepare to build hope following the plans that Jesus left for us. All are invited!
Participate in Worship from home and outdoors during the season of Lent with KUMC!
Join KUMC for Maundy Thursday Worship in an interactive experience on Zoom. Worship will include communion and foot washing as we explore the actions of Jesus at the Last Supper and how he prepared the disciples for what was to come.
Watch for a Zoom link to this event in the near future.
The Golgotha Experience was written and composed in 2014 by Jesse and Leah Roberts of the band, Poor Bishop Hooper. This moving musical concert invites you to experience Jesus' suffering in a new way as it takes you through the stations of the cross using powerful visuals, God's Word, and guided prayer incorporated with fourteen, scripture-based original songs. Watch from your Realm Newsfeed, or on KUMC’s Facebook page beginning at noon or 7pm, or anytime later at your convenience.
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Come to Kirkwood Park to enjoy the outdoors and to walk through the Journey to the Cross set up around the lake at Kirkwood Park. This is a drop-in event and you are encouraged to arrive at different times to be able to safely distance on your walk through the stations.
A video version of the walk will be posted later in the evening for those who would prefer to watch from home on Realm or KUMC’s Vimeo Channel.
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On this joyous day, let's celebrate together at 10 am on Easter Sunday at KUMC if we can! Dress for the weather and bring your lawn chairs to social distance on the church parking lot. Masks are required for this gathering and please plan to follow all current safety guidelines, and directions of the ambassadors on hand on the day of the event.
If you prefer to watch from home, you'll be able to join the live stream of KUMC's Easter Worship on our Facebook Page at 10 am.
If weather does not decide to cooperate with the outdoor plan, the live stream of Easter Sunday Worship will take place from KUMC's Sanctuary for all to enjoy from home. Please watch the weather, and watch KUMC's Facebook Page & Realm for any weather announcements pertaining to Easter Sunday.
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Here are some fun things to keep you actively engaged during Lent, through daily devotions, outdoor activities, and mission projects!
We have a Lent package filled with activities for you! Drive-thru KUMC's parking lot on Wednesday, February 24th from 5 - 7 pm to pick up a packet. It includes:
- A Lenten Devotional Book
- An Outdoors Guide for Lent - A 40-hour adventure to connect body, mind & spirit with meditations, prayers, outdoor activities, places to visit in STL, yoga, mission activities, and crafts.
An Egg-stra Special Egg Hunt for Neighbors Mission Activity! (See more on that below)
A jelly bean prayer complete with jelly beans!
Let your neighbor know that they are an "Egg-stra Special Person" with this Lent mission activity. You'll find a bag of ten plastic Easter Eggs that you are to fill with notes to tell your neighbor why you appreciate them, or simple words of kindness like, "Smile" or "God Loves you & so do I" to brighten their day. You can include treats in the eggs too if you like. Then secretly hide the eggs in their yard and hang the bag on their front door to let them know they have been "egged". There is a sign in the kit to put on your front door, and a sign for the neighbor to post too. See how far this act of love at Easter time can travel in your neighborhood as more and more "Egg-stra Special Person" signs are posted!
Starting on Monday, March 29th you're invited to an online art gallery crawl on Facebook and Realm. Watch daily for posts of Hope Guides Us to The Holy. These posts will display pieces from KUMC's artwork collection and passages about each, allowing you to contemplate the art and its significance to the events of Holy Week. You can also see all of the videos in the showcase below.
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