Category Archives: Children

Fifty Cleaning Kits Assembled and Delivered for UMCOR Hurricane Relief

Fifty Cleaning Kits Assembled and Delivered for UMCOR Hurricane Relief

Yesterday 50 completed UMCOR Cleaning Kits or Flood Buckets were transported from Sterling UMC and delivered to the Burke United Methodist Church where they were loaded on to the Burke UMC church bus.  This morning around 10 AM the Burke UMC bus left for the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen Virginia, the northern Virginia regional drop off site.   Two other local churches Warrenton United Methodist and the Cranford United Methodist Church (Lorton) served as local drop off sites and transported buckets to The Virginia Conference in Glen Allen .

Members of the local community and Sterling UMC donated the items necessary to complete the 50 buckets. This past Sunday, during Sterling UMC’s  Growing Deeper at Ten hour of service, the buckets were assembled and the their lids secured to make the trip to help those in hurricane and flood damaged areas.

In addition, Girl Scout Troop 495 of Arlington, Virginia responded to the call for help on social media by assembling and delivering to Sterling UMC 48 UMCOR Hygiene Kits.  Those kits were sent south with the cleaning buckets on the Burke UMC bus.

According to the Virginia Conference website “Hurricane Harvey relief phase is underway in Texas and Louisiana and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is providing much needed resources.…In support of UMCOR’s response efforts, the Virginia Conference is collecting cleaning buckets that will be shipped to the UMCOR Depot Sager-Brown on Sept. 21.”

Since making that statement Hurricane Irma has left her destruction across the Caribbean and Florida.

This next Sunday September 24, Sterling UMC will continue its efforts to provide relief materials by assembling Hygiene Kits during the 10 AM hour of service.

Hygiene kits contain:

1 each – Hand towel 15″ x 25″ to 17″ x 27″ (No kitchen towels please)

1 each – Washcloth (no child/baby’s washcloths please)

1 each – Comb (sturdy and at least 8 inches long)

1 each – Metal nail file or fingernail clipper (no toenail clippers please)

1 each – Bath-sized bar of soap 3 oz. or larger

6 each – Adhesive bandages (3/4″ -1″ size)

1 each – Toothbrush in packaging

1 each – One gallon size plastic bag with zip top closure

 

Also UMCOR requests a $1.00 per kit donation to provide toothpaste with a current date.

Donations of these items can be delivered to the church donation center in the lobby/narthex through Friday September 22.

If you would like to help assemble kits join us at 10 AM this Sunday morning!

 

God bless everyone who participated in providing product, assembling buckets, and praying for those in the storm zones and those responding to the call for action.

More prayers and more action will be needed as more storms and disasters threaten even as we read this.

 

The Children’s Worship participating in bucket effort.
Lining up to fill buckets
Getting a bucket and instructions
Thanks to Burke UMC for bringing this area’s buckets to the Virginia Conference Center

 

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

9 AM Kids Worship Hour Ages 2 & 3                                                               Room 100 Ages 4-Grade 6                                                     Gallihugh Hall   Drop Off – Children will be dropped off to their assigned room-either Gallihugh Hall or Room 100-before you go to your  worship service. Pick Up – Parents please pick up your child or… Continue Reading

Sterling Kids

Sterling Kids

  “Train a child how to live the right way.  Then even when he is old, he will still live that way.” Proverbs 22:6   The New Sunday Experience coming September 10 to SUMC includes some changes to our children’s and youth programs as well. Our Sunday School program is now called “Sterling Kids” and… Continue Reading

It’s back to school time again and time for the Blessing of the Backpacks!

It’s back to school time again and time for the Blessing of the Backpacks!

Remember to have the kids bring their Backpacks to our 9:30 AM service this Sunday August 20 for the Blessing of the Backpacks by Pastor Steve. But also: Does your child’s backpack look like the one this young scholar is wearing in the photo? According the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the American Occupational Therapy… Continue Reading

This Year’s Musical

This Year’s Musical

Are you ready for this year’s Musical announcement?  …Well, you will have to wait a little bit longer! We are working out all the details behind the scenes to make another fantastic show. As always, we are looking for cast members to be in this year’s production.  If you are between 6th-12th grade, you are… Continue Reading

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

It is time once again to partner with Samaritan’s Purse to send Christmas joy to children around the world!  Boxes are now available in the lobby.  Pick one up and fill it with small gifts and necessities.  A list is provided to help you.  Bring the filled boxes back by November 13. Contact:  Debbie Jacobus. Continue Reading

Grief Books for Children

The library at Sterling United Methodist Church (Room 103) has 4 new books on the shelves on the subject of grieving for children: God Gave Us Heaven.  By Lisa Tawn Bergren.  Art by Laura J. Bryant. The Secret of the Dragonfly.  A story of hope and promise.  By Gayle Shaw Cramer. Illustrated by Jan Jones. The Invisible… Continue Reading

Trunk or Treat!

Trunk or Treat!

Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Kids!  Wear your (non-scary) halloween costumes.  Play fun games and trick or treat at decorated car trunks for nut-free candy. In the front parking lot of Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Road. Sterling, VA  20164. Click here to sign up to help with this event!… Continue Reading

Blessing of the Backpacks

Blessing of the Backpacks

On Sunday, August 28 at the 9:30 AM worship service, and at the 11:00 AM Amigos service, we will be blessing our children and their backpacks in preparation for the coming school year. All school-aged children, including preschoolers, are invited to bring their backpacks to participate in this blessing.  We will commit the new school… Continue Reading

Easter Carnival

Easter Carnival

Saturday,March 19 1:00 – 3:00 PM Join us for fun and games, laughter and activities. Come and enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, moon bounce, balloon animals, snacks and more! Fun for the whole family!   Click here to sign up to help with the carnival or to donate needed items. (This link will take you to signupgenius.com.)  … Continue Reading

Lenten Devotional for February 10

God Gives Us a Home Read:  Psalm 121 The Lord will protect you on your journeys— whether going or coming— from now until forever from now. –Psalm 121:8 Reflect: On the palm of your hand you write my name, O God. Through the pages of creation, my life unfolds. In the chambers of your heart, I have… Continue Reading

KUC Preschool Registration

KUC Preschool Registration

Registration for the 2016-17 school year of Kids Under Construction Preschool begins: January 14 for current KUC families. January 28 for SUMC members and alumni. February 4 for new families. Registration is first come first served. You will find the registation forms at www.kucpreschool.org. There will be an Open House on January 21 at 10:00… Continue Reading