We are always doing something new around here… but here is a list of some of the many important ongoing ministries our churches share.
Seeds of Faith Preschool
For over a decade, our church has sponsored the Seeds of Faith Preschool, offering early childhood education in a faith-based setting. Largely through the efforts of Miss Anne and Miss Karen, Seeds of Faith has touched the lives of numerous families in our community. Each year, the church and community provide scholarship assistance for families unable to afford the cost of tuition. Click the Seeds of Faith link to the left to learn more about our Seeds of Faith Preschool Ministry.
Ecumenical Christian Education Ministries
We rejoice to be part of the shared Sunday school ministry for children comprised of kids and leaders from the Methodist, Episcopalian, and Lutheran congregations of Seward. During 2009-2010, we will host the elementary aged children while Resurrection Lutheran hosts our preschool children. Nursery care is available during the Sunday School hour at the United Methodist Church. All three churches are within a quick walk, even on a snowy morning.
The Sanctuary Choir
New this past year is our voice choir, singing regularly in worship throughout the year and at special events like the Easter Sunrise Service. Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm, and we hope to keep going through the summer months with Sunday morning rehearsals. Visiting in Seward? Join the choir for a day!
The Handbell Choir
When the church burned to the ground over a decade ago, the only thing that was salvaged was the set of hand bells. Our choir continues to peal forth the joyful sound of faith with monthly appearances in our worship services and an occasional visit to other locations in our community. Practice is on Thursday late afternoons (except during the summer months).
The Food Ministries
Weekly collection of food for the community food bank has long been a part of our life together. Currently our food collections are going to He Will Provide, which is distributing hundreds of pounds of food weekly. Folks bring food to church and volunteers take turns delivering it to the Food Bank. In addition, our church is the primary promoter of the annual CROP Walk in Seward and we make regular donations to other agencies in the community which respond to human need, including Seamen’s Mission and Seaview Community Services.
Seward Mountain View Care Center
Once a month, a group from the church goes to the local nursing home facility to lead worship, part of an ecumenical team that provides weekly worship experiences for the residents. The Methodist Church started Wesley Rehab Center decades ago, and though the name and location have changed in recent years, we are proud to continue to be involved in the institution.
Adult Sunday School Class
Join with other adults in a conversation and questions style Bible Study in the hour before worship. We are always amazed at how the material covered in class enhances the experience of worship which follows. The class is usually opened with a video segment for discussion. We have used materials from NOOMA and Living the Questions.