November 09, 2021 Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church

Family Ministry Fun by Erin

Family Ministry Fun by Erin

Tony & Elizabeth enjoying the fire pit.

Normally at this time of year, I would be sharing with you about what our church’s youth and children did to celebrate Halloween, gearing up for our Fall Retreat at Camp Indianola, and advertising for our annual Turkey Bowl football game. But as we all are aware and experiencing, we’re still not yet back to “normal times”.

Even with the restrictions we follow to keep us safe, our children and youth ministries are carrying on as best we can in this abnormal season of ministry. At the end of October, Family Ministries hosted a Family Night Out at Whidbey Farm & Market (on Monroe Landing, across from the Blue Fox Drive-In). The families that joined us enjoyed roasting hot dogs and s’mores over the fire pit, exploring the market store, climbing the hay pyramid, and finding their way through the corn maze in the dark. We have not yet been ready to resume our full Wednesday night programming, but the Youth Group is regularly meeting in the Youth Room on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 for games, conversation, and Bible study.

While we don’t have as busy an event calendar as we have in the past for this time of year, we are still looking forward to a few events as we approach the holiday season. On December 5, the second Sunday of Advent, Family Ministries will host our annual Adventure to Christmas. This is a gathering for all ages, and will take place in Centennial Hall immediately following a shortened worship service. We will have several different stations offering crafts and activities for people to engage with and enjoy.

Our staff and leaders are planning a variety of events leading up to Christmas this year, so look for more information coming soon through the Sunday announcements and Thursday email.