[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n addition to the many regular and on-going activities presented throughout this site, Embry Hills offers several seasonal events throughout the year, giving us special time for fellowship and mission and focusing on specific themes. Check our calendar and announcements for events, dates and times.
Some events are so beloved that they continue to be held annually and become traditions. Read about some of our seasonal traditions at EHUMC and we hope to see you at the next one.
Children and youth are our joy and our commitment to them is reflected in the numerous seasonal and special events we have each year primarily for children and youth. As any child will tell you, the more the merrier! We hope to see you soon!
- Cross over to Easter: Cross Over invites children to explore the story of Easter in depth. In the weeks before Easter, kids will spend an hour and a half learning the Easter story in fun hands-on ways. They will learn about Jesus’ ministry on Earth and discover what the characters in the Easter story teach us about God.
- Ash Wednesday Service for Children: What is Ash Wednesday? The church uses ashes in an Ash Wednesday service to mark our foreheads to remind us we belong to God. This service also marks the beginning of Lent, forty days we spend to prepare us for Easter. Every Ash Wednesday we host an evening service for grown up and since this holy day can be confusing to kids, we invite kids to an age appropriate version made just for them! Nursery care available upon request.
- Easter Egg Hunt: Join us in the Family Life Center for egg-citing crafts and activities, eggs-tremely good music at the Annual Embry Hills Easter Egg Hunt. There will be the much anticipated Easter Egg Hunt according to age groups. There will also be an Easter Parade for all ages. There will even be a very special visit…from a very special furry, floppy-eared friend! So bring an empty basket and join us for some eggs-tra special fun. Free for the whole family! See you there!
- Youth Sunday: Each year the Youth Group at EHUMC conducts the 11am Sunday service, including the music, the sermon and time on the steps. It’s a great opportunity to see the next generation in action. It is a moving and rejuvenating service, not to be missed!
My purpose in life is to try to give to other people what I have found here at EHUMC, not in a church as a building, but in the church as a family. If I can help anyone else feel as loved and supported as I have felt here, then I would consider my purpose fulfilled.
— Jenn C. in the Youth Sunday 2013 service
- Vacation Bible School: What children’s ministry program would be complete without Vacation Bible School? We invite you to join children ages 4 years old through 5th grade for a whole week of fun, faith, and fellowship! Boys and girls will celebrate biblical stories and traditions in fun ways such as interactive storytelling, games, rockin’ music, super science, cool crafts, and more! Don’t forget about the unique VBXTreme Experience! VBXtreme is an alternative VBS program for children in 4th and 5th grade. They will be studying the same Bible lessons but with different activities, recreation and crafts just for them.
- Celebration Sunday: As our kids are promoted into a new grade, they also move up a Sunday School Class and Celebration Sunday is a time for kids to meet teachers and other volunteers who will be working with them all year long! During the Sunday School hour from 9:30-10:45am, children 4 years old to 5th grade are invited to meet in the Family Life Center for games and activities to celebrate the love of God and each other! After the Sunday School hour we invite you to join us for 11am Worship in our sanctuary for a service dedicated to the celebration of God’s gift of learning and teaching.
- Parent Nights Out: Keep an eye out for these special programs! Drop your kids off at the Family Life Center for a FREE evening of pizza and fun for kids of all ages! Plus free nursery care! Enjoy this free time to have a date night or run some errands, we will watch the kids.
- Children’s Sabbath: Children’s Sabbath is a special Sunday at Embry Hills where the children and children’s ministry leaders help to lead worship! We have children’s choir provided musical leadership in the service, we present inscribed bibles to our 3rd graders, and the UMW will honor new babies by donating to missions across the world.
- Journey to Bethlehem: Based on Adam Hamilton’s bestselling books, this special interactive after-school opportunity invites children (ages 4-8) to explore the story of Jesus’ birth with fresh eyes and ears. They will experience the culture of ancient Bethlehem and discover what each character in the story teaches us about God. To let your child discover the meaning of Christmas in a fun new way! They will realize what this story means for their lives today and celebrate the birth of God’s Son. This program is a free KidzTown Christmas gift to you!
Adults have our events as well, but for some reason, they often revolve around food. Coincidence? Could be. Bring an appetite, a smile, yourself and a friend and join us as we nourish our bodies and souls.
- Chili Cook Off: Each winter the United Methodist Women host a Chili Cook Off in the Family Life Center after the 11am service. Prizes are awarded for best chili and best name, however all who attend to sample the great entries are winners. The ultimate winners of this event are those who receive the support from the various UMW ministries through this fundraising event. Join us and see if you can take the crown from the reigning champion.
- BBQ and Bake Sale: What is more southern than Church, baked goods, sweet ice tea and smoked pork? Only the sounds of bluegrass and fine folks gathering together to eat and fellowship. Each year the United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women host a BBQ and Bake sale to raise funds for their various ministry activities. The evening before, we gather to ‘Light the Fire’, eat hamburgers and hot dogs and listen to the strains of our members playing bluegrass.
- Choir Potato Bar: From time to time, the Chancel Choir hosts a Baked Potato Bar after the 11am service in the Family Life Center. Mainly its just another great excuse for us to get together and, well, eat, but they do raise funds to support various ministries and outreach activities.