What We Learned Last Sunday

We met a man named Philip. Philip was one of Jesus' disciples, one of Jesus' followers. Philip followed Jesus by telling everyone he met the good news – that Jesus is God's Son! Here's a LINK to learn more.

Coming Up this Sunday

Family Worship Sunday (no Sunday School).

Coming Up

May 5

Family Worship

(No Sunday School)

May 11 & 12

Parking Lot Fundraiser for Emma Norton

May 18 • 10am • At HAUMC

Family Ministry Insights and Ideas Special Meeting

May 20-24

Transformative Ministry Summit

June 2

Graduation Sunday

Sundays at HKFL

First Sunday: Family Worship Sunday

(no Sunday School, but the Nursery is available)

What: Kiddos stay with families to experience and participate in worship.

Why: Our Christian faith has many traditions and practices that are highly engaging and often better “caught vs taught” (though we will teach them too). Additionally, Methodism is grounded in four components of Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience. Participation in worship services brings those components to light as we all watch, listen, read, sing and pray.

How: Your child(ren) is welcome to participate and experience by being with you. They are also welcome to take on a leadership role in the worship service such as serving communion, being an acolyte, singing in the children’s choir or leading a reading or prayer. Reach out to Mayme at mayme@haumc.org anytime if you have a kiddo who’d like to lead!

Second Sunday: Service Project Sunday

What: The second Sunday of each month is dedicated to a mini-lesson based on how serving others shows up in the Bible. We then pair that learning with an engaging and fun service project for our kids to complete.

Why: Jesus set the ultimate example of serving others through many different acts and

miracles. We want to not only teach our kids how their lives should look like Jesus’, but give them opportunities to be like him too.

How: Our service projects take place on the Hennepin campus, during the Sunday

School time, and include child-appropriate activities that serve our HAUMC ministries and/or the surrounding Minneapolis community.

Third/Fourth Sunday: Sunday School after Children’s Message 

What: Learning & Fun!

Why: Kids love learning and we want them to learn about the God who loves them, Jesus who they can model their lives after and the Spirit that is present to lead and guide them in ways that are also anything but boring. 

How: We utilize a curriculum that includes fun activities, reading of Scripture and age- appropriate discussion. “What We Learned Today” handouts are given to families at the end of Sunday School so they can continue conversations and learning at home throughout the week. 

Joyful Noise News

Lead Worship/

End-of-year Pizza Party

Sunday, May 5 • 9:20am

This will be our final time leading worship this spring. Please arrive by 9:20am to rehearse briefly before worship. After worship we will have a pizza party! 

Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Leslie Wille

Pronouns: she/her

How long have you volunteered? I joined the church in 1990 and started volunteering as a Sunday School teacher and VBS volunteer once I had children.

Why? I've always enjoyed getting to know the kids and watching them grow up. I also think children need to know there's a supportive, loving community outside of family and friends.

What do I like to do away from HKFL? I like to read, exercise, walk with my husband and watch my grown kids make their way in the world!

RSVP Reminder:

Family Ministry Meeting

Saturday, May 18 • 10am at HAUMC

(or virtual upon request)

Join us May 18 at 10am at Hennepin Avenue (virtual option available). Share your insights on potential changes to the Director of Family Ministry position. RSVP to Pastor Laura (laura@haumc.org) by May 16. Can't make it? Share your ideas beforehand. Help us reach out to others who should be part of the conversation. Your input is crucial. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Hennepin!


Pastors Elizabeth and Laura, and Mayme Simms

Join Us for a Transformative Ministry Summit!

May 20-24

Join us for the Rethink Children and Youth Ministry Summit 2024! Dive into expert interviews, curated resources, and diverse perspectives to nurture spiritual growth in your family. Register HERE for free.

Can't make it? No worries! We've got you covered with post-summit session access. Stay tuned for details.

Parking Lot Fundraiser

May 11 & 12

Join us in supporting Emma Norton's Restoring Waters Campaign! This Mother's Day weekend, we're opening our parking lot for paid parking during the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Art Fair. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Emma Norton Services, providing housing and growth opportunities for women and families in recovery. Be a part of this meaningful cause and sign up to volunteer or simply park with us! Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those in need. Learn more and SIGN UP to volunteer.

For more details about the Art Fair, click HERE.

Calling All

Graduating Seniors

Join us for Graduation Sunday on June 2 as we celebrate the incredible achievements of our graduating students! If you or someone you know is graduating this year, we want to honor them during our service. Fill out this FORM to share information about the graduate and their accomplishments. Form must be filled out by May 20.

Let's come together to recognize and uplift our graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their journey!

Camp Minnesota

Summer 2024

Registration for Camp Minnesota, a summer camp ministry of the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church, is OPEN!

As of today, we have 12 kids from Hennepin attending various weeks of camp this summer. If your child is interested but might need a buddy to go with them, connect with Mayme at mayme@haumc.org. She can let you know if another HKFL friend might be going that your child could pair up with!

Vacation Bible School at Good Sam

June 24-28 • 9am to Noon • 4 years to 4th grade 

Hennepin kids are welcome to participate in VBS being held at Good Samaritan this summer. This unique Vacation Bible School program takes children on an exciting journey where they learn to trust God no matter what situation life brings, know God is always with them, and feel confident in sharing the good news of God's love through Jesus Christ. With the great outdoor space at Good Sam, we will really feel like we are at camp! Bring a friend, reconnect with your friends, and make new friends, too! This adventure is for kids ages 4 years-4th grade. Participants will need a water bottle. Cost for VBS is $25 for 1 child $ 50 for a family. Scholarships available. Click HERE to register!


This year we are offering adults in our congregation the opportunity to adopt-a-camper. Stay tuned for a display and more information coming soon!

If you have a kiddo going to camp, last call for pictures! Please email Mayme a picture of them ASAP at mayme@haumc.org.

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For any questions regarding Family Ministry,

please contact familyministry@haumc.org