Greetings Church Family,

There’s not a lot to report, this week. We’re in a bit of a holding pattern, right now, in terms of reopening in person ministries. I do want you to know that our teams are working hard to reimagine some of our ministries for the holiday season so that we can maintain as many of our church’s beautiful traditions as possible, while still maintaining our commitment to public health and safety.

You’ll see an update from Jamelle, below, about bringing some in-person elements back into the youth ministry. Sequoia is busy exploring possibilities in children’s ministry as well.

Before we get to those updates, I want to give a personal shout out to the folks over at EKU. I thin I speak for a lot of people when I confess that I was afraid bringing the University back to Campus might trigger a Covid spike in the community. I keep a careful eye on the health department numbers, especially the seven day average of new cases, and since the University has been in session, that number has been rock steady. We’d all love to see it drop, of course, but I think the people at EKU must be doing a fantastic job to reopen their doors without brining about the sort of uptick other university communities have been seeing.

I’m sure they check our weekly update every week because my opinion means so much to them (*sarcasm alert*) but I have noticed and thought I would bring their efforts to your attention.

A few words from Jamelle:

Greetings Church Family,

Next week, Oct. 14th, the you group will be meeting in person. We all will meet in the MMC gym. If you are not comfortable meeting, by all means, continue to join youth group via zoom. If you do not have the zoom link, please contact me by email or church office. 

This year, we will not be going to Aldersgate Camp, but we have a hybrid version of the fall retreat coming! Mark your calendars for November 6th – 8th. The times for the fall retreat are Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 11 am to 1 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm. We will have students meet virtually on the same youth group zoom link on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday is meeting in person at the MMC socially distanced for the last talk and communion. You may be wondering about sign-up sheets, themes, speakers, and how you can help. More details and information will come out soon to prepare us for November 6th – 8th. Stay tuned to our social media accounts and your email.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, contact the church office and ask for Jamelle. If not, email me at 

Thank you!

Until Every Student Hears,
Jamelle Jones

A Lot of Words from Sequoia (each picture counts as a thousand!):

It’s not too late to join us for virtual family WNL. This year we are doing a lot of things differently and adapting. So, WNL is no different! Childrens Ministry in partnership with Adult Ministry will be hosting a family WNL zoom video-based gathering on Wednesday’s at 6:30pm for 30mintues to share, read scripture, and to be encouraged to live out the lesson with a weekly activity. We will be studying the book of Ephesians, guided by Phil Vischer, VeggieTales co-creator. Our theme for the fall semester is HOPE! We hope to see you there…see what I did there!!!

Children’s Ministry needs your help! We would like to safely start phasing our children back into church life and to do this we need volunteers. We would like to start back by offering nursery care and G3 to our church family and to do that safely we need 2-3 volunteers on Sunday Mornings from 10AM to 12PM and Sunday evenings 6PM-7PM. With a pool of  12 volunteers we can make it so that each person would only serve once a month and with more volunteers it could be that each person only serves once every 2-3 months. If you are able to help at any one of our services times please email Sequoia at  ASAP. Thank you.

This year Children’s Ministry will be hosting a drive through trick-or-treat event on Wednesday October 28th from 6pm-8pm for the Richmond community. We could use your help in many ways! Please check the list below and see how you can help a level that is comfortable for you at this time.

1.       Donate candy (drop off candy to the church office, contact sequoia to set up a front porch no contact pick up or  order it and have it shipped straight to the church)

2.       Time, come help with set up, tear down or the event itself on Wednesday ( all distance, mask, glove and safety precautions will be in place)

3.       Prayer. For the safety of this event as well as the community.

Always make sure you are in our remind group for all updates and information as it relates to children ministry. You can join by texting @uptownfumc to 81010. 

Sequoia L. wheeler

Children’s Ministry Director

First United Methodist Church-Richmond, KY

“Growing God’s Children to Make a Difference”

Weekly Update (10-8-2020)

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