Fellowship, Fun, Learning, Entertainment, Community, Spiritual Growth, Support
The Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church offers activities and programs designed for those 60 and over, as it has for many decades. SAM activities provide opportunities for fellowship, fun, education, and spiritual growth. For more information or to receive the monthly mailings, contact Diane Weaver, SAM Coordinator and Parish Visitor, at email@example.com or 979-8190.
Thursday Edition began in 1997, when Reverend William Patterson saw a need for more activities for the church’s older adults. He developed and coordinated the events until he retired in 2000. Dianna Dixon took over programming and directed the senior adult activities until 2009. The reins were then turned over to Marietta Garber, Parish Visitor. In 2015 Diane Weaver was hired part-time to coordinate the programming for Thursday Edition and First Friday Niters. She added Parish Visitor to her responsibilities in 2017, when Marietta retired, thus becoming a full-time staff member.
Thursday Edition meets on the second and fourth Thursdays, September through May, in the Little Theatre. Seniors enjoy social time and refreshments from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a program from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The programs vary each month and are educational, entertaining, or spiritually uplifting. Anyone can come and reservations are not needed. Community and fellowship are always an important part of the group meetings.
First Friday Niters began in September 1949 as “The Doubles Club.” Couples met on the First Friday of each month for a dinner and program. In 1975 the group opened its membership to all church members and their guests, and the name was changed to First Friday Niters. The group continues to meet eight months of the year (September through December and February through May) on the first Friday in the Refectory. Social time begins around 6:15 pm, dinner is served at 7:00 pm, and the one-hour program begins at 8:00 p.m. Reservations are required for the delicious dinner prepared by Chef Terry, and the cost is $10.00. There is no cost if you attend just the program.
Click here to download the 2017-2018 schedule for Thursday Edition and First Friday Niters!
The Parish Visitor interacts with members who are homebound, in nursing home facilities, hospitals, or hospice to provide support and maintain their connection with the church. Pre-surgery and post-surgery visits are made, if desired by the member and/or family and the church is notified in advance. Coordination of funeral planning and initial grief support are offered when a death occurs.