Senior Adult Ministry

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.

Thursday Edition

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.

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First Friday Niters

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.

Strength, Balance, & Flexibility

Returning in October!

Great news!!! We are restarting the SBF exercise class in October with Mary Pearce at the helm, leading us in movements to help with our strength, balance, and flexibility. The dates of the six-week class are Mondays, October 5, 12, 26, and November 2, 9, and 16, 2020 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm in the Refectory (the class will not meet October 19th). The class will be held in the Refectory (which has new lighting and has been painted) in order to maintain physical distancing. It will be necessary for you to wear a mask as you walk through the halls of the church. Registrations are now required to have a sense of how many people will attend the class. Contact Mary Pearce with your registration and any questions. This class is not only a time for physical activity but an opportunity for safe social interaction with church family and friends.

Parish Visitor

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.

Diane Weaver

Parish Visitor/Senior Adult Ministry Support

If you are interested in participating in Senior Adult Ministry, please contact Diane Weaver, Parish Visitor/Senior Adult Ministry Support.

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