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 years and over, as it has for many decades.  SAM activities provide opportunities for fellowship, fun, education, support, and spiritual growth.  For more information or to receive the monthly mailings, contact Diane Weaver, SAM Coordinator and Parish Visitor, at or 979-8190.

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.

Several changes occurred in 2021 after a 1 ½ year hiatus due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Thursday Edition now meets on the third Thursday, September through May, usually in the afternoon, for programs or local excursions.  Most of the activities are trips to local museums, attractions, plays, and other fun events. Programs at the church do not require reservations; however, the local trips do require reservations and there is usually a fee to cover the cost of admission.  Community and fellowship are always an important part of the group meetings. The programs and trips are open to everyone.

For questions or more information, contact Diane Weaver at or 979-8190.


First Friday Fellowship

This group 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.  In September 2021 the group moved from having dinner to a luncheon and was renamed, First Friday Fellowship. 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 11:00 am, lunch is served at noon, and the one-hour program begins at 1:00 p.m.  Reservations are required and the cost of the lunch is $10.00.  No reservation or payment is needed to attend just the program.

For questions or more information, contact Diane Weaver at or 979-8190.

Strength, Balance, & Flexibility

Returning in October!

The SBF exercise class will begin in September with Mary Pearce as our fun-loving instructor, leading us in movements to help with our strength, balance, and flexibility.  Two eight-week sessions are held each year (Spring and Fall)  and are on Mondays, from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm in the Refectory.  Registration is not required but appreciated.  Contact Mary Pearce at  for more information.

Parish Visitor

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.  For pre-surgery and post-surgery visits, the member and/or family needs to notify the church in advance.  Coordination of funeral planning and initial grief support are offered when a death occurs.
If you or a loved one is in need of any of these services please contact Diane Weaver at or (513)971-8190

Meredith Menius

Director of Connecting & Discipleship Ministries

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

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