Fall Kickoff 2022

Ministry Open Houses

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Adult Ministry

Adult Sunday School – September 11th 8:30
This morning begins an exciting new study by Loui Giglio called Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table. This fantastic series will be shared as a video lesson with some great group discussion. All adults welcome, we are working to provide childcare and will update this announcement when we have it. Until then, it’s a big room and you’re welcome to bring the little ones, we’ll have some toys and activities for them.

United Methodist Women – after the 9:30 worship service September 11
The UMW are a fantastic group of women who are active in mission. They are hosting a welcome breakfast after worship for anyone interested in learning more about the program.

Church Choir Open Practice – September 14, 6:00 PM
Join us for a fun evening of songs and snacks at our open choir practice. Share in the gift of song and meet some great people.

Worship Team Open Practice – September 14, 7:00 PM
Bring your musical instrument or vocal skills to the worship team’s open practice, or perhaps take a turn in the tech booth mixing the sound. There is a place for you to share your musical gifts here at the church.

The Soul Gym Re-Opens! September 19, 6:00 PM
We exercise our bodies, we practice skills for our career, and we train and educate our minds… why do we so often neglect our spirit? The Soul Gym is a chance to both learn and practice four different “spiritual disciplines” in the classic Christian tradition. These are practices and mindsets that have the distinct goal of getting us to a place where we can better experience the presence of God. This session of the Soul Gym will take a look at the spiritual disciplines of: Study, Service, and Celebration as they are taught in Richard Foster’s classic book Celebration of Discipline.

Journey Group Open House, September 22, 6:00 PM
Journey Groups are a program designed by the Downs United Methodist Church after much study of the history of the Methodist movement in America and England. They are Christian accountability groups based on the pattern set by John Wesley to ask one another three questions each week: 1) how are you avoiding harm/sin? 2) what good have you done? 3) what do you do to stay connected to God? The questions are simple, the discussion meaningful, the prayer support is life-changing, and the encouragement of others walking in the journey of faith with you is a profound blessing.

Senior’s Bible Study Open House, September 27, 10:00 AM
This hybrid Bible Study (with some joining online and some in person) meets at the church and will start a new topic for the Open House. We’ll begin studying the book of Exodus together. It will be an action packed story including: the tale of Moses, the origin of the 10 commandments, and all the source material for no less than 5 different Hollywood films! Exodus truly sets the tone for our understanding of how we relate to God, and for the person of Jesus Christ. We have a great group, and have great discussion, and we’d love for you to join us. Not sure if you’re qualified to attend a Senior’s Bible Study? Our definition for Senior is this: You can attend a Bible Study at 10 AM on a Tuesday. If that’s you, you’re welcome to join us!

Sunday Night Bible Study Open House – October 2, 6:00 PM
We host an inductive (verse by verse, read and discuss) Bible study on Sunday nights. It’s a great group of people and a chance to read through an entire book of the Bible together. This night is marked as an open house because they’ll be starting a new book on October 2nd, and we’ll update this page letting you know which one, as soon as they choose it.

Youth/Children’s Ministries

NextGen Ministry K-8th Grade – September 14th, 5:30-7:00 PM
This ministry meets all throughout the school year, and this is a great time to begin. Join us for meaningful Christian Education, fellowship with new friends, and dinner is provided!

NextGen Ministry High School – September 14, 6:30-8:00 PM
This ministry also meets throughout the school year, and this is a great time to begin. Note the slight difference in time with the K-8. Join us for meaningful Christian Education, fellowship with new friends, and dinner is provided!

Children’s Church Open House – 9:30 AM September 18th
Children’s Church is offered every Sunday morning during the worship service. It is for K-3, and begins before the sermon starts (so the kids can be a part of the big group for the first half of the service). We offer great lessons for their age range, and the kiddos are back in church for the closing song. This program is optional, many families at our church use this program, and others opt to keep their little ones with them for the whole service.

5th Quarter Fellowship of Christian Athletes/NextGen Ministries, September 30 – after the game
A special event for Jr High and Sr High through the coordination of our own NextGen Ministries, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After the home football game on September 30th we will host a 5th quarter at the church. It’s a great activity for our youth with games, snacks, and fellowship as well as a testimony from one of our Tri-Valley coaches.

NextGen Nerf Wars, October 1, 6:00-8:00 PM
This event is for K-3, and is a great time of fellowship and games for our elementary school students. NextGen special events like this are a great time to get to know the ministry leaders, and to meet new friends in the church community.

Family Ministries

Spaghetti Supper, September 25, 4:30-7:00 PM
Hosted by our United Methodist Women, the Spaghetti supper is an annual fundraiser for mission and outreach (both at Downs UMC and to organizations outside of the church). It’s a great chance for a family meal (and a chance to browse the church-potluck-dessert-table). The recipe for the sauce is a homemade closely kept Downs UMC tradition. Join us for some great food and fellowship, and help support bringing hope and good news to new places!

Sewing Group “Make it and Take it – Handmade Bookmark”, September 26, 7:00 PM
This fun event, hosted by our sewing group, is a great chance to hear about the ministry, which prepares school bags, blankets, uniforms, and more for mission in concert with the Midwest Mission Distribution Center. On this fun night they’ll break out the fabric and machines and you’ll get a chance to make a bookmark/penholder of your own design! No sewing experience necessary, they’re happy to teach you.