Vacation Bible School 2021 – June 7-9 *FORM CORRECTED*


Livingston United Methodist Church invites your children to join us for Vacation Bible School next month.

When? Monday through Wednesday June 7-9 from 5:45 – 8:30 p.m.

Who? Children going into pre-K through 6th grade

We will have three groups: little ones (pre-K and Kindergarten), younger children (1st through 3rd grade), older children (4th through 6th grade). They will be together in the sanctuary at the beginning and end of each evening (Bible lesson and music/singing), then rotate through three stations (craft, science, eating). We will have workers who lead each station. And workers who stay with and shepherd each age group from beginning to end.

What? We will use the Press Play: Get in the Mix curriculum from Orange VBS which emphasizes the confidence we can have because of Jesus.

You can pre-register your child(ren) using this Google Form. If you plan to bring more than one child then please complete another Google Form – fill it out and submit again. This makes it easier to create one simple list of children who will attend along with their information.

Click here to complete the registration form

Note = There was a problem with the link which we did not catch until Saturday June 5. We apologize for that – because it means people were *not* able to pre-register their child. The link should work correctly now.

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Advent resources for families (including coloring page)

Advent blessings!

advent-wreathMiss Armetta put together a file with several resources to help families observe the season of Advent. Includes (1) devotions (2) Advent crafts (such as making an advent wreath from materials you have around the home) and (3) coloring page with Advent and Christmas pictures.

Your child (or other member of the family) can color the coloring sheet and *bring that to the church before December 20*. We plan to incorporate your/their artwork in a presentation. Tentatively that we will show on Christmas Eve. Depends on what Pastor Rick and our church council decide together. You can print the coloring page yourself at home. Although we have made a few copies that you can pick up at the church.

Advent Guide (DOCX)
Advent Guide (PDF)

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luke2 (PDF)

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Resources for families during the coronavirus outbreak

Work in progress. Please contact us with more things we can add to this list!

(1) 13 museums you can visit online during your quarantine at Buzzfeed

(1a) Paris Museums Put 100,000 Images Online for Unrestricted Public Use

(1c) Take a trip to your favorite New York City museums with these virtual tours

(2) Many of you might be aware you can borrow books and even watch video online from the Livingston Parish Library using the Hoopla app. I have installed Hoopla on my Android phone *and* on our Roku device at home. I have used it a few times to borrow books and to watch shows/movies.

While we are on the subject the Livingston Parish Library offers a variety of resources (eBooks, video, music, even eComics) through their digital library. Yes you can access these resources through the Hoopla app mentioned above. *However* I notice Livingston Parish Library also offers video resources through Kanopy. I am a huge fan of Kanopy and also have it installed on my phone and Roku device.

Kanopy KidsKanopy is especially good for classic and foreign cinema, documentaries, short films. (I am also a huge fan of the Great Courses – basically university-level courses – and have purchased several for personal use. East Baton Rouge Parish Library makes many available through Kanopy. Livingston Parish Library makes some available through Hoopla.)

Kanopy also has Kanopy Kids with a huge variety of offerings.

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Worship at the church again this Sunday – virtual Kids for Christ this Wednesday

To the saints in Livingston,

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We will gather again at the church for worship this Sunday May 31 starting at 10:00 a.m. Bishop Harvey has told United Methodists in Louisiana we can gather again at the church for worship this Sunday May 31. With guidelines and limitations for what she calls Phase 1. You can read them here =

And since this coming Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost if you can please wear red (or green).


Let me summarize some of the guidelines .

  • Masks need to be worn. We will have spare masks available at the entrance. Pastors also wear a mask but can take them off while preaching as long as other precautions are taken.
  • No more than 25% occupancy. And with six feet of distancing in the seating. What this means is every other pew… individuals and families can sit at the *end* of each pew. We will mark pews with small signs. I urge everyone to start toward the front and move back. That will help us know if we need to open up the fellowship hall.
  • Greet one another without physically touching.
  • No Bibles or hymnals in the pews. They are already removed.
  • No handing out orders of worship (although if we interpret the guidelines correctly we can have them available). So using the projector + screen becomes even more important.
  • We will not pass offering plates although they will be available at the back (or probably in the foyer).
  • No childcare. No eating or drinking together. No baptism or Communion through phase 1.

Those who are older and/or have health issues please remain home. *We will live stream the service from the sanctuary on Facebook(assuming we can make everything work – I have done this for seminars at the library).

I have decided not to attempt to have a Bible study this evening. Will concentrate and preparing for next week.

Now that we got that out of the way…

There will be a virtual Kids for Christ this Wednesday starting at 6:00 p.m. (the usual time). In which Armetta can see and talk with our children. And they have a chance to show they learned the memory verses! Remember there is a gift card for younger and a gift card for older children.

The way to join the virtual Kids for Christ is on Zoom. Zoom is an internet platform that many churches and organizations have been using for online meetings. You do *not* need to install Zoom on your computer (although it helps). When it is close to 6:00 p.m. click on the link below. (If you don’t have a webcam you can join/watch the meeting but not be able to participate except via chat.)

Join Zoom Meeting (link available through the Calendar). Do not share on social media.

*Important directions* = When we had a church family check in on Zoom a couple people had trouble joining the meeting. I haven’t had any trouble joining Zoom meetings and have tested it. It’s easy and should work. However I did have a little f trouble joining without downloading/installing Zoom. When it’s close to start time… click on the link below… if you don’t want to download/install Zoom… click on Join from your browser… then (unless that takes you into the meeting) click on Join from your browser again.  (If you want you can download/install Zoom and join that way. It works better but you can join using only a web browser.)

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Online service of worship – Sunday May 17 starting at 9:55 a.m.

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Online service of worship – Sunday May 10 starting at 9:55 a.m.

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Online service of worship – Sunday May 3 starting at 9:50 a.m.

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Online service of worship – Sunday April 26 starting at 9:50 a.m.

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Online service of worship- Sunday April 19 starting at 9:50 a.m.

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Easter Sunday service

Edited a little. Took out several minutes waiting for the stream to begin.

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Cooking activity for children to prepare for Easter

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