Trunk or Treat

On October 24 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Two Rivers will host a Trunk or Treat celebration in the west parking lot. Kids and parents are invited to come in costume and “trick or treat” around the parking lot, where several cars will be parked to give out candy.

If you are interested in being a “trunk,” please contact the church office at 309-788-9384 or sign up in the west entrance on Sunday morning. Trunks do not need to be decorated, but everyone is encouraged to get into the fun of the day. Costumes are welcome – but not required.

Church Picnic and Movie

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Saturday, July 29, Two Rivers Church will host a picnic and movie night under the stars at the Camp Milan Retreat Center. This is an all-church picnic. Everyone is invited to come and bring a friend. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be provided. People are invited to bring a side dish to share. The meal will be served at 6 p.m.

After dinner, all are invited to stick around and see what the STEAM Camp kids were up to all week. The work of the STEAM Camp will take place for kids Pre K through 6th grade during the early part of the week. All the kids in the STEAM Camp and their families will be invited to come to the picnic and show off the work they had done during the week. There will also be outdoor games for everyone to enjoy.

At dusk, a movie screen and projector will be set up for our first “Movie Under the Stars.” The movie will be a Disney-Pixar classic that fits the STEAM Camp theme of robotics and science. People should bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up in the lawn as the movie screen will be set up on the edge of the covered pavilion.

STEAM Camp July 24-27

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Registration deadline is July 17, 2017.  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

From July 24-27, Two Rivers United Methodist Church is offering a different kind of Vacation Bible School experience this summer. Instead of the traditional crafts, songs, and Bible stories, Two Rivers is putting together their second annual STEAM Creators’ Camp for kids Preschool through 6th grade.

As many involved in education know, STEAM usually stands for Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. For the Two Rivers Camp, the M stands for Music. The Camp will offer four different workshops, and kids who are entering 1st-6th grades will be assigned to two workshops based on how they rank their interests at registration. Kids age 4-5 who have not finished Kindergarten will be kept together in a Preschool group.

The four-day camp will last from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The time will be divided into five segments. It will begin with group time for a devotional, icebreakers, and games. Then the kids will break into their first workshop. The group will come together for a nutritious snack, then kids will go into their second workshop. Each day will close with the kids coming together to work on a group mission project.

The Science workshop will include various science experiments and demonstrations. In 2016, one of the Science days included an egg drop, where kids built structures to protect an egg that was dropped from a low roof of the church.

The Music workshop will include instruction on learning to play the ukulele. Two Rivers has recently started a ukulele choir, and youth are learning these instruments in Sunday school. They will also be building their own instruments, and learning some of the science behind the music.

The Engineering and Technology workshop will likely include computer programming basics with Sphero robots and building structures with random objects.

The Arts workshop will include a variety of projects with different artistic techniques.

In addition to the camp from July 24-27, there will be a special STEAM Camp Fair, Picnic and Movie on Saturday, July 29 at the Camp Milan Retreat Center. At 6:00 p.m. there will be a free dinner of hot dogs, hamburgers, and lots of sides. After dinner, kids will be able to show their work to their parents. There will also be games and activities. There will be a “Movie Under the Stars” at dusk. The movie will be a Disney/Pixar classic that fits the theme of robotics. This is a rain or shine event. If the weather is inclement, the activities and movie will be moved inside.

Register below. The workshop details are not finalized, and are subject to change. The workshops themselves will still fall under these four categories. Children who have completed Kindergarten will be entered into groups that participate in the different workshops. Children age 4-5 who have yet to go to Kindergarten will be kept together as a Preschool group, and complete more traditional Sunday school crafts, playing, and activities.

Wednesday Night Live

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Wednesday Nights are Live at Two Rivers Church. Starting with a shared dinner at 5:30, activities for kids, youth, and adults flow during the rest of the night. The Bell Choir is open to anyone agge 13 and over. The weekly rehearsals are preparation for monthly musical offerings in worship. Usually the Bell Choir provides the prelude music in worship once a month. At the same time, kids and youth are invited to a combined time of games and activities, usually using the BB-8 Sphero robots. These fun and interactive robots provide a host of games and challenges, encouraging kids and youth to built, create, and experiment with the spheros. In addition to the MakerSpace Games, kids and youth will do other activities like learning African praise songs, art projects, and praise dance. All of these activities end just before 7:00, so there is time to do the next set of activities.

At 7:00, the kids from K-6 go to Kids Club while the Junior High and High School students go to TRY (Two Rivers Youth). The kids work together through a chapter of the Pockets kids devotional and then play games together. The youth work through a week of the Devozine youth devotional.

At 7:30, the Choir begins rehearsal. The choir is directed by Mark Swessinger, and provides a beautiful anthem each Sunday in worship. No level of expertise in singing is required. All are welcome to come and be a part of this vital ministry of the church.

Two Rivers Creators’ Camp

Creators CampCLICK HERE TO REGISTER

This is not your father’s Vacation Bible School. This summer Two Rivers is creating a new experience based on choice. From July 11-14, the Creators’ Camp will give kids a chance to focus on two workshops. Group worship, snacks, and daily devotions will help kids see God, our Creator, in all that they do.

The five workshops that we are going to offer are Cooking, Mission, MakerSpace (STEM robotics), Arts and Crafts, and Science. When you register, pick you top three workshop choices. You will be assigned to 2 workshops. Each day, kids will start in the sanctuary for opening worship. They will then go to their first workshop, then meet in Epworth Hall for a snack, then go to their second workshop before meeting again in the sanctuary for closing worship.

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