Youth Group Survey and Poll

Youth Group and Kids Club will restart during the last week of May. We will meet at Camp Milan for games, discussion, and dinner. We will meet from 3:30-5:30. Volunteers are needed to help with dinner, games, and be a part of our discussions. The day that we will meet has not yet been selected. If you are interested in volunteering or participating in Youth Group activities, please go to the link below to vote in our Doodle Poll. Remember, we are not just choosing the day/time to start, but the best day that will work for you all summer.

Survey for Best Youth Group Day

Volunteers are needed to help with Spring Sunday school. Pastor Robb will be in Epworth Hall for the kids and youth Sunday school from 10:30-11:30. We will need at least one more volunteer every Sunday. If we have two volunteers stick around, then we can divide the kids and youth into two different ages groups.

Sunday School Volunteers

Puppet News Christmas

On December 26, a long-standing tradition at Two Rivers Church will be renewed. The children and youth will put on the first puppet show in over a decade. The original “Puppet News Christmas” will be performed live during the worship service on Sunday, December 26.

The show will feature a live broadcast of the events of Christmas. Anchors Dr. Luke A. Possel and Matthew T. Collector will bring you “all the news that’s fit to puppet.”

Trunk or Treat

On October 31 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.