PROGRAMS AND SMALL GROUPS AT HOWARD MEMORIAL
There are many opportunities at HMPC to study God's Word, fellowship with others and deepen your faith. We continue to post special events and programs on our Events page and on Facebook. Below you'll find a list of regularly scheduled opportunities for folks of all ages.
*During the months of June, July and August, Sunday School classes will not meet.*
9:30 to 10:30am
NURSERY - for newborns & toddlers - held on the 1st floor
CHILDREN - these are held upstairs and focus on the same timeless Bible story each month.
- 3 year - K: held in the Little Lambs room
- 1st - 5th grade: study the Bible story of the day in different ways each week: games, video, art, drama. Check the signs upstairs to find the rooms.
YOUTH – Middle School & High School: meet in the youth room upstairs where they are using a curriculum by SparkHouse Publications that focuses on helping youth better understand the stories of scripture. This class is led by Rev. Benjamin Kane.
ADULTS (may choose from the following):
- Hobbie Class - Bible Study using The Present Word in the Session Room downstairs. This dedicated group enjoys a systematic teacher-guided Bible Study and lively discussion. While quite longstanding, the Hobbie class welcomes new members.
- Discovery - Study and Discussion using a variety of books that meets in the Parlor downstairs. Currently they are led by Dr. Jim Winslow who is leading a discussion of Altars in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. This open and eclectic group of singles and couples of varying ages delves into study and discussion to discern Biblical principles for their daily lives.
- Finding Your Faith - This year the class is using a study called Wired Word that connects scripture with current events. This group is primarily single and married folks, with and without children and strives to expand their faith using a variety of media, studies, and outside resources.
Children 3 years through 1st grade are invited to worship with their parents and the congregation in the sanctuary. Following the "Time with Children" during the 10:00 worship the Children's Church leaders and children will leave the service. They will head to the second floor in the education building where they will worship using a special lesson relevant songs and activities. Children's Church follows the scripture and sermon in "big church." Our hope is for children and parents to discuss what they hear and experience during their respective worship services.
LITTLE LAMBS & WONDROUS WEDNESDAYS
CHERUB CHOIR & ALLELUIA SINGERS
*During the months of June, July and August, these groups will not meet.*
These activities meet on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
Little Lambs (ages 3- K) meet in the Little Lambs room. Wondrous Wednesdays (grades 1– 5) meets in Wondrous Wednesday/Parable Pavilion and rotates to other rooms as needed. The children learn about ways to carry out Christian principles in their home, church, school, and community. Parents will have the opportunity to provide dinner on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday evenings. The schedule for WW and LL follows:
6:00 – 6:30 - Dinner together
6:30 - 7:00 - Alleluia Singers (WW)
6:30 – 7:00 - Little Lambs
7:00 – 7:30 - Cherub Choir (LL)
Men’s Bible Study: Tuesdays 7:30 -8:30 am in the Session Room/Hobbie Class. This vibrant group of men of various ages and perspectives meets regularly to study the Narrative Lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday. (click this link to find the texts: http://www.workingpreacher.org/?lectionary=nl). This is a rowdy group that keeps you on your toes — we also offer coffee to keep you awake. Led by Rev. Ben Kane.
Women's Morning Study: Tuesdays 8:30 – 10:00 am in the Church Parlor. This group of women uses a facilitator to lead the group in discussion of the DVDs and additional resource materials. Led by Ashley Anderson. *During the months of June, July and August, these groups will not meet.*
Women's Afternoon Study: Tuesdays 2:30 - 4:00 pm in the Library at HMPC. This small group of women rotates teachers and shares in the discussion freely. Currently they are studying Proverbs. *During the months of June, July and August, these groups will not meet.*
Women's Bible Study: Wednesdays 9:15-10:15am in the Session Room. This group is currently studying Walter Bruggeman's commentary on Genesis. Join this group as we explore the nuances of this rich book from Scripture and know that we often find ourselves veering off toward tangents that keep the group entertained. Led by Rev. Ben Kane. *During the months of June, July and August, these groups will not meet.*
1st Wednesday Supper & Program
All ages are invited to gather the first Wednesday of each month from September to May in Burns Hall for a potluck or catered supper and time of fellowship followed by programs for adults, for youth, and for children. The schedule is as follows:
6:00 – 6:30pm: Dinner for all ages together (potluck or catered as announced).
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Program for everyone.
Adult Chancel Choir & Youth Ensemble
Music is a central part of our worship at HMPC and each Sunday, we sing hymns, anthems and prayers to glorify the Triune God. Because of their God-given gifts, members of the choir help lead our congregation in weekly worship.
Adult Choir meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30pm.
Youth Ensemble meetings will restart in the fall.
BACKPACK BUDDIES PROGRAM
This ministry provides weekend food for local school children in need — following Christ's call to care for the least of these. Donations are needed throughout the school year. Guidelines for food contributions are as follows: All servings must be individual servings that are factory-packaged. (Please, no large family-size bags or boxes of food.) Pop-top cans are best, as some children will not have access to can openers. Also, please be aware of expiration dates, as your items may not be sent home with a child for a couple of weeks.
ADDITIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS
HMPC regularly partners with the local homeless shelter, Tarboro Community Outreach, including hosting the annual 5K for TCO each spring. Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity are also affiliated outreach programs. HMPC Youth have the opportunity to attend various mission trips during the summer as well as local outreach projects throughout the school year; Montreat Youth Conference is also a highly attended event for youth each summer. The Boy Scouts Program is also an active outreach program through HMPC — proudly supporting Troop and Pack 49!
For more information on these as well other programs of our church, please contact the church office or visit us in person.