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Cedaredge United Methodist launches monthly kids' program

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Cedaredge United Methodist Church will launch a monthly program for children of Cedaredge and surrounding communities with a back-to-school/end of summer celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which says there is a season for every purpose under heaven, children from kindergarten to fifth grade will enjoy music, drama, arts and crafts, outdoor games, including water games, snacks, lunch and a trip to pick seasonal produce at one of the area's farms. The children will also pack school supplies for children in need.

The new program, called Just Kids/Just Kids Plus, is the church's outreach to children, their families and others in the community coming off the success of the church's summer vacation Bible school that celebrated children as God's secret agents in the world. The Aug. 11 event is the first of monthly events planned for children and in some cases for their families and others of all ages. The goal is to provide an opportunity for children in the community to get to know each other as they learn how God calls them to make a difference in the world by caring for others. Monthly events, each based around a biblical passage, will include fun activities, a project that serves others, and when possible, a trip into the community.

While pre-registration would be appreciated, it is not required. Registration for the Aug. 11 event will begin at 8:45 a.m. with the program beginning in full at 9 a.m. Participating is as simple as showing up at the church, which is at 210 NW 3rd Street in Cedaredge, which is the intersection of NW 3rd Street and NW Aspen Avenue.

To register, contact Pamela Grubkin at the church at pgrubkin @cedaredgecumc.com or 970-856-3696; check the church website, www.cedaredgecumc.com; or stop by the United Methodist Thrift Store on Main Street. For information, contact Dana Jones, danaellenjones@gmail.com or 720-346-3952, or Pastor Joe Agne, revagne@gmail.com or 720-891-5233.

Mark your calendar now for other 2018 Just Kids/Just Kids Plus events:

• Saturday, Sept. 1 -- Grand Mesa sacred hike. This gentle hike is for children, their families and folks of all ages. There will be a scavenger hunt in the cars en route to the hike site. The Genesis creation story will be shared along the hike with accompanying songs and prayers. Before hiking back out, there will be snacks and a craft to make. The route out will include meeting some of the animals and plants common to the mesa. Lunch will be provided at the church following the hike.

• Saturday, Oct. 20 -- St. Francis event with a blessing of the animals. Children will discover what can be learned from the birds of the air, the fish of the sea and the animals that walk on the land. They'll do a project to benefit homeless and injured animals. Following lunch, their parents and all in the community will be invited to bring pets and special animals for a service of blessing the animals. Rumor is that one or two horses will be on hand for the children to meet.

• Saturday, Nov. 17 -- Christmas Is Coming: Advent preparation event. With the stress of the holidays approaching, this event is for families of all sizes from single persons to large families to think about the meaning of Christmas and how to make it a time of celebration rather than too much work and financial overload. Participants will prepare gifts for those in need in the area and make Advent calendars and wreaths to use in their homes.

• Saturday, Dec. 8 -- Parents' day out. Parents and grandparents can drop off children then spend the day as they want. The program will be extended from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to give them a fuller day to do holiday preparations, catch up on work or simply do nothing for a change. The children will focus on the gift of Jesus with the theme "What Gifts Can We Bring?" based on the story of the three magi who visited the baby Jesus.

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