May 2016

Family & Children's Ministries Newsletter

Moving for Wholeness: Virtual 5k Results!

Family & Children's Ministries, in partnership with the General Youth Council, is happy to share the results of the FIRST EVER Disciples Home Missions 5k!

We had over 550 runners/walkers and raised over $11,100 dollars for the Disciples Mission Fund Easter Offering!

Check out the full results on our website and see photos on the Disciples 5k Facebook page.

If your group is still completing your 5k, be sure to share photos with us using the #disciples5k tag.

Waiting on t-shirts or medals? Those will be mailed out to participants by the end of this week.

Disciples Justice for Children

As part of DHM's continued dedication to advocacy for children, Rev. Kate Epperly (our Coordinator for Justice & Advocacy) has launched a brand new blog at

Follow her for regular updates, calls to action, and informative articles (like her recent look into the surprising history of Mother's Day).

Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil 2016

Planning for Light a Candle for Children 2016 has begun!

This year we'll be asking children and youth to submit short videos on acting for justice. Details will be coming soon... Already interested in submitting? Let us know.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing CW&W Trainings

Children Worship & Wonder
Story Teller Trainings

Mt. Pleasant, MI - May 13-14
Salem, VA - May 20-21
Kansas City, MO - May 20-21
Athens, AL - June 4-5
Gilbert, AZ - July 8-9
West Des Moines, IA - Aug. 12-13

Check our schedule for updates or contact Jessica Kramer.

e-Formation: June 6-8 2016
This ecumenical conference at Virginia Theological Seminary offers tools and insight for ministry in a digital world. Register to attend in person (or for very affordable webinar access!)

NYE 2016 - Register NOW
through May 27

Join Disciples and UCC youth, aged 13-18 (and their families, leaders, and ministers) July 26-30 in Orlando, FL.
Register now:: UCC NYE page.

View a video invitation from Sharon Watkins.

An Inspiring Model of Ministry: Sept. 20 - oct. 2, 2016
Mark your calendar! Under Construction: Building Our Faith Together (this fall in Ocean Grove, NJ) is a part of the UCC's Inspiring Models of Ministry series. This event models the all-church retreat and the importance of building relationships across generations. Learn more. 

Connect with us!
We love hearing about you and your local ministry. Share with us so we can share what you are doing with others:
Disciples Care for Children Group
Families and Children DHM
Text updates: Text @weeklyfc to 81010


P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Rev. Olivia Stewart
Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove