Practice@People's: The Adventures of Flat Jesus

Summer is upon us! Sometimes getting to church regularly is difficult as the weather gets warmer and everyone goes off on summer vacations. Yet, staying connected with your church family is an important part of nurturing your faith. This month for our Practice@People’s blog, we’re featuring a project that our Family and Children’s ministry has created to help all of us here at People’s stay connected this summer: It’s called “The Adventures of Flat Jesus.”

 Flat Jesus goes with the youth on their mission trip to Denver, CO, summer 2017. 

Flat Jesus goes with the youth on their mission trip to Denver, CO, summer 2017. 

 

From Emily Shook, Director of Family and Children’s Ministry:

 “Flat Jesus” was created based on a children’s book called Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.  In the book, a boy named Stanley becomes flattened and is able to be mailed to different places, having all kinds of exciting adventures.  We see the “Flat Jesus” project as a way to keep our church family connected as we enter into the summer traveling season. 

 Flat Jesus prays with the Soul Sisters on a retreat day, summer 2017.

Flat Jesus prays with the Soul Sisters on a retreat day, summer 2017.

Pick up “Flat Jesus” starting on Sunday, June 3rd in the Gathering Area at People’s Church. Color “Flat Jesus” and take him with you as you travel or to whatever you do this summerTake a picture of him doing lots of different things: going out to dinner, having fun at the beach or the lake, hanging out with friends or cousins or whatever you are doing.  It will be an amazing adventure!  It is a great way to remember that Jesus is always with us, wherever we go.  And it just might start up a conversation with someone about what you are doing and why.

Share your Flat Jesus adventures with our church family by emailing your pictures to eshook@peoplesumc.org, or use the hashtag #peopleschurchoregon when you post to Twitter or Instagram. 

It will be so exciting to see where our PUMC family goes and what they do this summer! And remember, Jesus is with you ALWAYS!

 Flat Jesus goes to church on a trip to Ohio with the Shook Family, summer 2017.

Flat Jesus goes to church on a trip to Ohio with the Shook Family, summer 2017.

Kate Sweet