BLAST Parent Newsletter
Upcoming Schedule

February 22 - 5 - 8 pm, Mystery Date (sign up here)

February 23 - 9:00 am, NO Children's Choir (details below)
                       9:15 - 10:15, BLAST

February 26 - 6:30 pm, Ash Wednesday Service

February 28-29 - 6 pm - 9 am, 3rd-5th grade Sleepover!

March 1 - 9:15 - 10:15, BLAST
                10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Parenting Forward Discussion                    Group (topic: Children's Spirituality)

Here is the calendar for the year 

Here is the list of children's mission events for the year

Changes to Children's Music

We will no longer have children's choir at 9:00 am

This year we tried something new for the children's choir. Instead of having choir as part of our large group time we put it at 9:00 am, before large group. Having tried this for several months now, Nolan and I have evaluated this change and concluded that it isn't working. We discussed the "why" behind having children sing songs in church and agreed that we want children to see songs as a form of prayer, as a way to connect with God, and not just as a performance for the congregation. To achieve that, starting last Sunday, February 9, we will no longer have "Children's Choir" at 9 am. Instead, we will incorporate song into our Large Group ritual. Our hope is that this will help the children see music as part of worshipping God and connecting with each other. We will try this for the rest of the school year and reevaluate how it went over the summer. Thank you for your flexibility, your feedback, and your willingness to try new things!
Mystery Date
February 22, March 7 and 21
5 - 8 pm

There are only a few spots left for each of the remaining dates, so sign up soon!

 Mystery Date is a great opportunity for couples to reconnect over a special date night provided by the church! On the night of your Mystery Date you'll get a gift card to a mystery restaurant and a packet with mystery supplies inside to guide you on your date, such as conversation prompts or games to play. For the suggested donation of $20 you will receive:
  • A $40 gift card to a restaurant
  • Materials for a fun date
  • Childcare 
  • Dinner for your children 
On the night of your Mystery Date come to the church to pick up your packet at 5 pm, and return by 8 pm to pick up your children. 

You can sign up online or in the Social Hall. The link to the sign-up genius is:
3rd - 5th grade Sleepover
February 28-29
There are still several items to sign-up to donate for the upcoming sleepover! Everyone can help us serve by donating food we need to make the meal that we will serve in Detroit. Sign up to donate items here:
Parenting Forward Discussion Group
1st Sunday of the month, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
We had some great discussion at the first Parenting Forward Discussion Group a couple of weeks ago! It's not too late to join us for the rest of the meetings! The next meeting will be on March 1 and the topic is Children's Spirituality. Childcare and brunch are provided so please let me know if you'll be coming so I can plan accordingly!
Cherry Bowl basketball game
Chelsea Special Olympics
Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 pm

Do you remember the fair parade float that we did with the Chelsea Special Olympics team? We invite you to another opportunity to support them.  An evening of basketball fun with an amazing crowd and some cool giveaways! The game, supporting Special Olympics, will be held on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 pm in the Chelsea High school gym. This game is in loving memory of a Chelsea Special Olympic member "Curt Cherry".
Chelsea’s Special Olympics Team will take on Saline’s Special Olympic team in an effort to defend last year’s championship title. These athletes work very hard and deserve our support. Invite your friends, family and neighbors. Let’s help fill the gymnasium! There is a pot luck dinner following the game. If you would like to attend the dinner, please bring a dish to pass. 
Church Camping Trip
June 19-21
Save the date for the Chelsea UMC Camping Trip.  This year we are changing locations to Greenwood Acres Family Campground in Jackson, Michigan. 

We have booked multiple site together in a group. The camping trip is scheduled for June 19 – 21 and the cost is $40 per night. Please email Rev. Rodney at, or Michelle King at, or contact the church office to reserve your spot.