Upcoming Events at The Well

The Well at Queen Anne UMC is a space where nationally and internationally respected leaders facilitate conversation, offer presentations, and curate dialogue that is respectful, engaged and deep.

There are some great events coming up this summer – check them out at The Well’s website or by reading below. Anyone is welcome to attend any of these events, regardless of ability to pay.

Reconstructing America: The Moral Center of Today’s Freedom Struggles (July 30th, 7:00PM)

Pastor Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church and leader in the New Monastic movement comes to QAUMC to speak on compassion and justice in the beloved community of God. Tickets here.

The Courage to Be Queer (August 15th, 7:00PM)

Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, Executive Director of the Center for Theological Activism, will be talking about his belief that “God is calling us to something queerer.” Do we have the courage to go there? Tickets here.

Kids & Race: Beyond Colorblindness Workshop (August 23rd, 5:30PM)

Race still matters in America today. How can we raise children who go beyond the superficial notion of colorblindness to see and challenge the ways that privilege still shapes our lives? How can parents prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them? Join scholar and activist Stacy Kitahata and children’s therapist Donna Linn for this interactive workshop on how we can help kids understand race, privilege, and its impact on all our lives. Childcare includes age-appropriate program for preschool through early elementary kids on privilege. Tickets here.

As always, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

Make It, Experience It, Talk About It!

Happy Monday! It’s time for another installment of ideas to make, experience, and talk about with the young people in your life.

Make It: A Fairy Hide-Out!

Hula Hoop Hideout

You probably already have the basic supplies to make this buried in a “give to Goodwill” pile somewhere deep in a closet. All you really need is an old sheet, a hula hoop (totally fine if it’s bent out of shape), and some safety pins. Check out the full directions here.

Also, this can be set up whether or not you have a yard (it goes great over a kid’s bed!). Plus, it offers a cool play space without the cultural appropriation of those  kids’ tipis* that are popping up all over Western-mom-blogs.

*Already have a kids’ tipi at home? Use it to start a conversation about cultural appropriation with your kids — see below!

Experience It: Summer Day Camp! July 20th – 24th

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All the fun of summer camp at Twinlow, minus the overnight commitment!



There is still time to register children going into Kindergarten – 5th grade for Summer Day Camp from July 20th – 24th at Green Lake United Methodist Church. Click here to learn more!

Pastor Emma from Green Lake UMC is still looking for volunteers to make this week a success. Here’s a message from her:

Hello Folks from Green Lake, Woodland Park, Wallingford, Sand Point & Queen Anne UMCs! As we quickly approach our North End Cooperative Summer Day Camp on July 20-24th, we need your help! Mark Your Calendars!

Volunteer Orientation: Sunday July 19th 4-5pm (Green Lake UMC)

Summer Day Camp Set up: Sunday July 19th 5-7pm (Green Lake UMC; Dinner Is Provided Bring donated Materials)

We are looking to fill up our volunteer shifts on each day of Camp. Whether you can give a full day, week, or even a few hours throughout the week, your contributions help kids have fun and be safe at camp from across our Methodist/Mary’s Place Connection!

If you would like to be involved, please signup via this Google Doc or email me at youth@wallingfordumc.org.

Wallingford UMC is responsible for providing healthy snacks and lunch on Wednesday, July 22nd — if you would like to help by donating food or helping prep the day before, please email me!


Talk About It: Cultural Appropriation

Here is the topic that often makes some folks (usually white ones) pretty defensive, so pay attention to any rebuttal that might be rising in your throat as you read this. In my experience, that’s almost always my privilege talking.

To start off, Rev. Katie Norris uses this definition when explaining cultural appropriation: “Cultural appropriation typically involves members of a dominant group exploiting the culture of less privileged groups–often with little understanding of the latter’s history, experience and traditions.” 

Amandla Stanberg (known for playing Rue in The Hunger Games) explains the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange in this video.

If this is a new-er (or brand new!) conversation for you, I recommend taking a look at this article that asks: When is it cultural appropriation and when is it just kids playing dress-up? This piece was written by Ariel Meadow Stallings, a Seattle mom.

Image courtesy of Epic Records.Another great perspective is from Grace Hwang Lynch at her blog HapaMama. It’s titled, Thanks Avril Lavigne, Now I Have To Explain Cultural Appropriation To My Asian-American Kids Again.

So how do we actually talk about this with kids? Like last week, I want to share a few questions to ask around the dinner table, in the car, or while you’re going for a walk:

  • What are some practices you like from our religious culture (i.e. Christmas trees, Easter eggs, Advent candles, communion)?
  • Why do we do these things? Do we know what their history is?
  • What do you like to do that comes from other cultures? (i.e. eat burritos or sushi, practice karate or yoga, etc)
  • What do we know about who did these things before we did or where these practices come from?
  • How can we learn more?

As I said earlier, this can be a very charged topic with a lot of nuances and questions. When you see ways that my commentary/explanations/ideas are problematic, please let me know (there’s a good chance you know more about this than I do!).

This post ended up being a long one! Thanks for reading and as always, feel free to share any stories, ideas, or concerns with me at youth@wallingfordumc.org.

– Hannah

Stay Cool this summer!

Greetings Wallingford UMC!

This is Hannah Holtgeerts, the new Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, and I am eager to collaborate, celebrate, and sit with you. Each week on this blog I hope to share something you can make, something you can experience, and something you can talk about with your family or friends.

To start us off, here are some ways to stay cool as Seattle pushes on through another week of sun.

Make it: Overnight Oats

Refrigerator Oatmeal--6 no-cook flavors. Make ahead in individual mason jars for a quick, healthy grab-and-go breakfast. www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal

Healthy, easy, and chilly – what could be better?  Just pour some milk and oats in a jar (with whatever other tasty treats) and leave it in the fridge overnight. When you wake up, it’s like eating cold cookie dough for breakfast!

This is a super simple recipe that chefs of all ages can contribute to. For six scrumptious flavor combos and a more detailed recipe, check out this link.

My favorite combination is oats, vanilla almond milk, chia seeds, and some blueberries. What flavors do you like?

Experience It: Inside Out

Last week I got to see this fantastic Pixar animation and felt all the feels. One of my friends said, “I wish this movie existed when I was eleven-years-old!”

Not only does this movie have  great voices that you’ll recognize and strong social-emotional lessons and tools, but it also offers almost two hours of sitting in an air-conditioned theater.

Talk About It: Inside Out and Climate Change

The great resource Common Sense Media encourages families to talk about Inside Out and how the main character Riley is learning to deal with her emotions. Here’s one of their ideas:

“What do you think your own emotions might look and talk like? What about those of your friends and family members? Ask kids to draw what they think might be going on inside their own head.”

You can see their full review on Inside Out here.

Image result for climate change kidsFinally, all this sun is a ton of fun, but it’s also bringing up some important discussions about climate change. How do you talk about this issue with young people in your life?

Check out NASA’s Climate Kids website and super interactive Climate Time Machine.

Back in 2008, ecologist and activist Sandra Steingraber wrote an article called “The Big Talk” about how hard it is to talk to her own children about climate change.  She offers important insight and some great kids’ books to check out next time you’re at the library.

Meanwhile, here are a few questions to discuss around dinner:

  • What is something you love about our earth?
  • What changes do you notice in the neighborhood as it’s gotten hotter? What do you think about them?
  • Do you see God in nature? If so, where?
  • What are things we do to respect the environment? Are there other things we can do too?

I hope you all use some of these tips and your own ideas to stay cool this summer; be sure to share this with others and post your own ideas in the comments below!

I’ll be back with more ideas next week. Take care!

– Hannah

PS Feel free to contact me at youth@wallingfordumc.org — I would love to connect with you!

PRIDE Details

Pride 2015 is next Sunday, June 28th. There are still lots of ways to participate in the parade and PrideFest, and some notes for your information:

  • There will be no Sunday worship service at WUMC on the 28th. Please join the crew at First UMC for worship before the parade or make other arrangements.
  • Pride T-shirts will be available in the church office this Sunday the 21st. Please make sure you pick up the right sizes and quantities.
  • Time’s short, and everyone’s help is needed! Can you loan us a wagon for the balloon arch? Bake cookies for the booth at PrideFest? Staff the booth or march in the parade? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then please sign up at firstchurchseattle.org/prideandfaith. Your support is greatly appreciated!
  • Details on parking, parade routes, and more are available in this week’s bulletin and by reading this document: WUMC Pride Bulletin Insert 2015

Lay Transitions Workshop

Sand Point Community UMC is hosting a Transitions Workshop for congregations like ours that are experiencing leadership changes.

All are invited to attend this workshop on May 17th from 2:00PM-5:00PM. The event will be led by Melinda Holloway, a hospital chaplain from Olympia. The goal of the day is to help laypeople prepare for pastoral leadership changes in healthy, helpful ways.

The Transitions Workshop is free and open to all. Please RSVP to Kyle Franklin (KFranklin@pnwumc.org) to reserve your spot.

APRIL Wellwisher & other BREAKING news!

The April Wellwisher is available and full of all the news a WUMCer could ever want. This month, check out some parting words from Pastor Karla, review the Holy Week & Easter schedule, stay up to date with news from the Board and A-Team, and much more!

Click here to view the PDF version of the Wellwisher: April 2015 Wellwisher

Scroll down to the end of this page for older issues of the Wellwisher.

Here are our Conference Publications:

Our “Conference” consists of 6 Districts in Washington and North Idaho panhandle.  The Seattle District is one of those 6.   For more information about the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference go to pnwumc.org

          For up-to-date news   –  PNW News Blog         

at the above site you may also subscribe to ministry area blogs to keep up with the most recent news items in the Conference!

News from the General UMC:

The General Conference is not only the United States, but includes conferences from around the world.

For up-to-date news – United Methodist News Service



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