The signup for Lay Readers from January - March is now open! If you'd like to volunteer, you can click HERE to signup or contact Debbie Braziel.
The signup for Welcome Leaders from October - December is now open! If you'd like to volunteer, you can click HERE to signup or contact Debbie Braziel.
We are collecting donations for a Christmas Love Offering for our dedicated, hard-working staff, including the Pastor, Administrative Assistant, Finance Administrator, Music Director, Children's Church Staff, and Nursery Worker. Check or cash donations need to be identified as for “Love Offering”. Donations can also be made online through Breeze by selecting the "Love Offering" fund.
We'll be accepting donations through the Sunday before Christmas, which will be December 17th, though as we will be at Zion UMC that week any in person offerings must be delivered to Crooks before then.
Merry Christmas everyone!
~ The Leadership Board
The newest signup sheet for Ushers is now available! If you'd like to volunteer, please put your name down on the printed sheet next to the Television screen in the Narthex.
Thank you very much to everyone who has been volunteering for this very important position, and we hope that you'll continue to help us greet visitors and welcome our church family this Advent Season!
Beginning December 3rd there will be a colorful folder for you to “post” Christmas cards to your Crooks family without having to buy postage!
Bring your bundle of Christmas tidings to church and file them under the alphabet of their last name. Each week when you come to church, check the folder in the Narthex under the alphabet of your last name and check for any holiday greetings!
Send greetings…check for greetings to you. It’s that simple! Merry Christmas!
In years past, Crooks Memorial UMC has come together to provide Christmas gifts for children in need, and this year we are partnering with the Natasha House to do so once again! If you would like to participate, there are four simple steps:
1. Remove Angel Tag from tree in the Narthex (and put down your name on the sign up sheet)
2. Place unwrapped gifts in a clear bag (provided at tree).
3. Clear bags and unwrapped gifts are required to aid inspection.
4. Return filled bags to tree by or on Sunday, December 17th, 2023.
Contact Mark or Julia Cooper for questions.
Your generosity enabled us to donated 16 large bags of groceries to the Food Pantry. They were accepted with much appreciation.
We will continue the same idea for December, with items for a holiday meal and maybe some extra treats. Children will be off from school, so there will be a need for lunches at home too.
As always, thank you so much for your help with this mission. It would not be possible without your help!
For more ideas, check out THIS Reverse Advent Calendar to guide your donations!
~ The Food Pantry Team.
On Friday, December 15th at 6 pm, Crooks will be hosting a Live Nativity Scene on the church lawn. Come hear the story of our Savior's birth, while our actors create a living still life of events! Throughout the story we'll have a Christmas Hymn sing-along, and we'll finish the evening off with Christmas Cookies and Hot Cocoa in the Fellowship Hall.
All are welcome, and the evening is free, so we hope to see you there! Bring your friends, family and neighbors!
On December 15, 2023, the Live Nativity Scene will be at Crooks’ and will be followed by cookies with coffee or hot chocolate in the Church’s Fellowship Hall. The Discipleship Team is planning for approximately 100 people to attend. We would appreciate it if our members will bring a dozen or more cookies to the church the next few Sundays and put them in the church freezer to be taken out two days prior to the Nativity Program. The following day the remaining cookies will be packaged up and taken to our homebound members.
Please click HERE if you will bring cookies.
On December 17th, the third Sunday of the Advent Season, we won't be holding worship at Crooks Memorial. Instead, we'll be joining Providence UMC and Zion UMC for a joint worship service centered on St. Nicholas and served by Rev. Art Wolz.
The service will be held at 10 am at Zion UMC, 2109 Seaford Rd. Seaford, VA 23696
If you would like to carpool to the service, please arrive at Crooks Memorial by 9:15 am, and be prepared to leave by 9:30 am. With three church participating, parking may be limited.
You will be able to stream the service through their Facebook Page.
he Work Room in the church office needs to reorganized, and for that we need your help! If you or an organization you are apart of (or were apart of, if the organization is defunct) is currently storing supplies in our Copy Room, please reach out to either the Church Office or Marylee Dawson. We'd like to consolidate and label everything stored in the work room, but we don't want to remove anything important.
If you'd like to volunteer to assist in the organizing process, please reach out to Marylee to volunteer!
Let's start a Ukulele Band!
You don't have to be musical to have fun with this instrument. All it takes is practice!
BONUS: The church still has 3 more ukes available for interested parties! We're hoping to start practicing in September!
Call or text Jim Pile for inspiration and for more info about getting started. (We already have two folks ready to sign up!)
This year, Pastor B has three initiatives he’d like to use to grow our Faith.
1) The Chronological Study of the Old and New Testaments has concluded its study of the Old Testament. The second half of the study will be meeting on Tuesdays at 10 AM in Myrtle's Classroom.
2) The Class Meeting, a small group that meets to discuss ideas of how to grow faith and fellowship in the congregation using the foundations of Methodist faith. They will now meet on Wednesdays at 4 pm.
3) The Prayer Meetings: Pastor B is opening up the Sanctuary to everyone twice a week. You can drop by on Wednesday from noon to one or Friday from six to seven for a time of reflection and independent prayer.
Pastor B would like to get to know the Congregation, so over the next few months he’ll be scheduling visits with those interested. He’s available to meet in his office at the church or make house calls. If you’d like to schedule such a visit and get to know him, you can choose a meeting time HERE or you can put your name down on the sign up sheet in the Narthex to schedule a time for your meeting.