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Somerville Church Presents Awards to Youth Group for Community Service

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Members of the Youth Group at United Reformed Church, Somerville, received certificates for their community service. Credits: Courtesy United Reformed Church
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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Youth Group and Sunday School kids at United Reformed Church, “The Church on Main Street,” have completed their program for the season with a list of community service projects.

Each participant received a certificate of achievement in the excellence of Community Service, which totaled over 40 hours.

Linda Hayes, United’s Sunday School coordinator, read a list of accomplishments to the members of the congregation at Sunday's service.

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• made 44 American Flag beaded pins in remembrance of 9/11, which were handed out to the congregation;

• helped lead games and crafts at URC’s family fun night;

• planted mums in front of the church

• held a bake sale and raised money for the Red Cross for flood victims in the South;

• participated in the Crop Hunger Walk and raised money for international and local hunger programs;

• baked desserts and assembled 10 Thanksgiving baskets along with handmade Thanksgiving cards for members who could not attend worship;

 • sold refreshments at the Peter Mayer concert, in which the proceeds went to support a local family with an ill child;

 • made Angel ornaments and handed them out to the community when Santa arrived in downtown Somerville;

• participated in the annual Christmas pageant and the Central Jersey Twelfth Night - Boars Head Festival

• presentation at the Martin Luther King Service • served as ushers on Sunday mornings and hosted coffee hour afterwards;

 • made 35 Valentine cards for U.S. Veterans;

• assembled 91 toiletry kits for the Food Bank Network of Somerset County;

 • helped serve food at Mardi Gras pancake brunch;

• participated in the Lenten writings of the Gospel of Mark,;

• made a meal of 8 meatloaves and brownies to feed the needy as part of SHIP’s Galley Soup Kitchen;

• made palm crosses for Palm Sunday

• made 150 bags of jelly beans attached to the Jelly bean prayer for Easter, which were given out to all attending worship on Easter Sunday

• assembled 75 carnation bouquets for Mother’s Day.

“On behalf of our Sunday School and Youth Group coordinators, we are honored to have the opportunity to lead the kids along this journey of growth and service to others,” Hayes said. “It is such a pleasure to see how involved and active our youth are in serving our congregation and our community, fulfilling our mission to “love all, serve all”.

United Reformed Church’s Sunday School Program is on break for the summer and will resume in September. For more information or to request enrollment for next year, please contact the church office at (908) 725-4545.

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