We’ve been shocked by the image of the drowned innocent boy all over the media this morning and have joined this campaign demanding EU politicians take urgent action to save lives and give sanctuary to people fleeing war and hunger.
They’re meeting in a few days so we need to act fast. Join me here by signing the petition, sharing the link on any social media you’re on, and forwarding the email below to friends and family:
MCC Joins STOMP Out Bullying™ and Pacer for International Bullying Prevention Awareness Month – October 2015
BLUE SHIRT DAY® WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION
Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention is observed on the first Monday of every October. In 2015 it will take place on October 5th!
Someone you know could be bullied. Someone you know might be a bully.
These celebrities have joined STOMP Out Bullying and are making a statement against bullying by wearing a BLUE SHIRT in solidarity to make 10•5•15 the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world!
Share these Celebrity Videos with your Children and Youth Ministry and Congregations.
If you’ve ever been isolated from others or you were new and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.
Make friends with someone who you don’t know. Invite them to sit with you or join you in an activity. You probably wish someone had done that for you.
Be a leader. Take action and don’t let anyone be in isolation.
When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.
If you don’t feel safe, get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution — not the problem!
Make it ORANGE and make it end! Unite against bullying!
What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online—and send one large ORANGEmessage of support, hope, and unity.
Children and Youth Ministries can participate by
The more awareness that is created during the month of October — and all year round is one step closer to putting an end to bullying!
Add your name to the digital “The End of Bullying Begins With Me” petition
Activities for Youth – These free activities and resources are designed for younger students. The goal is to start conversation and creatively engage students to build their understanding of how to prevent bullying.
Classroom Toolkits – Creative resources for elementary, middle, and high school age classrooms to talk about bullying. Toolkits include planning an event, creating a visual statement, introducing bullying prevention conversation, and lesson plans.
Community Toolkits – Innovative ideas for individuals to reach out to their communities to raise awareness on bullying prevention—including holding a rally, organizing a run, or creating an advocacy program
Student Created Toolkits – Transformative activities—including videos, music, and artwork—designed by students for other students to use in the classroom or in the community to engage dialogue between students.
Cyberbullying – Cyberbullying happens when kids bully each other through electronic technology. Find out why cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying, what you can do to prevent it, and how you can report it when it happens.
The Horse That Looked Different
By Stacy Einfalt
Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-6
The Brown family instantly fell in love with and welcomed Starlit, a spotted Appaloosa horse, to their farm. The family’s three chestnut Quarter horses, Max, Milo, and Monty, weren’t as easily willing to accept him because he looked different from them. Until one day when the four horses go on a wild adventure and get lost. They soon begin to realize Starlit’s unique qualities aren’t so bad after all.
Stick and Stone
Written by Beth Ferry, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Suggested Audiences: Ages 4-8
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair become fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor? The warm, rhyming text that includes a subtle anti- bullying message even the youngest reader will understand. The New York Times best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld imbues Stick and Stone with energy, emotion, and personality to spare. In this funny story about kindness and friendship, Stick and Stone join George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie as some of the greatest friend duos in children’s literature.
Access the online activity kit to explore the power of friendship with Stick and Stone.
Words by Junior and Zusk
Pictures by Sophia Brody
Suggested Audiences: Age 3 and beyond
Wahe (pronounced like HA) is the story of an adventurous little girl in the big city, who learns a small choice can make a big difference.
A portion of book sales and related products are donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
By Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta
Holiday Hill Farms
Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade
Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, available as both a book and movie, delivers a message of tolerance and kindness in a fun, accessible format that is easily grasped by young students. By making these advanced concepts easily understood by early learners, teachers can help stop bullying before it begins.
This online toolkit includes resources educators can use to effectively present The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as a multi-subject learning opportunity. The core elements of the online toolkit involve a reading of the book supplemented by downloadable lesson plans and other activities that teach bullying prevention and character values.
Access the online toolkit “Stop Bullying Before It Starts”
Lead With Your Heart
Written and illustrated by Jena Ball
Suggested Audiences: Grades 1-6 and beyond
$1 from every book sold will be donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
The heartwarming story of a misunderstood pit bull and a very shy little girl named Reny. Together, with the help of friends, family, and a goofy pack of mixed breed dogs, they confront and overcome the challenges of being misjudged and bullied.
The adventure begins when Lance is adopted by Reny’s family and must learn to be an “inside dog.” He and the quiet little girl become buddies when Lance tries to help Reny overcome her anxiety about school where she is being teased and bullied. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Lance has problems of his own. Big, black and tough-looking, Lance often frightens people who don’t know him. He is thrust into the limelight of a bigger problem when Mrs. Krutch, a grown-up who bullies, introduces a way to ban pit bulls from the town.
It takes a petition signing campaign, an appearance at city hall by everyone involved, and an act of courage by Reny to defeat the proposed law. In the end, it is Reny’s ability to lead with her heart and speak her truth that overcomes Mrs. Krutch’s fear and reminds everyone not to judge a book by its cover.
For information about Jena Ball, ordering books, author visits, and how to introduce Project Based Learning (PBL) initiatives at your school, visit the author’s site at: www.critterkin.com
Reviews and praise for Lead With Your Heart and “Be Kind” projects visit: Critterkin/Books.
The Grumpy Bull
Written and illustrated by Adrienne Kummerl
Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten to 4th grade
A grumpy bull walks into a village seeing animals of different color, shapes, and sizes. The bull can’t believe his eyes and points, laughs and criticizes. A lion approaches the bull and begins to explain without strife about differences as he teaches the bull an important lesson in life.
View the artwork of Grumpy Bull at http://www.adrienne-noel.com/RetailSite.asp.
The Good, the Bad, and the Bullies
Written by Levi Fallavollita
Illustrated by Gabe Villa
Suggested Audiences: 2nd to 4th grade
Young author Levi Fallavollita and his friend Gabe Villa collaborated to tell their story about bullying in the hopes that their book will raise awareness about bullying and help other students who are struggling. Now in middle school, Levi and Gabe know what it’s like to be bullied, and this simple, powerful story will touch students and adults alike.
Written and Illustrated by Daniel Keane
Suggested Audiences: 1st to 8th grade
July 2014 marks the release of the first issue of “Bullied Comic.” This is a story about Joshua who, while just trying to get through school like everyone else, encounters a bullying problem. This story is told from the children’s point of view. It is a story of friendship, betrayal, parenting, and acceptance. Author Daniel Keane believes that “art has the ability to make the world a better place and unite people all over the world. Watch for future issues of the soon-to-be series!
Confessions of A Former Bully
By Trudy Ludwig
Suggested Audience: Middle School
Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of someone who bullies?Katie never thought of herself as a bully. So what if she excludes kids from games or says some harsh things to her friends every once and a while? It’s not like she ever hits anyone. What’s the big deal? After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she faces consequences for her actions. The consequences help Katie realize that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual perspective of the aggressor, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tips and tools they can use to help identify and overcome emotional bullying. An informative Author’s Note to Parents & Teachers and recommended resources are included.
The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder
By Charles and Elsheba Johnson and Illustrated by Charles Johnson
Suggested Audiences: 5th – 9th grade
Emery Jones is a genius – he even built a robot butler to do his chores. Despite his brains, however, Emery’s life isn’t easy. The other students don’t understand him, and that makes them lash out at him. When Emery accidentally sends one of the students who bullied him 190 million years back in time, he must figure out how to save him…or even if he wants to.
Told from the perspective of Emery’s best friend, Gabby, The Adventures of Emery Jones is sure to thrill and delight students. Combining an engaging story with real, tough lessons about responsibility and forgiveness, this book is an excellent way to open up discussions with students.
By R.J. Palacio
Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder by R.J. Palacio begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness”—indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Sign the pledge to “Be Kind”
By Jerry Craft with Jaylen Craft and Aren Craft
Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade
Five middle school students as different from each other as they could be have to band together when a freak accident gives them superpowers…with a twist. Instead of super strength or the ability to fly, these students end up taking on the characteristics of the students they used to bully. When the school is in trouble, will they be able to learn from their past mistakes in time to save the school?
Creative, funny, and engaging – this book presents a unique look at the dynamics of bullying. With a diverse cast of characters, the book illustrates that bullying affects everyone – and that the students bullying can change their behavior and make their school a more positive place.
I Am Jack
By Susanne Gervay and Illustrated by Cathy Wilcox
Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade
Jack is an upbeat, happy 11-year old until a bullying situation at school leads to fear, isolation, and shame. Jack tries to handle the situation himself, but it just keeps getting worse. Eventually his friends decide that enough is enough and the adults step in with a plan to help.
Told in Jack’s voice, this book is full of humor and heart. It shows the power of friendship, family, and community to prevent and address bullying. Jack is a unique and engaging narrator that readers can’t help but root for. Parents and teachers will gain insight into students’ perspectives on bullying by sharing and discussing this book with students – and students will relate to Jack’s struggles and triumphs.
The Survival Guide to Bullying
Written by Aija Mayrock
Suggested Audiences: Middle and High School Students
The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring “roems” (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how to talk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.
Want to learn more? Visit these sites:
By Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., and Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D.
Suggested Audiences: 9th – 12th grade
Vicious words and damaging photos exchanged through texts, email, or social media can result in humiliation, broken friendships, punishment at school, and even legal prosecution. In some cases, online harassment has contributed to suicide.
Written by experts in cyberbullying prevention, Words Wound provides strategies for teens dealing with cyberbullying as well as for those who have taken part in bullying others. The book gives teens the tools they need to keep themselves safe online, protect their digital reputations, and make their schools and their communities kinder places. Includes true stories by teens who have been cyberbullied and are working to eliminate online bullying in their schools.
By Heather Slee
Suggested Audiences: 9th – 12th grade
After a horribly embarrassing incident at school was photographed for the world to see, Abby just wants to get her life back to the way it was. With the help of mysterious magic stones, Abby gets the chance to redo parts of her life. This seems like the perfect solution to her problems…but Abby soon learns that all choices have consequences, and soon hers will catch up to her.
Suspenseful, engaging, and heartwarming, Abby’s story offers great lessons on resiliency, empathy, and empowerment. Abby discovers that she never needed the magic stones to take control of her own life. Teens will relate to Abby’s anguished experience with bullying and rejoice with her when she discovers the power she has to affect change.
Now is the Time to Rejoice!
Anniversary Sunday is here!
This Sunday the 47th Anniversary Celebration begins! Join us in supporting MCC’s unfinished calling to develop an MCC in every corner of the world.
Little did Troy Perry know 47 years ago that his dream would become a timeless vision.
Just this week, my friend Mark Jordan reminds us of MCC’s legacy,
“There is no gay church, only church –
Celebrating Emerging Churches on MCC’s 47th Anniversary
On October 6, 1968, Rev. Elder Troy Perry gathered 12 people around a simple coffee table to begin a single church. Little did he know that he was setting into motion what would become a global movement with churches and ministries in 32 nations.
Three Groups in Cuba Join Growing MCC Emerging Churches
Every day people are asking how they can Become MCC!
In May, a delegation from MCC visited Cuba for the first time. While there, Rev. Elders Troy Perry, Mona West, and Héctor Gutiérrez discovered allies and open doors. Just a few weeks ago, Rev. Gutiérrez completed a second visit to Cuba. He led a two-day retreat with 20 people outside of the city of Matanzas for Holy Conversations, with an emphasis on Spirituality and Sexuality.
Are You In Yet?
MCC’s 47th Anniversary is almost here!
The celebration is coming in October and we have many ways for you throw an amazing MCC 47th Anniversary Party:
Working Together We Will Succeed!
As we reflect on nearly 50 years of MCC Ministry, I invite you to reflect on how we all participate in building God’s vision for the world. Your generosity allows MCC to impact and transform the lives of those in our communities and beyond.
We are thankful for everything you do for the church, and simply put, without your kindness and generosity we could not be part of the work God has given us to do. It is that time when I ask once again for your prayers and consideration of our Anniversary Sunday. These funds help support the programs and ministries of our church.
Sunday, 6 September 2015
Sunday, 13 September 2015
|Video – Introduction my Rev. Rachelle Brown
Anniversary Sunday PowerPoint Slide (Week 1)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Colour (Week 1)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Black&White (Week 1)
|Emerging Church Booklet
Video “¡¡Yes, we want to Become MCC!!”
Anniversary Sunday PowerPoint Slide (Week 2)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Colour (Week 2)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Grayscale (Week 2)
Sunday, 20 September 2015
Sunday, 27 September 2015
|Video – Message from Tarja and Tuula in Helsinki
Anniversary Sunday PowerPoint Slide (Week 3)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Colour (Week 3)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Grayscale (Week 3)
|Video – Message from Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson
Anniversary Sunday PowerPoint Slide (Week 4)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Colour (Week 4)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Grayscale (Week 4)
Sunday, 4 October 2015
|Video Open Doors MCC, Seoul, South Korea
Video International Roze Kerk MCC, The Hague, The Netherlands
Video Soma MCC in Cuba
Anniversary Sunday PowerPoint Slide (Week 5)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Colour (Week 5)
Anniversary Sunday Bulletin Insert – Grayscale (Week 5)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Rev. Jennie Garcia-Kitch, Pastor
Church of the Trinity MCC
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Rev. Charles Tigard, Pastor
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Rev. Sandy O’Steen, Pastor
Abilene, Texas, USA
Rev. Margaret Warn-Walker, Pastor
St. Augustine, Florida, USA
Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell, Pastor
First MCC of Kansas
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Rev. Jackie Carter, Pastor
Good Hope MCC
Cape Town, South Africa
Rev. Beulah Durrheim, Pastor
Imago Dei MCC
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, USA
Rev. Dexter Brecht, Provisional Pastor
Orlando, Florida, USA
Rev. Terri Steed Pierce, Pastor
King of Peace MCC
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Rev. Elder Dr. Candace Shultis, Pastor
Living Springs MCC
Bath, United Kingdom
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Rev. Judith L. Maynard, Pastor
Amarillo, Texas, USA
Rev. Bernie Barbour, Pastor
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Brighton, United Kingdom
MCC Good Shepherd
Rev. Robert Clark, Pastor
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Rev. Aaron Miller, Pastor
MCC Key West
Key West, Florida, USA
Rev. Steve Torrence, Pastor
Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann, Pastor
Louisville, Kentucky, USAMil
Rev. Colleen Foley, Pastor
MCC New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Rev. Alisan Rowland, Pastor
MCC of Greater Saint Louis
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Rev. Wes Mullins, Pastor
MCC of Our Redeemer
Augusta, Georgia, USA
Rev. Rick Sosbe, Pastor
MCC of the Blue Ridge
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Rev. Joe Cobb, Pastor
MCC of the Gentle Shepherd
Vancouver, Washington, USA
Rev. Ken Kerr, Pastor
MCC of the Palm Beaches
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Pastor
MCC of the Redwood Empire
Guerneville, California, USA
Rev. Rev. Sharon Henry, Interim Pastor
MCC of the Rockies
Denver, Colorado, USA
Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, Interim Pastor
MCC of the Spirit
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Rev. Lori E. Hatch-Rivera, Pastor
MCC of Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C., USA
Rev. Dwayne Johnson, Pastor
Paducah, Kentucky, USA
Rev. Lillian Ferguson, Pastor
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Rev. Kyle Ross, Pastor
Portland, Oregon, USA
Rev. Nathan Meckley, Pastor
MCC Quad Cities
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Rev. Rich Hendricks, Pastor
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Rev. Rev. Carolyn J. Mobley, Interim Pastor
MCC San Antonio
San Antonio, California, USA
Rev. Mick Hinson, Pastor
MCC San Diego
San Diego, California, USA
Rev. Dan Koeshall, Pastor
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Rev. Wendy Woodruff, Pastor
Rev. Michael Kimindu, Pastor
New Creation MCC
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Rev. Margaret Hawk, Pastor
New Day MCC of Naples
Naples, Florida, USA
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns, Pastor
Northern Lights MCC
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Pastor
Open Arms MCC
Pahoa, Hawaii, USA
Rev. William Knight, Pastor
Open Circle MCC
Belleview, Florida, USA
Rev. Jim Lynch, Interim Pastor
Open Door MCC
Boyds, Maryland, USA
Rev. Miller Hoffman, Pastor
Pikes Peak MCC
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Rev. Alycia Erickson, Pastor
Houston, Texas, USA
Rev. Troy Treash, Pastor
River of Life MCC
Kennewick, Washington, USA
Rev. Janet Pierce, Pastor
Spirit of Life MCC
New Port Richey, Florida, USA
Rev. Peter Trabaris, Pastor
St. John the Apostle MCC
Fort Myers, Florida, USA
Rev. Stephen Filizzi, Pastor
SunCoast Cathedral MCC
Venice, Florida, USA
Rev. Gina Durbin, Interim Pastor
Texas-New Mexico Network
The Village MCC
Brighton, United Kingdom
Rev. Michael Hydes, Pastor
Arlington, Texas, USA
Rev. Curtis Smith, Pastor
Wichita Falls MCC
Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
Rev. Mel Martinez, Pastor
Wisdom’s Table UCC at St. Peter’s
Lancaster, Pensylvannia, USA
Rev. Lance Mullins, Pastor
to become a Pacesetter Church.
2015: 12 Emerging Churches Formed
Caribbean – ICM Matanzas, Ciego de Avila, Cuba
Caribbean – ICM Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Europe – Elävä vesi MCC, Helsinki, Finland
Europe – Queersamfundet Olivträdet, Stockholm, Sweden
Europe – Soul Republic MCC, Prague, Czech Republic
Europe – The Village MCC, Brighton, UK
Latin America – ICM Florencio Varela, Florencio Varela, Argentina
Latin America – ICM Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Latin America – ICM Podemos Vivir, Bangu, Brazil
Latin America – Avance ICM, Mayagues, Mexico
United States – The Beauty Way MCC, Martinsburg, West Virginia
United States – Aloha MCC, Kona, Hawaii, US
2014: 18 Emerging Churches Formed
Africa – House of Prayer and Worship MCC, Soweto, South Africa
Asia and Pacific Islands – Open Door MCC, Seoul, South Korea
Asia and Pacific Islands – Church in Progress MCC, S. Auckland, New Zealand
Europe – Comunita Cristiana “Agape”, Florence, Italy
Europe – Internationale Roze Kerk, The Hague, Netherlands
Latin America – ICM Baixada Fluminense, São João de Meriti, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Cabedelo, Cabedelo, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Joao Pessoa, Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Cariri, Juaziero do Norte, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Casa de Emmaus, Santiago, Chile
Latin America – Ministerio Apostólico y Profético Emmanuel ICM, Cundainarama, Colombia
Latin America – ICM Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Latin America – ICM Cristo en Ti, Monterrey, Mexico
Latin America – ICM Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
Latin America – ICM Misión Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
United States – Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, Silver Spring, Maryland
United States – Joshua Generation MCC, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
United States – Wasatch MCC, Salt Lake City, Utah
2011-2013: 14 Emerging Ministries Formed
Asia and Pacific Islands – MCC Marikina, Marikina, Philippines
Asia and Pacific Islands – MCC Metro Baguio, Baguio, Philippines
Asia and Pacific Islands – MCC Olongapo, Olongapo, Philippines
Europe – ICM Pan de Vida, Madrid, Spain
Europe – MCC Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Latin America – ICM Caixas do Sul, Caixas do Sul, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Cuiaba, Cuiaba, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Divinopolis, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Maceió, Maceió, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Mairiporá, Mairiporá, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Teresina, Teresina, Brazil
Latin America – ICM Brazos Abiertos, Santa Tecla, El Salvador
United States – MCC Peoria, Peoria, IL
United States – Shenandoah Valley MCC, Winchester, VA
6 Emerging Ministries Affiliated Since 2011
Caribbean- ICM Cristocentrica de Restauracion Integral, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Brazil, Fortaleza – ICM Fortaleza
Brazil, Vitoria – ICM Vitoria
Brazil, Maringa – ICM Maringá
United States – Open Circle, The Villages, FL
United States – Sacred Journey, Hendersonville, NC