By Jake Hall

The first few weeks of August lead us to space in-between summer and the familiarity of fall routines. At Highland Hills, it is a time of signing up for ministry teams and engaging a new program year. It is time to show up after the sporadic space of summer. This year you will find new faces along with opportunities for ministry at Highland Hills.

Earlier this year, we expanded the role of Ruth DuCharme to that of an Associate Pastor. In this role, Ruth administrates all aspects of family ministry. Ruth leads and supports disciples in their journey as followers of Jesus Christ, build upon existing ministries and introduce innovative and meaningful activities for the spiritual formation of children and their families. The primary focus of this position centers around the care of children and their families from birth to sixth grade.

While Ruth will oversee all aspects of family ministry, there remains a need for a person to coordinate childcare. Since Carol Brown's departure, Emily Brumley has served in that role, offering her faithfulness and her considerable skill. We have found someone to fill that part-time position. Beginning August 4th, you will find a new face in the nursery at Highland Hills.

Christy Price has substantial experience in caring for and teaching children. She possesses more than ten years' experience at three churches, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, Riverside United Methodist Church, and Cherokee Heights United Methodist Church. Most recently Christy worked full-time at Sports Quest, a gymnastics and education gym in Macon. She brings not only the experience for the job but also a valuable familiarity with a network of parents and families in our area.

After interviews with our ministerial staff and members of the Children's and Personnel committee, it is clear we have found the right person. Christy will join our team on a part-time basis under the leadership of Ruth DuCharme. Be sure and welcome her to the Highland Hills church family.