Category Archive: Community

  1. Give Up Something for Lent

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    We’re sure you’ve heard of giving up something during this season. It’s not too late!! The Missions Ministry encourages you to give up some food or funds to help lift up some of the 209 families served by End 68 Hours of Hunger through our pantry.

    • Drop your donations of Compleat meals and canned fruit at the church during office hours or bring to in-person worship Sundays at 10:00 am
    • Use this Amazon list Food will be sent directly to the church.
    •  Write a check to HPPC and mark it Lenten Food Drive or find the Lenten Food Drive link on the Text to Give site.

    Thanks for your generosity.

  2. Here Comes the Family Legacy Playground!

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    The HPPC Family Legacy Playground was born across the sea in Odense, Denmark. The entire thing, complete with pirate ship, slides, swings, spinners and seesaws  … you name it … was loaded onto a cargo ship and set sail across the Atlantic. Check the HPPC website often as we track the the progress of our playground on its journey to the corner of Swann and Willow!

  3. Advent Angels Toy Drive

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    Be an Advent Guardian Angel!!

    We’re looking for some Guardian Angels this year! You can make a difference in the life of a child who is in the court system. We’re excited to partner with the Guardian Ad Litem Program for a toy drive to benefit children who are separated from their parents.  A Guardian Ad Litem becomes a voice for the child’s best interests and needs.

    In Hillsborough County, The Guardian Ad Litem Program works with more than 3500 neglected, abused, abandoned and/or disabled children who have been removed from their homes and placed in the hands of the court. Many of these children are in foster care in our community and this may be the only gift they receive. We are joining their efforts to provide a Merry Christmas for those children by contributing new, unwrapped toys which will be offered to the guardian who will select a toy based on the child’s interests. 

    We invite you to join us in this partnership opportunity to care and share with children in need! The Guardian Ad Litem representative has suggested the following types of toys to make a child’s Christmas special this year:

    • Multi-racial dolls
    • Trucks or Truck sets
    • Lego or Lego type block sets
    • Craft Sets

    You can drop off your donation any day at the church during office hours, between now and December 12, 2020. Use the Willow Street entrance and place them in the brown Mission Corner box. Or bring it with you to Sunday 5:45 pm services and place in the box in the narthex.  A Mission Ministry person will also be at the Willow door from 11:30 to 2 pm on Saturday, December 12.

    If you prefer, please make a monetary donation online or send a check designated for the Guardian Angel Project to the church by December 1st so the elves can shop. Thanks for your enthusiastic contributions once again. 

    May the Advent Season bring you peace, love, joy and hope!!

  4. HPPC Family Legacy Playground

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    The Entire Playground is now Underwritten!!

    The new playground will be a fresh, fun, and vital way to provide a welcome haven for young children in families who join us as well as a community resource. It will be very visible from the Swann Avenue drive-by corridor, and a gift and outreach to the families in our community.

    From the initial desire to “renovate” by adding a centerpiece play station to honor John Brannan with his memorial funds, calls went out to 5 playground companies. After initial contact, 3 companies actually came out to view the current site and make proposals.

    The company who clinched the final selection was Kompan, with the standout option of the Pirate Ship. Kompan designed Water Works Park next to Ulele, where you can see the adorable Ocean SeeSaw and the Spinner Pole. Their recommended design made sure the Pirate Ship had good visibility from the Swann Avenue corridor, and that play stations were grouped age-appropriately and with safe “use zones”.


     View Link for Visuals!!

    General Playground Fund  Gifts of any size are welcome to put on the finishing touches, such as  trees, landscaping, festive shade sails. 
    Goal $12,000 PLEASE EMAIL:, Call: (813) 253 0069 Or  Donate Direct

    Ocean Seesaw  Up to three children can rock on each end featuring dolphins and sharks 
    $8,000 Underwritten

    Spinmaster Pole  Stand-up spinning in style, solo or with friends
    $3,500 Underwritten

    Creative Manipulative  Designed for hands-on play for toddlers and fosters hand-eye coordination
    $2,500 Underwritten

    Buccaneer Pirate Ship  Large play station for young swashbucklers to create adventures on the high seas       
    $35,000 UNDERWRITTEN

    Deluxe Swing Set with Flying Saucer & Baby Bucket  Up to four older children can enjoy swinging next to mom and baby 
    $10,000 UNDERWRITTEN

    Fence  Secure, black aluminum fencing with auto-closing gates keep our little ones safe. 

    Spinner Bowl  Kids love to spin and whirl around in this big scooped seat

    Comfy, durable Outdoor Benches  Wooden benches provide cool seating   $500/each (3 available)  
    3 UNDERWRITTEN 1 more available

    Cloud Climber  Climbing fun on this low net climber for toddlers.

    Musical Play Station  An interactive music panel with xylophone chimes for curious minds and peaceful play   
     $5,000 UNDERWRITTEN

    Chiming Flowers  Petals on these brightly colored flowers allow children to create delightful chiming tones 
    $2,000/each  UNDERWRITTEN

  5. In-Person Worship

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    Updated 1/7/21 Worship Time Change:

    In-person, 30-minute Worship services every Sunday Evening at 5:45 pm.

    Virtual Worship Services, Kid’s Church and Morning Jam will continue to be offered Online (nursery closed) and two Virtual CONNECT classes will continue to be offered via Zoom at 10:15 am.

    Want to join in-person worship? Take a look at this video

    We’ve made changes so arrivals are as fast and touch-free as possible. Download the free Church Center App to your phone. Here are links to the app stores Apple or for an Android phone. After installation, search for Hyde Park Pres and create your personal account.

    On arrival: Check in, then show the bar code to the Greeter and your name tags will be printed out. Of course, we are always happy to welcome you without the above procedure.

    • Please wear a mask when you enter from the Swann Avenue entrance (Sanctuary front doors).
    • Hand sanitizer is placed in the entrance; please use it as you enter.
    • Choose a seat from the open pews.
    • Families may sit together but unrelated groups are asked to maintain social distancing.
    • Children are welcome to the services, the nursery and children’s classes are not operating. Individual Worship packets (crayons and coloring sheets) marked with the child’s name are available at the door.
    • Envelopes for offerings and prayer cards are found in the narthex, along with boxes where they may be deposited.
    • There will be no paper copies of hymns or scriptures; they will be projected on the screen.
    • Restrooms in the Orleans hall may be used if needed.
    • Communion will not be served during this time.
    • Please exit via the Swann Avenue doors.

    We ask that you not attend worship if you are not feeling healthy, are immunocompromized, or are uncomfortable worshipping with others.

    For questions, please email the church office–

    If you are not attending in person don’t worry you can continue to view the virtual worship services online at

    For questions, email

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