I never imagined we’d enter the fall amidst so much uncertainty! I long for the days to greet you with a smile and hug as once before, and miss seeing you. While it may take a bit longer for the church to be filled once more and masks to be a thing of the past, God remains in control. We will persevere and we will get through this together!
The fall will look a bit different, nevertheless we will resume discipleship and education offerings for all ages on Sunday, August 23. As we do, we are achieving one major goal, one cohesive Bible study across all ages and stages of life. The study will follow the Sunday readings to facilitate catechesis for all ages. Please take note of the offerings that begin August 23 for every age and stage.
- Kindergarten – 5th grade will begin the fall remotely. Worship and Wonder lessons (Kinder – 2nd Grade) and a 3-5th Grade Bible study will be uploaded on YouTube weekly. Jennifer and her wonderful team of teachers will be reaching out regularly, and will be sending out conversation starters to engage families at home around the Sunday readings.
- Youth Group (6-12 grade) will meet remotely most of the month, but will have a parking lot gathering during the Parish Tailgate which will be offered monthly (more about that below).
- College age and young professionals are invited to a Growth Group (small group) to meet via Zoom, or outside on the church grounds. They are encouraged to engage in the Bible Study weekly as well.
- I will resume my weekly Bible Study on August 23 at 9:00 am via Zoom or in person in the 3-5th Grade room. We will be distanced and masked, but can gather together for those worshipping in person on Sundays. Growth Groups (small groups) will offer two options, a weekly Zoom gathering (time forthcoming), or in person outside on the church grounds (time forthcoming).
Additionally, in an effort to have in person fellowship we will have a monthly Parish Tailgate at 7 pm on the fourth Friday of every month (after our initial kick off on August 23 at 7 pm). Everyone is invited to bring a chair, brown bag dinner or drinks, and enjoy time together safely outdoors.
While the past few months have been a bit of blur, and we have all become weary of screens and challenges that beset, I’d ask you to renew your commitment to engage in worship, Bible study and discipleship as we enter the fall. Make a commitment to find routine, rest and real community at Saint Barnabas creatively. We remain committed to advancing the Gospel and seeking to be transformed in the likeness of Jesus. You remain in my prayers and on my heart daily.