A NEW VISION GREETINGS PUMC! Spring is finally in the air. Praise God! Next comes summer and I’ve been thinking about summer worship. Worship is the most effective way we have of sharing the gospel with people. Studies tell us that to keep current a church needs to launch a new service every 5-7 years. Our Discipleship Launch Team spent a year training with Coach Cathy Townley preparing to launch a new in-person service. Then COVID hit and we launched an online service instead. The service has been a wonderful blessing for our church family and for a number of people from the community that have joined us (yes, sharing really works!). We will absolutely keep our 9:00 am in-person service and our 10:00 am online services going. Now that the vaccine is available to most people and the numbers of vaccinated people is climbing, it’s time to get back to thinking about a new in-person worship service. While the CDC has greatly loosened our mask requirements, there are still those who are hesitant to attend indoor events - like worship. Couple that with the fact that our community loves outdoor activities and it seems that putting together an outdoor worship option for the summer/fall might just be the ticket. Here’s what we are thinking:
THE FIRESIDE GATHERING
An outdoor worship time – Sundays at 5:30 pm on the back lawn (Elm St. side) starting June 13
We will gather for a couple of opening songs, a brief devotion with scripture and discussion
We will bring snacks or food to share
the church will provide drinks and plates, etc.
we will eat while we worship
Fire pit at center of gathering (wouldn’t it be lovely to eventually build a large patio for more outdoor events?!)
Worshipers in lawn chairs surrounding fire
Table to hold food
Lawn for children to play
Fellowship Hall would serve as the rainy-day alternative gathering space
Can you picture it? A casual, summer-vibe gathering where people can connect their lives to a life with Jesus. I have already spoken to a few families that are very excited about this idea and see the benefits of a gathering that meets after they return from their weekend get-away but before the kids need to be in bed.
TO LAUNCH THIS NEW MINISTRY, WE NEED YOUR HELP
We Need YourPrayers – pray for the planning, the people and the resources to make this happen.
We Need Your Excitement – spread the word! Share what we are planning with everyone you know. Watch for invitational postings on Facebook and share those too!
We Need Your Investment – make a donation to the start-up fund, our goal is $1,000.00.
We Need Your Participation – plan to join us outdoors this summer (it is okay to worship twice on a Sunday and the message will be different!). The more people present the more comfortable for guests to come.
God is calling us to something new; to share the good news with new people in a new way. Let’s be faithful to say ‘yes!’ In Christ, Pastor Tish