The situation with Covid-19 continues to influence how
we meet together and function as a church. The deacons and I have been in
discussion about how we can continue with precautions while at the same time
moving forward with ministry at Abner Creek. We don't think it would be wise to
ignore Covid-19 and resume with normal church activities, but at the same time,
that we must begin to move forward with ministry while acknowledging
it will look and feel much different than before.
Therefore, I'm excited to announce that beginning on August 2nd, we will offer two core classes each Sunday morning. These classes will meet during our two service times. Therefore, there will be one core class meeting at 9am and another meeting at 10:45am. This will allow you, if you so desire, to meet for a core class and then attend the corporate worship service in the other hour. These classes will meet in the gym so that we can maintain proper social distancing.
The first two class offerings will be taught by Scotty Stone and Steve Fisher. Steve Fisher will be teaching the 9am class which is entitled "Praying the Bible." This will be introducing a prayer model that you can use in your daily prayers. It's a wonderful model especially if you feel like you often get stuck saying the same things or not knowing what to pray. Scotty Stone will be teaching the 10:45 class which is entitled "Why the Bible is So Important." He will be looking at the characteristics of Scripture and how they should impact our daily lives. We know intellectually that the Bible is our foundation, but do we live in light of that truth? This class will solidify your confidence in God's Word.
I also wanted to update you on childcare. Childcare is challenging because it's harder to keep children from physical contact. However, we are looking into how we might provide childcare in a way that is safe and wise. We are currently gathering data and numbers (how many children we have, how many volunteers are willing to serve at this time, are parents comfortable with childcare, etc). We hope to have some conclusions on this matter shortly. Thank you for your patience as we think through these important details.
God is growing all of us in this time--to trust him more, to be content with the unknown, to love our neighbors well, to bear with those whom we disagree with, etc. He is working in this time in ways that we absolutely need for our spiritual well being and perseverance in the faith. Let me encourage you to see this as a good providence from the Lord. It's often uncomfortable and tiring, but that's often the road we walk in faith. God's grace is still sufficient for all of us today, and his mercies continue to be new every morning. Praise his name, for he is a good God!