Dear Stony Point Family and Friends,
Whatever opinion you have of the last fifteen months, I don’t expect that you will be sorry to put them behind you. Much has been lost during COVID. Our Service of Lament and Renewal Sunday, June 6 was an opportunity to bring those losses to God, to know that He has seen them and counted them and is using them in some way to refine us and increase our dependence upon Him.
The challenge for our church leadership, as it is for all church communities, is to find the right way to guide the church out of the habits and practices that have aided us during COVID. Your survey results (from the survey we posted last week) have helped us get a better sense of the way forward, and we have now developed a plan.
Here are three specific ways in which Stony Point will change in the next few months:
Since last fall we have offered an inside service at 8:30 AM and an outside service at 11:00 AM each Sunday. On Sunday, July 4, we will welcome everyone back inside for the resumption of two inside worship services together.
Since March 2020 we have offered either recorded or live-streamed worship services. Sunday, June 27 will be the last time we make public a link to a live-streamed Stony Point worship service. For those of you who need the encouragement, we hope this will coax you back to worshipping in person. And for those of you who still have a need to worship at home, we will make the link and password available to you upon request (Please email Virginia at email@example.com).
With an earlier beginning to fall classes in public school, we will kick off our fall Sunday School program on August 29, and kickoff for a return to our pre-COVID Wednesday night activities on September 15.
As we move forward, we mean to improve our communication with you. If you have questions or needs, we will regularly have a pastoral staff member available on the porch in between the services on communion Sundays – (Curt Kenney will be on the porch this Sunday, June 13 from 10:15 – 10:45 AM). The staff member will also have with him copies of a monthly review of what’s been happening at Stony Point during the last month.
Our experiences over these months have changed us. “In all these things,” Paul said, of a long list of tests and tragedies in Romans 8, “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” We know that God has used these experiences to test, refine and change us for the better – as He does with all suffering for His sake. It’s in that confidence and by His grace that we mean to move on together.
May God bless us as He draws us back together,