Grace and Peace to you,
The Session of Faithful Shepherd Presbyterian Church met on December 21st, and I wanted to update you on the decision that was made regarding our church’s worship model and paradigm.
At our meeting, Session decided that Sunday, January 10th will be the transition date for worship inside our church building. For our worship gathering, we will be utilizing our Sanctuary & Narthex, as well as the Family Life Center to serve those who choose to attend worship in-person.
This service and all future services will be live-streamed for worship at home. In our continued response to this pandemic, we may discern that at any time a shift back to an online or drive-in worship paradigm is necessary.
Session has adopted specific guidelines that will be followed for our indoor worship services. These guidelines are included with this letter. Following these guidelines, our worship services and spaces will be simple, thoughtful, and carefully planned out.
While the hope-filled light of the end of this pandemic is on the distant horizon, the truth remains that the absolute safest place you can be, even in worship, is in your home.
With change and challenge comes opportunity
The opportunity before our congregation is to continue seeking ways to remain united with one another in our spaces of worship, service, and fellowship. As your pastor, I want you to feel no sense of exclusion or separation if your choice is to join together in worship from your home. This past year we have become skilled in new ways to cross the divide of physical distance through technology, and we will be embracing this technology as we move forward.
When planning and leading worship, my heart and mind will be focused on uniting our congregation through the rich essentials of worship, and I would like to invite you to help me accomplish this most fully.
Through recorded greetings, participation in leading worship through liturgy, or music from members of our congregation worshiping at home, together we can create a worship experience that crosses the divide of distance and brings unity to our time together.
Whether it is with a smartphone, tablet, or camera from your home, or finding a time to come by the church sanctuary mid-week, recording a piece of liturgy or music for worship can be easy, impactful, and fun. Please contact me if this is something that interests you!
As our church continues to move forward in this pandemic, many decisions remain to be made. Session has created a new COVID-19 Focus Team to center its work on our continued response as a church to this pandemic. This team will meet for the first time on December 29th at 7:00pm on Zoom.
If you are interested in joining the team or being a part of the first meeting, please reach out to me and I will send you the Zoom link to join in.
May the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christ be very real for you this week and in the weeks to come.
We are in this together, and together we will make our way through this.
Pastor Nick and the FSPC Session