Focused on Framework
Throughout July, the church staff has met and talked about ways to expand our internal church ministry. Pastor Jody said, “We will put the framework back in place, much like you would when building a house, and then we can add rooms as we are able.”
We are not the first people of God to seek to rebuild within the kingdom of God. In Scripture, Nehemiah is best known for rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. When Nehemiah learned the wall lay in ruins, he wept, but he didn’t let the story end with his grief. He then fasted, prayed, petitioned leadership to undertake the project, and ultimately rallied the people of God to rebuild the wall.
Praise God, we are not in ruins at King Street Church, not by a long shot! But some of our structure has been broken down during the pandemic, and we are ready to build it up once again. Here is a look at some of our plans.
“New” Worship Times
Starting Sunday, August 16, we will begin a return to our former schedule, offering three services:
- 8:00 am – Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
- 9:30 am – Contemporary Service in the Baker Center
- 11:00 am – Contemporary Service in the Baker Center
Yes, we will still offer an outdoor, masks-optional worship service on Saturday night at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center parking lot. Online services will also be available at 8:00 (traditional) and 9:30 (contemporary).
Starting Sunday, August 9, our Crosswalk Kids Ministry will offer one hour of classes for our children in Nursery through 5th Grade. We will ask parents to register their children for this hour so that we can plan (the sign-up is coming next week). Families should wear masks in the hallways. We will social distance in the classrooms, so children will be permitted to remove their masks if they so desire.
Thanks to those who have volunteered to “carry the fire” and serve alongside our staff. If you are willing to help but didn’t sign up yet, please visit Children’s Ministry at Service Central for that opportunity.
On Saturday/Sunday, August 8/9, we plan to remember Christ’s sacrifice through communion. Individually-packaged elements will be served. For those joining us online, you can prepare your own elements and participate at home.
On Saturday, August 29, we plan to hold a baptismal service during our outdoor worship service. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…” Water baptism is a visible outward symbol of an invisible, inward transformation. It is a moment that says “I’m all in.” If you are a follower of Jesus and would like to express your faith in this public way, please contact Molly Shull at [email protected], or call the church office at (717) 264-4651.
Each of these steps is another wall being raised, another room being built, another piece put back together. We will get there! We will pray, and ask God for His blessing, and declare — like Nehemiah — “the God of heaven will help us succeed!”