Guest post by Douglas Turner, Coordinator of Group Life
As news reports change daily, we continue to consider ways to do life a little differently to stay connected to friends and relatives. I’m sure many of you are missing your Sunday school friends like I am! A couple of verses come to mind when I think of my class that I want to share with you:
For we are God’s servants working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:9)
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:44-47)
We might not be together in a physical building, but that does not mean that we cannot be “together” to support each other and our community during this time.
Here is a list of seven ways your class can continue to connect to each other and our Sunday school community at church:
1. Prayer and Praise Time: Still want to have Wednesday night dinner and study? Have dinner at home and tune in to our special prayer and worship services on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. If you missed last week’s Focus: Prayer & Praise, watch it here.
2. Hang Out Virtually on Sunday mornings. Maybe you can’t be in the same room, but there are several apps and websites that allow you to “hang out” with your class. My favorite is Google Hangout. Click here to find out how to do this.
3. Missions: Our Serving & Outreach team has connected with various organizations around the city to find out our needs locally. You can connect with Serving & Outreach here or view a list on our website of ways to help.
4. Seniors, reach out to families. Many of our young families are dealing with young ones at home who aren’t normally, and it can be difficult to juggle all the “togetherness” while working from home. Your class could take this time to order puzzles or activities from Amazon to be delivered to their door! What a great way to show you love and care for them! Email Douglas Turner to organize this.
5. Families, reach out to our senior adults by recording videos of your kids singing or reading the Bible that we can share with our senior adults. Many of our seniors feel isolated at this time and what better way to give them some love! If you have a video to share, email Douglas.
6. Challenge your class! There are plenty of book challenges out there. Challenge your class to read through different books of the Bible this month. Hold each other accountable during this time to read as much of His Word as we can!
7. Donate: Pool your resources and choose a local nonprofit or church that needs your money right now to keep the doors open. Another opportunity would be to buy gift cards from small businesses in town to give out to people who have babies, experience a death in the family or face various needs throughout the year.
This is certainly a time that we never thought we would be experiencing, but we do not have to isolate ourselves. We can take this and use it to be God’s field and building… TOGETHER!