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With COVID numbers continuing a downward trend both in the state of Georgia and here in Jeff Davis County, I’m making plans to reopen some of our ministries in a next few weeks. Here is a list of things we’re planning on starting (or starting back) on Sunday, Feb. 21st.

  1. I’m going to lead another session of our “Discover Southside” Sunday School class. This is what is commonly known as a “New Members” class. It’s an opportunity for new and potential members to get to know our church a little better. We offered this class a little over a year ago. It went great. Please let us know if you’re interested in being a part of the class. It will run for four weeks and take place each Sunday during the Sunday School hour.
  2. I’ll be starting a new Sunday morning series through the book of Daniel. Daniel is about God’s sovereignty over the affairs of the world. It offers much encouragement to believers living in difficult times.
  3. Bro. Jeffery is chomping at the bits to get our choir going again. Due to COVID precautions, we’ve sidelined our choir for the past eleven months. So long as there is not another spike in cases between now and then, we look forward to having rehearsal again beginning Feb. 21st at 4:30pm. We’re not 100% sure what rehearsal will look like, but Bro. Jeffery will do his best to help our choir members feel as safe as possible.
  4. We’ll also be starting our Sunday evening services back. Bro. Jeffery and I will be leading a service in the Sanctuary. I’m planning on doing a series called “Characters.” It’s a study of the Bible through the lives of its people. Each week will feature a biographical message on important characters from the Bible.
  5. We’ll be providing programs for young people on Sunday nights as well. We don’t have all the details worked out yet, but we will have a nursery service (0-4), a service for children (K-5th), and a service for youth (6th-12th).

I do not reopen Sunday nights easily or lightly. Many of our families are busy and just about run themselves ragged during the week trying to keep up with all the activities on their schedule. The last thing I want to do is give them another thing to do and make them feel guilty if they don’t participate. I’m not interested in having Sunday evening service just so we can pat ourselves on the backs. That would be easy to do, but it achieves very little. We begin Sunday evenings with purpose, variety, and options for different age groups. We also begin them with an eye toward the future where perhaps we will continue a seasonal approach so Sunday nights where for a couple months we have Sunday evening programming and then for a period of time we don’t. We will see.

—Bro. Deek