Dear St. Andrew’s Park Circle,
In the middle of these unique and unprecedented times, I hope that you are doing well and trusting in Christ for these days. With kids home from school, work being pushed remotely, and people being asked to not horde toilet paper it seems that every aspect of life is being affected by Coronavirus however our faith is different. Scripture tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Heb 13:8 I pray our faith is a wonderful anchor for you in this time of uncertainty.
While the events bring unprecedented uncertainty they also bring unprecedented opportunity to love our neighbors and let ourselves be formed even more into the image of Christ. Here are a few ways we are planning on engaging that in the coming weeks…
- Not meeting in person: This may sound strange and even counterintuitive but one way we’re going to be loving our neighbors is by not meeting together to help flatten the curve of those infected by the virus. As you may know, many of us have immune systems that can handle the Coronavirus however we need to love the least of our community and do what we can to protect those who have compromised immune systems. Until further notice, all in-person gatherings including Sunday service and our role in the Walk for Water are suspended.
- Online Evening Prayer Service: Starting tonight, Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM we invite you to join us as we pray together through a service called Compline. This is a short prayer service from our Anglican tradition that helps us close the day. We will be doing this live on Facebook as part of our St. Andrew’s Park Circle Facebook Page ( www.Facebook.com/ParkCircleChurch ) Phillip Wilson and I will alternate leading this time every weeknight for the next two weeks. My encouragement to you is to join in with us. We’ll provide resources and guides. All you will need to do is gather your family around the computer join us as we pray together.
- Sunday Mornings: Christians gather on Sunday to celebrate the truth of the gospel and the resurrection of Jesus together. As we are one church in various locations we are encouraging people to join with the rest of St. Andrew’s for their 9:00 AM service which will be live-streamed from the historic church in Mount Pleasant. This is only a temporary solution until we are able to meet together face to face again at the elementary school. You can access that service at StAndrews.Church/stream
- The Mission Continues: As we seek to connect people to the presence and power of Jesus Christ in this new cultural moment some wonderfully simple opportunities have come up. For example, with the coffee we normally use on Sunday morning we were able to use last Tuesday morning and deliver to North Charleston Creative Arts Elem. as teachers and administrators tried to make sense of how to shift to remote classrooms and send materials home to kids. It was a simple way to serve them in their time of need. To make these kinds of things possible we are asking people to continue worshipping through giving online. You can do so on our website at www.StAndrewsParkCircle.com .
- Personal Encouragement: During these next two weeks Phillip and I will be reaching out personally to you via the phone. We want to connect with you, pray for you, and be of any assistance you may need. Please keep an eye out for our calls and don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help!
With the uncharted waters before us, I’m excited as we explore what it means to follow Jesus and be formed by his Spirit in this time and place. It’s a fantastic time to be the church and the people of God in our community. Stay tuned for more opportunities to do so.
Rev’d David Libbon
Lead Pastor at St. Andrew’s Park Circle
Rev’d Phillip Wilson
Associate Pastor at St. Andrew’s Park Circle