By Pastor Mitch
We have a very exciting announcement! This fall (starting September 2nd), each service will make a shift of some sort for the better. The purpose of the fall shift is to infuse new energy into the programs of the church, to offer a greater variety of ministry, and make our services more effective for the glory of Jesus and the good of others.
- Donuts and fellowship from from 10:00-10:35
- The worship service will start at 10:45 to make room for extra songs, testimonies, baptisms, communion, and business meetings.
The Sunday evening service time slot will remain the same but the structure of the service will be swapped out for a Sunday School style structure. We're calling this new service "Griggs Groups." (These will start on September 9th, as there is no Sunday night service on September 2nd due to Labour Day weekend).
The service will start with 2 songs and about 10-15 minutes of teaching that compliments the morning sermon. The teaching will be followed by 30-40 minutes of group discussions with guys groups and girls groups. All groups will have a designated leader and the leader will be given thought-provoking questions by the pastor in advance for discussion. They will also lead the group in a time of prayer.
We will stop running the van for our children’s ministry on Sunday nights, and cease offering a kids class on Sunday nights, but we will still offer child care for parents who bring nursery age children to Griggs Groups.
The hope is that the Sunday school structure will bring variety, as it is different from Sunday morning and provides a chance for people to be in relationship with one another. This will be on a trial basis. We will re-evaluate at Christmas time to see if we should continue, or switch back to a normal Sunday night service for the year of 2019.
Nothing much is changing about Wednesday nights this fall, except for the way we approach our teaching. We will refer to Wednesday nights as the #GrowWithGriggs Service, where we focus on helping believers grow in practical ways. Each month we will have a different four to five week series on a practical topic. For example, in September we’ll go through a series on Money, in October we’ll do a series on parenting, and in November we’ll do a series on marriage.
There will still be kids ministry on Wednesday nights!