Last Sunday I had mentioned a few things during worship that I wanted to make sure you all were aware of.

There are daily devotions on our website to help you develop a habit of Bible Reading. They are beginner-style videos about 10 minutes long (that I did at home, so it’s not that great) or the manuscript of the video is included with it if you prefer to read. They teach how to take just about any verse or two of scripture and effectively develop your relationship with God in powerful and life-transforming ways. By the end of the week, there will be five in total and they should equip you so you can confidently continue growing in your relationship with God and scripture.

Here is the link to the first one: https://jackson.church/habits-of-hope-devotion-day-1/

Let me know if it was helpful.

We are taking steps to reopen by working through a plan so that when we begin to worship again we will do so with safety and love. This is tricky because there are many different facets to our church and we want to ensure the safety of everyone. We will, however, have a dedicated team working diligently to assure that when we resume our ministries they will be safe.

In the meantime, we will continue experimenting with different ways to connect virtually. Some of the things we have been doing have been effective in keeping up our spiritual and social connections like CFF, Tuesday Bible Study, and Sunbeam.

As we continue to experiment, some things will work and some things won’t, but we are committed to trying new things and new ways of doing things. If you have any suggestions or ideas let me know. After worship, we are beginning to experimenting with virtual fellowship. Following worship, we will open a zoom meeting room for anyone who wants to connect.

On June 1st another thing we will be trying is offering short video devotions throughout the week for you. These will be 3-10 minute sermon highlights with a question or two to meditate on or discuss. During the week you can catch a little bite-sized sermon during your devotion time or during a quick free moment of your day.

I have been missing having Holy Communion with you. On June 7th, at the end of the worship celebration, we will have a remembrance together. The early Methodists called it a “Love Feast” or “Agape Meal.” The Love Feast, or Agape Meal, is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ. If you are interested in learning more about there are links on our website.

On Sunday, June 7 following the sermon I will invite you to join me in the Love Feast. If you’d like, you can gather some bread, juice or water, and a candle and participate.

Links: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/the-love-feast or
https://www.gnjumc.org/content/uploads/2020/03/Love-Feast-Updated-3.26.20-1.pdf