Following the recommendation of the President of the United States to limit gatherings to less than 10 people, the Consistory has made the difficult decision to move Sunday School and Worship and Bible Study entirely on-line. I can put it no better than what Rev. Frank Walker of Covenant Reformed Church, Sacramento, shared with us concerning this difficult decision facing our entire denomination:
“Let me assure you that none of us wants to suspend the assembling of ourselves together (Heb. 10:25). The Lord’s Day is for all of us the “Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest” (Hymn 620). And what could be more precious to our souls than those few minutes each Sunday when we unite our hearts and voices in praise to the Lamb and hear him speak to us in his Word. Public worship is without a doubt the closest we can get to heaven on earth in this life. However, out of love for our congregation and concern for the health of our members, their families and the broader community in which we live, we resolved to suspend all in-person church activities, including public worship, for the next two weeks. We will re-evaluate where things stand at that time.”
The goal must be to continue our Mission Statement of Preaching and Teaching the Word of God as we progress through this situation. In light of this we will incorporate the following starting this Sunday, March 22:
1.) Sunday School:
a.) Adult Class: Roger will still live stream the class from church via YouTube. He requests questions and comments be texted to him. He will monitor his phone, and respond to questions that are sent to him.
b.) Pastor’s Class: Pastor Fagrey will forward his lessons to the parents and have the parents do the lessons with the students. Students can call Pastor to recite memory work. Students can take cell phone pictures of completed worksheets and text them to Pastor’s cell phone (605-391-6065) for correction.
c.) Elder Don’s Class: Elder Don will forward his lessons to the parents and have the parents do the lessons with the students. Students can call Don any reasonable time to recite memory work. Students can take cell phone pictures of completed worksheets and text them to Don’s cell phone (605-390-1928) for correction.
d.) Stephan’s Class: Stephan will forward the lesson plan and memory work requirements to each of his student’s parents. Parents are to instruct their children directly.
e.) Bonnie’s Class: Adelaide’s parents will take time to instruct her.
2.) Worship: Worship service will be streamed live at 10:30 am as it usually is on YouTube. The church website will have the link. Pastor Fagrey will present an order of worship that is as close to usual as possible. The bulletin will be uploaded to the website as usual. In addition to the bulletin, the hymns will be scanned and uploaded with the bulletin. We have paid for a copyright license to do this. If you are able to swing by the church to pick up a hymnal or two for your household, please do so. This may be easier for you and your family. Simply bring the hymnal back when we are able to meet again at church. What a glorious day that will be!
3.) Monitoring the Church Body: The Elders and Deacons will be calling and checking in with each of you at regular intervals to make sure all is well. If all is NOT well, please inform us. We need to still take care of one another, and if we do not know that a problem exists it does not allow for us to love one another in a time of need. If a concern or issue comes up, DO NOT WAIT for an Elder or Deacon to call you. Please call so we can help.
4.) Keeping the Church Body connected: Please keep in touch with each other. Give words of encouragement to one another. Lift each other up. Bring your burdens to each other. Pray on the phone together. Love one another.
5.) Offering: Bringing your offering to the alter is part of worship. We have decided that the best way to continue this is to ask that you send your offering (it is best if you do not send cash) – checks payable to Grace Reformed Church and sent to the Church address: 5626 Haines Ave., Rapid City, SD 57701. Pastor will put the offerings that were received during the week in the offering plate on the alter on Sunday and pray a prayer of thanksgiving over them. After service, he will get them transferred to Corey to be deposited.
The Elders and Deacons will be in continuous contact with each other. We will discuss concerns and changes as things progress. Developments and changes will be shared out as regularly as we can.
Please continue to keep us and our church members in your prayers as we walk through this together.
In Christ’s Love,
The Elders and Deacons of Grace Reformed Church, Rapid City