The Session of Southminster has adopted a three-phase plan for building closures and reopening. We are currently in phase two of our reopening plan, meaning that groups of 10 people per room are now allowed to meet in the building when following safety precautions. All the details of Phase Two can be found here. The Session is voting soon on when in-person services will resume.
In the meantime, all ministries of the church available online. The best way to stay connected is to sign-up for our weekly News and Notes newsletter that comes out every Friday. Many of our ministries and meetings take place over Zoom.
Here are some ways to stay connected during social distancing:
1. Online Worship Services
2. Virtual Coffee Hour
The pastors host virtual coffee hour after church from 11:30 am -12:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. The Zoom link is always in the YouTube video description of that Sunday’s worship service. The link is also included in the Friday News & Notes. Coffee hour is a great way to connect with the other church members while we cannot meet together.
When: 2nd and 4th Sundays
Meeting ID: 834 0101 0322 (Zoom Link)
3. Virtual Children’s Gathering
On Sunday mornings before worship, Children’s Director Josh Sweeny leads an informal children’s gathering for the preschool and elementary-aged kids of Southminster. PJs and breakfast are welcome! Children can join via Zoom to interact with one another and participate in the telling of the Bible story of the day.
When: Sundays 9:15-9:45 am
Meeting ID: 921 4226 1443
4. Outdoor Youth Group
Youth group has gone outside! The youth group is for teens grades 6-12 will continue to meet outdoors at the church on the grassy space near the Pavilion. Students must wear a mask and are encouraged to bring a camping chair or blanket to sit on. Youth group will be planned on a month by month basis. In September, we will meet on Sunday afternoons and will be joined by Covenant Presbyterian Church’s youth group. We will not meet Labor Day weekend.
When: Sundays in September, 4-5:30pm
Where: Pavilion Lawn at Southminster
5. New Testament Adult Education Class
The New Testament class led by Steve Davis is now being held on Zoom. The Monday meeting will cover the same material as the preceding Sunday’s meeting. The group will begin by studying the story of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection as recorded in Luke and then move into the Book of Acts.
The Zoom format will provide a great opportunity for fellowship and interactive learning. If you’re missing the Sunday morning group meetings (or wish you would have joined) or are just looking for a chance to beat the quarantine blues and visit with other folks, we have a place for you!
Option 1: 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2:30-3:3pm
Option 2: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm
If you’re interested in participating, please contact Steve Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve and Helen Davis will continue taping the group meetings and posting them on the private page of the website.
6. Monday Night Discussion Group
Do Presbyterians love music? Yes! Do we love to sing? Yes! Join the Adult Ed team for a casual discussion tomorrow, Sept. 21 at 7 PM to talk about singing, what it means to us, and how well we attend to the words when we sing. If you have time, you can read an article from Presbyterian Outlook, Feb. 3, 2020, “Do We Mean What We Sing?”
The Christian Education team hosts a Monday Night Discussion over Zoom. The topics and facilitators will change each week and will focus on issues that relate to a life of faith like worship, social justice, and community. There will be a short article or video for participants to view in advance. No registration is necessary, just come ready to share and learn from others, which you can find in News and Notes or on the church Facebook page.
When: 1st and 3rd Monday nights, 7-8 p.m
Meeting ID: 851 9381 8210
7. Virtual Reverse Scavenger Hunt
Since it has been awhile since we were physically at Southminster, there is now a virtual reverse scavenger hunt to help you remember the building. You will be shown 18 close up pictures. Try to identify where the picture was taken around Southminster. You just might learn something! The hunt can be done anytime by clicking on the link below. Enjoy!