The Session of Southminster has adopted a three-phase plan for building closures and reopening. As of June 1, 2020, we have entered 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.
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, and you can find all of the instructions for downloading it here.
Here are some ways to stay connected during social distancing:
1. Online Worship Services
2. Virtual Coffee Hour
Twice a month, we host virtual coffee hour after church at 11:30 am. 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, 11:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: varies
3. Virtual Children and Worship
On the first and third Sundays of the month, a volunteer leads the children of the church in Children and Worship. Children can join via Zoom to interact with one another and participate in the telling of the Bible story of the day. To learn more about the Children and Worship curriculum, click here.
When: 1st and 3rd Sundays, 9:00 am
Meeting ID: 937 433 1810
4. Virtual Youth Group
Youth group has moved all online! The youth group is for teens grades 6-12. Virtual youth group includes lots of group games, unstructured sharing time, and teaching about faith topics. It’s a fun evening and all middle and high school students are welcome.
When: Every Thursday, 7-8:30pm
Meeting ID: 937 433 1810
5. Adult Education Classes
There are several Adult Education opportunities that are in development. In April, we had a guest lecture from Columbia Theological Seminary professor, Dr. Brennan Breed, on the book of Ecclesiastes. Upcoming one-time or on-going classes will be posted here.
The ongoing New Testament class led by Steve Davis is now being recorded as lectures that are posted on the private page of the website. You don’t have to have seen previous classes to be able to learn something from the current one.
6. Children’s Bedtime Stories
Every Monday and Wednesday evening at 6pm, Pastor Laura reads a bedtime stories to children of Southminster on Facebook Live. The videos can be watched live or you can watch the recordings later. The children’s books come from the well-curated Southminster Children’s Library.
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!