SUBJECT: Pandemic Response during National Emergency
We live in interesting times. The uncharted territory we are encountering in ministry has required church staff to be nimble, creative, and utilize gifts we didn’t realize God had enabled us with. But by the Spirit that moves through us even in troubling times, we are filled with a sense of purpose and a passion for our people far stronger than the disease that brings us to these circumstances. Through God’s faithful work in each of us, we may see new opportunities for ministry and enjoy the gifts of the Spirit in one another anew.
In response to the actions and advice of State and National government and medical officials, the wisdom of our pastor and the Session of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian is to suspend all in person ministries at Tinkling Spring until further notice. We pray this season will be a short one, and that the impact of our ministry might be even stronger during these times.
As your Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, it is not only my responsibility but my joy to provide as many, if not more, opportunities and experiences for you to worship, learn, and fellowship virtually throughout this pandemic response. However, it should be noted, there is a learning curve involved for me, as I am much more accustomed to in-person ministry and not as particularly Tech savvy as this moment requires. By your grace, and God’s sustaining presence in our lives, we will work through this time together and hopefully discover the gifts I believe God is hiding inside this situation.
My goals during this time will include many ‘virtual’ offerings. Attached to this letter are the types of content I will endeavor to create, along with the media format for each, and the delivery method I’ll use for getting this material to you. Please be in touch by email or phone/text if you are not receiving these materials, or to establish alternative delivery methods. I’m quite creative – I am certain we will find ways to stay connected through this season!
Finally, I offer a word of peace, instruction, and courage to you today from scripture. Faced with a situation that offered fear and doubt, when their whole community could have been destroyed by an outside affliction,
Mordecai implores his adopted daughter, Queen Esther, “[…] if you remain silent at this time, […] you may perish. And who knows but that you have come to this position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14; NIV, adapt.)
Grace and Peace,
John M. Dull, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
(540) 885-0746 office
(540) 421-0736 mobile/text
Weekly Action Plan:
Contact me to subscribe to any of these email or text services
Young Adult Bible Study lessons delivered by 5:00 p.m. YouTube video link via text message
Phone calls to select High School families
High School Bible Study lesson delivered by 5:00 p.m. YouTube video link in Constant Contact email.
Phone calls to select Middle School families.
Mid-Week Devotional for EVERYONE delivered by 12:00 noon. YouTube video link via Constant Contact email.
Phone calls to select Middle/High School families.
Middle School devotional lesson delivered by 5:00 p.m. YouTube video link in Constant Contact email.
Phone calls to select Young Adults.
All Youth (6-12) Sunday School lesson delivered by 5:00 p.m. YouTube video link in Constant Contact email.
Confirmation Class lesson delivered by 5:00 p.m. YouTube video link in Constant Contact email.
A note about phone calls: Calls will be seemingly random to specific families, however if you need anything at all, please know you can call me at any time. My goal with these calls is a quick check-in and, if possible, put me on speaker-phone and I will pray with your family.
SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTIONS
In addition to our YouTube account used for many of the video lessons, I have secured social media accounts on a variety of platforms, and I would encourage you (even pray and ask you) to connect with me on each of these platforms as I will use them to share materials and MUCH MORE random and helpful content throughout the weeks. These are like little bonus deliveries throughout your day you can share and enjoy with anyone in your personal orbit as well as your children and families.
Search the following and join the fun!
- YouTube: YouthDirector Tinkling Spring PC
- Facebook: YouthMinistry Tinkling Spring PC
- Instagram: tinklingspringyyam
- Twitter: @TinklingY