Letter from Pastor Jon | CCP Schedule
Dearest Members of Christ Church,
In an effort to foster encouragement, connectedness, and spiritual growth in our congregation during this strange time of social distancing and isolation, the leadership of Christ Church are working hard to create several online ministry opportunities.
Yesterday I led the second “CCP Children’s Story Time With Pastor Jon” live on our church Facebook page. I read RC Sproul’s wonderful children’s book, “The Prince’s Poison Cup”, a timeless tale highlighting the substitutionary death of our Lord Jesus. The recording is on our page in case your kids missed it. Last night Pastor Michael led the Young Adult Bible Study through a Google Hangout session. They are unpacking John’s first epistle and spending time in prayer. I heard that it was a great turnout, and that the discussion and prayer were very encouraging. Our men’s Bible Study on the book of Joshua will meet on Google Hangout on Thursday at 7:00 a.m. Men, I hope to “see” you there. I’ve missed our time together! There will be a women’s study on Thursdays that will take up the subject of contentment in the Christian life. Ladies, you will be hearing more about this today.
In addition to our two online Lord’s Day services, I will begin leading a midweek (20 minute) devotion for our congregation on Wednesdays on Facebook Live. This afternoon, at 3:30 p.m., I will teach from Psalm 46, a text that provides deep and abiding comfort to troubled souls. I hope that you will join us for this and other online ministries as they emerge. As your pastor, I cannot stress how important it is for you to “connect” with your congregation and fellow church members during this extended time of physical isolation.
We all benefit greatly from different online ministries, but we only have one local church where we live out our Christian lives in community, accountability, and under the loving shepherding care of elders and deacons. I believe that the greatest danger that the church is presently facing is not the risk to physical health, but the risk to spiritual health, with many professing believers drifting away from their local churches to begin new lives of online spiritual autonomy. We must recognize this clear danger and fight against it. We must initiate constructive and creative ways to cultivate fellowship and encouragement during this time.
If you are not currently on Facebook, I strongly encourage you to sign up today. By signing up you will have access to our church facebook page where we host Lord’s Day morning and evening services, midweek devotions, ministry events, and countless resources. You don’t have to upload pictures or any personal information onto your page to gain access to the Christ Church Charleston Facebook page: facebook.com/christchurchcharleston. Signing on to Facebook is pretty straightforward, but if you have any trouble please reach out to our administrative assistant, Madeleine Herron, and she will be delighted to assist you
Here is a quick snapshot of all that’s going on today -- and in the coming week -- at Christ Church Presbyterian:
CCP Session Meeting
Please pray for your elders as we meet today on Zoom at 2:00 p.m.
CCP Midweek Devotional
Join me on Facebook Live on our church facebook page for a midweek (twenty minute) devotional on Psalm 46 today at 3:30 p.m.
CCP Men’s Bible Study
Men, I look forward to seeing you! I will lead the men’s Bible Study on the book of Joshua tomorrow morning at 7:00 p.m. Men, you will be receiving instructions regarding the Google Hangout link. Hope to see you in the morning.
CCP Women’s Bible Study
A new women’s study on the subject of contentment will commence tomorrow. A detailed email will be sent out today with more information about how to “sign on” to Google Hangout in order to take part. Please contact Madeleine Herron with any questions.
CCP Young Adults Bible Study
Pastor Michael will continue to lead the young adults through a study of First John on Google Hangout on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Don’t miss this wonderful time of instruction and fellowship.
CCP Kids’ Story Time with Pastor Jon
On Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. I will continue reading through meaningful children’s stories that highlight the glorious gospel of grace. This weekly time will be hosted live on our church facebook page — a great time for me to connect with the kids during this time of isolation. I miss them very much.
CCP Lord’s Day Services
Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. we will host abbreviated morning and evening worship services on Facebook live on our church facebook page. We will continue to conduct those services at St Paul’s Lutheran Church. Please join us for these services, and let us know that you are “attending” by “liking” and/or leaving a comment (or a picture of your family watching the service). Parents, it’s important that we try and foster a reverent environment of worship in our homes during these online services. This will, among other things, reinforce the gravity of worship, as well as a sense of the regularity of Lord’s Day worship during this season of physical separation.
Over the past week I have written several pastoral letters, from my heart to yours. Please take time to read them, and to consider the doctrine that is being set forth. Perhaps you can read them in your family worship. I wrote one yesterday to encourage and comfort you.
Dearest Christ Church, I love you, I love your families, and I want you to know that you are on my heart. Stay safe. Read your Bibles. Wash your hands. Get some sunshine. Reach out to fellow church members (perhaps commit to contacting at least 2 church members per day). Take refuge in Christ. And joyfully participate with your families in the various ministries that we are coordinating online.
If you have any needs, physical or spiritual, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of your elders or deacons. We love you and are here for you.
Your Pastor, Servant, and Friend,