I write this to you all recognizing the grief that comes with it, and yet at the same time, the reassurance we are called to love one another through these trying times. The session of FPC voted tonight, via video conference, to only gather online for the next two Sundays: March 22 and March 29. We will reassess on March 26 as we enter April. This will assure that we continue to provide an intentional worship experience for you all through our Facebook Live and Instagram Live platforms. The worship service may look a little different as we seek to be faithful to reformed worship while recognizing the complexity of live stream services.
Worship Resources and Christian Education Resources can be found on our Church’s website home page. We invite you to join us in various ways through engaging the resources provided and our interactions on social media. The church office will remain closed. Please do not hesitate to reach out for pastoral care needs. You will see below opportunities to connect, serve, and grow all while practicing social distancing.
For this Sunday our lectionary text includes Psalm 23. This psalm is a reminder of God’s presence with us. God is with us. God is Sovereign. God is enough.
May we take time to reflect on how we just might lean in to the shelter and comfort of our Shepherd this day and every day. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.” Psalm 23:6
The Peace of Christ be with you,
Friday, March 13 at 9:45pm
Dear FPC Covington Church family,
Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Our church session met this evening to prayerfully consider how we respond with compassion, grace, love, and care for our church family and Covington Community/Newton County.
After hard and faithful discussion, Session made the decision to withhold from gathering in person as a congregation this Sunday. We recognize the tension held between new momentum and exciting times in the ministry of the church and an abundance of caution for our community. The pastoral, music, and administrative staff will answer our call as faithful servant leaders as we provide alternative worship opportunities and Christian Education experiences for our church family.
Our hope is to answer God’s call as a people created to care for one another. We acknowledge we have a population of church members and visitors within the high-risk category for COVID-19; therefore, we trust that practicing social distancing is best at this time based on the recommendations of medical professionals and our denomination. We recognize this practice is counter cultural to our call as a people of faith to live in community; therefore, we will serve faithfully and fervently to foster a nurturing community in the following ways:
Worship this Sunday, March 15, will be available Live Stream through our Facebook Page. We will provide the worship bulletin, children’s worship bulletin, and additional worship material on our website, which will also include a link to our Facebook page.
We will honor the protocols set forth by hospitals, residential communities, and assisted living facilities. Neeley is available for pastoral phone calls, Facetime Chats, and in person pastoral care at the church/ on site on an as-need basis.
We want to remind our church family members living in residential retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and or home bound members that you are loved and valued members of our church. You can reach Neeley at any time via email or by calling her cell phone (843.307.7021).
Self-care: Please take care of YOU. Please be mindful of hand washing and social interaction. We encourage us all to be intentional in our need to be connected. You are invited to reach out to one (or many more) church members/visitors each day as we seek to be the Body of Christ to one another. A phone call is a gift we can give during this time.
Sunday school for all ages will be suspended at this time. Church gatherings that currently occur in homes are up to the discretion of the host.
Kimmy and Neeley are happy to equip small group gatherings for virtual meetings. Contact us for more information.
Recognizing the fluidity of the situation we will use our best discernment to facilitate small in person gatherings (example: youth coffee dates).
The church office is closed to the general public. The church staff will be working from the church offices and/or at home. Please know all staff can be reach via emails and cell phones. Please call ahead if you hope to see a staff member in person and or have church business to attend to.
First Presbyterian Early Learning Center
Our church preschool is closed. We follow the Newton County School System.
Session will reconvene on Wednesday, March 18, at 5:30 to consider our course of action for Sunday, March 22.
Grateful to serve,
Neeley Kimmy John
Reverend Neeley Lane Reverend Kimmy Briggs John McCarthy Senior Pastor Director of Family Ministries Clerk of Session
Friday, March 13 at 11:00am
Church, Just a few days ago on Sunday, we said yes to walking along this wilderness road together. Today we find ourselves in an unfamiliar wilderness as we are called to faithfully respond to the COVID-19 pandemic across our world. This evening our session will gather with discerning hearts as we respond with love, compassion, and care for our church family and community. We will be able to provide detailed information later tonight or first thing in the morning.