Back to Church Sunday
This change of seasons allows everyone to reevaluate their priorities and schedules. Summer is a wonderful time to vacation and enjoy the great outdoors, but the beginning of school causes us to strive to get back to a regular routine.
You may have seen some yard signs or banners around town that say “Now’s the Time”. This is referring to a campaign Blue Water Area Churches are doing again this year to encourage people to consider their church involvement. That certainly looks different this year!
If your church is not meeting in person (safely), tune in to their livestreaming service on Facebook or YouTube (or streaming from other churches). Many churches also offer recorded services from their website, meetings by Zoom or other platforms, conference calls, more mailings, or other programming that is helpful.
Maybe you got out of the habit because of COVID 19 and your church was shut down. You may have quit going because you were offended, hurt by someone or disagreed with the direction the church was going. Whatever the reason, “now’s the time” to lay it aside and get involved in a loving community.
If you aren’t happy with the church you once attended, try another place. There are many caring pastors and congregations that would love to welcome you. There is a wide variety to choose from. Some have a more traditional, liturgical style. Others feature a contemporary, “come as you are” service. Whatever you choose, “now’s the time” to get back to church!
But what if you have never got involved with a church? Why should you start? Here are several reasons. Church is a great place to find a caring community of imperfect people. You don’t have to feel isolated and alone when dealing with life challenges (like the coronavirus, loss of job or death of a loved one). They can laugh with you, cry with you and be genuinely concerned with what is going on in your life. You can find hope and assurance that you can make it through. It provides support and ministry in age-appropriate ways for your family. It offers a stable environment, with a solid moral foundation to build your life on, in an increasingly unstable, crazy world. It feeds your spirit and nourishes your soul, giving you peace and direction. It also teaches you about God, His plan for living your life, and hope for eternal life.
Whether you used to be a regular church attendee, or considering participating for the first time, you can find information about many churches on the Blue Water Area Churches website at www.bwchurches.org. “Now’s the Time” to learn about area churches and (safely) get involved in a life-giving church!