St. Giles News
25 MARCH 2020
Keith's Inkling
This Sunday at St. Giles
Sunday, March 29, 2020

10:30 AM Livestreaming from The Sanctuary


How We’re Shifting in Our St. Giles Life – a Note From Keith

Hi friends,

Last week the Coronavirus changes came fast and furious, and the Elders made plans for some drastic changes. Since then we have labored to implement the necessary schedule and worship changes, and to determine possibilities for church life in this strange new season. 

We’re making this up as we go, but some pieces are already working, such as our livestreamed worship. We had over 130 households tuned in during the actual livestream hour, and the total who have watched it has more than doubled since! Special thanks go to our musicians and techs! Even though they were scrambling, what they did worked very well, and we’ll only get more proficient from here.

Some other pieces that we’re working to put in place are:

  • Small group gatherings (in person for those 65 and younger – 10 or fewer, or via video conferencing for those older or shut in for health reasons)

  •  Video networked classes (see Tommy and Ross’ classes described below),

  • And appropriate means of caring for each other, especially the sick and elderly.

As I wrote you last week, you have some champion Elders! God is guiding. And as always, the Kingdom is advancing, not retreating. This is a hard season, but not without some gifts God would give to us and through us. Let’s discover them together!

Blessings, Keith

St. Giles Helping Our Community COVID-19
As our urgent local response to the COVID 19 CRISIS, St. Giles has adopted: Ellwood House.

Follow the link to learn how you can help. Ellwood House
Meet Rachel Burns, Our New Publications and Office Specialist
Lynn Thomas is retiring this week, and is training Rachel Burns. There are lots of pieces to this job, and they’re working hard to pass the baton well.

Rachel is a native Richmonder who attended Anderson University for musical theatre and creative writing. As a child she attended St. Giles and has now returned as a member of its staff. She is thankful for this opportunity to serve the church and get to know its people.
Lynn Thomas Is Off to Next Things
After six years of serving as the hub of all things visual here at St. Giles – and doing so with such a joyful and loving spirit, Lynn Thomas is “retiring.” We’ll hear from her on Sunday how that doesn’t mean she’s retiring from serving the Lord, only checking out from the office schedule and publication deadlines.

Lynn has brought so many creative gifts to this role. Rachel will get to build on her wonderful gifts.

With our Coronavirus adaptations, you may not get to see Lynn immediately. But you can call or write with your own thoughts as she moves into the Lord’s next season for her.

Thank you, Lynn! With you, we’re eager to see what the Lord has for you next.
Tonight via Zoom
Joseph of Genesis
We are resuming the Joseph of Genesis class tonight via Zoom. There are two weeks to go. Anyone who would like to participate is welcome. Contact Ross Anderson at rossandbetty@yahoo.com.
Highlights of the Session Meeting

The Session held its regular meeting on March 23. Here some highlights of their actions:

  • They reviewed the arrangements we made last week for meeting cancellations and livestreamed worship, and kept those arrangements in place.
  • They reviewed means for creating Cluster groups and pastoral care connections.
  • They approved hiring Rachel Burns as our Publications and Office Specialist, to replace Lynn Thomas as she retires at the end of this week.
  • They approved adapting some pews to make designated space for wheelchairs in the sanctuary.
  • They considered how best to support our Children’s Garden Preschool during the months of mandatory shut-down.
  • They heard an update from our Co-Pastor Search Team, and were happy to learn that helpful conversations are continuing, even with the Coronavirus changes.

URGENT Volunteer Request - COVID-19 Response
An opportunity for St. Giles to respond to the needs of at risk and low income families in partnership with "For Richmond" (formerly Bless Richmond). Read article from Bob Ruthazer here.

Adult Discipleship
Hebrews Class Sunday via Zoom
Please join us Sunday morning at 9:00 AM on Zoom at the following link. All are invited. For any questions please contact Tommy Nance at twjrnance@gmail.com.

Student & Youth Ministry
Virtual Youth Group - Wednesday Night 6 PM
Taylor will be holding a virtual youth group on Wednesday night (3/25) from 6:00-7:30. Join us on Zoom at the link below!

Kids & Family
ST. GILES DRAMA CAMP
JUNE 15-19, 9 AM-Noon
Rising 1st-rising 6th, it's time to register for the St. Giles Summer Drama Camp with Ben Miller and Heather Agnello. $75 per child or $125 per family. Details and Registration Here:
Elementary Summer Camps at Make
JUNE 15-18
Join us this summer for fun, fun, fun! Open to children in Rising 1st-5th grade. LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW. (Space is Limited)

Note: Children's Garden Preschool Camp registration is now closed.
St. Giles Women
SAVE THE DATE, April 29
An Evening of Blessing
Mark your calendar for Wednesday night, April 29, as we partner once again with Widow's Mite Experience for An Evening of Blessing. Details to come.
Men
Squirrels vs.Hartford
Faith Night
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday
MAY 2
Children's Preschool
Preschool Summer Camps
Registration for CGP is now closed.

Make Studio Elementary Summer Camp - space still available. Info here:
Community
Live-Streaming Bible Study and Worship

One of our newer ministries is live streaming our worship services and some of our classes. If you’d like to check it out, use this link to our YouTube channel. We’re doing it simply – no fancy sound or cameras. But works to bring you the basics. If you don’t click on during the actual live stream hours, Sundays at 9:30 or 11:00, know that the videos are saved on our YouTube channel page, along with Pastor Keith’s video blogs. Find us at:  http://bit.ly/StGilesYouTube