St. Giles News
September 9, 2020
This Sunday at St. Giles
Sunday, September 13, 2020

10:30 AM Livestreaming from the Sanctuary

Our Sunday Morning
Worship Plan Continues
As Virginia has now entered Phase 3 of re-openings, our basic plans for in-house worship continue. These plans enable us to partner with the larger community to slow the spread of the virus, and to keep our St. Giles folks safe.

Livestream will continue! So whether you are in the church house or at home, you may continue to join us.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • We will have a single service at 10:30 in the sanctuary, and we will continue livestreaming worship.

  • We will ask anyone with Covid-19 symptoms or recent exposure not to come.

  • We will have children will sit with their families.

  • We will sit only in every other pew, individually or by family.

  • We will wear masks. (We have some masks for those without their own.)

  • We will visit outside after worship, with safe distancing.

  • We will celebrate communion with various protections in place.
Sunday Morning Events This Month
Though we have settled into a routine of sorts with our Sunday morning distanced and livestream worship service, our Sundays often have a special focus. That will be true for every Sunday this September!

Here’s what’s coming up:

13th: Our children will lead worship (check out the details in the accompanying article)

20th: Josh’s first Sunday! This will be our first time to worship with our new Co-Pastor and his family: Josh, Rebecca, Addie, and Patrick Modrzynski. This service will mark the beginning of a new season of God’s work through St. Giles Church.

27th: We will have our monthly healing prayer ministry.
Childlike Praise and Faith Service
This Sunday, Sept. 13th, will be a very special day for our St. Giles’ family, as our children lead us in worship. The kids have been preparing for many months, as this special service was originally planned for April.

For those who plan to attend in person, the children invite you to wear one of the T-shirts they designed (available now for pick up at the church). A $10 donation for the shirt is welcomed, but optional. Checks should be made to St. Giles. There are still a few T-shirts at church if you want to stop by and get one.

The kids hope that everyone will worship as a child on this day—feel free to be silly, dance, and express your love for Jesus as if you were 5 years old again (whether you are in the building or joining the live stream from home)!
A Weather Window for Outside Meetings: Meeting Josh and More!
It looks like we’ll be relying on Zoom and live stream gatherings for a while yet. But some in person gatherings are more promising now that we have fall weather coming. From the beginning of October to the middle of November the weather here can be pretty favorable for outside gatherings.

So Keith is putting together as many Life Groups as we have back yard hosts and ready participants, to meet roughly on that seven week schedule. The hope is that the groups can engage as a Life Group for six weeks, and that one of the weeks will be dedicated to getting to know Josh as he makes his rounds to the groups getting to know St. Giles folks.

Here’s a sketch of how this might work, though particular Life Groups can shape the plan as they would like:

Where: Any place where there is a big enough space to gather a dozen or so St. Giles folks. It could be a back yard, or some place you know of where participants can come with their lawn chairs, and make a circle – distanced enough to be safe, but close enough to hear each other. A dozen, plus or minus, should work.

When: From October 4 to November 15. The day and time depends on you, the host, and who can come. Groups with working folks will obviously need to meet on the weekend or in the evenings.

What: Here’s what happens in a Life Group – fellowship, study with discussion, and prayer. Three possibilities are being encouraged for the study, or you may pick your own:

  • Marinate – this is the weekly reflection guide built on the scripture and message from the worship service.

  • Be the Bridge – this is a book that will open eyes, stretch perspectives, and ready hearts for next steps in racial reconciliation. The demonstrations in Richmond have subsided for now, but the need for advance in biblical understandings of reconciliation has not. These groups will venture to discuss what we have often avoided, with the hope of making our fellowship all the more adept at ministering and embodying racial reconciliation.

  • A Workshop in Prophetic Gifting – Keith will provide the teaching each week for those who would like to take Paul up on his challenge “to earnestly pursue the higher gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” All believers have the Holy Spirit stirring within, the Spirit who gives us ability to hear God’s word for the moment, and to speak that word into a ministry situation. It is a spiritual gift that can be well sought and developed through teaching, discussion, and a safe place to try our wings.

How: These groups will be formed in all sorts of ways – someone saying “I’d like to be in a group studying such and such,” or someone saying “I need a group that meets during the day,” or another saying, “I have a good backyard and can host.” Keith will seek to get groups going in every possible way, both in person and in Zoom groups. So jump in anywhere, and send him a note or give him a call. We hope to have the groups put together by the end of September.
Pre-Service Prayer Zoom Meeting
John and Jane Harler will be hosting a pre-service prayer Zoom meeting every Sunday before the service at 9:45 AM. If you would like to join us for a virtual prayer for the service meeting, see the Zoom invitation below:

Topic: St Giles Pre-worship service prayer group meeting 

Purpose: to pray for the worship service

Time: 9:45 AM every Sunday morning

This is a recurring meeting link that will be the same every Sunday. To join the Zoom Meeting, click here. To join by phone only dial 929-205-6099. The meeting ID is 835 3106 0245, and the passcode is 927881.
Adult Discipleship
Sunday Morning Class
A new series on Isaiah, taught by James Anderson, will start on September 13. Please email Ross Anderson at if you'd like to join.
Wednesday Evening Class
Tommy Nance will be teaching a new class on Paul's letters to the Thessalonians. The Zoom class will start at 7:00 p.m. Please email Tommy ( if you'd like to join. 
Women's Bible Study
The Tuesday morning Women’s Bible Study is scheduled to resume on September 15th at 9:30 am. Our study will be “Better - A Study of Hebrews” by Jen Wilkin. Books will be available for $13.00. We will be meeting in Patterson, wearing our masks, and practicing our social distancing. No refreshments will be served, but you may bring your own.
We look forward to seeing everyone!
Daily Bread
Skip and Karen Thistle have been providing copies of Daily Bread for any who would use it for devotionals. But with most of us not coming into the church building these days, where we can pick one up, our distribution system has broken down. So Skip has volunteered to deliver a copy to any who request it. Thanks, Skip! If you’d like a copy, just call the church office, and we’ll get word to Skip.
Community Outreach
Virtual Divorce Recovery Workshop
On Sunday evenings at 5:30-8 PM from September 27- Nov 15, Richmond's First Baptist Church will be holding an online divorce recovery workshop with programs for adults, teens, and children.
This program offers a place of encouragement, support, learning,and growth during a time of loss in your relationship. Register online at or call 804-358-5458 ext 118.
Kazakh Partner Shares Conference
for Connecting With Muslims
Olya Cherevko, a long time partner of our work in Kazakhstan, has recommended a conference for anyone wanting to know more about how to talk about our faith with Muslim people. Hope Conference is organized by the Crescent Project. and will be held online September 10th at
Make Studio Donations
Make Creative Studio thanks
you all for your generous donations! You have been so generous that our bins of recycled material are overflowing. For
now we are taking a pause on recycled donations. As soon as
our supplies are depleted we will let you know! For more info on what we are still accepting, please contact Angie at
TSM's September Seminar on Discernment
In this day and age, discernment is a very valuable commodity! How do you know if what you hear is the truth? How can you tell if what you read is valid? Are we hearing fact, personal belief, wishful thinking or what lines up with our Creator? Come and explore the gift of discernment and spiritual approaches/exercises that will help develop your skills. Learn about this gift, how to use it and avoid its pitfalls. Suggested reading: Jim Goll's "The Discerner" and Francis Frangipane's "Spiritual Discernment and the Mind of Christ."

Seminar Information: Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:00 a.m. to noon
Zoom Session. Registration required by Thursday, September 24.
Instructor: Elizabeth Higgins
Livestreaming Bible Study and Worship

One of our newer ministries is livestreaming 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 it 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: