St. Giles News
October 7, 2020
This Sunday at St. Giles
Sunday, October 11, 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.
Fall Life Groups Still Forming: Meeting Josh and More!
It looks like we’ll be relying on Zoom and live stream gatherings for a while yet for much of our church life. But some in person gatherings are commencing with the help of fall weather, that more readily lets us meet outside.

The Life Groups meeting outside are planning to gather for about six weeks, as long as the weather is favorable. Some of the inside groups will be going longer.

One of the ways Josh is getting to know St. Giles folks is by dropping into these Life Groups. So in addition to whatever the study topic is, one of the weeks will be spent welcoming him.

Here is a chart of the groups that still have room for participants. Feel free to call Keith at church to inquire or get connected.
Be The Bridge 101: Foundational Principles Every White Bridge-Builder Needs to Understand
Do you wish you better understood the racial tensions of our day? Do you wonder if God could use you, a white woman, to enable healing across racial lines? Or maybe you’re just befuddled, wondering what all the upset is about?

Beginning October 8, Sarah Hill will lead a 5-week group for women using a resource from Be The Bridge, a Christian organization committed to working for racial healing and reconciliation in Jesus’ name. If you want a safe place where you can dip your toes into some hard topics, learn, and grow, this short-term group is for you! We’ll meet on Thursday mornings (exact time TBD) outdoors at the church when at all possible, indoor with masks when necessary.
Pre-Service Prayer Zoom Meeting
You can join John and Jane Harler in a Zoom prayer meeting every Sunday before the service at 9:45 AM. The Zoom meeting link will be the same as that for the 9 AM Sunday school. If you are not currently attending Sunday school and wish to attend the Zoom prayer meeting, please email John Harler at
Adult Discipleship
Sunday Morning Class
James Anderson is teaching on the book of Isaiah Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 9:45. Please email Ross Anderson at if you'd like to join the ZOOM class.
Wednesday Evening Class
Tommy Nance is teaching on Paul's letters to the Thessalonians Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Please email Tommy ( if you'd like to join the ZOOM class.
Women's Bible Study
The Tuesday morning Women’s Bible Study contines at 9:30 am. Our study will be “Better - A Study of Hebrews” by Jen Wilkin. We are 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
Good News from Ellwood House
Many thanks for the prayers, food, and essentials for the Ellwood house. They have received word that the two sick women are
Covid free! Life has resumed its normal pace once again and
the ladies have been touched by your outpouring of support!
Wednesday Night Meals To Go!
Do you remember those yummy meals we use to have on Wednesday nights before COVID-19? Well guess what! You can have them again. We are not to the point we can have Wednesday night dinners and Bible study but the caterer has offered to prepare “Take and Heat” meals which you can pick up at St. Giles on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. The menu for October 14th is Ginger Sesame Salad, Orange Chicken, Vegetable Fried Rice, Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas & Carrots, Spring Rolls and cookie. Something new has been added which is a kids meal consisting of a Hotdog, Tater Tots, Apple Sauce and a cookie. The price is $8 for an adult meal and $4 for a child’s meal. Take and heat meals are individually portioned meals that are to be reheated prior to eating. If having a night off from cooking, yet still serving a delicious meal to your family sounds good, call the church office by noon on Monday to place your order.
Help Needed at the
Richmond Center for Christian Study
 The Richmond Center for Christian Study has just opened its new thrift store (Redemption Thrift) at 8914 Patterson Avenue to help fund its outreach to UR students and the community. At this time, we are in need of a few more volunteers who can help on the floor and especially who can help pick up a piece of furniture or two, and any donated items, especially furniture or chandeliers to finish our decor. If you are able to help, please call at 804-918-1435. Click here for more information.
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.
TSM's October Seminar: Praying for Places
As Christians, we have authority wherever we put our feet. If that is so, why has heaven not come to earth? We need more of heaven on earth!

Join us for an overview of praying for places so you can be strengthened in your place in God’s army to bring His kingdom to your home, neighborhood, city, state and nation.

The seminar will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 9:00 a.m. to noon via Zoom. Registration required by Thursday, October 15. Please contact Elizabeth Higgins at for more information.
Pregnancy Resource Center November Gala
Opportunity to Join In 40 Day Prayer Vigil for Life
40 Days for Life is internationally coordinated campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. Their website is This year, the 40 Days are September 23 – November 1. Those who consider joining in can see how this works at:

And if you would like to join in the prayer and vigil this year you can sign up for a date at

As part of this year’s 40 Days, Dr. Haywood Robinson, a former abortion provider, who came to know the Lord and left that practice behind, will be speaking at Stony Point Church on Sunday October 4th at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to attend his presentation, you must secure a seat by writing Ann Niermeyer by October 1:
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: