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CHANGES TO OUR SUNDAY MORNINGS
Join us online at 10:00am
In order to abide by the Safer at Home order, our services are online only. While we regret not being able to gather in person on Sundays, we are thankful that we still have the ability to gather online to worship together and hear from the scriptures.
Here’s what you can expect Sunday mornings:
- The ability to chat with other viewers 15 minutes before and after service (think of it as our lobby!)
- A time of worship and a sermon
- The option to submit prayer requests and give online
- Several of our pastors will be available online to connect with you, pray with you, and answer any questions you might have.
Our online service begins streaming at 10:00am every Sunday at southfellowship.online.church. We can’t wait to worship with you then!
With all the changes going on during this season, we want to make sure you’re in the know! Please take a minute to fill out our short online Notification Form to ensure we have your correct contact information and to let us know your preferred method(s) of communication. Thank you!
South Fellowship Family!
Many of you know by now that last week, President Trump officially deemed Houses of Worship (Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques) as essential organizations and pushed for them to open right away, challenging governors of each state to comply.
Some in our community might be thinking, “It’s about time! Can we meet this Sunday?” Others might be wondering, “Isn’t it too early for us to be getting back together?” Some are optimistic, some are cautious, and some may feel a mixture of emotions. All of these emotions are normal.
To be clear – the Church (the body of Christ) has always been essential. Followers of Jesus have been ministering to people throughout the centuries during some of the worst seasons humanity has experienced. The Church has often been on the frontlines; offering care when others abandoned the sick and the poor. The Church has continued to be a voice for justice and a sanctuary for the hurting. God’s people have been faithfully on their knees, asking God to heal people and meet them through every trial and tribulation. I’m so grateful.
One thing I’m especially grateful for is that South Fellowship has not stopped being the church in this season. This church has continued meeting in a variety of ways, from worshipping together online to participating in ministry gatherings via Zoom. South has also continued to significantly impact our local community through our amazing Food Bank team and our South Cares team. It’s been quite the sight to behold, seeing God’s church be the church. The Church has always been at her best during difficult seasons – and your generosity and commitment have proven that to be true at South Fellowship during this strange time. Thank you.
We are grateful for such a wonderful, loving, tight-knit church family. We miss gathering together weekly, seeing everyone’s smiling faces, sharing coffee and donuts, and worshiping our great King under the same roof. There’s nothing we’d love more than seeing all of you sooner rather than later.
At the same time, we are committed to doing our part to care for the vulnerable among us; not just at South, but in our neighborhoods and in our city. We don’t want to do anything that would cause harm to anyone, no matter how well-intentioned we might be. We are also committed to operating with wisdom and discernment, waiting on the Lord when needed, and making decisions in careful, prayerful, and thoughtful ways.
We don’t take the idea of reopening the church building lightly. We take it very seriously and with a great deal of intentionality. As you know, there are a number of recommendations and requirements for houses of worship once they reconvene. We are doing our best to parse through these and ensure we are able to comply in full. This presents some challenges, as you might imagine. We are proceeding carefully.
For these reasons, we will not have worship gatherings at our campus this Sunday. We don’t want to open up onsite gatherings until we are prepared to do what it takes to maintain a safe, sanitized space for our community. Being prepared for that will take time. We will continue doing our best to provide meaningful online worship gatherings, and will keep doing so after our facility is open as well.
Rest assured, our Elders and our staff are seeking wisdom from Jesus and trusted officials on the best way to do this. We want our return to meeting corporately to be a joyous and safe time, and we’ll do everything possible to do this in a wise, healthy way. We’ve assembled a Reentry Planning Team that is working diligently to take government guidelines, our community’s well-being, logistics, and a number of other factors into account to develop a reentry plan our leadership team feels very good about, and one that will honor all people God has placed under our care. Reentry will most likely be in stages, and we will share these stages with you in the next handful of weeks so we all know what to expect.
South, please pray for our Elders, our staff, and for each other during these unprecedented times. We live in the tension of our desire to gather and our desire to be wise. We are trusting God’s Spirit to guide us as we partner with our local, state, and national entities to be good citizens, and to live in the way of Jesus with the heart of Jesus. We will discern when the best time to reopen might be – no sooner, and no later.
South Fellowship, you are loved!
Larry Boatright & the Elders of South Fellowship Church
We’re preparing for our next steps as a church, but we need your input! Let us know your thoughts about church re-entry by filling out our survey by 5/26:
Taken from The Art of Neighboring: “Most of us have experienced a dramatic change in the amount of face to face interactions we have with people at work, at school, and church. At the same time, more people are out walking in our neighborhoods than ever before. As a result, we have a unique opportunity to build connections with people that live near us that will make a big difference in their lives, and in ours. The key is learning how to do so from six feet away!”
Visit the COVID-19 Neighboring Toolkit for practical ways to reach out and love your neighbors well during COVID-19.
He is still Risen!
Even though we can’t gather in person, we are still celebrating the resurrection of our Savior online together!
April 6th-10th: The Stations of the Cross – Holy Week Virtual Art Gallery
April 10th, 6:30-7:30pm: Live Online Good Friday Service
April 12th, 10:00-11:00am: Online Easter Sunday Service
Due to COVID-19 precautions, all events at South Fellowship Church are cancelled, postponed, or online-only. For information regarding small groups, Bible studies, and similar gatherings, please contact your group leader.
- Funeral for Marilyn Southern: new date TBD
- Volunteer Appreciation Night At The Movies: new date TBD
- Sunday Morning Services: Sundays at 10:00am
(Several ministry groups are meeting online via Zoom. Visit our Connect page for more info!)
South Fellowship Food Bank:
Our Food Bank is open and operating in a modified capacity to help keep our shoppers safe. Temporary Saturday service hours are 8:00-10:30am. Please visit our page for details.
When and where do I stream church services online?
Live stream services this Sunday at 10:00am at southfellowship.online.church
I’m having streaming issues. What should I do?
Sunday’s service will always be available on our YouTube channel starting at 10am. We encourage you to watch it there if our streaming service is having issues!
Is my class or group meeting?
All classes/groups are no longer meeting in person, but several are gathering online via Zoom sessions. Please visit our Connect page for more info.
Is the Food Bank open?
Our Food Bank is open and operating in a modified capacity to help keep our shoppers safe. Temporary Saturday service hours are 8:00-10:30am. Please visit our page for details.
Are there any tutorials I can go through to learn more about the technology South is using?
Absolutely! Visit southfellowship.org/online for instructions, tips and videos for watching our online services and participating in Zoom sessions.
Where can I find South updates?
You’re in the right place! We’ll be adding updates on this page as they come in. You can also sign up for our weekly enewsletter or text notifications to receive updates straight to your inbox or phone.
Where can I volunteer to help?
Sign up to volunteer or access our donation needs shopping list by visiting our South Cares page. Thank you!
Where can I share a request for help?
Please fill out this form. We will be in contact with you as soon as possible. Thanks!
Who should I contact if I need to talk?
You can contact one of our pastors Mon-Thurs from 9:00am-4:30pm. Call 303-797-1500 or text 720-730-8866.
It is times like these that allow the church a unique opportunity to rise up, reach out and care for those around us. We know there are limitations we must work with due to the fact that physical contact is restricted, but praise God there are ways we can still connect and be there for our neighbors.
Here is a short list of some ideas my family hopes you find helpful as you think about ways to reach out into your neighborhood during this time:
Online Virtual Neighborhood Community
You might not know about this, but Nextdoor is an online tool that allows communities to connect in the virtual world and talk about all that is happening within your local community. It’s a great way for neighborhoods to connect and keep up with each other.
Apps (download in your app store)
Marco Polo – Marco Polo is a social media virtual face-to-face platform that allows you to create groups of those you want to connect with and send video messages to each other. Many within our church family are already using this to keep in touch during this time, but you can also use this for creating a neighborhood group as well.
Instagram – Instagram is another social media platform that allows you to share photos, videos and messages to friends and family.
This is an idea from the old days. Pick up the cell phone and give your neighbors an old fashion phone call. Texting is great, but nothing beats a personal call to see how things are going.
Drop a Note
Remember the days when people would actually write a nice card or send a note of encouragement. How about doing this for your neighbors? Take some of your time and write an encouraging word that you can drop off at the door of your neighbors. Let them know you are praying for them and they are not alone.
**If you do this, you need to wear gloves. Make sure not to go into anyone’s home and keep a safe distance from your neighbors. This might sound strange to some, but it will bring a sigh of relief to those more at risk during this time.
What a great time to start getting creative and spreading words of hope and is a great way to do this? Yard Signs! Get real creative and start making yard signs with words of encouragement.
Some ideas to get the creative juice started…
- We love our neighborhood
- We’re in this together
- Be still and know that I am with you – Psalm 46:10
- Online Church Service on Sunday @ 10:00am – southfellowship.online.church
Decorate Your Yard
Easter is right around the corner and what a great way to bring some creative juice into your neighborhood than decorating your yard with Easter Decorations and bright spring colors and lights (break out those Christmas lights).
If you drive by our house you will see brightly colored eggs everywhere and signs that remind us that “He has risen.” Just get crazy with it and have fun!
Basket of Goodies
Don’t forget about our delivery people that work so hard for our neighborhoods. Our family has a basket of goodies just outside our door for them. Our sign reads: “Amazon, Fed-Ex, UPS, USPS – Please help yourself! Thank You!”
They can grab a bottle of water and choose from different Nature Valley bars.
A gift card is a great way to say “thank you.” Think about the people who continue to serve our neighborhoods (garbage, recycling, electric services, internet services, etc.) and giving them a gift card to a local restaurant where they can pick-up or drive through. Not only are you showing them love, but you are also helping out our local businesses.
Well, that’s our short list of ways we can be reaching out into our neighborhoods at this time. This is just a simple way to live in the way of Jesus with the heart of Jesus during this difficult time and I hope that as we engage, in some new and creative ways, we can be there to pray and support those around us.
Love you and know that you are in our prayers.
The Pennington Family
Our world is changing, and it’s ok to have emotions around this! As a church, we want to equip you with resources to help process these emotions. If you’re struggling with what you’re feeling, we encourage you to walk through the “Processing Emotions Guide” by clicking the button below.
While it’s normal to be afraid or anxious during times like these, God tells us that He is ultimately in control. If you need a reminder of this today, click the button below to open an hour-long playlist of worship songs built around the themes of God’s strength, sovereignty, and our ability to trust in Him for all things.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Want to talk to one of our pastors? Give us a call (303-797-1500) or text (720-703-8866) anytime Mon-Thurs between 9:00am-4:30pm.
Hello South Fellowship Church Family,
As you might imagine, our team has been having many conversations about how we, as a faith community doing our best to live in the way of Jesus with the heart of Jesus, should respond during this season in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
As a leadership team, we’ve tried to frame our plans and conversations around three things:
- A desire to protect the vulnerable in our community (those over 60, those with underlying conditions)
- A desire to care well for those might be experiencing fear or facing a lack of resources
- A desire to be good neighbors and citizens as a part of our local, national, and global community
This morning, Governor Polis enacted a ban on gatherings of 250 persons and up, and strongly encouraged smaller gatherings to reconsider gathering, in a community effort to contain this virus and prevent its spread.
As we seek to be good citizens and neighbors, we will comply with Governor Polis’ directive, and want you to be aware of some important things you need to know:
- We will be moving our worship gatherings online for the next three to four weeks. This means we will stream our services at 9:00am and 10:45 am and will have no onsite gathering during that time. You can still participate in giving by giving online, through our app, or in person at our office during the week between 9:00am and 4:30pm.
- We are working to have DVD’s available for those who cannot stream online, and are working on a plan to distribute these to those who cannot come in person to pick them up
- We will mostly limit onsite gatherings we typically host on our campus at least through March 30th, with the possibility of extending that longer as we receive additional information. This means that the events we have planned over the next couple of weeks will be rescheduled.
- In addition, our Food Bank team has been hard at work preparing to take additional precautions as we seek to be a help in a season like this. They will still be offering a box of food and supplies for our church family that uses the Food Bank on Sundays from 8:30am to 9:30am.
- We know during a time like this some among us might be afraid, concerned, or facing difficulty getting food or supplies. We stand ready to help. If you need to speak with a pastor, have a prayer request, or are one of the vulnerable among us who need food or supplies, please call our office number at 303.797.1500 and leave a voicemail, and a member of our pastoral team will respond to you right away.
- If you are a part of a volunteer team, you can expect to hear from your team lead with further department-centric details right away.
South Fellowship, we have an unprecedented opportunity to be the church during such a time as this. Please join us in praying for wisdom as to how we can all work together to be a light in the darkness, a force of hope, and a compassionate community during this time.
First, by being a non-anxious presence, deeply rooted in trust, offering and extending the peace of Christ to every person and place.
Second, by looking to the needs of others before our own. Let us not be a people who horde and worry, but instead let’s be a generous people who consider the needs of others, especially the most vulnerable.
Third, by serving those around us. This includes taking the proper preventative measures, but can also look like running errands for the elderly and immunocompromised. Let’s think creatively and boldly about the ways we love.
Our team is continuing to work on ways to care for our community, and we’ll be in touch in the coming days with additional information and resources. During the COVID-19 crisis, South Fellowship Church commits to faith over fear as we take proactive steps to care for the health of our community while creating opportunities to remain relationally connected to our church family.
South, you are fiercely loved – by your Board of Elders, your Staff, and Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We stand with you, advocate for you, and trust God each step of the way.
You are loved –
On behalf of our Elders and Staff