Here is the web version of the document we made available leading up to the July 3 class choice and the time change launch on August 7. [ This Schedule Solves the 12 Problems We Discovered in the Church Wide Evaluation in May 2022 ]
- Classes Discuss their Desired Meeting Hour (now)
- Classes Declare their Meeting Hour (by July 3).
- New Schedule Promotion (July 10, 17, 24, 31).
- Launch Our New Schedule of 9:30 and 11:00 (worship and Bible Study) on August 7, 2022.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CLASS MEETING HOUR:
We are sharing a lot of information here, but this plan was introduced at a teachers/leaders meeting (of all departments: preschool, children, students, and adults) on June 2 and then shared publicly at the business meeting on June 5. You may have questions and we want to help you discover answers to what’s happening this summer. If your class needs Scott Chafee (Pastor of Discipleship) or Charlie Flint (Sunday School Director) to visit your class, please let them know. Don’t wait.
We hope classes will choose their meeting hour by July 3, so we can promote and publish an accurate printed schedule before the time change begins on August 7.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT FOR MOST OF THE CONGREGATION, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CHANGES.
Preschool, Children, Students, Young Adults, Families, and Adults with Kids continue to meet for Sunday School at 9:30 and attend worship at 11:00.
Choosing Your Class Hour: Consider this… prioritize.
1) For most people in your class, will traditional style music with hymns drive the decision of when your class meets? Then your class may simply decide to worship at 9:30 and have class at 11:00. Done, let us know ASAP, your chosen hour and room number.
2) For some classes, will the priority of class relationships drive the decision of when to meet? Then your class will meet during the hour you all decide and everyone will simply attend worship at the other hour. In this situation, relationships drive the decision rather than music preference.
3) If your class is really 50/50 on worship style, what then? If your class cannot choose which hour to meet based on worship music style preference, there is a realistic solution where your class meets at both hours (1/2 at 9:30 and 1/2 at 11:00). Let’s grow into two classes, finding another teacher/shepherd for your other class (we can help with that).
4) You may find yourself in this dilemma. If your class chooses the early service at 9:30 and then have class at 11:00, but you really want to sing along with the Worship Band playing modern music, you may choose to find another quality class meeting at 9:30 (we can help with that).
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE DESIGNED THIS SCHEDULE TO WORK FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY OF FAITH.
All of this is to 1) fix a broken schedule, and 2) position ourselves for growth in both worship and in Sunday School. Where do we want to be in 5 years? What about in 10 years? Do we want and EXPECT God to grow this church? Then, let’s step out in faith and prepare for the next level of church growth.
Let’s be proactive rather than reactive.
We can’t expect God to bring people here if we are not ready to receive them. Rather than waiting until it’s crowded and wondering how to manage all these people, let’s plan for the future right now. It’s like having greeters at the door. You wonder if it ever makes any difference since you see the same people week after week… but what about that one week when a new family shows up? You were there, faithfully at the door of God’s house, just a friendly face opening the door, and this new gift from God shows up. You were on duty, ready to show hospitality, help them with their children, guide them through the building, introducing them to leaders in the children’s department, pointing out the restrooms, and that act of faithful service made a world of difference for that family trying out a new church.
Will God send us new people and families if we aren’t ready to receive them? That is a good question. So, let’s plan for growth.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Yes, change is difficult, but many people in this congregation are a part of the Greatest Generation who sacrificed so much for the good of others and put everything on the line to bring life, liberty, and freedom to the world by winning the war in Europe and the Pacific.
The early years of King’s Grant happened because a committed group of believers did whatever it took to reach people with the gospel; to bring in young families, and to provide worship and Bible study with the goal of making disciples, and change the world.
Today, we are literally modifying our worship times from 9am and 11am to 9:30am and 11:00am, providing worship and Bible study at both hours.
Your Discipleship Leadership Team and Staff are simply asking that you embrace this new schedule because it is designed to meet the needs of the greatest number of people in our community of faith.