Hello friends . . . grace and peace,
There are two types of church folks. The first is the type that maintains fairly regular attendance throughout the year, heading off on various vacations or weekend excursions now and then but for the most part, if they’re in town, they’re participating in the various events either at church or around the area.
The second type also maintains attendance fairly regularly but between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend, they either tend to cease attendance or turn up once or twice.
Let me be very clear, NEITHER one of these categories is better or worse than the other. They’re just different rhythms of spiritual practice. Because let’s be honest, whether or not you go to church events during the summer doesn’t make you a better person or a deeper follower of Jesus.
For some people, regular attendance at church events is central to their walk with God. For them, staying connected with people in their particular stream of Christianity is a vital practice and it brings them to a wonderful place with God and with their neighbors.
For others, those days/weeks/months of summer are an essential time to relax and connect with family that perhaps they’ve felt distant from during the school year. Heading off into the world on vacations or up north to a cottage in order to change your surroundings is vital to their way of life because it rewires their posture towards God and one another.
Again, NEITHER one of these is better or worse than the other. Each have their pros and cons. Even here at the STYG, we change our patterns and rhythms as the seasons change. D-Groups meet at peoples’ houses rather than at St. Thomas. Youth Group steps aside for things like Summer Camp and Great America trips but also continues it’s local and far off mission work alongside organizations such as Fr. Carr’s Place 2B, Homeless Connections, Center for Student Missions, Casas por Cristo, and other Summer Mission Trips. Heck, Film School doesn’t even do ANYTHING during the summer.
But now, summer is over. School is back in session. And this means, our rhythm changes once again. D-Groups begin to re-gather a community focused on following Jesus with our whole lives on September 7 from 6:15 – 8:00 pm and every Wednesday afterwards at St. Thomas. Youth Group re-focuses on both local mission and service activities as well as big fun events to bring your friends to. And Film School re-engages with it’s practice of finding God in “all things” (see Ephesians 4:6) on Sunday, September 18 at 9 am and every Sunday afterwards.
Welcome back y’all and see you soon!
peace to you