They spent their time learning the apostles’ teaching, sharing, breaking bread, and praying together. 46 The believers met together in the Temple every day. They ate together in their homes, happy to share their food with joyful hearts.
47 They praised God and were liked by all the people. Every day the Lord added those who were being saved to the group of believers.Acts 2:42, 46-47 NCV
Togetherness is spiritually powerful, which the first disciples in the book of Acts seemed to understand and believe deeply.
While Covid-19 has presented obstacles to physical togetherness, fellowship is just as important as always to the health and strength of our faith.
We believe that we can – and need – to be emotionally connected to one another even if we are physically apart.
What is a “Podcast Sunday”?
With this in mind, we’re excited to launch a new type of Sunday live stream message called a “Video Podcast Sunday.” This type of service will be built around facilitating connections so that we can build one another’s faith as we navigate these unprecedented times.
The live stream on a “Podcast Sunday” will consist of a brief message with scriptures and visuals on the screen, and will be available on YouTube at 11 am as usual.
Because the service will be brief, you’ll have time afterwards to connect and discuss the message with your friends.
Where should my group meet on a Podcast Sunday?
You can connect with your group in different ways based on the individual needs of each person.
1. Meet in person with your “bubble”
- Wearing masks
- Washing hands frequently
- Having hand sanitizer available
- Meeting outside
- Staying at least six feet apart
To do your part to slow the spread of Covid-19, please remember to stay within your “bubble” and keep your in-person contacts limited.
2. Meet virtually
You can also meet virtually with your house church or small group after the message. Set up a Zoom link so you can chat right from your living room.
3. Do a combo
If some in your group are “bubbling” together while others are not, you can create a unique gathering where some people meet in person and others “Zoom in.”
How often will we have a “Podcast Sunday”?
For now, we’ll be rotating different types of messages each week. Some weeks will be a longer live stream with all our favorite segments, like Sunday Morning Jetpack, Freedom Flows, and Glory Days. Other weeks, the message will be shorter and more focused on creating fellowship opportunities.
We’ve been incredibly grateful to have live stream church services over the last several months. These services and all our digital efforts have been made possible by the incredible faith and investment of each of our members.
We will be continuing to put our best effort into making a live stream message every week that builds faith and spreads hope to our families, friends, and those who don’t even know us but find the message on YouTube.
And, because fellowship and human connection play a huge part in building faith and spreading hope, we are excited to add “Podcast Sundays” to our calendar.
How do I prepare for a “Podcast Sunday”?
Here are a few other practical ways to prepare for a “Podcast Sunday:”
- Communion – Prepare to take communion together after service. Plan for someone to pray and for each person or household to have their own communion supplies. (For more detail on preparing communion, check out our article on how to have church at home).
- Discuss meeting arrangements – Talk with your house church or small group about how best to meet together (ie virtual, in person, or some combination of both). For families, help each other brainstorm how to involve your kids.
- If you plan to meet in person, please practice safe social distancing. Remember that every decision you make affects other people. Choose to be loving by wearing a mask, keeping 6 feet of distance, meeting outside, and washing hands frequently.
With faith, love, and creativity, we can create a strong sense of “togetherness” even while we stay physically apart.