July Sunday Schedule Changes
For the five Sundays of July, we plan to gather in one great worship service in our Worship Center at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.
After consultation with our staff and Overseers, we believe this summer shake-up to our schedule will be beneficial in several ways:
- Families will be encouraged to worship together – all in one service. Care will still be provided for birth-4K in our preschool ministry, but kids 5K and older will worship in “big church” with their parents for these five weeks.
- Fellowship will be renewed across all ages and life stages. Over these five Sundays, we encourage you to build and renew relationships with Inglesiders who worship in a different worship service than you do on a typical Sunday. Take advantage of the fact that we will all be together!
- Faithful servants will be refreshed, renewed, and readied for the fall kick-off on August 7. This change will allow a break for many volunteers who serve throughout the year – especially in our Next Gen ministries. No separate kids (5K-5th grade), middle school, or high school ministries will occur on these five Sunday mornings. Adult Bible study classes that require no childcare may meet at 9:15 a.m. by arrangement with our Discipleship Office (some locations may change).
These modifications to our Sunday schedule in July also take into consideration: (1) the lingering effects of the pandemic on our on-campus participation levels; (2) a season of unusually high staff turnover; and (3) the effects of mission trips, camps, and vacation travel that typically result in lower worship attendance during July.
On Sunday, August 7, we plan to be back to our full schedule of four worship services, all adult Bible study classes, and all Next Gen ministries. I anticipate that it will be a fabulous fall!
As always, our pastors and ministry leaders will be prepared to answer questions, receive feedback, and provide coordination as we implement these July changes.
Matters in the Southern Baptist Convention
You may be aware that on Sunday, May 22, the report commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) last summer concerning sex abuse and the Executive Committee of the SBC was publicly released. Over the past 10 days, the report has received wide coverage in both the religious and secular press.
As our denomination grapples with how best to deal with the issues related to sexual abuse, all of us should grieve the wrongs that have been done, pray for the healing of those who have suffered harm, and ask the Lord to give wisdom to our leaders and messengers who will gather at the upcoming SBC annual meeting in Anaheim, California on June 14-15. As a course for the future is charted at the denominational level, we will certainly evaluate prayerfully and carefully how that should impact our ministries at Ingleside.
Across many years our church leadership has been proactive in establishing policies, best practices, training, background checks, and screening for volunteers and staff so that our ministries at Ingleside will be safe and secure for all. We will continue to be diligent and vigilant in this effort.
I am very grateful for your partnership in the gospel, and I am confident that the best is yet to come!
Your Pastor and Friend,