March 26, 2020
Click here for a video update from Pastor Lawrence.
Looking for resources to help you start an online Circle? Visit our new Resources page for helpful tips, tools, and ideas to stay connected!
Connect with GPC online:
Here are all the ways you can stay connected to GPC online. We’ll continue to share updates, encouragement, and resources (like videos from our Orange curriculum) to help you and your family worship together:
YouTube (after you subscribe, click the “notification” bell so you never miss a video!)
March 18, 2020
Pastor Lawrence took some time to share a video update to let you know how you and your family can join us virtually on Sunday. Watch the video here.
Here are the links you’ll need for Sunday’s message and online giving:
The Sanctuary & United services will premiere live at 9:45AM on Sunday and Shippensburg will hold their usual livestream on their Facebook page at 9:15AM. For the Chambersburg services, when you go to our YouTube pages, click “subscribe” and then click the bell icon to turn on notifications. During the premiere video on Sunday you’ll be able to join a live chat as we worship together. Once the message is over the video will stay on our YouTube channel so you can watch the replay any time you’d like.
A Mid-Point Update from Pastor Mark:
Although our Mid Point program has been cancelled for the near future, we wanted to still provide students and parents with teaching videos, information, and discussion questions to keep the growth happening in the family and home. We encourage students and parents to watch this video from Rodney and Me https://youtu.be/Gcua_N_lwY0 which will help prep you for tonight’s lesson.
After viewing our YouTube video follow the instructions in the bio of the video or keep reading along for details of what to do next.
Here is the link for the teaching video for tonight’s lesson that the kids would have received if we had our normal program https://vimeo.com/397302094/1976e59586. It is our hope that you as a parent watch this video but more importantly have your teen watch it. Below are some questions to follow up with them and begin some important discussion at home. This is a hard topic to talk about but these discussions need to be had in the home with your teens before they have these conversations with their friends. Please do not ignore this topic or push it off for another time. Utilize the time your students have at home now to have some of these heart to heart conversations. I promise it will grow you closer as a family and will go a long way to helping them navigate this as a teen.
1) How can technology like smart phones and computers be a really good thing? How have you used it for good before?
2) How is technology harmful to teens and kids? How have you witnessed this before either personally or in your friend group?
3) What are some ways that people can be exposed to bad content, even rated “R” content when using technology?
4) How should anyone react to something inappropriate and sexual that might show up on social media, tv shows, and movies? (READ 1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
5) Why do people do and say things online that they would never do or say in person?
6) How can you honor God and his plan for sex while navigating technology?
For updates and information about cancellations and what’s coming next at The Point YM, here is another video that will explain it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkvl_uxl_A8
March 17, 2020
The New Member Class scheduled for March 22 is postponed until further notice. Please contact Robin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
March 16, 2020
Dear Grand Point Church family,
First of all, please know that the GPC Staff members prayed for you this morning and want to do everything we can to assist you with the impact the Coronavirus is having on your family. As promised, we will be communicating with you the decisions that are being made in cooperation with our local and state authorities and for the protection of this congregation we lead and care about.
We believe this is a time to refrain from promoting personal opinions, spouting criticisms, and neglecting cautions, while at the same time looking to “seize the day” and the opportunities that we have to be ambassadors of hope.
Consequently, Grand Point Church has made the decision to:
- Cancel all public gatherings. Most notably, this means no Sunday worship services.
- Private gatherings scheduled to use the church building will be held at the discretion of the planning organization.
- Cancel or postpone all GPC gatherings/meetings of 50 people or more. This will be clarified in subsequent bites of information.
- Offer enhanced online Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 and 9:45 in the Sanctuary, 9:45 in United and 9:15 at our Shippensburg campus. More details will be given later this week regarding content, how to easily access the online events, and how to use our online giving platform.
- Look for ways that we can serve each other and our community during this season.
- Keep the church office open, while allowing staff members to work from home.
- Continue communicating updates, changes, and opportunities with you.
Our options are to resist, react, or respond, and the only win for us is to respond with voices and actions of hope that will silence the voices and actions of fear that are so natural during a season of uncertainty. It is hard to be comfortable when we are not in control, but together, let’s lean into our faith in God and the faith community that will walk through this together!
March 13, 2020
Dear GPC Church family,
In my former communication regarding the church’s response to the COVID-19 message I told you that additional communication will occur as our response develops.
First of all, I do want to thank everyone for your calls and concerns. As you might imagine everyone has advice to give based on their professions, associations, and influences. It is also inevitable that we will not all agree on what needs to be done and how we should respond. Church leaders, local, denominational, and global are weighing in on this with up-to-date information. The Chambersburg community pastors are working with the local government to determine what we can do to help in our community going forward. Even as we need to be guarded against retreating from everything, we also need to guard against reacting with well-intentioned benevolence until the needs are assessed and prioritized.
I have cancelled all my travel plans for next week so I can meet with the GPC staff to determine how we can serve our church and community families over the next couple of weeks. While we will follow all government mandates, take precautionary measures, we also believe this is the time for the church to rise up and not shut down. There will be a mandatory staff meeting on Monday morning to develop a plan of action
At this moment, Friday @ 3:30 PM, as a national emergency is being declared, we are still planning to hold public services on Sunday. As per my previous communication, we have made some changes to avoid multiple contact points such as door handles, offering plates, etc. Someone has asked me if I am going to change our 22” seating space in the sanctuary to the recommended 6’. I can’t promise you that, but I can promise you the liberty to avoid the handshake greeting and the cancellation of services if mandated to do so.
At GPC we do follow the Chambersburg School District policy on delays or closures. Since the District has closed school for the next two weeks we will be cancelling all mid-week meetings including Wednesday PM classes, mid-point youth, and kids point classes, young adult Engage gatherings, Celebrate Recovery meetings, and the Sunday PM high-point meetings at both the Chambersburg and Shippensburg locations.
If you choose not to attend a Sunday service we extend an invitation for you to join us live stream and be a part of this amazing message that God is using to set many people free from the prison of unforgiveness and guilt. The guest speaker for the Sanctuary campus (Marie Monville – wife of the Amish Schoolhouse shooter) is still planning to be at Chambersburg speaking in the sanctuary services on the topic of forgiveness.
Thanks so much for taking this unprecedented journey with us. It is a perfect opportunity to exercise our faith and to serve our community. The winds of crisis can make us stronger!