Dear Saint Stephen Church Family,
As we continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, it has become clear that our church will need to move to online worship services beginning this Sunday, March 22.
Obviously, this is no one’s preferred way of doing things. However, in light of current information from local, state, and federal health officials, and the closing of area School Districts, we believe it is in the best interest of everyone here at Saint Stephen. While there are still no confirmed cases in the Amarillo Area, we know that Lubbock County has confirmed cases. President Trump, Governor Abbott, and our own mayor, Ginger Nelson are calling all citizens to practice social distancing as the most effective method of slowing the spread of the virus. Social distancing results in “flattening of the curve” and protects the most vulnerable persons (i.e. namely people north of 65 years of age and people with preexisting health conditions)
At this point, it has become increasingly clear that it would be irresponsible and reckless to ignore the recommendations of our leadership.
We will be suspending all church activities until further notice.
For now, the church office will remain open during regular hours. Staff will be working on ways to do ministry from a distance.
A Sunday morning worship service will be provided online. For Sunday, March 22nd… it will be a smaller version of worship. We hope to improve upon worship by the following Sunday.
For those without Facebook, a link to the service will be emailed Sunday afternoon.
Please DO NOT consider this as a time to NOT worship God. WE ALL NEED TO WORSHIP, SERVE, LOVE, AND TRUST! Let’s continue to BE a part of HIS church.
We encourage individuals and families to sit down together and engage in worship with us! Do it just as if they were in our building together!
Families with children will be emailed suggested activities and lessons.
Adult members will be sent devotional resources for each Sunday to replace our Sunday School and spiritual growth opportunities.
Call the office at 806-355-7271 if we can be of any assistance to you.
Please send Prayer requests to us via…
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” -Psalm 46:1
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7
For further updates, please check your email, Facebook, and www.ssumc.net
Prayerfully in Christ,