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Youth and families,

As you know, Sequoyah Church events as well as the activities of many businesses and schools, have slammed on the breaks as the coronavirus spreads throughout our nation and towns. SHPC has put together a Church Health Task Force (CHTF) to help make decisions regarding meetings and gatherings within the church. As a person who thrives on human connection, the coming days are going to be a challenge. Many aspects of what’s to come are going to be hard, as fear, frustration, isolation, and weariness begin to set in.

I want to share with you our plans and hopes for what is to come over the next weeks in the LOFT. As of now, we will not be meeting for sunday school, weekly worship, small groups or sunday night fellowship through March 29 (at least). I know, the basketball tournament will be postponed, so sad. These plans are ever fluid and we will keep you posted as the CHTF makes decisions as we move into the month of April through Lent and into the Easter season. While we are unable to meet together in person, we are hopeful for some creative and unconventional ways for us to join together as the body of Christ. Lean in my friends, this experience is going to push us, and I’m interested to see what God will be up to in us during the process.

Check out what’s ahead from us in the LOFT in the coming days:

  • Regular Blog Posts – We will be starting this blog as a space to provide our students, their friends and families with resources and articles of encouragement during this hard time. Be on the lookout for these. We will update you on our social media when new blogs have been posted.
  • InstaConnect – Be looking on our Facebook and Instagram, for fun questions, insightful conversations, live videos to connect you to the truth of the Gospel amidst your questions and wonderings. We would love for you to comment, DM and connect with us anyway you would like, to help you stay involved and connected to the church during these strange days.
  • Small Group Messages – Be active in your small group messages. We will have a “Thought of the Week” each week that will go out in your group chats. We would love to hear from you about what you think and how God may be meeting you right now.
  • Resources – The interns and I will be working to share links and digital downloads with you while we are away. Our hope is that we would still make space for you to “learn” mobilly. This might include liturgy, scripture, downloadable art, prayers, songs, or videos that may feed your soul.
  • Service Opportunities – Right now, Thrive is closed for the next 3 weeks, but our friends there still need to eat, do laundry, and maintain life at home. Click here for a list of items that are needed for families at Thrive. I will have a laundry basket on my porch. Feel free to drop off items at any time throughout our time of “social distancing” and we will get them to Thrive Parkridge and Lonsdale.

A Note to the Class of 2020 –

As many of you are driving home from Spring Break plans that have been changed or sitting watching Netflix because your cruise got cancelled, my heart is broken for you. We don’t know what is ahead, but your GOD does. We know how valuable some of our traditions at SHPC are, like seniors teaching on Youth Sunday or your Senior Banquet Celebration. While we do not know specific dates and times of our plans at this time, please know that we are working diligently to make sure you get your “senior experience” in some way. Please know how loved you are. It has been a gift to get to journey through these days with you as a teenager at SHPC. We celebrate you! Simply know, we are doing everything we can to make sure the end of your high school career is celebrated.

Our God is not surprised by what we are experiencing. He wants to be our strong tower, when everything around us has come tumbling down. As I was praying and asking God to show me what he is up to, how is this life giving, what is he trying to tell us. He led me to Psalm 91 through a Young Life Africa post. I believe Jesus is inviting us towards trust, away from fear, towards the hope of his resurrection, away from the disease of this world, towards his rescuing heart, away from the arrows that may fly at us.

May we know how He will never let go. Hang in there friends, our God is fighting for us and will never stop.

Laura