What’s Next? Do we have a path forward yet?

Dear friends, members and partners of Newton Presbytery,

This has been a crazy week for everyone. We are still trying to sort out what is going on and how we are going to do what ever “it” is for our work, churches, schools, family and so much more.  My prayer for all of you is that you find moments of calm and peace each day. Clinging to those moments will help to sustain us each day.

This last week the presbytery staff and leaders have been meeting to plan next steps.  I have hosted a couple of clergy “check ins” and How to do Worship Online zoom presentation. You can find that video on our webpage.

What’s Next? Do we have a path forward yet?

No one knows what will happen next and there is no clear path forward.  Presbytery Staff and leaders are adapting to the changing times as rapidly as possible. Thankfully we have several means of communication that we hope gets the information and resources to you in a timely fashion. Continue to check our Facebook page, Twitter and webpage for information and resources.

Next week there will be two more Clergy check ins and a Presentation on Stewardship during this time. On Wednesday, March 25 at 4 pm, Ellie Johns-Kelly, Presbyterian Foundation, and Carrie Mitchell, Board of Pensions, will be making presentations and answering your questions.  We will record it and post it online if you can’t join us.

We have received lots of questions about how to do congregational meetings and session meetings and other Book of Order “things”.  Jeremy Campbell, our Stated Clerk, will host “Conversations with the Stated Clerk” on Thursday, March 26 at 1 pm.

The Office of General Assembly is curating ideas and resources about online worship, sacraments, stewardship, community needs  and more from congregations, pastors, presbyteries and others on a webpage. Check it out there is lots of information.

Continue to lift each other in prayer. Pray for the first responders, medical personnel, and all who are “essential” for keeping us safe and healthy. They have the difficult job at this time.

Peace to your house,