Sunday Service Time Update
August 22, 2019
I hope this finds everyone doing well and getting back in to the school routine. We've been praying for you and your kids as everyone heads back. We are praying this will be the best school year yet! I wanted to provide an update regarding the recent survey we sent out and, more importantly, our plans as it pertains to the one service schedule moving forward.
It feels relevant to say that we have been discussing going to one service on and off over the last year. As we entered in to the summer, that seemed the appropriate time to do so with the thought that we would reevaluate at the end of summer (click here to read the post we created about that decision). I can say that we immediately noticed the positives that we had anticipated by going to one service. Service felt full, the energy and excitement were palpable, and people who weren't accustomed to seeing one another because they attended different services were enjoying fellowship that one service time provides. On the other hand, it has not been without challenges, the most significant being the pressure that some of our volunteers feel because they don't have the option to serve at one service and attend another.
Several weeks ago, the staff began discussing what the next several months might hold schedule wise. We decided to send out the survey you received to gauge some of your thoughts. Having received the survey results back, and prayed and discussed both as a staff and a Board of Elders, we have decided it is in the best interest of the church to continue with the one service schedule. I can tell you that there was an overwhelming agreement from the church survey on the benefits of one service as well as the desire to stay at one service while the congregation size stays as it is. Most of you, close to 90 percent, agree that one service is best for Bridgeway at this time and that confirms the thoughts of the staff and Elders as well.
Now, part of the downside of sending out a survey is that if the decision goes against your wishes it can end up feeling like you weren't really heard. I understand that. To those who were concerned that the service felt TOO full, we have rearranged some of the chairs to alleviate some of the wider rows and hopefully make it more accessible to visitors. We also have extra space and easy access to add more chairs when we think it is necessary. Our main concern is the health of our volunteers. We want to continue to check in on you and make sure you don't feel over OR under worked. Please do what you think is best for yourself as far as serving vs. attending service. Perhaps you haven't volunteered prior to this, let me say, now would be a good time! To all of our current volunteers, let me just say again how grateful we are for your service! We couldn't do what we do without you and we're working on some ways to make sure you know that.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to me personally. I'm excited for the future at Bridgeway and pray that God would continue to use us for His Glory!
- Kenny Panduku, Lead Pastor