By Jess Toman
This year has definitely been a challenging one so far with all of the changes going on at Charity. It has really been a time for all of us, especially staff, to take a look at our work and evaluate it. Is this what God is asking of me? The Charity family? There have been some very hard meetings taking place on the staff level, and we have been trying to discern God’s answer for these questions. Along the way, God has been revealing a new drive in each one of us along with cohesion and staff unity.
This last few weeks we have spent much time discussing things surrounding WOW for the upcoming year, and God has revealed a new plan. Much of the WOW idea will be the same, but with some tweaks. As we were evaluating what does WOW mean at Charity - we realized that WOW is so much more than just a worship service for the family, it is a worship evening for the family with many parts. We plan to offer a meal, Bible studies and classes for the kids, along with a family-centric worship service the whole family can attend. As we were praying through the times around each of these events, we were led to allowing more time for the Bible study/class portion and have adjusted things to make that happen. The connections our families make during these times are hard to do in just 55 minutes per week. We have extended that time by 20 minutes in hopes to encourage more fellowship and deeper study and more fun for the kids! Our worship service will be shortened to 45 minutes. We aim to allow for the family to worship together and know that sometimes it is difficult to last a full hour with the little ones. By jam-packing this service with great worship, a solid scripture-based message we hope the service and evening will leave you and your family ready for the rest of the week to go out into the community to do God’s work.
What about Sunday WOW? As we on staff were putting together a pro/con list for continuing Sunday WOW - it seemed evident that God was saying “yes.” There are still a handful of families (including mine) that find Sunday evening as the best time for our hectic schedules. Everything that happens on Wednesday will also happen Sunday, including content. However, we understand that even though all the logistical things are the same - the whole evening feels completely different. Fewer numbers give us the ability to connect and go deeper. That is why it seemed clear that we need to allow this option for our families.
Last week as the staff was praying and asking God to direct us, he gave many of us this Bible verse to reflect on. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19. Do you see it? He is doing a new thing and preparing the way for us at Charity.
You may be asking, so - what does all this mean for me? Well, here it is - the official call for you to pray and ask God where your family fits in at Charity. We know some of you might be in a building year and may need to be in a Bible study for connection, some of you may have a desire to help with worship or tech things, and many are feeling the call of God to step out in faith to teach a group of children, young adults, or adults. Whatever the case, please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.