15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, (I Peter 3:15 NIV)
We have all been challenged by weather this week in Virginia. Snow/Ice caused most churches to cancel services for several days. What do you do to keep people in God’s Word during those times?
Here are some ideas:
1. Connect on Facebook. Bon Air Baptist did just that this past Sunday. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/BONAIRBAPTIST/posts/10153433727151158?fref=nf&pnref=story
They challenged families to study God’s Word and think missional in times of snow and beyond.
2. Use the Internet through Google Hangout or other Sources to have your Group Meet. With today’s technology, many members can follow you by internet. Get their e-mail addresses and set up Bible study at the same time in their homes.
3. Send an e-mail with the Scripture, some commentary and questions for families/family unit to discuss. Again, for those who have internet, the best ones to teach their children are their parents. Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NIV) Parents have many more hours to teach their children than the Bible study leaders. (Handouts should be sent even when they have class for follow up.) Singles can receive the e-mail and call another person in the group to process. Couples can process together and improve their marriage.
4. Let class members know in advance about ways to serve the Kingdom in inclement weather. If you know that there may be times of closings, why not give members and parents an idea to serve in the community? Sunday School/Small Groups is about discipling and reaching the unchurched for Christ. Every church ought to have ideas like Bon Air Baptist when inclement weather strikes (See above.) I met three new people in my apartment complex by simply helping shovel the snow and encouraging them to use my shovel. What are you willing to do in inclement weather?