We recognize that our state is beginning to reopen, but we also recognize that the complexities and variables that factor into the logistics of large gatherings are nearly impossible to figure out for everyone's comfort. Meeting together is important, and we encourage you to look for those opportunities with other members of our family.
In the meantime, we will continue to offer a Sunday worship service, weekly communion, online small groups and weekly activities. If you are interested in understanding the state guidelines, mandates and recommendations for churches to begin to meet together, you can read them here.
Thankfully, we have access to some tools that the early church didn't have. Here's what we're doing:
Sunday Morning Service
Sunday morning sermons will be posted on our website, as you can see on the right, as well as our YouTube channel by 9:30am each Sunday. We encourage you to watch them during normal Sunday service time – 10am to 11:15am – to help maintain some normalcy in your schedule. Know that the rest of our Eastside family is singing, praying, and hearing God's Word at the same time.
We are using Zoom as we continue to meet together as small groups. Video chatting is a new format for some and old hat to others. If your family hasn't grown used to using video chats as a way to communicate, that's ok. We're starting here together, with Zoom chats, sharing our vulnerabilities and anxieties, as well as our joys and successes. Two years ago, we defined small groups as a space where we gather to build community and grow like Christ together. The space where we gather has changed, but our vision and our mission has not.
Small group leaders are setting up individual group Zoom chats where you can encourage each other, catch up on life as we know it at this moment, and pray and study the Word together. We encourage you to meet with your video camera on, if possible, because it's so good to see each other's faces. If you're not ready for the camera, you can mute it and still participate. Your small group leader will email your group the link. If you have technical questions on how to use Zoom, please email Cindy. There are many fun ways (and apps) to communicate online while we're all feeling the isolation of social distancing. Here's a list of further resources.
We are also piloting new digital small groups for those not yet in a small group. If you have additional questions about small groups – joining one, meeting digitally, etc. – please contact us.
We encourage you to continue your tithing and SENT campaign gifts by giving online, through the app, or by mailing a check to the church office at 320 S Main St, Ste 3A, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
While we are unable to meet at Skyline Middle School, we encourage you to join Mia, Director of Children's Ministry, on Mondays for Zoom conversations, grouped by age, beginning June 1. Contact Mia for Zoom info.
- Pre-K at 10:30am
- K-2nd at 11:20am
- 3rd-5th at 1:00pm
Join us online each Wednesday night at 6pm for live songs, crafts and a Bible story! If Wednesday nights don’t work for you, check out kidsclubhub.org at your convenience for links to previous week’s videos!
All in-person gatherings are discontinued until further notice. Please continue to pray for our college students and campuses, even though we can't meet together in person!
Latest Sermon Series
- Mondays with Mia
- Join Mia, Director of Children's Ministry, for Zoom conversations, grouped by age beginning June 1. Pre-K at 10:30AM, K-2nd at 11:20AM, and 3rd-5th at 1:00PM. Contact Mia for Zoom info.
- Wednesday Upper Zoom
- Join together in prayer via Zoom* video chat at 12:14pm and 7:14pm.
- Thursday Bible Study
- Join our pastors and the Eastside Family on Zoom* for a 30 minute bible study at noon. Reading through a biblical text followed by some basic questions and conversation; willing attitude and bible required.
- Fam Fridays
- Hear reflections from a variety of Eastside Family members. Do you have something to share? We'd love to hear it! Contact us.
* For Zoom meeting details, check our weekly email or contact us.