“Ponderings from the Pastor”
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! With the latest news reports hinting at the possibility of our Church being able to open again in the very near future, the leadership team here at Stockton has begun to look at what we need to do to ensure that when the time comes, our members and visitors will be safe. While none of us has any idea how the “new normal” will look, we do know that things at Stockton Memorial Baptist and other churches will be different. Please be patient as we begin the process of returning with both joy and caution. Please also refer back to this website for further information.
One of the “silver linings” of this pandemic for us has been the fact that we have been able to develop new and updated ways of keeping our Worship going. With our Facebook page (Stockton Memorial Baptist Church) and a new YouTube channel (Stockton Memorial Baptist Church, Chesterfield VA) we are now able to produce and broadcast our Sunday morning Worship service not only to our members and neighbors nearby, but across the country and around the world. These are exciting (and just a little scary) times for all of us, but with these two new platforms we are now able to share the Gospel in ways we never would have thought possible for us even as recently as two months ago. And the response has been wonderful. Each week we have more and more people “checking us out” and learning about the love of God. While we are as confused and concerned as everyone else about the sickness and death that this virus has brought to our world, as Christians we also know and believe that God has this situation in His mighty hands, and we continue to be thankful that He will lead us through this dark time, as He has throughout the history of mankind.
I invite you to check our Facebook page daily for a new “word of encouragement” to help you get through these difficult days, and join us on Sunday mornings for Worship on either Facebook or the YouTube channel. Of course, we will welcome you back into our Sanctuary as soon as we can. In the meantime, please accept this passage of Scripture as our Life Verse for the month of May-“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6).
It’s worth pondering,
PS- Please stay safe and check on your neighbors, especially those who may live alone.