Associate Pastor's Report

Wow! What a month it has been. Who would have thought that all of this craziness would be happening? Needless to say we have no idea what the immediate future brings. At this point we are still planning on having Vacation Bible School and Mission Fuge. This could all change when we see what happens at the end of April. Please bear with us as we try to navigate new waters.

 

What I want to focus on in this article is the family unit. There are some real changes happening as many families are home together more than they have been in a long time. There are parents working from home, kids trying to finish the school year from home, extra-curricular activities cancelled, and it can all be overwhelming. This immediate change, mostly not by choice, can cause lots of stress. So what do we do? How do we survive this time when there seems to be very little escape?

 

I think the bigger question we have to ask ourselves is, are we going to let this tear us apart as a family, or bring us together? I am sure we would all answer that we want this time to bring us together. With that being the answer, how do we intentionally do that? We need a plan. We need to sit down as a family and come up with a plan for how we can all respect what the others need to accomplish in the day. We also need to make time for play. I do not just mean time for the kids to play. We all need to have times during the day when we can just let loose. Times when we are not telling the kids to be quiet because we are being loud with them. Times when we can just be a family. I encourage you to laugh over breakfast, take a lunch break as a family, and plan at least an hour or two of fun together in the evenings.

 

We also should be practicing family worship together as we continue to grow in Christ. Ultimately, what happens to our family during this time is up to us. We can let this time be filled with frustration and arguments or fill it with great memories that our children will never forget.

 

John Thompson

Associate Pastor

 

Bethlehem
Baptist
Church

804-272-0597

bethlehembaptist@comcast.net

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9600 Midlothian Turnpike

North Chesterfield, VA 23235

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