This past weekend I didn’t go to church.
If you’ve been around very long you know that we have a great teaching team at CTK. We get to hear Chad Irwin, Kathy Deal and Dave Moore throughout the year. My goal with the teaching team is to bring different perspectives and fresh voices in our teaching on a regular basis. It also offers me a chance to worship with you as part of our church family.
A couple times a year, though, I also like to take a Sunday and not show up. It gives me a chance to see how we’re doing in our online worship and, honestly, just sit on the couch in my pajamas on a Sunday morning. It was such a blessing to listen to Jeff and our worship team and hear Chad give us a deeper look into Psalm 20.
As I worshipped with my church family in my living room I began to think about the people who make up CTK Nampa (and Caldwell, Meridian, etc. of course!). It’s been almost a year of our church being spread out between a building, a school and living rooms. I got to wondering what it would look like if we could all be in the same room again. Off the top of my head, I was able to think of a little over 100 people who are actively plugged into our church either at the school on Sundays, joining us online or otherwise still on board. About 30 of those were kids in elementary school or younger. I’m sure I was missing a bunch of names so I’m guessing the real number is closer to 150. We are 150 people who call CTK family and continue to worship together in any way we can.
The thing that is most interesting to me is that in the months leading up to the Age of ‘Rona we were running about 150 people on any given Sunday. That means we have managed to stay largely connected as a church community through a lockdown, moving out of our building and online/in person worship for the better part of a year. Let that sink in for a minute!
I am so grateful for this church. My prayer all along has been that we would find ways to stay connected through this tumultuous season. We have no idea what this next year will look like. Of course we hope to be able to gather together again sooner than later. Whatever happens, I want you to know that we will be doing everything we can to deepen our connections to each other and learn to take care of each other better. I, for one, am looking forward to that–no matter what the circumstances.