Perhaps you have already heard of our plan to introduce “The Story” as this Falls thematic focus. This note is to introduce the vision for the idea, and solicit your support and engagement as we plan to include the whole church in this Fall Focus.
“The Story” is the story of God’s people and God’s relationship with God’s people. It is an abridged version of the Bible, written with chronological fluidity – so that you can read and understand the story as a whole, from Abraham to Jesus. It is my vision that we introduce and deliver “The Story” at all levels and all groups within Good Sam, so that we can all interact and engage with this rich story, at church, at home and in all of our small groups for the entire church year. “The Story” has both reading materials and companion resources for adults, teens, 9-12 year-olds, 4-8 year-olds and pre-schoolers. I want to introduce The Story so that entire families of all ages can embrace the topic together. It will be embedded in the sermons and in our worship service and it is my hope that all of you will include it in some way, to some depth, with your classes or groups. There are many different ways to do so.
Please explore the materials in my office for all age groups (you might have to take turns) and explore the resources on line – www.TheStory.com/resourcelibrary. There are books and videos and study guides. The curriculum is broken up into 31 weeks – which we’ll do throughout the year, taking breaks appropriately for Christmas and Easter. You can engage at many levels, with many different resources. I have a group of leaders engaged already to help with this Fall Focus – Ginger L., Sue V., Jason V. and Drew H. We will invite you to meet with us after worship on June 7th to identify which resources you would like to use next September and how many of each we should order. Thank you for what you do at Good Sam. We welcome your input and feedback on how we can effectively introduce this Fall Focus and immerse ourselves in The Story.
Pastor Mitch and The Story Leadership Team