Dear Peachtree Family,
Last night, the session adopted a new summer worship schedule effective Memorial Day Weekend (May 28, 2017). While the service times will remain the same, the number of services Peachtree hosts on these Sundays will be reduced from five to three. Historically, worship attendance drops 28% during the summer weeks, creating an even greater need to consolidate our worship environments. We believe this schedule enables us to be better stewards of resources as well as improving the overall experience of the congregation in the services.
Three of the services remain unchanged—8:45 traditional (Sanctuary), 10:00 traditional (Sanctuary), and 11:15 contemporary (Summit). However, the 8:45 contemporary (Summit) and 11:15 traditional (Sanctuary) will not meet during the summer. I recognize this is inconvenient for those of you who regularly worship during these services, and I thank you in advance for your flexibility in altering your morning routines for one of the other services. If timing is most important to you, there is still a worship service during that same hour, but I understand the location or style might necessitate coming earlier or later to accommodate the service you prefer.
You have been so gracious in accommodating the live video feed in these last five months as we have juggled the existing schedule. Part of the rationale for the new summer schedule is that it enables the preacher to be physically present in all three services. We are still deliberately working on what we hope will be a long-term solution to our worship schedule, taking everything into consideration from parking to Sunday School. We hope to have this solution for Kickoff Sunday, August 13, 2017. We received lots of helpful feedback through our survey, and we will engage with focus groups before taking next steps.
Appropriately, our summer theme this year is Detours. We will be exploring those moments in the Bible and life when you thought you were going one direction, but God sends you another way. This topic seems somewhat timely for a city that has wrestled with major highway closures.
I am grateful for your understanding and trust as we prayerfully guide the church into God’s great future together.
With hope in Christ,