South Hills Partnership Worship Service Update

As you likely know, the governor’s order for limiting gatherings expired this Monday, January 4th. Accordingly, conversations have begun about returning to in-person worship in the South Hills Partnership. This Sunday, January 10th, we will remain online-only.

For the immediate future, here is where each church stands so far:

  • Carnegie and Spencer plan to reopen for worship next Sunday, January 17th, at their usual times (9:30 and 11). 
    • Waiting for the 17th rather than the first Sunday after the order is lifted gives us a full two-week “quarantine period” after the New Year holiday, and additionally will allow us to get a clearer picture of COVID-19 trends as testing picks back up.
  • Fairhaven and Hill Top have not yet made plans to open their sanctuaries for worship, and the leadership of the congregations will be in discussion moving forward.

Please be aware that–to my knowledge–we are currently at the highest number of COVID cases among the people of the Partnership that we’ve yet seen. Even as the end of the pandemic is finally on the horizon, we are still in a very difficult time. I ask your continued caution and patience, as well as prayers for those suffering from the virus, for those who mourn, and for those engaged in medical and front-line work.
Additionally, you should be aware that free COVID testing is available locally if you need it, including at Fairhaven on Thursdays. There are limited walk-ups, but you can also register in advance at Fairhaven is also blessed to be a vaccination site for medical personnel and EMS, and hopes to offer vaccinations for the general public as it becomes available.

Bible Study Starts on January 6, 2021

Prayers that you have had a joyous, blessed holiday season. As we step into a new year, new opportunities to connect are coming up.

After a break for Christmas (thank you to Pastor Peg for hosting a wonderful Advent series!), Bible study is starting up again on January 6th, resuming our normal schedule of Wednesdays at 7pm.

We’ll begin with the book of James, then move into the book of Revelation, two of the most challenging books in the Bible.

If you’ve never joined SHP Bible study before, now–in the new year and as we begin new books–is a great time.

Since we’re currently online, no worries about traveling in the dark and in the snow. And if you’ve never used Zoom, it’s way easier than you think.

Contact Pastor Dylan or Dave Smoyer for more information.

South Hills Partnership Christmas Eve Service

This year, Christmas Eve will be different.

Instead of gathering together in full sanctuaries, we’ll await the promised coming of our Savior with a bit more quiet and anticipation.

Maybe it’ll look and feel a bit more like that first Christmas so many years ago.

However, we will still lift our hearts and praises before God together!

 This Christmas Eve, the South Hills Partnership churches will share one service, broadcasting live online at 7pm.

The service will feature participation from each one of the SHP congregations, a joyful opportunity we’ve never been able to share before.

Join us for worship this Thursday evening, as we welcome our newborn King. As always, the service will be streamed on the South Hills Partnership page on Facebook, or you may access it here.